A short edition of Chess in Tweets today after a quick game.
@reachsvara: “Early Dinner for all around?”
There was a rest day on Thursday, but there was still a lot of chess going on in Sochi on Thursday and Friday: @chessblog: “Tal Memorial as two-day Superpowered Blitz in Sochi”.
One of the players had a busy schedule , particularly on Friday: Peter Svidler aka @polborta: “11 more rounds of blitz, and then back to the booth for G5 of Carlsen- Anand. I can definitely see the day ending in a stiff drink (or three)”.
@fstimjp: “11 rounds (of blitz) is quite tough to play.” Really?
One of his fans obviously had a drink or two: @harrypillsbury: “A beer, world championship game and Peter Svidler’s astute commentary. The most fun you can have with your clothes on!”
Who won the blitz? @ChessVibes has the answer: “Mamedyarov wins the prestigious Tal Memorial Blitz event and its $20,000 first prize. Grischuk got close, but ended second.”
@RobertRis: Not bad for two days working 😉 @MarkTwic: “Easier money than the Grand Prix!”
The final table, provided by @ChessVibes. Click to enlarge.
@fstimjp: “What happened to the good old days with 5 min, no increment, and an analogue clock, Insa or Garde?”
Ready for game five? Just before the game started, Simon Williams aka @ginger_gm tweeted: “About to go live with Irina Krush in 5 minutes. Can’t wait for the action!”
Ahum, Simon, we are talking about chess, aren’t we? 😉
@ShekharGupta: “If u love any sport at all, go to Carlsen-Anand now! This incredible slugfest of mind more thrilling on Twitter than any live cricket on TV”.
@anishgiri: “Curious what strategy Magnus will choose today. Fixing his solid QGD or jumping from the frying pan into the fire again.” @Jonathan_Rowson: Magnus playing quickly means? A) He’s in preparation & knows he’s fine B) He’s improvising but thinks he’s fine c) He’s bluffing. “
@nigelshortchess: “We have gone about 10 minutes without someone calling me a “faggot” Good day so far”.
@anishgiri: “Early to say, but looks like Magnus did his homework this time. If Anand is unfamiliar with it, a quick draw is likely”. @GMRobinVK: “Not a very exciting game, but good preparation by Magnus. Maybe he’ll end up a tiny bit worse but this will be drawn”.
@chesscampeona: “I don’t want to “read” or “hear” the word draw so early in the game.”
@fstimjp:“Black is slightly awkward.” Any symbol for that?”
@GMHikaru: “Carlsen is worse, but he should draw relatively easily. I don’t understand the commentators at all.”
@anishgiri:“Wow, surprised, Anand doesn’t even try, though wasn’t all that much anyway, probably.”@FabianoCaruana : “Anticlimax” .
@Wish4Vishy: “Game 5 is a hurridly played Draw”.
@GMJtis: “So, decent day at the office for both. MC has shown good prep at last, VA got something anyway, but didn’t make much of it”.
A quick game, and a dull press conference, according to @closetgm: “I really have to switch off from this Carlsen – Anand press-con. What a dry uninteresting affair! “
The keywords today: dry, uninteresting, anticlimax: where do we put this game in tomorrow’s paper? @shawshankone has an idea:
“Jr Reporter: Sir the Carlsen-Anand game was fabulous
Sr R: Any fights?
SR: Put it on last page”
Last tweet for today: @LennartOotes: “Jeez, literally did nothing work related today but staring at a computer screen. Really need a positive work attitude”.