@EnniscorthyChess: “Oh no, Chess Olympiad is on a rest day….. What will we do?” Any plans for today @LuisBlascioCruz: “Today Rest day. Day to make contacts and to enjoy the city”.
Let’s have a look at the last rest day on Wednesday. It must have been quite a depressing day in Tromsø, according to the number of “bad news” tweets!
Let’s kick off with Paco Vallejo, who went to a Carribean party, according to the hashtag: @Chessidharta: “#Caribbeanparty 2 am – “may i ask u smth personal” – Sure! – ” is it true that u had 60 girls in 2 months? ” ‘WTF . Kids Alcohol is bad. ”
Alcohol is bad, true, what about the music, Eric Hansen? @hansenchess: “Very mediocre music at the parties this Olympiad. Quite dissapointed!”
Perhaps Sabrina can tell us what is going on? @SChevannes: “Why can I hear what sounds like God awful karaoke coming through my bedroom window in Tromso 2014. Can anyone else hear it?”
Oh dear, sounds like it is not a good news day today? Any FIDE news to cheer you up, Nigel? @NigelShortChess: “I have had a glimpse of Hell. It resembles an endless FIDE General Assembly”.
@kevinbonham:“Today’s FIDE congress is going so slowly bryologists have discovered six new species of moss growing on”
Didn’t you get a job offer from FIDE, Nigel: @SteveGiddins: “Is it true you have accepted Kirsan’s African job offer?”
@NigelShortChess: “Yes. Having appointed me as Director of the $500,000 Africa fund 2 days ago, he now says he doesn’t have the power to do so :)”
No power, no funds, no money? Any news about the 20M? Let us check the FIDE website. Oh wait…: @mikhail_golubev: “Still no news at Fide.com on Ilyumzhinov’s 20 mln USD announcement. It’s logical: why to post every empty promise of the boss?”
Come on, give me some more bad news: @TarjeiJS: “Carlsen will NOT play the last round of the Chess Olympiad and will be leaving Tromsø tonight.” Tarjei added a twitpic from NRK later:
Yeah, keep them coming: @Echecs64: “RUS-FRA, worst last round pairing for ze Frenchies. Who will be out? Fressinet? Tkachiev?”
Big bad news item of the day: @ChessVibes: “Biggest news of today is the retirement of Judit Polgar……. (especially when confirmed…)
@times_chess: “A great honour for Times Chess that greatest female chessplayer in the history of the game has chosen “The Times” to announce her retirement”. @GMJanGustafsson: “Wow, Judit Polgar is retiring, is this for real?”
@MarkTwic: “If it turns out to be completely untrue then The Times has a huge amount of explaining to do.”
Any more retirement news, Hikaru? @GMHikara: “Is it my imagination or does this Olympiad feel like the end of a generation with many great players retiring or not competing again? “
@MarkTWIC: “I’m not sure everyone will retire but this feels like an pivotal Olympiad to me too”.
@GMHikaru: “Well, Kamsky has also said that this is his final Olympiad.”
@GregoryChess:“A short list of retiring players in my opinion: Polgar, Kamsky, Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand, Shirov, Short, Adams, and Ivanchuk.”
All the bad Olympiad news packed in one tweet: @portisdos: “Carlsen say that will not play the last round. Polgar announce her retirement. Kirsan crush Kaparov and Short sing a song. “
@GregoryChess: “Is Susan Polgar retiring? LOL”
Ok, one positive tweet for you to end this depressing report. Some people seem to have fun in Tromsø:
One final tweet for today: Did you have a good day, Mig? @chessninja: If you try to tip housekeeping in this Norwegian hotel by putting money on the pillow, you come back and they’ve left it in a little stack.”
Better stop now. Good night!