Having a two-year break from world championship blogging was actually quite nice, but let’s go on with the blog! This time, I am a neutral observer…..
In the next weeks the World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Sergey Karjakin (Russia) in New York will be the main topic in this blog. After the match, I plan to give you a weekly overview of the most interesting chess related tweets.
It is still quiet in Chess World Championship Twitterland, a few days before the match starts, but I found a number of tweets. Let’s kick off with a funny tweet by my regular contributor from India, @reachvsara: ” The intrigues of World Chess Championships started! Browsing on to http://sergeykaryakin.com fwds to http://magnuscarlsen.com automatically!”
The trick still works, even a few days before the match. Sergey obviously does not seem to have a good social media expert in his team.
Check this tweet by @GMIanRogers: “A Couch Potato’s Guide to the World Chess Championship match – options for watching Carlsen v Karjakin online.” https://new.uschess.org/news/the-couch-potatos-guide-to-the-world-chess-championship.
A good guide for people who obviously like to stay at home and watch online, like Zuckerberg and Gates: @nigelshortchess: “The @ChessBase “journalist” who wrote “Zuckerberg and Gates to Attend World Championship” claims that this did not imply they would attend.”
@Saderjock: “The beautiful flexibility of language. Like the Bible – it can mean anything.”
The journalist replied: @AlberSilver64: “It is very sad when the most important thing in one’s life is arguing about Bill Gates going to the WCh or not.”
@nigelshortchess: “No, it is about extremely shoddy standards of journalism at a very large chess news website.”
Let’s have a look what the players post on Twitter. As a chess fan, you should add the accounts @Magnus Carlsen, with 130.000 followers and @SergeyKarjakin, who has 18.100 followers (6 November 2016).
Sergey obviously prepares in Florida, according to his tweet from 31 October: @SergeyKarjakin: “With my friend Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the match Miami-San Antonio! What a fight! Proud to touch the ball during the game. “
Sergey and Shak touching balls in Miami.
They boys do not tweet very often though, and I can tell from experience that the players will probably not tweet very often during the match. Attention: Follow the account @GaliyaChess, which is the account of Sergey’s wife Galiya Karyakina. You will not only be able to see the result of her shopping sprees in New York, but maybe some other stuff as well during the match.
You might think that 130.000 followers (Carlsen) is quite a lot, but when you check the site http://twittercounter.com/ you will see that the athlete with the most followers is Christiano Ronaldo @cristiano with almost 48 million followers. Reality check: Chess on Twitter is in the same league with sports like Darts, Table Tennis or Snooker.
Since there is not that much going on on Twitter about the match yet, let’s close this comeback column with a tweet by @chessnotes:
“So, 2016 World Chess Championship (two years since last one) starts in five days. Where’s the media blitz?
Well, I don’t know. What’s your view, @TarjeiJS: “I really hope Agon will succeed, but this is their last chance. If they can’t do it in NY, they never will.”
Maybe we better postpone the whole event, right?
@ChessPolimac: “In case that @Ilyumzhinov cant get USA visa to visit WCC Match @Fide_chess should postpone the match!”
BTW: do we have an official match hashtag yet? Send in suggestions to my acccount @ChessClassic. And if you see any interesting tweets or do have an interesting chess related account yourself, send a tweet to @ChessClassic. Thanks!