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Chess in Tweets – Weekly (3) Doha Special

After the London Chess Classic, the next big event was played in Doha, Qatar: the Rapid and Blitz World Championships took place from 25th to 30th December…..

@olimpiuurcan: “This should be special: five days of top-level fast and furious chess from Doha, Qatar.”

@patrick_jmt:The world chess championship was interesting, but I’d rather watch rapid / blitz with the top players any time”.

 …. and it was the first event in which  Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin played after their World Championship match in New York in November. Big names, but…

@TarjeiJS: “Some big players missing in #dohachess2016: Caruana, So, Ding, Kramnik, Le Quang, Andreikin”.

And Nigel Short. But he has obviously played enough blitz. 

Service update from GM Peter Svidler, @polborta: “Health bulletin: was too sick to fly, will be watching #dohachess2016 from home. Feel much better now, might manage a BB later this week.”

Loads of chess players were wandering around in hotel lobbies in luxury hotels in Doha,  celebrating Christmas among unsuspecting tourists:  @brucel:  “I’m in a hotel lobby surrounded by chess players bragging about games they’ve won. Very festive: chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

@pscooksey: “Question – what are the players doing in the evening – are there sights to see in Doha or just a million elo in a nice hotel?

Sound like a lot of fun! Perhaps the tweeter should have gone out to the playing hall to watch the games: @forwardchess: “Rapid chess is epic struggle of the titans! Thrilling to watch.”

Indeed, rapid chess is thrilling to watch. It is even more fun to watch the games in the playing hall, but the pictures from the event showed an almost empty playing hall (except for the players of course) , an empty press room and only a handful of chess journalists covering the event.

(Picture of the press room by Anna Rudolf @Anna_Chess)

@mikamesh: “Why did the organizers pick a Stadium as venue? The place seems oddly deserted”.

An event like this, organized in a place like Doha, can only work if you can present the games on the net for free, with good commentators and a flawless connection.

@telegraphchess: “Miroshnichenko/Rudolph top commentators sad to see them struggling with awful game feed and asking audience the result of games!”

In the rapid tournament, there were some complaints about the connection.

@Chess_Anyone: “Such a poor streaming #Dohachess2016 This is not how a rapid WCC should look like.”

@theallenvonix: “How hard can it be, to provide a stable livestream in 2016? Final games and you have to reload every 10 seconds.”

@pscooksey:“I’m enjoying #dohachess2016 despite livestream being less reliable than the Benoni”.

Let’s go to the games. In an event like this, it is always nice to discover some new names: @pramodnvs:“Levan Pantsulia has been a revolution here.He has beaten both Hikaru and Magnus here.What a grt feat!” @GM_Mogranzini: “The real surprise of the tournament is Levan Pantsulaia”.

After day one (five rounds), the leader was…@chess.com: “Korobov Perfect On Day 1 At World Rapid Champs,” after the second day (10 rounds) @multiscrime:Vassily Ivanchuk finishing the 2nd day of rapid championship with 8/10 and being a sole leader with performance of 2953.”  @TarjeiJS: “Vasily Ivanchuk, leading #dohachess2016 after 10 out of 15 rounds. I am almost hoping this legend will win it all.”

@Vilispawar: “When you are an Indian, an ardent Vishy fan but you want Chucky to win against him”.

Oh, and where are the other top players: @unudurti: “Titans slumming it out on the lower boards: Naka on B16, Karjakin on B23, Leko on B26, Jobava on B31”.

Winner after 15 rounds: @JakeDarmanin: “Ivanchuk has just won the World Rapid Championship!! Kudos to the veteran legend, very happy for him!”

I think everybody in the chess world is happy for Ivanchuk. An overwhelming number of (prominent) tweeters congratulated the new rapid chess world champ. 

From the bloggers vault: Ivanchuk with Spasski (left) in Bilbao. 

@Kasparov63: “Congrats to the Great Vassily on winning the World Rapid! He surprised me many times at the board; now he’s teaching a whole new generation”.

@nigelshortchess: “Delighted for Vassily Ivanchuk, one of the tiny handful of chess players @Kasparov63 unhesitatingly refers to as a “genius”.

@unudurti: “With Ivanchuk winning, youngsters like Anand and Kramnik need to improve their game!”

What about the women? @rohangoda: Why aren’t the commentators looking at the Women’s world championship?! There are many interesting games!

@followchessapp“Meanwhile in the Women’s section of #dohachess2016 , Anna Muzychuk continues to dominate with only 4 more rounds to go (total 12)” . 

And in the end, Muzychuk won: @MarkTWIC: “In a tweet @Eljanov celebrates the Ukrainian double victory in the men’s (Ivanchuk) and women’s (Anna Muzychuk) in spite of no state support”

Blitz world championship

Next up : 21 rounds of blitz chess! Every chess player loves blitz, Morozevich for example: @gmasterg4: “It’s the comeback of the Legends, Morozevich is back!” 

But neither Moro nor defending champion Grishuk could keep the pace: @cazhansen: “Carlsen & Karjakin neck and neck after day 1 of World Blitz @#dohachess2016. Defending Champ Grischuk looks out of contention”.  

You can see that the tourney is a real tough event, when you look at the oppponents of Vishy Anand @Unudurti: “Anand’s tough fight in the Russian Superfinal: win vs Matlakov & Jakovenko, lost Morozevich & Dubov, draw Karjakin, Nepo next”.

On the second day, Carlsen seemed to have some trouble: @TarjeiJS: “Jobava had a completely winning position against Carlsen: “My grandmother would have won that position”.

 

 

@polborta: “With one hand tied behind her back, no doubt – and the other somehow full of rhubarb”. 

 

 

@olimpiuurcan: “In conclusion, I’ll say this: I’d rather watch Jobava lose like a man a thousand times than Leko drawing like a wimp once.”

But in blitz you win one, you lose one. Take it like a man, Magnus.

@idnhal: “Very disappointed Carlsen. Irritated that Wojtaszek wasted clear win, then draw vs Karjakin into a loss in penultimate round”. @TarjeiJS: “Carlsen on Wojtaszek-Karjakin: “One of the most stupid things I’ve seen. It’s sick. It’s completely sick!”

@GMJtis:So Karjakin gets a world title on tiebreaks, Magnus ties for three, wins one. A dramatic chess year, could hardly have been better scripted.”

@Missceylon: “So… Carlsen is still world champ, Ivanchuk rapid champ, and Karjakin is blitz champ. Everyone happy yet?”

I think Magnus is happy: @almodiakhi: “Magnus Carlsen won 68,666$ in prize money from Rapid&Blitz by sharing first place in both championships.”

Not bad for 5 days of rapid and blitz chess. 

@SergeyKarjakin: “Not this time, Mr.Carlsen!”

What happened in the  women’s section? @gmasterg4: Muzychuk Anna in the Women’s section came back with vengeance clinching both Blitz and Rapid World Titles!!”

@CazHansen:Muzychuk completed the double in the Women’s World Rapid & World Blitz. Congratulations on the accomplishment to her. Very impressive!”

The final tweet goes out to the organizer @almodiakhi: “Thank you all for being part of this championship, players, chesscast, commentators,  arbiters, media, chess fans!  CU All soon! “

One final advice….

This was the last blog post of the year. Thanks for your support in 2016. Please come back in 2017 and keep on tweeting! 

 

 

 

Chess in Tweets – Weekly (2) London Special

The chess twittersphere either had a Post-Magnus Twitter depression or a Pre-Christmas Twitter blockade, because the number of chess related tweets reduced dramatically after the world championship match in November.

Fortunately, we had the London Chess Classic to follow. @london_chess: “It is actually the first time in 8 years that the London Chess Classic clashes with the world famous Olympia Horse Show!”

I had the privilege to travel to London for two days and I visited the Classic on Tuesday, 15 December. I had a talk with Dutch GM Erwin l’ Ami @erwinlami , who seconded his compratiot Anish Giri at the Chess Classic in London about the blog and chess  tweets in general. He said that he often tweets during big events like the world championship and other big events, but that he does not feel the need to comment everything that is happening in the world of chess. Perhaps he had a talk with Anish about this subject, because after the London Chess Classic @anishgiri: tweeted “New Year’s resolution: tweet less, win more! “

For the benefit of this blog I can only say: tweet more and win more.

Anish Giri, photobombed! 

@GMjtis: Giri is an absolute mystery to me. He fights hard, plays sharp positions, is so gifted. But he’s like Magneto in a universe of metal draws.

You can not say that Anish did not try to win a game in London: @Kingsheadchess tweeted:  “Come on Giri, he’s only 45! Anish Giri playing on in dead draw, hoping that Mickey Adams will die of old age.”

Talking about old age: @thechessdrum: “Vishy responds to Giri’s “When will you retire” with “When are you going to win a game?” Got ’em!” 

Vishy Anand: why retire? 

@sergeykarjakin: If you ask me Giri has just become World Chess Draw Champion.”

The London Chess Classic is  a wonderful chess festival, with many side ents and some of the best players of the world competing in final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2016. But even the best players have bad days: 

@jonathan_rowson; “Classic self-destruction by Aronian. The frustration of not being able to impose your will gets to even the very best players.”

What about former world champion Veselin Topalov? Oh dear, he had many bad days at the Classic. @mamdouh_ismael: “Is it time for Topalov to quit chess? What a shame to lose against So like this …

@LouLasher:” I love the way Topalov plays, right up till his games fall apart. It’s heartbreaking.”

 

Perhaps Toppi did not prepare very well? What is your guess, Peter Heine Nielsen@PHChess: “Italian blues; Topalov reknown for deep opening preperataion. 50K Euro question: Was this one of them?” 

Toplaov had a simple answer: @GrandChessTourTopalov: “My brain is not working”.

Talking about exciting openings: @TERrendle: “Wow, more excitement at the Classic in Naka vs MVL! Maybe instead of rapid tiebreaks at WC players are forced to play Najdorf?!”

Hikaru Nakamura: Najdorf, why not? 

@joshfriedel: “I guess Caruana-Naka and Naka-MVL illustrate why everyone is playing the Berlin.”

@GMJtis“Now wondering if the absence of Magnus allows the others let their hair down, or if this London Chess Classic is simply blessed.”

Andrew Martin agreed, @AMartinChess:The games of the London Chess Classic 2016 are quite superb.”

Did we really miss Magnus in London? @TarjeiJS: “Around 9000 simultaneous viewers of the LondonChess live stream. Now, how much higher would that be with Carlsen playing?”

Happy Wesley

Superb winner of the Chess Classic and the Grand Chess Tour 2016 was Wesley So and he was praised by the Boss himself, @kasparov63“Congratulations to Wesley So for winning the GrandChessTour! He showed great consistency &, bad news for opponents, he’s still improving.”

@elo_1985_mor: “A dream year for Wesley. Congratulations to him for his achievements. London Chess :best tournament of the year in terms of chess quality!”

However, chess also showed its ugly head in London at the FIDE Open: @london_chess: “The top clash in the FIDE Open, Bacrot-Gupta, was a draw in 5 moves, meaning Bacrot is guaranteed at least shared first!” @elgransenor1: “That was pathetic on board one of the FIDE open today, even by chess standards.”

On the final day, there was a lot of action in the Chess Classic Super Rapidplay, which was won by Valentian Gunina. @ginger_gm: “Amazing performance by Gunina.  Well done! Girls are not as good as men!? Don’t think so!

@fionchetta: “What an absolute star Valentina Gunina is – winning the LondonChess Super Rapidplay with 9/10, ahead of 44 fellow GMs!” @londonchessconf: “Brilliant Valentina Gunina dominates London Super Rapidplay 9/10 beating John Nunn, David Howell, Luke McShane. Performance rating 2831 Wow!”

A great end to the London Chess Classic 2016! The next edition  which will be played from 29 November – 12  December 2017.

My personal favourite picture of the London Chess Classic.

One last tweet from the press room: @London_Chess: “Apologies about the radio silence for the last hour, but yours truly locked herself out of the press room… “

Note: all pictures used in this article were made by your blogger. More pictures from the London Chess Classic are here and here. (please click) 

The next edition of Chess in Tweets Weekly will be published after the FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships in Doha from 25-30 December 2016. Merry Christmas everybody and keep on tweeting! 

 

Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 4

Before we are going to have a look at tweets of game 4, let us  look back at game three. Many, many tweets popped up in the Twitter timeline. Not surprisingly, most tweets came from India. “Chess” and “Anand” was trending in India, meaning that literally thousands of people congratulated Anand on his win in the third game. However, a rather nasty side effect showed up: the official Twitter hashtag #CarlsenAnand was flooded with spam, by spambots.

@anand_bombay:I guess fans went overboard yesterday with the hashtag and the spambots caught on.”

spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a spambot is sending it. (Wikipedia).

How to get rid of these spambots? I asked for advice on Twitter and @Art_Smart tweeted: “If you block those tweets and report them as spam, they disappear from your feed.” @traderDXB: “Just block all tweets containing “Google inbox invite” And voila!”

Sometimes “spam” can be funny, though.

Game four

Chess now! @kasparov63 tweeted about his old rival. Let us not forget that he played a world championship match against Vishy in 1995! Magnus Carlsen was 5 years old….

“Anand the old tiger cannot chase down his prey so easily these days, but if you put your head in his mouth his teeth are still quite sharp!”

And another tweet, by former world championship match contender @nigelshortchess: “I don’t like to be rude about my superiors, but I have to say that Magnus’ opening prep. was really shoddy yesterday”

Well, let’s check what the world champion played today then! What does Twitterland expect? @EinarGausel: “Don’t expect to see Magnus swinging for the fences today. The Champ will no doubt be looking for a slow, technical grind”. @dfreire: “Today we have a wounded Magnus Carlsen playing with white. It’s one of those rare occasions chess fans won’t want to miss”. @rajkashana: “Carlsen will try to get Vishy out of prep as quickly as possible. I doubt if he plans to enter Mordor again. :)”

Some useful information by @shrinjanr: “Every game Vishy wins he gains 6 elo points while Magnus gains 4. For a loss its -6 & -4 respectively. For a draw +1 & -1”

Are we ready for game four? Judit Polgar posted this picture. 

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@GMJuditPolgar: “Wanna know what a retired chess queen does in her free time? Gets a chair and checks what Vishy and Magnus are up to:)” 

The story of game four in ten tweets:

1. @bennedik: “Very happy to see a Sicilian. Now wait for Magnus to take all the life out of the position and get a nice endgame”

2. @MarkTwic: “Was there a small disturbance in the audience to Carlsen-Anand game 4? Here Carlsen turns and stares?”

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3. @rajachess: “Oh,almost my game against Carlsen from Wijk. I developped differently with black,had some problems,Anand wants to play with isolani pure.”

4. @FabianoCaruana: “Anand will be defending this for a while, but he can be confident about his chances to hold on”

5.  @JanAageFjortoft: “Preparing for a football-game, watching Chess live on TV It’s a funny old game….”

6. @nigelshortchess: “I played a guy at blitz who explained he was hoping I would die of a heart attack. Perhaps this is also Magnus’ strategy? :)”

7. @Chessbase: “Magnus watches Philae land.”

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8. @AnishGiri: “Vishy looks bored, I think he wants to play a pillow fight with Akhil.”

9. @GMJanGustafsson: “Come on guys, shake hands, the rest of us have work to do!”

10. @Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy was very composed today. Magnus applied typically subtle & potentially deadly pressure, but made no psychological impact”.

One bonus tweet by Claudia Munoz aka @Chesscampeona, proving that women multitask more than men:  “I am watching  Carlsen Anand and the landing of the European Space Ship on the Comet, both at the same time.”

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I hope you understand the @Chessbase tweet now :-)) 

@fmkrms: “Alright so ESA landed on a comet, well done… but could they do it on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke?

One last tweet for today, a good one to think about on the rest day. @GMjtis: “Twitter is full of people who want you to say something and then tell you what you said instead of reading what you said “

 

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 3

After two exciting games,  there was a rest day on Monday.

@harikadronavali: “Rest day could be bliss for players, but boring day for spectators.”

Do you have a problem with rest days,  @reachsvara? “Problem with Rest Days? ‘Armchair generals’ H.A.V.E to theorise, vomitting absurd ideas!”

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@poisondpwnpress:What on earth am I supposed to do for the next 14 hours? I need Carlsen – Anand in my life.”

Well, you can play a game yourself for a change, like the journos do in Sochi. There is nothing else to do in this ghost town.

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@chessvibes:“Norwegian journalists in Sochi playing chess over the board or with @PlayMagnus. Yep, #chessfever”.

I found a nice tweet by @FabianoCaruana on the rest day: “I read that I’m “helping” Anand for the match. Good to know – I think neither of us were aware of that.”

India? Norway? No boundaries in the chess world! Kudos to these two tweeters:

@einargausel: “Mixed feelings about Carlsen – Anand. As a Norwegian I want to see Magnus do the bizz, but the middle-aged man in me is rooting for Vishy.” @gauravm333.”As an Indian I’m for Anand, but the 23-year-old self of me is for the Norwegian star.”

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But now …. let us have a look at game 3. The tweets will do the talking….in 5 acts + encore.

Act 1: The opening

What do you expect, @garylanchess? “Looking forward to the game later and I expect 1. e4 this time and predict an exciting draw”.

Teymur Rajabov, aka @rajachess: “1.d4 and probably no Gruenfeld by Carlsen”. @reachvsara: “Magnus shifting to QGD as expected – being a point up, why play Grunfeld and why show blood to a shark!?”

@yelenadembo: “Time to check the old Steinitz games”. 

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@nigelshortchess: “I guess you all want some witty explanations about what is going on. I have no idea. Heavy theory, that’s all”. @anishgiri: “Same strategy from Magnus as in Chennai, a surprise in the first game and the ultra solid opening to follow…”. @yelenadembo: “By the fast replies of both sides, it is clear that they are nowhere near the end of their preparation”.

@fabianocaruana:”Everyone is saying this is a solid line for Black. But…. isn’t that a white pawn on c7?”

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Act 2:  Critical moves

@harichess: “Qa6 is such an easy move with engines running 😀 in my opinion 0-0 is more human”. @rajachess:“0-0 is not bad in general,is just bad compared to Qa6 I think!” 

@chesscampeona“Computer is a constant word I read in tweets during a “human” World Championship Chess match.”

@Jonathan_Rowson: “26…g5!? Magnus ventures a delayed and reversed Grob, but possibly 25 moves too late?”

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@chessindianet: Vishy pondering. His eyes tells the story so far”

Act 3: Time trouble

@rajachess:Carlsen’s time is ticking slowly for Indian fans,and extremely fast for fans of Carlsen”.  @ChessIndiaNet: “20 minutes left for Carlsen to make 15 moves in a tough position .. and its going to get tougher with every move”. @dilipvanaman: “Its official Magnus is in time trouble ? Can he find the Houdini route ?” @ChessVibes: “Carlsen has 10 minutes left for 13 moves. He’s not in time trouble often. How will he deal with it, under this pressure?”

@Unudurti: “World championship games decided by time´trouble leave their scars on the players…and spectators too!”

Act 4: The end

@tejasvimohanram: “Veni Vidi Vishy! Game3 looks like in the bag”. @OlimpiuUrcan: “A gentle reminder to those who celebrate prematurely: “Remember, Remember, Twenty-First of November.” (Chennai, Game Nine)”. @EtienneGoud: “Anand is playing fantastic today. Note that the position after 28.Ra1! is close to zugzwang. Was very hard for Magnus not to blunder there.”

@nigelshortchess:” In a parallel with yesterday’s game, it looks like it will be decided by a blunder after sustained pressure”

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(Screenshot by @DeepMikey, www-chess-tigers.de)

@Chess24.com: “Sopiko: “Judging by Magnus’ face he’s not happy” Peter: “There’s no reason to be happy…”

Talking about Sopiko: @SagTan:“Sopiko is so cute, I could sack 9 queens !”

@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy wins! Powerful opening,precise calculation, good technique,excellent time management. He played,dare I say it, like a World Champion.”

@fabianocaruana: “Looks like Magnus forgot or mixed up his prep,because this was all widely known a year ago. Anand may make an early comeback”.

@Unudurti:Magnus forgot that old Indian adage, when a tiger grows old, he turns into a man-eater”. 

Act 5: Congratulations

@AnishGiri:Vishy wins the third game of the match in Sochi. This is now a fact of Russian history too!” @humanlyAsshole: “I have never been as happy in recent time as i have been now. The Vishwanath Redemption”. @lladini: “I would love to see Vishy right now, when the door closes after him on the lift and he is finally alone”. 

@JcKnight2: “The Tiger slayed Thor. The Tiger slayed Thor. To all haters, Anand is back so expect a fight. Vishy all the way.”

@reachvsara:That sheer joy only an Indian can feel, how this brilliant & ambitious man has brought happiness with his feats”. 

@gauravschandel: “Just when I thought Vishy is down and out, he comes with a bang. Best news I’ve heard all day!”

@karthikPMO: “Great show in Game 3, Vishy! You indeed brought “Anandam” to all your fans! Millions are praying for your success!”

@aravindganesh“Carlsen- Anand is like that of Arjuna-Karna battle. Now don’t ask me who is Arjuna & who is Karna….

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@jenshahade: “Adorable to watch Vishy try so hard not to smile. What a sportsman!”

Encore

@FSTIMJP: “To be fair, MC’s play over the board today would probably rank as among top five-ten worst in modern history of WC matches”.

@SilvioDanailov: “If Magnus Carlsen wants to enter in theoretical battles he needs much better seconds than @PHChess.Losing clearly the opening duel so far.”

@Cassiopee:“Although a big MC fan,delighted with today’s result, if only for the interest of the WC. He is but human after all!”

@ChessNinja: “Trivia Dept: In the last 5 world championship matches the winner of the 2nd decisive game won the title. 8 of last 9. Weird”

@bennedik noted: “Tripling on a file seems to be quite strong.” 

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@occupyc5: “Suddenly @TarjeiJS  has to reset his ‘Anand hasn’t beated Magnus’ in 1000 years line :)”

The last tweet of the day is reserved for the world’s number 2 on the rating list:

@fabianocaruana“Today was a must-win for Anand. He exposed Carlsen’s weakness, scored a crucial victory & brought intrigue back to the match”

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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 2

9 November: what a day. Did you know that on 9 November 1985,  Garry Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov?

Four years later, a wall fell.

@Europe_Echecs: “A Berlin defense for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall would not be a good idea”, and added this twitpic: 

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Of course Carlsen and Anand played the Berlin Defence in game 2. It was just a matter of time before the first “Wall” tweet popped up. The winner is @mortenp: “Berlin being played on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall”. @chess24.com: “So an anti-Berlin on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!”

This is one of the best videos I found about the building of the wall:

Back to chess. Ready for game 2?

@_cyberella:“I have a box of chocolates, fresh coffee and Carlsen – Anand streaming on the laptop. It’s a perfect Sunday”.

Hmm, Sunday is also Premier League day, too bad that the organizers planned game two today:  @TarjeiJS:“One of Carlsen’s closest friend saying he wants to win quickly today, because of Swansea-Arsenal starting at 5 (CET)”.

@rajachess: “Is he really going to watch Swansea-Arsenal?”

@nigelshortchess:“Reti was right: 1.e4 is just a blunder” and added: “I am quite glad I chose to finish my lunch rather than rush back home for the opening moves”.

@anishgiri: “Sad necessity of modern chess. Back in the days a6 Bxc6 was considered nothing, now Magnus tries it even without a6”. @fabianocaruana: Even without a6 he can enjoy memories of his game vs Grischuk. It’s only 1 tempo after all.

The commercial break

And now… in the middle of the game…we have to leave you for a commercial break….

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@ChessIndiaNet: “So fortunate to see the Borat’s museum ad again :)” @cyberella: “And now we’re getting ads, in the middle of the match???  What hideous way to cover a World Championship!!” @ImbiebsRainbow: “Commercial breaks. Meanwhile, the guys are making moves. I don’t get it at all, isn’t the game more important right now?”

@OlimpiuUrcan: “This repetitive Russian Chess Museum infomercial threatens to set a new world record of Ivan the Terrible mentions in the next three weeks.”

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@Rfed1: “Dei, this is absurd. They have scheduled ad breaks and you are forced to watch some Russian crap for 10 minutes non stop”.

@ChessIndiaNet“I saw the Borat’s Chess Museum in my dreams last night. It haunts”

And after the break…what happened to the wall?

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@reachvsara:“There is thunder and storm approaching! 19…Ng6 20.Bh6 gh 21.Rg6!? hg 22.Qg6 Ke8 23.Qf6 & .Carlsen Anand is as complicated as #Interstellar”

@FuriousRoger: “Carlsen has one eye on the Swansea game, while Vishy is mulling over the choice of pickle for his thayir sadam”

Hikaru Nakamura is watching the match from sunny California and tweeted:  @GMHikaru: “Strange moves by Anand in the middlegame. In particular, the knight almost always belongs on e6 in these exchange Ruy structures. 18…Ne6!” And what do you think about the position,  @FabianoCaruana: “This is very nasty for black. And exactly the type of position where Carlsen is at his most ruthless”.

Caruana could be the next challenger, right? @mousa_bander tweeted:  “In 2016, carlsen-caruana , in 2018, carlsen-giri, In 2020 carlsen- stockfish”. 

Carlsen’s seconds “The Dane and The Hammer” were obviously confident about the position, and started tweeting during the game: @PHChess: “Would be a fitting day to tear down the Berlin wall..” and immediately after the game Jon Ludvig Hammer @gmjvh tweeted:“The wall has fallen!” 

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Brilliant stuff by Wadalupe!

What happened? Let’s ask @Jonathan_Rowson: “Essence of why Vishy lost today? He evaluated position after 23.Rc3 as close to equal, but it’s close to lost. Easily done.” And he added: “All said and done, hyper-classy, super skilled, quietly deadly, brutally elegant win by Magnus today.”

What do you think, @Nigelshortchess: “Blunders don’t happen in a vacuum. 34…h5?? came after enormous sustained pressure”

@AnishGiri:” It’s hard to a win a match if the starting point for your ‘strategy’ is “I am a weaker player.”

The fans in India were disappointed, of course. A selection of tweets: @anand_bombay: “The other Candidates players must be thanking their stars that they are not the ones at the receiving end. ” @deshmukhavinash: “Very angry and upset with defeat. Anand literally crumbled under pressure”. @arvindtal: “Vishy is such a disappointment that i started listening to some classical music (Saint Saens) after the game to ease the blow.”

Talking about music: @asimpereira: “Vishy probably needs to stop listening to “Cold play” and dust off those Rammstein CDs.. go “Bang Bang” “Feuer frei”

@Jonathan_Rowson:“If Indian press are giving Vishy a hard time they should chill out. He lost one game to the best player ever having a particularly good day.”

@MagnusCarlsen was all smiles after the game:“Nice way to end the weekend…” and showed a selfie with his sister Ellen.

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A perfect Sunday for the world champion? Àlmost. Remember the tweet about Swansea-Arsenal?

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A lot of people watched football this weekend, many people in Norway watched chess: Spurs fan @TarjeiJS has the exact figures for us:  “218,000 Norwegians followed Carlsen-Anand on #nrksjakk this weekend, 52.000 more than in Chennai.  (via @Aftenposten)”.

@OlimpiuUrcan: “That’s about 4.3% of Norway’s population. Or, if FIDE staffers would calculate that, about 85%.”

One last (sweet) tweet for today, by @beerjohnston, who fell in love: 

“I eagerly await this match. Just for her. So cute: @NastiaKarlovich”

 

 

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Carlsen – Anand in tweets Game 1

Oh yes,  we all had a good laugh at the opening ceremony on Friday, when unexpectedly the “Dallas” theme was played, the moment our great leader, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov entered the stage. @pookita suggested another song: “I think they should’ve gone back further – in line with the 60s theme – I Love Lucy theme?”

I think that the most appropiate walk-on song for the FIDE president is “Money, Money Money, by Abba.

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Well, talking about walk-on songs. A year or so ago I wrote an article for a German chess magazine about the lessons chess can learn from other so-called fringe sports like snooker or darts, which attract much more coverage in the press than chess. Darts has developed from a pub sport to a very popular sport that attracts large crowds.  Many innovations for the audience were made by a highly professional organisation, the PDC, Professional Darts Corporation.  Everything the chess world is dreaming of (TV, large crowds, spectator friendly coverage), was put into effect in the darts world in a rather short period of time (20 years). Exactly, that is how long Kirsan is the president of FIDE….but didn’t he say something about going back to the sixties at the opening press conference? That is the future of chess for you!

One of the nice innovations in darts is the walk-on song, before the players enter the oche to play their match  You create a “big-time” atmosphere by using a song, picked by the player.

Question to you, dear reader: which walk-on song could we pick for the players? I guess “Eye of the Tiger”, by Survivor is a good one for Anand, but I cannot really think of a good song for Carlsen. “Hammer to Fall”, by Queen?

Suggestions please! Send a tweet to @ChessClassic

Here is some inspiration:

Let’s go to game one then, shall we? Everybody excited?

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Nice twitpic, provided by @Europe_Echecs. All we need is a tweet that goes with the picture: @akash_mihir: “Sad that I am the only one excited & no one around me had a clue whats happening. 

Some prominent spectators and tweeters are around of course:

@anishgiri: “As a spectator, hope the White Tiger will go for the Champ’s throat in the first game already!” @garylanchess: “I am sticking with my prediction of Anand winning the first game within 44 moves.”

@FabianoCaruana: “The WC match may be an outdated format, but this is still THE chess event of the year”.

It is, but NOT of you organize a world championship in a ghost town like Sochi. How many spectators came today?

@ChessVibes: “Carlsen-Anand has started! Besides a few dozen FIDE officials, there’s only a handful of spectators.”

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@OlimpiuUrcan:“FIDE loves to talk big numbers but the stray dogs in Sochi are likely to outnumber the number of visiting spectators to a world title match.”

How to follow the games? There are plenty of websites where you can follow the games, mostly with a strong chess engine. Some of the tweeters have useful advice for the spectators. Claudia Munoz aka @chesscampeona: “If you really want to grow during the match, don’t watch it with engine analysis. Write your analysis in a notebook.” And she added: “Everyone is a GM and a critic with chess engines, write down your own analysis and then compare it at the end of the game”. 

GM Jonathan Tisdall, @GMjtis:  “Yeah. & note down engine, hardware, running time, & everything else you didn’t contribute. Turn ’em off and learn. And enjoy.”

However, not everybody seems to be interested in the game at all, as @TarjeiJS posted: “VG is speculating about Anand’s (lack of?) hair”.

@arjendoefke: “Does Anand wear a hairpiece?”

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Comment by @rajkashana:Norwegian tabloids have managed to sink to a level that is even below the Daily Mail”. @GMjtis: “Feel free to bombard #vgsjakk and tell them to stop the tasteless exercises in creative chess ‘coverage’.”  @TarjeiJS: “I agree that was embarassing and unnecessary.”

Of course it was unnecessary, but admit it people: who did not giggle for a moment? I did.

Talking about coverage: the official commentators on the match website are GM Peter Svidler, @polborta and Sopiko Guramishvili @Sopiko20.

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Twitpic provided by @Anna-Chess.  And as expected, I found many tweets about the commentary, here are a few: @Eaviles94: “All I hear is Peter’s voice. It’s as if Sopiko is not even there.” @luimuilui: “Hi Peter, thank you for cutting short Sopiko, truely masterful.” @Chesscampeona: “I am not going to be shy about this, but I really really really like Peter Svidler’s deep voice”.

@anishgiri: “The female voice in the live broadcast strikes me as surprisingly familiar!!”. For the newbies: Sopiko is his girlfriend!

@fstimjp: “Hearing so many times Yeah even if from a friendly female voice is not helping listen to the live WC official commentary”.

Teymur Rajabov aka @rajachess:” I never had time to listen to @polborta press-conferences as we played same tournaments, but now we are not playing in the same tournament!” And he added: “And I am sure if Anand can’t outlast Magnus in the match,none of us can outlast Svidler at press-conferences :)”

And what did Svidler have to say? @polborta: “I will try to shut up and let @Sopiko20 talk, but since I honestly tried that today……. and quite obviously failed miserably, the results of this resolution are anyone’s guess.”

As you probably all know, the first game ended in a draw:  @Unudurti:Everything today: incisive opening prep, complex middlegame, and now a rich endgame. what is called a full “thali” meal :)” Or you can put it this way: @Dilipvanaman:Vishy’s opening preparation – 75/100 marks, middle game – 50/100 marks, End game 25/100 marks”. @venkatachalamk1: “Round one drawwwwwww. Without draw, there is no charm in the game. Next round Anand is a black tiger or rather a black panther.”

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Screenshot by @DeepMikey. 

@DScaper: “Oops – @NastiaKarlovich must start to repeat the questions aloud if they can’t find an audience mike. The world is watching.”

What did the real experts think of the first game?

@jonathan_rowson: “Not too sure what to make of today’s game. Vishy was basically outplayed, but gained a morale boost from not collapsing”. @rajachess: It is a very good sign for Anand that he kept this position,he lost equal endgames in previous match,which decided the match”. @nigelshortchess: “Carlsen played very well today, but Vishy showed balls and did not succumb to pressure.”

@OlimpiuUrcan: Anand stepped into the ring swinging. He dodged a knockout, retreated to his corner smiling, with one tooth missing: “At least I got balls.”

So what is next, @chesscampeona? “The good news for Anand is that he got a draw in round 1, the bad news for Anand is that now Magnus will have white in game 2”.

@anishgiri: Noticed that Magnus might have missed a serious win. chance with 42….Re3! (idea 43.Rd7+ Kh6 44.Rxb7 Rb3!). To be analysed.

Last tweet for today: @Maniangopi: “Any result 4m now s gud 4 anand. win-ll b great, draw-gives confidence,loss-ll b very agressive 4m next match. wat u say?”

I say: goodnight and keep them tweets coming!

 

 

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Carlsen-Anand in tweets – Kick off

The world championship 2014 between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand kicked off on 7 November with an opening press conference, the drawing of lots and the opening ceremony.

Let’s hope that the match will be of a significantly higer level than the  events that happened on the first day. Dear oh dear, the way FIDE presented its premium product today, the world chess championship match, was embarrasing.

What happened?

The opening press conference:

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Twitpic by @anandcarlsen14:Journalists waiting for the start of the press conference”. 

On the far left we discover Hans-Walter Schmitt, Anand’s neighbour in Bad Soden, Germany. In a month he will start his new job as Santa Claus.

Nice opening statement by the FIDE president, spotted by @PoisondPwnpress: “We want to recreate the feel of chess in the 60s” So, steeped in the Cold War. At least they are honest! 

Talking about the Cold War:

@mikhail_golubev: “Pity that no other place for the world chess match was found than Russia, an international aggressor and terrorist’s supporter”, and added: “Just wondering whether there is any place on the Earth where the top chess players would not agree to play for a good money..”

What happened during the press conference? Nothing really exciting, I am afraid:

@dalkegeetz:World chess championship opening press conference brings same celebratory tone as an autopsy conducted mostly in Russian”. 

@gmjtis: “Someone should ask a unifying question, like which Monty Python sketch is their favorite. Or test if they know them verbatim.”

@unudurti sums up the only thing you need to know about the press conference in one tweet: “Only point of interest in the presscon (unless u r into sets made out of mammoth tusks) “A-Team” entrant Grzegorz Gajewski”.

Well there was another highlight, spotted by @geoffreyborg: “Family Carlsen in support”

carlsen sister

Ok, one more quote, picked up by @chess24.com: “Anand asked what his wife is for him: “She’s a kind of wife” :)”

Next up: the opening ceremony and drawing of lots, with some awesome opening music: 

@DScaper: “Magnus and Vishy walk to the stage to the Dallas theme – I think Vishy is now wearing cowboy boots”.

@telegraphchess: “It was Dallas that Kirsan took the stage to – Unless my ears playing more tricks the translator is trying to suppress hysterical laughter”.

@dalkegeetz:“Happy for any explanation why the president of FIDE walks on WCC’s opening ceremony stage to the theme song from Dallas”.

@dalkegeetz: “When FIDE finds out this opening ceremony rehearsal was live streamed to the web someone’s gonna get canned”. 

@Dscaper: “Whole FIDE opening cerem’ is a laughing stock. The only music they had was an 80’s Film & TV Themes CD.”

@Chessbase: “They used the theme from “Dallas” when Kirsan came on stage. A tribute to JR, or the sponsor Gazprom?”

@pookita: “Well, if you’ve ever been to Texas, you’ll recognize it as full of aliens.”

But there was more music: Picture by @surovlive: 

music

@Salimhafezi:”Magnus Carlsen seems bored with all that music.  Do you think its compulsory to attend for the players?”

@chesscampeona: How weird. In the opening ceremony they just said they don’t know who invented chess. I thought Kirsan knew that….”

@GMJtis: “Boil a few vegetables and when you come back the ceremony’s been and done”.

@Dscaper:Now the opening ceremony is a disco – Magnus looks like someone has run off with his missus.” and added: “Boris Spassky has just left. Thing about ex-World Champs, you can get out of awkward situations without excuses.”

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Picture by @anandcarlsen14: Boris Spassky interviewed by Russian media”

Finally, the most important part of the opening ceremony, the drawing of colours. Picture by @europeechecs.

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@MarkTwic: “I’m not sure who has white in game 1 is all that significant but how precisely with a magician do you know the draw was fair?” and @pookita answered: “That poor dove that got spray painted black! PETA would not be happy about that ;)”

@bennedik: “Prediction for game one with Anand playing White: 1.d4, because a)The Berlin b) All of his seconds are 1.d4 players.”

@pogonina:Who will be the 1st to score? In 53 out of 67 top level chess matches the 1st player to win a game prevailed in the entire match -GM Krogius”

Last tweet for today:

@PoisondPwnpress:Nothing like some dubstep to get ready for a chess match”

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The Candidates in tweets – round 1

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. 

Transmission

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.”

Games

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?”

Venkat Saravanan, a strong IM from India @reachvsara: 23.c4! sounds great news for #AnandFans regarding his form at the #Candidates2014 🙂

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:

 “Trivia: @vishy64theking wears his lucky shirt. He wore the same shirt in his game against @LevAronian in Tata 2013. He won”. 

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.