Forget game one. What do you think @eli_1985_mor? “The most boring 1st game of world championship match?”
Relax, things can only get better. At least the transmission of the moves and the video went well on the first day, right Mr. Merezon? Perhaps we should send our roving Norwegian reporter Tarjei J. Svensen to have a word with the AGON boss. @TarjeJS: Merenzon: “Luckily everything went well first day. This is a totally new way to broadcast chess, many things can go wrong. It went well” .
The paying customers are not very happy though:
@acepoint: “Agon and FIDE should invest our money in capable programmers rather than in incompetent lawyers”
@fischerandom: “I have downloaded the iOS World Chess App but all that was shown are moves, no VIDEO VR 360..I payed for it!”
@mitchelc101: “Agon solved the issue of me asking for a refund, they’re ignoring my emails. Still,what do they care, they’ve got my money.”
@dmews27: “Glad I paid money for a website that doesn’t work.”
@sixhat: Agon Terms of service are pearls of despotism.
Any other complaints? @davidllada: “Had I knew that the official photos from #CarlsenKarjakin would be so bad, I would have volunteered for the position myself :-/”
Well, let’s go to the game: @asimpereira tries to get as many clichés as possible in one tweet: “If.. just if ♔Karjakin beats ♚Carlsen today, the world chp will explode! But we also know what MC can do when he loses early on!”
Are you ready for game 2, Nigel? @nigelshortchess: “Game 2 about to begin. Just enough time to pop out for a couple of bottles of wine.”
@tiagosizenando: “If Carlsen plays some sort of wall defense today, I’m done with this match. Too many jokes to my taste. #mexicans”
And a Ruy Lopez it is: @GMAlexColovic: “No Berlin in G2. Showing that the rest of the Lopez is just as solid!”
@chessninja: Today’s Karjakin-Carlsen Ruy Lopez Opening is called “the Spanish Torture” because you eventually confess you stopped studying at move 34.
@robertris: No matter it’s slightly better for White or equal…I’m expecting a more boring draw than yesterday..
And we come back to @nigelshortchess, after 26 moves: “It is at moments like this when watching a game that I am grateful that I have plenty of wine in the house”.
@erisasil: Too boring.Where is Morozevich?
I don’t know. But I know where Vassily Ivanchuk is: @teotsorb: Novisad, @euroclubcup. It was a chess event in a great atmosphere & sportsmanship. Vassily Ivanchuck wins 1st Board Gold medal!
@LennartOotes: “The @euroclubcup has come to an end. Congrats to Alkaloid and Cercle d’Echecs Monte-Carlo!”
Oh almost forgot, when going through the tweets of the match, browsing for some Twitter entertainment: the second game ended in a draw. After the game I received the same worldchess newsletter as my friends from @europeechecs: “Instead of the Berlin […] Carlsen continued with the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish, opening.” ?! From email@example.com”.
Thanks for updating my opening knowledge, AGON!
At least the press conference after the games was entertaining, right? @britt_DJ: “I’ve had more fun at funerals than in watching the press conferences for #CarlsenKarjakin There’s fun in FUNerals.” @ichattopadhyaya: Wow, level of questions in the press conference were worse than beginner level. Why organize in New York?
So what happened so far? Ask @Pablo25YL: So far the only thing that happened is: Karjakin +2 ELO points / Carlsen -2 ELO points.
There seemed to be an echo delay program on the official site today: @HansHofmann: “Could you please look into this annoying echo on the hosts’ voices? Reported by a couple of people”. @ghengisclown: “Cannot listen to this with echo. Would love to hear Judit but I am out. Good luck all.” @jroenberg: “Can you fix the echo and background noise in commentary ? (maybe close door to outside the studio)”
The programmers (if AGON has any) can try to fix the problems with the sound, the website and the apps on Sunday, because there is no game on Sunday. @bavalde: Strange with a rest-day already. Sunday would be a nice spectatorday and the players are probably not exhaused…
@pookita: “Who made up a schedule where every weekend there’s a free day? A FIDE genius or Agon?”
When you organize a match in the USA, I can imagine that most people prefer to spend some time with the family or want watch the NFL on Sunday. Sunday is for football, and to be honest, your blogger is happy that he can watch the Packers game today !
One last tweet: @toreheliks: High level chess: Men in suits staring – but not at each other”.
Keep the tweets coming. Comments and suggestions to @ChessClassic.