I don’t play in tournaments, but I follow some.
I also follow chess on the Internet, where Kasparov’s site is very interesting.
For example, computer defends well, but for humans its is harder to defend than attack, particularly with the modern time control.
Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
When I played Bobby Fischer, my opponent fought against organizations – the television producers and the match organizers. But he never fought against me personally. I lost to Bobby before the match because he was already stronger than I. He won normally.
On the other hand, chess is a mass sport now and for chess organisers shorter time control is obviously more attractive. But I think that this control does not suit World Championship matches.
Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations, hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties because of the high competition. Now it’s hard to make living in chess, so our profession does attract young people.
I think that the World Champion should try to defend the quality of play more than anyone else.
The Soviet Union was an exception, but even there chess players were not rich. Only Fischer changed that.
Time control directly influences the quality of play.
The place of chess in the society is closely related to the attitude of young people towards our game.
Recently I saw Kasparov and he looked to me as still young and potent champion.
Nowadays it would be reasonable to have an annual world championship.
I try to help developing junior chess. When I lived in USSR, I got a lot of free help from very good coaches – now I am trying to repay that debt.
We were like bishops of opposite color.