After the world championship in New York between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin and the positive feedback I received, I decided to start “Chess in Tweets -Weekly” in which I will try to collect the best and most remarkable chess related tweets of the week. If you see a tweet that should be included in “CIT-weekly”, sent me a tweet @ChessClassic. And if there is a big event going on, I will probably compile an extra “mid-weekly”. Why not?
Let’s kick off with …. Carlsen-Karjakin! Oh no not again! Well, the match is over but there were some tweets worth noticing. I have to say that I am surpised and slightly disappointed that the champ himself did not write a single tweet after the world championship. A simple “Thank You” tweet to the fans isn’t a big deal, right? His opponent Sergey Karjakin showed him how to write a classy tweet after the match:
@SergeyKarjakin: “Very tired after the difficult match, and tons of the interviews?. Thank you all for your incredible support! Proud to have so many fans”.
There was some remarkable news after the world championship and even insider @TarjeiJS was surprised: “This is a big surprise. Carlsen names @GMShanky among his helpers during Carlsen-Karjakin, in addition to MVL, Fressinet and Grandelius.”
@GMShanky is GM Sam Shankland, a 25 year old professional chess player from the United States. One player was nog surprised, though: Peter Heine Nielsen: @PHChess: “Why the surprise? He also helped in 2014.”
It is good that Team Carlsen got some help, because PH really is a lousy second, right Silvio? @silviodanialov: “Let’s face it @PHChess is weak second without single original idea and zero creativity. His best qualities: He is Danish and cheap”.
Eat that, PH! @PHChess: “Reading up on twitter, it seems like Danailov waited till game 9 to call for me being fired. New record. My previous best was by game 3!”
@portisdos: “Who cares Danailov nowadays. He is like a fake Chinese vase.” @dalychess: “Have to see the funny side of things. Suffice to say Mr Danailov has his own problems!”
Other grandmasters have other problems, like the Blindfold King, @Timur_ Gareyev:
@LennartOotes: “People asked me how @timur_gareyev recovers from a 19-hour Blindfold Chess #WorldRecord. Well, he just ran into a glass door. #human”.
@chessninja: “Should’ve kept the blindfold on”
You may have missed this tweet when you do not live in India: @chessbaseindia: “Responsible for World Championship 2013 J. Jayalalitha is no more. She ensured a hefty prize fund which was twice as much as New York 2016.” @MarkTWIC: “I remember Jayalalithaa Jayaram from the Anand vs Carlsen match. She’s had tumultuous time since and has now died.”
(After the world championship 2012)
Vishy Anand tweeted: @vishy64theking: “#Ripamma
Articulate & brave.She will be missed for her persona & charisma.As TN mourns its great daughter lets be together in its dark hour”.
You can read more about “Amma” , as she was called, in my world chess championship blog “Mate in Chennai”.
Before we go to London, there was some breaking news from Oslo: @TarjeiJS: “BREAKING: Oslo officially announcing that they want to host @MagnusCarlsen’s WC match in 2018.”
That’s great news, but there is a twist: @TarjeiJS: “Obviously still a long way to go, still searching for 6-7 million Euros in funding, but it’s a good start anyway.”
I will surely follow the story here in CIT Weekly, but since we are still in 2016, let’s see what’s going on in the last month of the year. Is there something going on in London perhaps? Oh yes, the darts world championship in Alexandra Palace will start soon! Anything else?
@cyberella: “London Chess Classic 2016 – love, love, love”.
The London Chess Classic, the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2016, from 9-18 December is one of the highlights of the chess calender. I know the organizers would love to get my handle @ChessClassic, now they have to deal with @London_Chess. Follow that account to keep up to date with the games and hot news. Do also add @grandchesstour to your observation list. The hashtag that is often used is #londonchess. And do not forget to visit the website.
@munroel: “Who needs world championship matches when we have #londonchess!”
Let’s have a look at the first two rounds with some exciting games: @elgransenor1: “Has Malcolm Pein had a word with the players? London Chess Classic seems a lot less boring than normal.”
(picture by @LennartOotes)
@chessbaseindia: “Tournament director Malcolm Pein makes sure that the London ChessClassic happen every year with great pomp and splendor!”
It’s never dull when this “no-handshake” game is scheduled: @thechrisgale: “Kramnik is playing Topalov!!! Topalov is playing Kramnik!!! Holy cow”. Another interesting game @chessbaseindia: “Hikaru Nakamura turned 29 on 9th December. But he had a forgettable birthday as he blundered big time on move 13.”
Poor Naka. Happy birthday! But who was his opponent?
@dukhe64: “So wins over Nakamura, So close to the magical 2800 and So close to being US 1.. So when does he play against Caruana!?”
In the second round , So won again: @london_chess: “Wesley So beats Adams, storms to 2/2 and becomes the 12th player in history to cross the 2800 mark! Congratulations!”
@cristianchirila: “Wesley is in beast mode. He makes it look easy, must be terrifying for his rivals”.
@grandchesstour:” Congratulations again to Wesley So!”
Good job, Wes. We will see if he can keep the pace in the next edition of “Chess in Tweets Weekly” and I will also check tweets about the other players, like Anish Giri, the only player with two draws after two rounds, What a surprise. Therefore, the last tweet goes out to @ainfranco: “Giri love draws more than the sex and the ice cream!!!”
Your blogger will be at the London Chess Classic on Tuesday. Send a tweet to meet and greet @ChessClassic!