Before we are going to have a look at tweets of game 4, let us look back at game three. Many, many tweets popped up in the Twitter timeline. Not surprisingly, most tweets came from India. “Chess” and “Anand” was trending in India, meaning that literally thousands of people congratulated Anand on his win in the third game. However, a rather nasty side effect showed up: the official Twitter hashtag #CarlsenAnand was flooded with spam, by spambots.
@anand_bombay: “I guess fans went overboard yesterday with the hashtag and the spambots caught on.”
A spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a spambot is sending it. (Wikipedia).
How to get rid of these spambots? I asked for advice on Twitter and @Art_Smart tweeted: “If you block those tweets and report them as spam, they disappear from your feed.” @traderDXB: “Just block all tweets containing “Google inbox invite” And voila!”
Sometimes “spam” can be funny, though.
Chess now! @kasparov63 tweeted about his old rival. Let us not forget that he played a world championship match against Vishy in 1995! Magnus Carlsen was 5 years old….
“Anand the old tiger cannot chase down his prey so easily these days, but if you put your head in his mouth his teeth are still quite sharp!”
And another tweet, by former world championship match contender @nigelshortchess: “I don’t like to be rude about my superiors, but I have to say that Magnus’ opening prep. was really shoddy yesterday”
Well, let’s check what the world champion played today then! What does Twitterland expect? @EinarGausel: “Don’t expect to see Magnus swinging for the fences today. The Champ will no doubt be looking for a slow, technical grind”. @dfreire: “Today we have a wounded Magnus Carlsen playing with white. It’s one of those rare occasions chess fans won’t want to miss”. @rajkashana: “Carlsen will try to get Vishy out of prep as quickly as possible. I doubt if he plans to enter Mordor again. :)”
Some useful information by @shrinjanr: “Every game Vishy wins he gains 6 elo points while Magnus gains 4. For a loss its -6 & -4 respectively. For a draw +1 & -1”
Are we ready for game four? Judit Polgar posted this picture.
@GMJuditPolgar: “Wanna know what a retired chess queen does in her free time? Gets a chair and checks what Vishy and Magnus are up to:)”
The story of game four in ten tweets:
1. @bennedik: “Very happy to see a Sicilian. Now wait for Magnus to take all the life out of the position and get a nice endgame”
2. @MarkTwic: “Was there a small disturbance in the audience to Carlsen-Anand game 4? Here Carlsen turns and stares?”
3. @rajachess: “Oh,almost my game against Carlsen from Wijk. I developped differently with black,had some problems,Anand wants to play with isolani pure.”
4. @FabianoCaruana: “Anand will be defending this for a while, but he can be confident about his chances to hold on”
5. @JanAageFjortoft: “Preparing for a football-game, watching Chess live on TV It’s a funny old game….”
6. @nigelshortchess: “I played a guy at blitz who explained he was hoping I would die of a heart attack. Perhaps this is also Magnus’ strategy? :)”
7. @Chessbase: “Magnus watches Philae land.”
8. @AnishGiri: “Vishy looks bored, I think he wants to play a pillow fight with Akhil.”
9. @GMJanGustafsson: “Come on guys, shake hands, the rest of us have work to do!”
10. @Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy was very composed today. Magnus applied typically subtle & potentially deadly pressure, but made no psychological impact”.
One bonus tweet by Claudia Munoz aka @Chesscampeona, proving that women multitask more than men: “I am watching Carlsen Anand and the landing of the European Space Ship on the Comet, both at the same time.”
I hope you understand the @Chessbase tweet now :-))
@fmkrms: “Alright so ESA landed on a comet, well done… but could they do it on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke?”
One last tweet for today, a good one to think about on the rest day. @GMjtis: “Twitter is full of people who want you to say something and then tell you what you said instead of reading what you said “