Yup, the Chess Olympiad is getting closer and on Wednesday and Thursday it was quite interesting and amusing to see the tweets of the teams travelling to Tromsø. It seems that not everybody had a smooth journey, though:
@GMHikaru: It would be nice if chess organizers could hold an event in a city with many flights and a major airport in the case of delays/cancellations.
The next Olympiad 2016 will be in Baku, Azerbaijan and Batumi, Georgia is one of the candidates for 2018. Tough travels ahead for Hikaru Nakamura, I am afraid!
@ECUbacktoEurope: “Welcome to Batumi #chess Olympiad 2018!”
Mig Greengard , Kasparov’s aide-de-camp, has arrived and has some good advice: @chessninja: “Warning to first-time visitors to Tromsø: If you don’t put the line through the “ø” you’ll be sent to a Scandinavian reeducation camp.”
Prof. Dr. Peter Heine Nielsen explains: @PHNielsen: ø is Danish and Norwegian, not Swedish. And “røv” means ass, Kasparøv might not work very well…. 🙂
There are lot of posters, banners and other Kasparov stuff everywhere in Tromsø, as
Paul Truong Susan Polgar tweeted:
@SusanPolgar: “Campaign posters, banners, and flags are everywhere”, and added this twitpic:
The boss himself, Garry Kasparov tweeted: @Kasparov63: “It’s odd seeing my image all over. I always agreed w quote (Nabokov?) that leaders’ pictures should never be bigger than stamps!”
@FIDEnot4Sale replied: “Perhaps, it prooves you are not a leader?”
Could be a strong candidate for the “Best tweet of the Olympiad” challenge….I was surprised to see in his profile that he is one of the official photographers for the Olympiad. It seems that he is very well prepared…
The challenger seems to be ready for the elections, but what about the FIDE president? @chess24.com reports: “FIDE elections heating up – Ilyumzhinov ready to fight back with some personalised calendars!”
@pookita: “Isn’t he a complete patzer at chess??”
The Russian girls arrived as well: @Kosteniuk posted this nice picture. You may recognize Anatoli Karpov, Sergey Karjakin (not wearing his infamous pro Putin T-shirt that cost him an invitation to the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis) and Andrey Filatov in the second row. They travelled with a private plane. Maybe an idea for Hikaru Nakamura?
Did I mention Magnus Carlsen already? I am afraid that there will be some tough weeks ahead for the world champion. Every step he makes will be watched by paparazzi , e.g. @GMJanGustafsson: “Spotted some Carlsen’s!”
@Crsieh: “Magnus Carlsen on the local news, Nordnytt. One of the volunteers: “He has such pretty brown eyes!”
@TarjeiJS: “The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation have more than 50 (!) people working on covering #ChessOlympiad“. @MariaMindfold: “Norwegians. Magnus-craze as usual :)” He/she tweeted later: “Yes, I`m gonna be totally STAR-STRUCK if I spot Hou Yifan at the #ChessOlympiad ! absolutely not kidding.”
Let’s finish this pre Olympiad day with some selected tweets of our daily soap “Short vs. Nazici”:
@alinihatyazici: @nigelshortchess loosing your control? Foul public language? If I prove you are liar will you vote for Kirsan? Expensive pro?
Gentlemen, I have some advice for you: