Before we going to filter the tweets of the first round of the Olympiad I like to take a quick look back at the Opening Ceremony which took place on Friday. I found a nice tweet by Ian Rogers:
@GMIanRogers: “Tromso Chess Olympiad opening ceremony widely praised as one of the best, though one young player said he would have preferred more acrobats”. And @TaniaSachdev tweeted: “Brilliant opening ceremony. Well done Norway!The bar has been raised very high by this one.”
@LisaStokke:, who performed a song of the musical “Chess” in the opening ceremony, obviously enjoyed being on stage and tweeted: “Does this mean I have to finally learn how to play Chess?”
Which was the best part of the opening ceremony, Mig? @ChessNinja: “Best part of opening ceremony was Magnus admitting team play was hard because teammates’ bad positions could be distracting. Was adorable.” Followed up by: “You could see he realized too late it didn’t sound so nice, so he sort of backtracked, which made it even funnier as the team stood there.”
There were also a number of late arrivals: @manju2006: “Dutch women team just after the arrival . Good luck!”
Best legs of the Olympiad?
Any news from Hikaru Nakamura? @GMHikaru: “If a 19 hour layover, and then no way of getting to London from US with delay (in 19 hours) is bad planning, so be it”, followed up by: “Anyway, it is also possible that I just used a bad booking site online! But who knows, at any rate, it’s chess time!”
I found this remarkable picture by Berik Balgabaev: @bbalgabaev: “В Тромсе уже всем ясно-Кирсан скажет ГК: “такому черному будущему у шахмат не бывать.”
@OlimpiuUrcan: “Who was the consultant who advised on these Kasparov posters all over Tromsø? That mournful dark goes really well with the “future” bit.”
Big news today: @TarjeiJS: “Carlsen not playing for Norway today. Went on top of the Tromsø mountain instead.”
Carlsen is not the only top player to skip round one, though: @top40chess: “While 30 of the top 40 players participate in the Chess Olympiad, only 13 of them play in round 1”
Eric Hansen is getting ready for round 1: @hansenchess: Canadian team aesthetisizing before the chess olympiad in Tromso, Norway. Let’s GO!
And he added: “Third time in Norway in the last year so I can comfort people about the extravagant prices”.
And off we go with round one. @shaunpress: “Chess Olympiad has started around 20 minutes late. Even then some teams and players did not show”.
@Chessbrains: “The Tromso line”! Just before 15:00
@rameshchess: “The security arrangements caused delay to 1st round start,sure things will be sorted out tomorrow”
Which match to watch? Malcom Pein, @telegraphchess tweeted: “Olympiad underway and Jordanian board1 heading for the early bath against Grischuk, its giants v minnows today”. Some other interesting matches today, Malcolm? “Trying to keep up with the Joneses on Bd1 England v Wales at Chess Olympiad today”.
@Manju2006:”Many of today’s games have the character of Master vs Amateur. Always fun to watch!”
@jonathan_rowson: “Pity that the Chess Olympiad pairings are virtually all heavily one-sided. Given media spotlight on first day, accelerated pairings better?” And he added: “Of course, I never thought that way when I was playing. I was always very happy for the ‘warm up’ in round one”.
Norwegian GM @EinarGausel is busy: “I’ll be running around like a madman today at the hunting for blunders, brilliancies and upsets in the making.”
@mehulgorilla spotted an interesting match: “Also to watch is Zambia vs France…that will be a cracker…it will also be under the microscope of the commentators.” And added: “The Zambian team in particular is vastly underrated due to lack of opportunities. They all play at GM level. France will be wary.”
A bit of an optimistic assessment, I would say, regarding the ratings (2314, 2405, 2250, 2121 vs. 2720, 2708, 2680, 2624). We’ll check later.
Sensation coming up, @TarjeiJS? “We may be having a BIG sensation here! China losing vs “the blind team” ?” A little later:” It’s been confirmed, the colors were wrong so it was no sensation after all. China 2-0 vs IBCA so far”.
@Herneoakshield:” My computer’s trying to give me a heart attack, it just eroniously showed me Nigel Short had run out of time.” But…@nigelshortchess: “Struggled to defeat Tim Kett as England blanked Wales 4-0. I’ll take the point – even if it was ugly.”
First rounds are always a bit shaky, in any tournament, and in a big event like the Olympiad mistakes do happen: @MarkTwic: “Those who have experienced Olympiad round 1s in the past can tell some real stories. So no criticism from me”. @ChessNinja: “Ah yes, that other great Chess Olympiad tradition, everyone blurting out incorrect results and hasty corrections.”
@manju2006: “For some teams it may be frustrating not to have won with 4-0. But for the spectators it’s fun to see some underdogs winning”. @dilipvanaman: ” Its funny, all Vietnamese players have the same first name – Nguyen & they won 4-0 in the 1st round.
Oh, what about that “cracker” match Zambia vs. France? @EuropeEchecs: “Round one : Zambia 0,0 – 4,0 France (men)… “Perfect sense” (Roger Waters)”.
Any surprises today? @top40chess: “No surprises so far among the top 40 players – all 13 who were in action at theChess Olympiad today won their games” And added later: “After @LeinierD gained 0.8 points today, Kramnik is out of the top 10 for the first time since July 1992.”
@peterdoggers:” Going through the games and spotting Mr Shinya Kojima missing a mate in four against Sergei Movsesian. Ouch.”
There was a day off in our daily Twitter soap “Short vs. Yazici”, but there are enough political chess related tweets to fill a whole new blog. Just an typical example of a twitter conversation about the upcoming FIDE elections:
@goranurosovic: “Kasparov has a name, we are longtime friends, but he can’t run FIDE, he is autocrat like Putin” – BIH fed president”
@Mikhail_Golubev answered: “At least, Kasparov is not a crazy friend of aliens.”
Enter George Mastrokoukos: @GMastrokoukos: “We understand that u prefer war hawks, right-wing radicals and everyone else is “alien”. No surprise here.”
@Mikhail_Golubev: “No I’m a fan of the leftist Greek movements of any kind who claim much money for doing nothing and drinking.”
@Gmastrokoukos: “I am sure you are. Leftists same frauds as your idols, just the opposite side of the same coin.”
What to say? Gens una sumus.
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