After the long game on Monday, it seemed that the chesstwitter community had enough of chess and twitter for a while. Obviously most followers had to go to bed or had dinner, and logged off, since the number of tweets after the game had finished was negligible.
@category5Moron: “7 hours and still no pompom show yesterday, nor a drinks break. They should introduce half-time in chess”.
@MarkTwic had a rough day at the office on Monday: “Did anyone grab the games from the Chinese rapid event this morning? Was so exhausted after yesterday couldn’t get up to do it.”
The editors at the Dutch service “Teletekst” must have been sleepy as well, when they compiled this page:
Spot the error! Dutchies @peterdoggers and @anishgiri tweeted: “Ask them why it’s so hard to correct this mistake (green text)”. “Told them days ago.”
As usual, a number of tweeters predicted the opening: @terendle: Will we see another new opening from Magnus today? I say no – perhaps a repeat of the QGD, but obviously a different line!
@GMJanGustafsson: “Random predictions: -1.d4 -Another Queens Indian -Draw”, followed up by: “Did I predict a Queens Indian? I meant to write Queens Gambit of course :)”
@garylanechess: “As I predicted a Queen’s Gambit. A safety first approach by Magnus.”
@nigelshortchess: “Looks like a typical condom variation from Magnus: to be used once and thrown away”.
@TarjeiJS: “Nigel Short is making headlines in Norway with the “condom opening” tweet.”
9….Re8. A new move? Let’s check twitterland:
@chess24.com: 9…Re8 and the jacket comes off!
GM Abhijeet Gupta aka @iam_abhjieet tweeted: “Inside news: Vishy does know about this Re8 move,Lets see how good his memory is”.
Talking about memory: this tweet gives me the opportunity to post a scan of a lovely ad I have in my archive:
He may need these pills to remember the games @GMJanGustafsson found with 9….Re8: “The greatest predecessors to play 9…Re8 are Janowski 1898, Marshall 1927 and Zviagintsev 2013. That counts as offbeat”.
@FabianoCaruana: “Surprised Carlsen is playing such a risky variation.No doubt he analysed it,but it’s hard to account for all White’s options”.
However, Magnus seemed to feel comfortable and went to sleep:
@pogonina: “Magnus shows his sharp interest in the position by falling asleep already (facepalming?)”
@anishgiri: “Magnus seems/acts hangover. Might not stop him from making an easy draw though”.
@joshfriedel: “Judging by the nap Carlsen is taking, it looks as if he still thinks he is playing a Berlin”.
@enthousiastchess: “♫ ♬ Wake me up when the endgame comes ♩ ♪ ♫ ♩”.
@wigum: “I’ve heard about walkover in some sports, but sleepover? Fantastic, I just love this man.”
@pookita: “The real Magnus is fully awake and calculating at the board in some other reality stream.”
@rajachess, aka world class grandmaster Teymur Rajabov: “World Champion has the right to sleep”.
Easy day at the office for the handful of journalists in Sochi?
After two hours of play @TarjeiJS tweeted: “This should soon be over. The journalists are already preparing for the press conference and a short day at work”
@Berlin_Endgame: “If I was Carlsen / Anand I’d play this on for another three hours just to annoy the muppets who whined yesterday.”
@vishalsareen: “Is this game one of the reason why the phrase ‘Damp Squib’ was construed the way it is?”
@nigelshortchess: “A very dull game. Anand was surprised and ducked the critical continuations at an early stage. Not fatal, but tempus fugit”.
@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy won’t be too troubled by today’s game. He’s clearly in a better place than last year psychologically and knows he still has a chance.”
@GMRobinVK: “Magnus looked extremely tired today, incidentally he also has to take a doping test.. hm…”.
Does the doctor check if Vishy took some of the memory pills?
@sellig1947: “Magnus keeps mumbling during press conferences.Barely audible.Is he on drugs? We shall know very soon ;-)”
“Is the FIDE President subject to any doping tests, or indeed any assessment of his fitness for office?” asked @backranktristan
Rest day- not only the players need a day off:
@MarkTwic: “I can’t say I’m all that sorry there’s a short day today. Very long day yesterday with the game and TWIC magazine. Tense game ahead.”
There is a rest day on Wednesday: @reachsvara: “Ever since that Apple was bitten, “What will you do during Rest Day?” has ALWAYS puzzled mankind”.
Ellen Carlsen tweeted: @ellenoec: “Can’t complain about a draw with black, guess both players were quite exhausted after yesterday’s game.. And so are we ;)”
One final tweet for today: @ETFroggy:“These two chess players might be pretty good but they don’t have as cool a name as Levon Aronian”-
Enjoy the rest day!