The Olympiad in Tweets – Bermuda party!

Yeah, the Bermuda Party. Here you can find the essential information and tweets about this raving party in Tromsø!  Scandals, sex, drugs, rock’n roll, girls, drunk chess players, fist fights….

Let’s ask Tarjei.

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@TarjeiJS: “So a couple of scandals at the Bermuda party, but “what happens in Bermuda Party stays in Bermuda Party” – sorry guys 🙂

Damn. Ok, one tweet: @lladini: “This was, with little doubt, the worst Bermuda party ever. Still, it was better than the average party”. 

Now that I got your attention, here is a little piece I wrote for the “A Tempo Magazine”. A Tempo is a chess magazine for music lovers, or, if you like, a music magazine for chess lovers.  The magazine is a monthly collection of short stories, opinions, poems, bizarre brainwaves and jokes. Each issue is written around a theme in the area of chess and music. The editors Peter Boel, Martijn Boele and your blogger  picked “Politics” as the subject of the latest issue and kept the upcoming FIDE elections in view.

The envelope and the orange cap

In the gigantic Oval Lingotto, a hall in Turin where a few months earlier the Winter Olympic skaters made their rounds, hundreds of Summer Olympic chess players play their games in a space that is
much too big. Young Magnus Carlsen represents his country for the first time, Vishy Anand represents his for the last time. The orange caps worn by various players catch the eye. The Football World
Championships are about to start in Germany, but not only the Dutch wear orange. On the garments the phrase ‘The Right Move’ can be read, which is the slogan of Bessel Kok’s campaign. In Turin he is
trying to become the President of the World Chess Federation. His opponent is the current office holder Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who finally seems to be facing an opponent of stature.

Bessel Kok
Bessel Kok

In the receiving hall of the Oval the players can analyse, have a drink, kiebitz at the Computer Chess World Championship, or collect an orange cap from Bessel Kok’s team. Between the challenger’s election
stall and the slide presentation for the Olympiad in Tromsø 2014 is a small espresso bar with a number of tables. With a defiant look, a long, dark-haired man with an attaché-case and a large plastic bag comes shuffling along. He looks at Kok’s stand, shakes his head pityingly, smiles charmingly at the blonde promotion ladies from Norway, and finally sits down at an empty table with a deep sigh.

It doesn’t take long before he gets company. A welldressed, slightly elderly man, certainly not a chess player, grabs a chair and looks around somewhat nervously. Not a word is spoken. A glance is enough. The case is opened and a white envelope emerges.

After the delivery, the generous giver painstakingly ticks something on a paper sheet and takes a coffee mug and a silly little flag from his plastic bag. The envelope disappears in the visitor’s inside pocket. It
isn’t long before the next candidate sits down at the table, conspicuously inconspicuous. This procedure is repeated several times, until there are no more coffee mugs. When the job is done, the
representative orders an espresso, grins at the young Norwegian blondes one more time, and calmly strolls back to the playing room with his empty case. The plastic bag is carelessly thrown into a
wastepaper basket.

Just a few days later, Kok loses the election contest without a chance, 96-54.

Ilyumzhinov doesn’t need orange caps. orangecap

 

 

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 5

Last round before the first rest day. Any plans for today Lawrence?

@LawrenceTrentIM:Carlsen-Aronian, Kramnik-Topalov & Bermuda Party later, gonna be a great day!”

Hmm, I wonder if his commentary of the Aronian-Carlsen game will be completely neutral? @GMJanGustafsson:“Lawrence Aronian in good spirits before meeting Magnus Carlsen in Round 5”.

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Any predictions? @garylanechess:“I am going for an Aronian win over Carlsen today so the Armenian can prove he can be one day a World Champion”.

Talking about commentators: @jasonrepa: “Do us all a favor and remove Gausel from the commentator’s desk. The heavy breathing into the mic is intolerable.”

The other highlight of the day is the encounter Kramnik-Topalov. Earlier this year I wrote an article called “shake hands” on this blog. If you are interested, have a look.

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@EuropeEchecs: “Gens Una Sumus” except for Kramnik and Topalov today. As usual, they won’t shake hands it sounds funny, but it’s not”.

@megalovic:” R5 highest combined Elo Aronian-Carlsen 5682 Kramnik-Topalov 5532 Gelfand-Dominguez 5513 WangYue-Giri 5463 Le-Adams 5450″. @top40chess: “27 of the top 40 players are in action at the Chess Olympiad today. Caruana,  Grischuk and Fressinet resting.”

Tania has a day off as well, probably getting ready for the Bermuda Party. @TaniaSachdev:Tea and snickers,Watching Troms2014 live on Norwegian tele! Aronian-Magnus Kramnik-Topalov and other interesting match ups. Rest day bliss!”

Big games and matches ahead. @echecs64 has a funny tweet about the French team: “How French will lose matches in Tromso ? Very simple. Deprive them from Japanese restaurants :)”. @garylanechess has a tweet about the English team: “England will surprisingly easily beat Vietnam. They always try their hardest before the notorious Bermuda Party”. Gary spotted another interesting pairing: “Surely the big match is Canada versus the USA. If the Canadians grab a 2-2 draw it would be a moral victory!”

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China has a tough match coming up against The Netherlands: @nvmea:“Chinese should have borrowed Hou Yifan from the women team for today against Giri”.

The games

@ChessBase: “Kramnik-Topalov, Aronian-Carlsen, and so many monster games. Where to focus one’s attention?”

Everybody tuned in? @JonathanRowson: “Determined not to tune in to the Chess Olympiad until work is done. Chess helps you concentrate, but it’s the mother of all distractions.”

And how about Twitter, Jonathan? :-)) @Chess Classic: “Not even close!”

Not surprisingly, the first tweet after the start of the round: @chess24.com:“No handshake in Kramnik-Topalov.”

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Will these men ever grow up? Sigh. @DanielRensch: “To be honest, getting kind of tired of the topic…” Peter Doggers on the subject of Kramnik & Topalov “no hand shake”. Totally agree.

Roving reporter @TarjeiJS is wandering through the playing hall looking for mates in three or other oddities. Of course he found something:  “Libyan player losing on zero tolerance for the 5th time in the event. I don’t think he’s here, only 3 of their players here.”

Some more interesting games and players on the lower boards: @davidmelandri63:“13 yr old Anton Smirnov on board 4 for Austalia is on his way to win his 4th match out of 4”. 

@abdallahkhalouf: “GM Viktor Bologan(2654) dropped a piece against a FM (2307) from Lebanon at move 20! Upset of the round?!” (The game ended in a draw, although the computer showed a +1.5 score for black (Faisal Khairalla) in the final position.)

There was a blunder in a top game, between two 2700+ players, and its Ivanchuk, who is playing a very unfortunate Olympiad, in the spotlight:

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@Chess24.com:Blunder of the day: After fxg5 Rxe5 Ivanchuk resigned vs Kasimdzhanov”. @MarkTWIC:“Ukraine lose to Uzbekistan. Ivanchuk completely lost the plot in a drawish position inexplicably losing a pawn, then a piece”.

@JonathanRowson:I’m glad I’m not Ivanchuck’s psychotherapist”.

Meanwhile, in the press room: @ChessVibes: “@bbalgabaev left flyers in press room countering statements from Kasparov. Press officer now removing them. “Campaign elsewhere.”

Back to the games of the day: @kumbham:“Topalov seems to be getting Kramniked move by move….”And what’s going on in the match Norway-Armenia? @PoisondPwnPress: “Movsesian and Hammer draw, Aronian still trying to squeeze blood from the Carlsen-stone, Agdestein barely hanging on.”

We should not forget the women’s section, but unfortunately there are not that many tweets, probably due to the attention the tweeters have for the top matches today. “Why is there so little coverage of women’s games? Almost seems it is a mens only tournament..”, @miaupiau666 complains. There are some interesting games, though e.g. Mammadova-Krush in Azerbaijan-USA: @fallingsnowgirl:  “The french defense has not been treating Krush very well this olympiad! Maybe she should go back to the Sicilian…”

@nvmea: “Chinese women making incredible mess of it again, hard to understand some of the moves”.

Results

Back to the top games: here is a picture just before Topalov resigned his game against Kramnik. Was he distracted by the camera?

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@jokimdawar: “Cloverfield-like camera work at the Chess Olympiad. Hello Veselin.”

And the other big game ended in a draw: @TarjeiJS: “Aronian-Carlsen 1/2-1/2. Kasparov: “It was a draw when I entered the tournament hall two hours ago.”The draw was not enough for Norway to beat Armenia:  @PoisondPwnPress: “After 5.5 hours and 79 moves, Agdestein succumbs to Sargissian. Good effort from Norway, no shame losing to 3rd seed and defending champs.”

Another top match finished. @goranurosevic:“Serbia held Azerbaijan 2-2 and stays on top of open section! Perunovic beat Radjabov”

What about the Dutch team, certainly a black horse in this event: @RobertRis:2-2 versus China is a good result for the Dutch! 8/10 MP going into rest day, everything still possible!”

Lots of 2-2 results today as you can see, e.g. in Russia-Bulgaria, Germany-Qatar, Vietnam-England and USA-Canada! @chesscampeona:“I honestly thought the United States would defeat Canada in the Chess Olympiad today…the big ouch.” @SusanPolgar: “US lucky to tie Canada. Nakamura was near losing”.

It took a while before all the games in the women’s section were over: @theparasg:“Interesting to note that most remaining games in the Women’s section are on the top boards. Do weaker players play faster?” 

The Russian team was lucky today: In the game Khotenashvili-Gunina, the Georgian woman played the incredible 57. Qc7, losing on the spot. @pogonina:Valya Gunina! What an amazing comeback!!! Russia-Georgia 2.5-1.5″ @nvmea: “Georgian women have been the most unlucky team for several years and today has cemented it…”

Bermuda Party

@ChessVibes: “Tomorrow is the first rest day, and tonight the (in)famous Bermuda Party!” @TarjeiJS: “How many U25 y/o will bring their passport to prove they are over 18? If not, risk not getting in to the Bermuda party!”

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Enjoy! Looking forward to some spicy tweets and twitpics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 4

What to do in Tromsø when you just lost a game in Round three? Paco Vallejo, who lost a brilliant game against Veselin Topalov on Monday, wanted to let some steam off:

@Chessidharta: “Tough day.Tough chess game and even tougher football match against some Colombian supertalented chess-football players. Even Magnus showed up”.

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To make it even worse, Topalov rubbed some salt into the wound: @lladini:Talked briefly with Topalov: “Yesterday’s game was beautiful, but no so difficult”.

Another suggestion to relax after a (lost) game from the Wilderness Center near Tromsø. @tromsovillmark: Need a break from the Chess Olympiad ? Come see our newborn puppies, just 25 min from Tromso”.

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Gabriela Vargas (Board 1 Paraguay, women) has other problems, although she won in round 2 and 3: @kaissapy: “Where I can buy chess books in Tromso?” Maybe @EinarMagnussen has an idea? “Tromsø is blooming during the Chess Olympiad. Lived there for more than six years and miss my town so bad now.”

It is obviously hard to find chess books in Tromsø, especially when you cannot see anything at all because of the fog: @chess24.com: “Foggy view from the volunteer cafe above the Chess Olympiad  venue”.

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Looks like a smokers’ corner to me. Well, that does not look very inviting, does it? Better go inside then. Any cool games coming up today, Jan?

@JanGustafsson: Cool pairings today: ” Grischuk-Ding Liren,  Carlsen-Wojtaszek, Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Naiditsch”. Ah, thanks, and @megalovic got more information for us:” R4 highest combined Elo Carlsen-Wojtaszek 5612 MVL-Mamedyarov 5511 Grischuk-Ding 5537 Giri-Gelfand 5498 Kramnik-Wang Yue 5478″. 

@EinarGausel: “France facing off against Azerbaijan.on board 1 in the open section- Let’s raise some hell at the sound of the bell!”

@top40chess: “29 of the world’s top 40 players are in action at the Chess Olympiad today, and 67 of the top 120”.

Of course, we should not forget the women: @stv_07: “Philippine Women are making some noise in Chess Olympiad, hope to sustain their momentum as they face #11 Spain in rd. 4”.

Who do you think is leading in the women competition after threee rounds? Susan has the answer: @SusanPolgar: “The Iranian women’s team has a perfect 12-0 score so far, ahead of China, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, etc.”

The games

Is it possible to write a round report without @TarjeiJS tweets? No. The roving reporter spotted the quickest game of the Olympiad: “The Chess Olympiad’s quickest game in Zimbabwe-Togo: 1.e4 g5 2.d4 f6 3.Qh5 mate 1-0″. 

@MarkTWIC: “Chess journalists have talked of “publishable games” for years. Is the definition of publishable one you can fit in a tweet?” 

Tarjei published a twitpic of the disaster:

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@MarkTWIC: “I really wonder if it was a protest over board order. Colletta Wakuruwarewa ZIM Women Bd1 1633 Bd2 Rhoda Masiyazi 1920”. @Top40Chess: “It’s also hard to see any motive for collusion, plus you’d think they would make it a bit less obvious if it were”. @czrdm: “True. There was a case when a player lost on purpose this way (had to leave). And only he was expelled. Up to arbiters.” @Manju2006: “Zimbabwe vs Togo. Prearranged game? Disgusting!”

There was an update later: @TarjeiJS: “Names/colors in the PGN of Togo-Zimbabwe were switched, so the player who lost in 3 moves was unrated. Still very suspicious”.

@LennartOotes: “The 3-move mate is well known as the Madonna Gambit, where Klip scored an IM norm and Bottema made it to the concert”.

Let’s have a look at some serious action on the top boards:

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@MarkTWIC:

“For some reason the phrase “I hate mices to pieces” from the Pixie and Dixie cartoons is in my mind today. England vs Latvia”. 

 

I did not mention Magnus Carlsen in the round 3 report. Today the Norwegian has a big game against Radek Wojtaszek (Poland). @JonathanRowson: “On move 18, Magnus has control, and if you’re his opponent, that’s always bad news”. His compratiot Jon Ludvig Hammer plays on board 3 vs. Duda: @PoisondPwnPress:@gmjlh is throwing the kitchen sink at Duda’s kingside.”

A (former?) top player is struggling: @EuropeEchecs: “Vassily Ivanchuk out of control : draw (15) against Ziaur Rahman (2523) ?!” @MichielAbeln: “If you look at all 3 games this Olympiad than Ivanchuk needs desperately a rest day to re-energize, mediocre moves.” @AndreyDeviatkin: “If Chuky wants to draw let him draw.He has played enough fights already”.

@ChessVibes spotted a spectacular move in th etop match Russia-China: “A Nxf7 spotted in Kramnik-Wang Yue! The computer prefers other moves but let’s just ignore that for the moment”. His compratiot on board 2, Alexander Grishuk is in trouble: @PoisondPwnPress“: Grischuk losing the thread against Diren. Russia going down? #whoah

Nice hashtag, btw.

And Carlsen won: @MarkTWIC: “Used to be Fischer fear. Carlsen has some of the same stuff these days. Wojtaszek about to be crushed like he was nothing”. @JonathanRowson: “Magnus is brutal. He’s making a 2735 look really weak and helpless when he is anything but.”@rhenderson: “omg, Carlsen just rolled over Wojtaszek. He truly is the world champion.”

@ChessVibes:Carlsen now live on #nrksjakk where it looks like Agdestein is one vowel away from playing a diseased chess legend”.

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@cesarlasanta: “I would like that Polugaievsky were just “diseased”. He is however unfortunately deceased.”

It was an important win by Carlsen, his team members scored three draws, to claim a 2,5-1,5 victory over Poland: Jon Ludvig Hammer tweeted @gmjlh: “My biggest shock after the game? I’m not losing with my knight stuck on h7.”

Huge upset in the women’s section: bunaya_m: “Congratulations for Irene Kharisma, Citra, Chelsie and Medina, Indonesian girl’s team about to beat Armenian Women”. And Iran is doing great as well: @AlteredCourse:“Chess was banned by the Iranian regime until 1989. Their Women’s team currently lead the Chess Olympiad. Really pleased for them!” @ChessVibes:China, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran and Russia are the only teams who won in all four rounds in the women section of the Chess Olympiad” 

And what about the men? @ChessVibes:Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Serbia are the only teams who won in all four rounds in the open section of the Chess Olympiad.”, and @ChessVibes added the top pairings of R5:  “Azerbaijan-Serbia,  Russia-Bulgaria, Armenia-Norway, China-Netherlands, Ukraine-Uzbekistan, Israel-Cuba”

 @JanGustafsson:“Looks like we are getting to see Topalov-Kramnik and Carlsen-Aronian tomorrow!”, which are exciting games to look forward to for a chess loving cat!@KarolineSjothun from Stavanger posted this lovely twitpic of her cat, watching the games on Norwegian TV:

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One last tweet for today: Some people are getting “Olympiad Crazy”. And we are not even half-way!

@PoisondPwnPress: “Between playing, politics and the Chess Olympiad,  I’ve overdone it. Had dream Kirsan was stealing my chess clocks and best silver.”

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Your blogger says: Sweet dreams!

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 3

A Chess Olympiad in Norway?  How sweet!

@bryansanchezUSA: “Sweeeet! The Chess Olympiad started this weekend in Tromso. Go USA! The geek shall inherit the Earth!! Wooooooo!!!”

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@bryansanchezUSA: “Ohhh… Intelligent, classy, well-dressed people + fit, platinum blondes w sexy Euro accents… Its like james Bond but better!”

Ahum. Back to business:  big news today to start off this report.  @Tromso2014:The team from the Maldives have arrived Tromsø and have been paired against Mauritania in round 3.”

There is still one player missing, right? What is his name again?

@MarkTWIC: “Did they bring Nakamura with them?”

Obviously Nakamura has arrived: @ChessVibes: “Bad news for the Dutch? @GMHikaru has arrived in Tromsø and plays @anishgiri on board one today. :-)” @Manju2006: “That is great news. Our trust in @anishgiri is tremendous. Go Anish!”

@MadsStostad posted this twitpic:

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 @SusanPolgar: “You know that Hikaru arrived at the Olympiad when US Captain John Donaldson ran to the store to get him Red Bull :)”

You can see that the battle between the 2700+ players in this Olympiad has begun, not only in the match of the day USA-NED. @Megalovic:” R3 highest combined Elo Aronian-MVL 5573 Nakamura-Giri 5532 Wojtaszek-Dominguez 5495 Topalov-Vallejo 5470 Leko-WangYue 5458″.

@top40chess: “28 of the top 40 players in the world are in action today at the Chess Olympiad.”

We have some big matches today, and @GMJanGustafsson predicts: “ARM-FRA 1.5-2.5 USA-NED 2-2 NOR1-MNE 3-1 GER-ENG 2.5-1.5 POL-CUB 2-2”. 

@johnchess100th anniversary of WW1 and who should ENG be playing at the Chess Olympiad  but GER. Nigel Short on the match: “trench warfare!” 

@AndieHowie13: “I wonder if Germany will win on penalties”

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(The Guardian, 25Jun 2010)

You can follow all the top games live on various websites, but in Norway you can follow the Olympiad on National TV as well: @herediacarla:  “Amazing to see the Chess Olympiad on TV! Who said that chess isnt popular? Chess is everywhere in Norway”

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No tweets about long lines to get into the playing hall today, but some  “zero tolerance” tweets: @TarjeiJS: “NRK reporting an Iraqi player left the board to get some water, told the arbiter. Returned too late and got forfeited.” And in another tweet: “Said he felt unwell, then told the arbiter that he needed water, returned and was forfeited, according to NRK.”

@manju2006: “This Zero tolerance goes a bit too far in my opinion.”

Back to the games…and the blunder of the Olympiad? 

@jfernandez:“Canadian WIM Starr got mated in 8 moves against a 1500 player from Angola.  That is just awful. 8. dxe5?? my god”. 

@J_Mareeswaran:Canadian WIM Starr made blunder of Chess Olympiad & mated in 8 moves vs 11 yr old Luzia Pires from Angola”

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A much better (and longer) game to watch: @allanbeard: “Great game today by Topalov v Vallejo Pons. Played in his style of old. Time control reached; I expect him to convert.”

Toppy did convert. Convincingly.

And the top game ended in an uneventful draw @ChessBomb: “Giri and Nakamura failed the great expectations for a big fight “

Women

Yes, the women: @fallingsnowgirl: “Getting frustrated with the commentators ignoring the women’s games…”.

There were some interesting matches in the women section today, e.g. Russia-France. Armchair grandmasters follow the games: @nvmea: “The evaluation in Milliet – Gunina has jumped to +4. On move 15. Blimey.” USA-China is another big match, with the game Irina Krush-Yifan Hou on board 1: @top40chess:  “Hou Yifan is world #90 right now – but if she loses to Krush today, she drops back out of the top 100”. 

The Russian women after a rollercoaster match: @pogonina:Such a tense match to watch! We saved 2 hopeless and 1 seriously worse position & won 1! Russia-France 2.5-1.5. What about the Russian men, Natalia? @pogonina: “Meanwhile, our men’s team whitewashed Macedonia 4-0. Well done” 

I spotted a few turnarounds today, e.g. in Aronian-Vachier Lagrave: @Josecmd:Is Aronian stoned? White to move, he played Kd3. Totally ridiculous.” In Germany-Argentina (Women) @chess24.com tweeted: “Olympiad Ambass. Melanie Ohme turned her losing position to a winning vs Fernandez”.

Always good to have tweeters around  to spot amazing games and results, also in the lower sections: @theparasg:Looking at R3 results and am shocked to see 4-0 to Kenya vs Fiji. It’s usually the other way round. Well done, Team Kenya!”

Let’s go back to the top matches: @RobertRis: Great day for the Dutch guys as they defeated the USA with 2.5-1.5! Well done @GMRobinVK and @erwinlami!” @PoisndPwnPress: “Akobian collapses in a drawn endgame to give Netherlands the narrowest of victories. Nakamura regretting his early repetition with White?” 

Some poetry by @JonathanRowson: “Watch the way @GMRobinVK‘s bishops ever so slowly crawl into life; like caterpillars who will later be butterflies.” And he found some nice words for Erwin L’Ami as well:” @erwinlami victory today was wonderfully Karpovian, which probably made it even more painful for Kamsky”

Another interesting match: @sagarch: “France 2.5- Armenia 1.5, France looking the most compact of all teams other than Russia.” Any comments from the Armenians? @TarjeiJS: “All Armenian players during Chess Olympiad: “No interviews” 

If you have the time, check the game Almasi-Yu (Hungary-China) and find out why @Unudurti tweeted: “Zoltan Almasi is the saddest man on the planet tonight”.

Toiletgate? 

Another toiletgate coming up? @almodiahki: “Request from the organizers of Tromso2014 to allow the players to use the restrooms at the hotels during the games!”

See for yourself: @ChessBrains: “Olympic toilet”

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One final tweet for today: @banda111: “So many games (600!!!) I am replaying them all night long, pure fun!”

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 2

After the first round finished on Saturday, it was relatively quiet in the Chess Twittersphere. The players probably went off to the restaurants, having a €30 hamburger.

Or they have been shopping after the games, like @ChessNinja did:

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“This is roughly $50 of campaign fuel from 7-11. In Norway the convenience stores rob YOU.”

There were not many tweets after the first round finished, but  there were no tweets from the playing hall as well. Why? The answer is simple: Jovan Petrovic tweeted:

@FSTIMJP: “WCO 2014. Round 1. It seems chess players(of all levels) can survive without electronic devices (mobile phones, etc),while playing the game.”

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Round 2

Mark, any big games coming up today? @MarkTwic: “Round 2. No doubt all eyes will be at least initially drawn to Magnus Carlsen playing black against Tomi Nyback.” 

Tell me Susan, why is this such a big game? @SusanPolgar: “The big story of the day is the rematch between Norway and Finland. Nyback defeated Carlsen in their matchup in Dresden 2008.”

Lots of top players skipped round one, but today it was a different story: @Top40chess: “Today, 21 of the top 40 players are in action at the Chess Olympiad but we have temporarily extended our list to cover the top 120!” @TarjeiJS: “All the stars that didn’t play in round 1 are playing in round 2 (well, except Nakamura)!”

No tweets from Hikaru today (yet) , but I am sure that he will tweet the moment he arrives in Tromsø. I hope his luggage will arrive as well, since there are some unfortunate players still waiting for their bags, like Eric Hansen: lost_baggage.600x600

 

@hansenchess:Day 4 of no luggage”

 

 

The “Tromsø line” and zero tolerance

The games started at 14:00 today, which was one hour earlier than  Saturday . Interesting observations by @Susan Polgar: 

“At 1pm today, 1 hr before Chess olympiad started the entrance opened and no player was there to get in :)”

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“At 1:30pm, everyone started to rush in at once :)”

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You may recognize members of the Dutch team on the right hand side: Anish Giri and Erwin L’Ami. You will not be surprised that a number of players did not manage to get to their board on time:

@ChessVibes:  “Zero-tolerance completely misplaced at  lower sections. 11-year-old Murara Layola in tears for being a bit late.”… and followed up: “Yes, an 11-year-old girl from Rwanda who cannot play her game, and doesn’t understand why. Sad.”

@Rabbi224 repliedThis is not the way to encourage young people to okay chess!” 

The Palestinian team seemed to have some similar problems: @fadiquassis:Palestinian teams both open and women got 0/8 today without playing their games, strange?” @ChessVibes has the answer: “That was another example of zero-default. They didn’t arrive in time.” @fadiquassis: “Shame on Palestinian teams and admins, there should be consequences”. 

Not only in the lower sections players did not make it on time. A well-known player also lost:  @TarjeiJS: Legendary Beliavsky didn’t show up for his game and lost by zero-tolerance.” 

Zero tolerance is controversial, to say the least, also on Twitter. Here are two statements I found. What do you think?

Pro@DRMWZRD:”If zero tolerance is the rule, you lose when you’re late. It’s as simple as that. Nothing brutal about it. Just rules.” 

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Con: @BarberChess: “Zero tolerance rule needs to be completely done away with, start their clock they have to play down time. forfeiting an 11 year old is BS.”

Meanwhile, at the top boards….

@slavenzivkovic: “Very surprising opening choice by Aronian and Smerdon played it surprisingly bold”. @sagarch: “Hmm…Karjakin in a spot of bother. Really good position for black by IM Husein Aziz.” @TarjeiJS: “Oh my. Norwegian 21 year old Frode Urkedal may be on his way to a sensational win against Vasily Ivanchuk”.

 @PoisondPwnPress: “Magnus Carlsen with a huge time advantage but nothing on the board. Draw?” Magnus,  with his time advantage,  had enough time to watch the other games: @MadsStostad: “Når Magnus Carseln  gliser over skulderen din. Noia.”

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 Results

The first big upset in this Olympiad was the game Urkedal won vs. Ivanchuk in the Match Norway 2- Ukraine.  @ecfchess was not impressed by Ivanchuk:” Over in Match 2 in the Open, Norwegian champion Frode Urkedal has just beaten Chucky. Child’s Play”. @CazHansen:” Ivanchuk’s loss against Urkedal seemed like a calculation meltdown of some sort.”@MarkTWIC: “My feeling is that although it was a fantastic result for Frode Urkedal that this was a fairly desperate performance by Ivanchuk today.”

 @OlimpiuUrcan: “Although it has the right ring for it, no, Frode Urkedal is *not* a character from “The Lord of the Rings.”

Who is this guy “Urkedal”, Tarjei? Send us a picture please:

@TarjeiJS:” Urkedal congratulated by @abidraja after his sensational win vs Ivanchuk.”

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Another upset spotted by Peter Doggers: @ChessVibes:”Qatar’s Al-Tamimi (2186) managed to draw with the mighty Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) on board 4 vs Russia”.  Remember the Smerdon-Aronian game? @ChessVibes:Smerdon indeed managed to hold Aronian to a draw. Smurf talent!”. Your blogger spotted  a nice game: @ChessClassic: Another upset  Rapport- Rohl Montes (Hungary-Venezuela) 0-1″. 

Norway 2 managed to score 2-2 vs. Ukraine: GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is excited: @gmjlh: “Norge-Ukraina 2-2!! Fantastisk laginnsats og flott av Frode x2”. And what about Norway 1? @TarjeiJS: “Norway-Finland: four draws and 2-2. Another minor disappointment for the Norwegians”. But a nice match up is possible for round 3: “Norway 1 vs Norway 2 tomorrow? That would be quite a match!” 

This was really not a spectacular round in my view, except for the Norway 1 and 2 results and the occasional individual upset,  but  some people obviously disagree: @SusanPolgar: “This is an incredible round! So many HUGE upsets!”

My advice:

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Here is a final tweet for today. A simple statement and very true: 

@srikrishnan1992: A wealth of games for the chess enthusiast. Do not miss!

 

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 1

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!”

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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!”

laptopAnother top player arrived: @fabianocaruana: “Arrived in Tromso with a broken laptop screen. Many thanks to the organizers for promptly finding me a replacement.”

 

I found this remarkable picture by Berik Balgabaev: @bbalgabaev:  “В Тромсе уже всем ясно-Кирсан скажет ГК: “такому черному будущему у шахмат не бывать.”

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@OlimpiuUrcan: “Who was the consultant who advised on these Kasparov posters all over Tromsø? That mournful dark goes really well with the “future” bit.”

Round 1

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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! 

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And he added: “Third time in Norway in the last year so I can comfort people about the extravagant prices”.

Tromsø line 

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

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@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”. 

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@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.”

Chess Politics

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. 

One final (free) advice for the tweeters from your blogger:  

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The Olympiad in Tweets – Final preparations

One more day before the games of the 41st Chess Olympiad start in Tromsø. You will find lots of of previews, pictures and reports on the  well known chess news websites. On this blog you can find the best, funniest and most remarkable tweets of the Olympiad in a storyline (more or less).

@Chess24.com: “One day to go”

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Adventures of Naka

It is interesting to follow the adventures of Hikaru Nakamura, who desperately tries to get to Tromsø somehow, after he missed a connection in London.travels

@GMHikaru: “Can it get worse?? Now I apparently have no confirmed seat on the 2nd and can’t even arrive in Tromso till the 3rd evening at the earliest.”

On his Facebook site Nakamura  posted a big story about his trip. I do not want to copy the whole story (this blog is called Chess in Tweets, not Chess on Facebook), but the last part is interesting:

“I simply do not understand why the organizers with a massive budget did not attempt to add a few extra flights so that A) the prices would be a bit cheaper even on original tickets and B)so that the availability would not be such an issue in the case of delays.”

@TarjeiJS: “Nakamura’s tweet about his cancelled flight already made it to the headlines in Norway”. @asimpereira: So have they agreed to shift Norway.. yet? Jonathan Tisdall replied: @GMjtis: Think they’re working on turning the country upside down to make the north more accessible for Naka ;-).

 @Saetrus tweeted to Nakamura:” Welcome to the outskirts of the world…”

Perhaps Naka should contact his new sponsor Red Bull. After all, their slogan is: “Red Bull gives you Wings”.

@Chessnotes:Should we start watching all the airports now for a big game of “Where’s @GMHikaru“?” And added this picture:

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@GMIanRogers has arrived: “Already here, of course. Sydney- Jakarata-Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam-Oslo-Tromso – feeling great… ” 

Long flight for this team as well: @OlimpiuUrcan: “Singapor’s Olympic team arriving in Tromsø after a 17-hour flight”, and added this twitpic:

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@OlimpiuUrcan added: One thing that could ruin this long flight is some 20-year-old wearing a Putin T-shirt sitting next to me for the next 12 hours.

Eric Hansen @hansenchess: “Luggage lost in Paris but made it to Tromso. Hope I will get my bags by tomorrow or I may be forfeited for hygeine”. @AnishGiri:And the mighty Dutch team has arrived @Tromso2014 too! We’re all ready”.

GM Nigel Short is on his way….@NigelShortChess: “The delights of wifi on planes! If we get hit by a Russian missile, I will tweet to inform you 🙂

 Meanwhile…in Tromsø

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@ISBREWater: “A Special ISBRE Water Logo For The Chess Olympiad Shipped With Love To Tromsø, Norway.

 

 

Nice stuff. Many players would definitely prefer a beer, but not everybody can afford to pay €8.77 for pint!  (price according to www.pintprice.com).  Yochanan Afek, who just plays an Open tournament in The Netherlands tweeted: @afekchess: “Lots of fun and success in Tromso! I still consider to rob a bank and join you. The beers in Vlissingen however are still way cheaper!” 

Friday was a day for stamp lovers: @GMJtis: “Norway launching postage stamp dedicated to world champion Magnus Carlsen and the centenary of the chess federation, today in Tromsø.”

@TarjeiJS:” Carlsen clearly very excited about appearing on a stamp!” 

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@JohnChess: “The fact that nothing much excites him is the reason he’s such a good chessplayer.”

The visitors are getting ready for the Olympiad and spend some free  time before the opening ceremony on Friday to explore Tromsø. 

@TarjeiJS: “The nice thing about hosting a #ChessOlympiad in a small city as Tromsø, is that whenever you go, you will see chess players!”

 @chessninja: “Walking across Tromsø with @Kasparov63, whose image is all over town, is like walking around Moscow w him back in the day. Every head turns.” @OlimpiuUrcan: “Who was the consultant who advised on these Kasparov posters all over Tromsø? That mournful dark goes really well with the “future” bit.”

i guess they did not stop to watch the game between Andrey Filatov and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.  @GMastrokoukos: “While Kasparov’s camp is filling up Tromso with bad taste posters, Ilyumzhinov is in the city promoting chess!”

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@pogonina: “Saw Ilyumzhinov and Filatov play giant chess on the street. Watched only the final, but Kramnik told me it was a good game overall! ;)”

Opening ceremony

In the evening the opening ceremony started, live on TV and on livestream for the rest of the world.  @TarjeiJS: “Maybe I am biased, but if this opening ceremony don’t impress the chess world, nothing will. Excellent show! :)” @ChessNinja: “Opening ceremony. Come for the light show, stay for the speeches!” 

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Did I mention Magnus Carlsen already? Of course he was on stage. with the Norwegian team. @MarkTWIC: “You’d have thought Carlsen would have dressed up”, followed up with : “The rest of the team turned up in suits! OK slightly joking as his jeans probably cost more than my suit.”

The opening ceremony just lasted an hour: @Pookita: “58 minutes. How long was the World Championship opening ceremony in Chennai?? It might still be going on.”

Now that the opening ceremony is over pretty early,  there is enough time for the players to prepare for the games.  Apparantly, some people are looking forward to the games: @youareaphoney:Hyped as fuck for Sjakk-OL “.

@GMJuditPolgar: “There will be great battles here starting from tomorrow 🙂 The playing hall of the Chess Olympiad in Tromso!” 

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One final tweet for today: @Big_Alex:Chess Olympiad starts on saturday! Since Brazil failed miserably on soccer WC, let’s root for our Chess team.”

games begin