Did you all have a good restday? Recovered from the Bermuda Party?
@chess24.com:” A prearranged brewery tour was arguably not what some members of the organising team needed after the Bermuda Party:)”
What did you do after the tour, Jan? @GMJanGustafsson: “Slept,ate,shopped and watched Guardians of the Galaxy (good, not great) with @polborta , pretty solid rest day”.
Any news about the FIDE president? @TarjeiJS: “Kirsan complained about Russia & Ukraine being placed on the same hotel. But his people didn’t tell him that it was approved by FIDE!”
Sporty Kirsan, apparantly fed up with “his people”, visited the Polaria:
@PolariaTromso: “Sporty FIDE president Iljumzjinov takes “high five” with seal Loffen at Polaria tonight”.
Talking about seals: what did you have for lunch , Nigel? @nigelshortchess: “The seal this afternoon tasted unusual. Not sure I would bother eating it regularly though.”
Natalia, how was your day? @pogonina: “Rest day at Chess Olympiad. We decided to go on a boat trip”.
“It looks a little chilly on the boat, but the scenery is amazing!”
Lots of things to talk about, huh? The games, the party…
@pogonina: “The conversations we have been having are quite hilarious, but most of them can’t be reproduced in public :D”
@SilviaDanailov was busy on his restday, giving interviews: “My interview with Norwegian TV2 today. The topics: Tromso 2014, politics, elections, etc,etc.
The etc. etc. part sounds very interesting, what do you think, @TarjeiJS? “I do think Sivio Danialov needs to explain why he was pictured in the Chess Olympiad hall with two cell phones.”
@goranurosevic (in election mode ?) “Danailov’s phones are just a smoke-screen, totally irrelevant” .
There a still a lot of chess experts and journalists coming to Tromsø for the second part of the Olympiad. Maybe they have some stories for us? @theparasg: “So many journalists at the Chess Olympiad but no truly interesting stories making it to their Twitter. Maybe we need another Fischer?”
BTW; what is the first thing to do when you arrive, @LennartOotes? “Arrived at the Tromso Chess Olympiad and immediately performed the Tinder check: I found only two chess girls on this dating platform. wtf”.
Perhaps, Lennart should try one of the #tromsopickuplines: @bioniclime: “How about I fianchetto my bishop in your pawn triangle?” or @elbandie: “Mind if I back rank you?”
@chessninja:“ You know, guys with big Elos are probably trying to compensate for something.”
Back to business, back to chess. Big game (again) today for Magnus Carlsen: @manju2006: “Magnus will be playing the opponent who has the right attitude and the strengh to become his challenger for the world title”. But what is his name? @EinarGausdal: “Today’s top rating matchup will be Caruana(2801)-Carlsen(2877) as the home team’s first line-up takes on Italy”.
@GMJanGustafsson: “Norway-Italy means that Magnus Carlsen will face the World Number 3 2 games in a row..”
And there are some other high rated games ahead: @megalovic: R6 highest combined Elo Caruana-Carlsen 5678 Adams-Aronian 5545 Kasimdzhanov-Kramnik 5460 Mamedyarov-Jobava 5456 Le-Leko 5450″.
Do you have a particular game you want to follow, Jovan? @FSTIMJP “Great. But, Don Kaituu vs Diamini Sbonelo will possibly be a more entertaining game to follow.” What do you think, Robert? @RobertRis: “The rest day is over! Fireworks expected in game of two of my fav players: Mamedyarov-Jobava!”
@Tromso2014: “The clash between world #1 and world #2 has just started!”
The excellent pictures under this twitter account are made by David Llada. It is not only a good idea to follow this account, but also the Twitter account @Lladini. Cool stuff, David!
And David Llada becomes a celebrity himself!
Any news from our roving “zero-tolerance” reporter? @TarjeiJS:“Zero tolerance forfeits in Round 6: The whole Burundi women team and one Burundi player in the open.”
@Fantasy_Chess: “Did they continue on from the Burmuda party to the Burundi party? Must have been epic!”
Another big game this round, according to @garylanechess:” I think Adams will beat World no2 Aronian in todays game. All my predictions are right. Almost.” @TarjeiJS, have a look at England vs. Armenia, please? “Adams (ENG)-Aronian (ARM) 1/2-1/2 after 31 moves and only 1,5 hours.”
Talking about England: how is the weather @home, Mark? @MarkTwic: “We saw rainstorms two days ago at the Olympiad. Seems to have arrived outside my door in the UK” now. And Mark added a little later: “Gee whiz! Huge lightening strike nearby me!”
Back to the games. UZB-RUS is an interesting match. @chess24.com: “Kasimdzhanov has beaten Naiditsch, Ivanchuk & Kramnik in a row to move to his highest ever (live) rating. No jinxes”. @top40chess: “Kasimdzhanov catapults into the top 40 with his win against Kramnik – he’s at world #35 after gaining 12 places so far in the Chess Olympiad.”
And what is going on in the game of the day? @Chessnotes: R6: Carlsen displays that ” ‘Ol Black Magic” & somehow upends Caruana from even position. @Skrivanth_Govind: “Caruana succumbed to Carlsen’s magic which detracted him in the endgame”. @BobbyFiske: “Magnus just expelled Caruana from the exclusive Elo-2800 club in R6”.
Great game by Magnus again, what do you think, Vozi? @voziedwards: “Carlsen with black again waiting for his opponent to blunder rather than playing chess.”
The USA won 3-1 today vs. Paraguay, but the top boards Nakamura and Kamsky are struggling and only managed two draws: @Chessnotes: “USA left wondering what could have been, if 1-4 lineup were Caruana, Nakamura, So, Kamsky…”
Again, not many tweets about the women’s section. However, I found an interesting one: @PoisondPwnPress: “Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan combined score of 8-0. Both creeping up towards 2700.”
Maybe the women will get more attention on Saturday: @chess24.com: “In Round 7 the women steal the show, with no. 2 seeds Russia vs. no. 1 seeds China on the top table!”
This could be a very exciting match! It is a very exciting Olympiad, anyway, what do you think, Nora?
@Souleidis:“NRK reporter Nora Thorp Bjørnstad is excited about Chess Olympiad”.
I think a lot of male chess players are excited about Nora! 🙂 Is she on Tinder? Ask Lennart.
Two final tweets for today:
@stuthefox: “Russian Chess Federation “suing” Norwegian Tromso 2014 organisers, and Russian government banning imports of Norwegian salmon. Connected?”
@fact: “Eating fish improves IQ and memory”
Enjoy your meal (fish today?)