And off we go! The Candidates tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk took off on March 13 with the games Anand.-Aronian, Andreikin-Kramnik, Karjakin-Svidler and Mamedyarov-Topalov.
A special day for Vladimir Kramnik: @chessblogs (Dennis Monokrousos) tweeted: “Happy Birthday, Vladimir Kramnik: The 14th world chess champion turns 38 today”.
“Believing in Aronian – Dreaming about Kramnik – Hoping for Svidler – But what if it’s Karjakin?” Tarjei J. Svensen, the Twitter king from Norway @TarjeiJS.
Do you remember the unusable black and red Chesscasting pieces of last years’ Candidates tournament in London? Horrible! The official website http://candidates2014.fide.com/ uses a normal wooden-like board and pieces that are ok. Nothing special, but at least you can tell a rook from a queen! However, the start of the live transmission was a bit bumpy. Top GM Anish Giri @AnishGiri tweeted:
“Transmission of Candidates is so bad, have to use my opening expertise to guess who is playing who and with what color! :)”
Mig Greengard @chessninja added:
“So, the official site of the Candidate tourney off to a smashing start, with the games labeled differently on the two live coverage pages.”
Andreikin and Kramnik had a slow start with an uneventful draw, but Anand had a good position, according to Giri:
“A ‘comeback’ for Anand already in the first game would be sensational. Aronian is too careless, will he be punished?”
I took a closer look at the official website, switched on the live games and what did I see on the cam: Vishy wearing a familiar shirt, so I tweeted:
Aronian-Anand, Tata Steel 2013. (click to enlarge)
Lyrics: Donovan- “I love my shirt”
I received a lot of retweets and found a nice comment:
@passedpawn tweeted: “If I were Levon I would go and change my t-shirt and put one with MC’s pic on it.”
Meanwhile. the situation in in the Karjakin-Svidler game was unclear: “22…Bc4 !! From @polborta is such a beautiful and powerful move ! Peter is seizing the initiative now”, tweeted by @Chess_Anyone, whereas commentator Lawrence Trent tweeted via @chess24.com: “I fear for Svidler.”
Not a surprise, that the game ended in a draw. “Svidler and Karjakin claiming that they both expected their opening today but neither remembered their preparation”, Mark Crowther @MarkTWIC tweeted.
Mamedyarov-Topalov also ended in a draw. Hard to find tweets about this game! Both players do not have a Twitter account! But I guess they have fans?
“3 games end in draw. All eyes on Anand vs top seed Aronian. Vishy has a very good (and rare!) advantage against Aronian”, @AsimPereira tweeted. Pentala Harikrishna @HariChess agreed: “Anand clearly winning against Aronian!”
When the last game was over, @Fabiano Caruana tweeted: “The players came out swinging in the 1st round of the Candidates, but only @vishy64theking profited from an impressive technical display.”
@TarjeiJS tweeted: “What a start for Anand beating Aronian! Must’ve given him a massive confidence boost. Who would’ve thought?” “Vishy! The Asian Tiger is back!” tweeted Theo. Tsorbatzoglou @teotsorb.
That’s it for round one! Comments welcome.