Thanks to 5 time Spanish National Champion, GM Paco Vallejo, for being my guest on Perpetual Chess this week. GM Vallejo had just returned from the Leon Masters Chess Tournament, featuring GM Wesley So, and young talents, GM elect- Ramesh Praggnanandhaa and IM Jaime Santos. Paco recapped the event for listeners, with a particular emphasis on the peculiar "dual blunder" that helped him get by IM Santos in the opening round.
Other topics covered in our conversation:
- Paco discussed the experience of serving as a second to GM Topalov, and revealed why he is unlikely to pursue a similar job again.
- Paco discussed the challenges he has faced in his life away from the board over the past few years, including family issues and a vexing tax issue courtesy of the Spanish government.
- Paco gave detailed chess improvement advice to hungry chess students, and even gave some advice for male chess players looking to meet women!
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