Question to Kasparov:
What would you say to playing a match against one of the competitors, Anand and Gelfand?
I think every professional understands that even a chess player of my class cannot just sit down and play at top level. It is not so much about your proficiency in opening; it is just that your head no longer works in the algorithm that is needed for battling successfully throughout a seven-hour game. I might still do relatively well at blitz, after a bit of preparation, but playing serious classical chess is out of the question.
My take on this is that it’s about having the eye of the tiger, the hunger for victory. And as Rocky III offers some great lessons in this, here’s a clip: