Kateryna Lagno: “Today I was lucky” 26.04.2014Interview, NewsPress The new World Rapid Champion from Ukraine commented the results of the Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk. – It was a very tough tournament. I still don’t understand why we needed 15 rounds with 34 players. Is was a marathon! – Last year you participated in the Open World Rapid Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, did that experience help you? – I think it was a good training. I had very strong opponents in the first half. Surviving 15 rounds is a good experience. – Winning the title – what does it mean for you? – I already was a World Blitz Champion. In 2012 I had a very sad experience at the Rapid Championship in Batumi, when I blundered a mate in one against Stefanova. Today I was lucky – Valentina Gunina blundered mate in one against me in the last round game. – Before the final round there were five leaders. What did you say to yourself before the last game? – I am already a very experienced player, so I try not to think about the result. I wasn’t really nervous, which actually surprised me. The only thing that bugs me is that I didn’t play a quality game, my position was worse. – How do you restore your energy between games? – I try to sleep more and rest more. I was horribly tired after the Grand Prix. – In 2010 you won the World Blitz Championship, in 2014 won the World Rapid Championship, does it mean you are doing to win the classical chess championship in 2018? – Of course it is my goal, and I want to say yes, but unfortunately I cannot guarantee it. – Maybe it will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, which seems to be your lucky town… – Before this tournament it wasn’t lucky at all – I just regularly lost early in the knock-outs. Now the situation has improved (smiles). – How do you plan to celebrate and how you will spend your prize money? – I have no plans so far – the Blitz Championship is coming. The celebration will take place after the Blitz Championship. I have a little son, and he always gets a present, no matter if I win something or not.