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The Olympiad in Tweets – Carlsen vs Naiditsch in 10 Tweets

Carlsen-Naiditsch in 10 tweets

Here is the game Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs.  Arkadi Naiditsch (GER) at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø 2014,  summarized in 10 tweets by 10 different tweeters:

1. @TarjeiJS: “More brilliancy from Magnus Carlsen? Sacrificing the exchange to get a strong attack vs Naiditsch. Looking good.”

2. @PlayChess.com. Germany’s 1st board in some trouble vs Magnus Carlsen.

3. @ChessNotes: “R7: Carlsen has let slip the win vs. Naiditsch”.

4. @KingTurtleMusic: “Topsy-Turvy going on in Carlsen v. Naiditsch”.

5. @Ale-Nogal: ” Magnus having a hard time on his game today with Naijditsch !”

6. @MarkTWIC: “In the minute or so it took to compose my last tweet it seems to me Carlsen has completely lost the thread and is in danger”.

7. @Portisdos: “If Carlsen loses, the Olympics will go ahead?”

8. @Jonathan_Rowson: “Gosh. Quite a turn around in Magnus’s game. As mentioned before, he’s a man, not a machine”.

9. @carokann:Carlsen should reconsider his sweet tooth. Water wins against orange juice, too sweet.”

10. @Chessvibes: Arkadij Naiditsch: “I have been as lucky as Magnus Carlsen  usually is.”

Bonus tweet :

@lajalene: “The Man of the Day, he beat the World Champion!”

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The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 7

In previous reports I wrote that the number of tweets about the women’s Olympiad is rather low. Of course, it is difficult for the women to compete with the open section, in which you have many players who attract a lot of attention, e.g. Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik to name just a few. We should not ignore the fact  that the level of play in the open section is undoubtely higher and attracts more chess players.

When you look at the tweets more carefully, you may notice that most chess related tweets are written by men, although Twitter in general is used more by women than men, according to several stats.

Number of Chess tweets? Negligible!

In general, I have to say that the number of tweets about the Olympiad is disappointingly low.  For an event that is marketed as “The world’s fourth largest sporting event” the number of tweets about the Chess Olympiad is negligible, bearing in mind that around 600.000.000 (!) tweets are written- every day, which is around 6000-7000 tweets- per second!

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One of the reasons may be that  the mass media is not interested in the Chess Olympiad (except in Norway,  of course), despite the fact that August traditionally is an off-season for all kinds of big sporting events. (no football in the big European leagues yet, no NFL, NBA, Grand Slam Tennis, Summer Games etc.) There should be enough space on the sports pages for a short report on the Chess Olympiad!

I wonder if the press team in Tromsø sends out a short daily report and a few pictures to big news agencies worldwide? I checked several Google News editions for a  news item about the Chess Olympiad. You may guess the answer. I know it is cosy in the chess microcosm, but why not think BIG when you have an event like the Chess Olympiad to promote? 

@TelegraphChess: “Recommend incredible TV coverage online via nrk.no.  BBC take note!”

Back to chess…back to Tromsø

Let’s kick off with a tweet about the women’ section! @pogonina: “In the women’s section  only two teams remain perfect after 6 rounds. It is Russia vs China in R7!”

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@DusanChess: “Women’s section: we are going to witness “the Gold Match”  – RUS vs CHN!”

@MarkTWIC: “Women R7 sees the big RUS vs CHN match: Lagno vs Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun vs Gunina, Kosteniuk vs Zhao Xue, Tan Zhongyi vs Girya”.

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Any interesting matches in the open section? The Norwegians are doing fine and they seem to have an easy match today: @EllisivReppen: “Norway-Germany! Germany playing without GM Jan Gustafsson, so easy peasy for Norway”.

(Ellisiv Reppen, Norway 2, picture by @chess24.com) 

There are two other well-known grandmasters not playing in the Olympiad, ahum, what are the names again, Jonathan Tisdall?  @gmjtis: “My Indian friends! Why are Anand and Harikrishna not playing in the Chess Olympiad?” And he got a quick reply by @asimpereira: “Anand has always disliked the “random” nature of the Oly format and rarely played. Hari has his own reasons, maybe AICF being one.”

Why are you asking, @GMJtis? “Doing statistics today, noticed that top Indian team would be ranked 4th – so it is a huge difference.”

Talking about Anand: @TarjeiJS:Manager Agdestein speaking about Carlsen-Anand in Sochi. “This is not 100 % yet. We’ve put it on hold for the moment.”

But …,  here and now is Tromsø and there are some big names playing big games: @MegaLovic: “R7 high combined Elo Carlsen-Naiditsch 5586 Aronian-Leko 5545 Topalov-Giri 5517 Navara-Grischuk 5511 Dominguez-Mamedyarov5503″. 

As always, Tarjei J. Svensen does a great job spotting unusual stories and oddities in the playing hall. No reports about “zero tolerance” today, but @TarjeiJS keeps his eyes open:  “I’ve seen at least two women players violating the dress code rules in the Chess Olympiad”. Tarjei, could you give us some details? @outis6: “Come on, man! Your public demands titillation! Preferably with pictures, of course”. @TarjeiJS: I am not sure if I want to go into details. 🙂

@MarkTWIC: “What are the new regulations? It used to be you had to wear worn jeans and a t-shirt that hadn’t been washed for a month.”

@Pookita: “Playing the cleavage gambit doesn’t work against other women. At least not usually :)” 

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No, I am not going to post a picture here of  a girl at the chessboard, violating dress codes. Too easy. However, on this day on which the top match in the women’s section was moved over to the open section, to get more media coverage, we saw an afwul lot of beautiful pictures of female chess players by David Llada on Twitter. Wait: Objection, Your Honor! 

@Pookita: “No pictures of young handsome men? We’re just objectifying women today?”  

Ouch, back to the games. Claudia Munoz wants to share a secret with us: @Chesscampeona: “If GM Irina Krush wins Board 1 today, Team USA (Women) will win the match against Armenia. You heard it from me :)”. 

What’s happening on board one in the top match of the day, @MarkTWIC: “Sensation in the women’s match Russia vs China as Hou Yifan is almost certainly totally busted against Lagno in just 14 moves”.

Tough game ahead for the world champion Hou Yifan. How is the other world champ doing? The Norwegian hero is having an easy day at the office according to @EinarGausel: “Carlsen doing the bizz vs Naiditsch. No need for witchcraft today, it would seem. ” @PoisondPwnPress: “Looking at the other boards, seems like Norway is going to need a Carlsen win to take the match”. 

How is the situation in other top matches? @ChessNotes: “Looks like strong Serbian team will be halted in in tracks by China, maybe even 4-0!” And how are the Dutchies doing vs. Bulgaria, @RobertRis? “Looks like holdable ending for Giri, Tivi and Loek are doing very well! 2.5 pnt & 2 MP are within reach!” 

Team USA is working on a comeback: @PoisondPwnPress: “Shankland on his way to 6/6. This could be a crushing win for USA over UZB.” followed up later:” Onischuk and Shankland a combined 11.5/12 for the USA”. 

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@sagarch:“Both Akobian and Kamsky have been disappointing. Unfortunately you can bench only one of them.”

 

Don’t go away!

And sometimes…. things happen faster than you think. Do you have an update on NED vs_BUL for us @RobertRis? “NED-BUL is gonna be 0-4, what an incredible turnaround…Chess is such a cruel game!” His compratiot @majnu2006: “A sad day for the Dutch team “.

(The match ended 3-1)

@PattyLlaneza: “So I stop watching the Chess Olympiad for 1h and when I’m back Carlsen is losing & Russia has lost. Caissa’s ways are mysterious! :-)” 

@MarkTWIC: “Most dramatic day of chess so far. Mixed fortunes for the two Russian teams. Big results everywhere”.

courtBig results? Where? @nvmea: “Yeah it’s just over, Czech Republic win 3-fucking-1 against Russia”. This is quite a dangerous result, what do you think @JokimDawar: “Now we’re waiting for the Russian Chess Federation to sue the Czechs”. 

However, the Russian women had a better result: @pogonina: “Would have been a great day if our men’s team hadn’t suffered such a devastating 1-3 loss. Russia-China 3-1 though!” @nvmea: “Last 4 Olympiads, winners dropped only 3 points on the way (Armenia 2006 even in 13-rounds). Will be tough for Russia now.”

What a day. Did you see any good games today, Jonathan? @GMJtis: “Some spectacular games today. Dominguez with a combination like a boxing finish, great attacking energy from Navara and the Chinese winners.” 

@Tromso2014: “Both World Champions, Magnus Carlsen and Hou Yifan, have lost their games in the same day!”

Time to recover and relax a bit after the games. What about a visit to @PolariaTromso:Half price to all accredited in the Chess Olympics. (For free if you have FIDE rating over 2880.)”

Don’t wanna see the seals? You can go to a party today, although I think not everybody is invited?!

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@Kasparov63“Come! We also hired professional musicians! Tromsø party people! Tonight! (Nigel Short on guitar!)”

beerMig Greengard started a series on Twitter with the hashtag #TromsoPickUpLines, so in case you need a pickup line at the party try this one: @Chessninja:I’d love to buy you a drink but a beer here costs the average monthly salary in my country.” 

Or this one, the last tweet for today: @bandwindia: ... Er… My name is Carlsen, Magnus Carlsen…

It’s Saturday Night! Have fun!

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?

topalov

@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”.

fog

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 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:  

think-before-you-tweet

 

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.”

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The Olympiad in Tweets – travelling to Tromsø

Yup, the Chess Olympiad is getting closer and on Wednesday and Thursday it was quite interesting and amusing to see the tweets of the teams travelling to  Tromsø.  It seems that not everybody had a smooth journey, though:

@GMHikaruIt would be nice if chess organizers could hold an event in a city with many flights and a major airport in the case of delays/cancellations.

The next Olympiad 2016 will be in Baku, Azerbaijan and Batumi, Georgia is one of the candidates for 2018. Tough travels ahead for Hikaru Nakamura, I am afraid!

@ECUbacktoEurope: “Welcome to Batumi #chess Olympiad 2018!”

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Mig Greengard , Kasparov’s aide-de-camp, has arrived and has some good advice: @chessninja: “Warning to first-time visitors to Tromsø: If you don’t put the line through the “ø” you’ll be sent to a Scandinavian reeducation camp.”

Prof. Dr. Peter Heine Nielsen explains: @PHNielsen:  ø is Danish and Norwegian, not Swedish. And “røv” means ass, Kasparøv might not work very well…. 🙂

Mig posted a nice picture upon arrival: garrymobile @chessninja: “My sweet ride. The Garrymobile” 

There are lot of posters, banners and other Kasparov stuff everywhere in Tromsø, as Paul Truong  Susan Polgar tweeted:

@SusanPolgar: “Campaign posters, banners, and flags are everywhere”, and added this twitpic: 

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The boss himself, Garry Kasparov tweeted: @Kasparov63:  “It’s odd seeing my image all over. I always agreed w quote (Nabokov?) that leaders’ pictures should never be bigger than stamps!”

@FIDEnot4Sale replied: “Perhaps, it prooves you are not a leader?”

Talking Kasparov: Sweet tweet here by @DaniielSkogSomeone who can answer me if @Kasparov63 is visiting the #ChessOlympiad?

Could be a strong candidate for the “Best tweet of the Olympiad” challenge….I was surprised to see in his profile that he is one of the official photographers for the Olympiad. It seems that he is very well prepared…

The challenger seems to be ready for the elections, but what about the FIDE president?  @chess24.com reports: “FIDE elections heating up – Ilyumzhinov ready to fight back with some personalised calendars!”

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@pookita: “Isn’t he a complete patzer at chess??”

The Russian girls arrived as well: @Kosteniuk posted this nice picture. You may recognize Anatoli Karpov, Sergey Karjakin (not wearing his infamous pro Putin T-shirt that cost him an invitation to the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis) and Andrey Filatov in the second row. They travelled with a private plane. Maybe an idea for Hikaru Nakamura? 

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Did I mention Magnus Carlsen already? I am afraid that there will be some tough weeks ahead for the world champion.  Every step he makes will be watched by paparazzi , e.g. @GMJanGustafsson: “Spotted some Carlsen’s!”

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@Crsieh: “Magnus Carlsen on the local news, Nordnytt. One of the volunteers: “He has such pretty brown eyes!”

@TarjeiJS: “The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation have more than 50 (!) people working on covering  #ChessOlympiad“. @MariaMindfold: “Norwegians. Magnus-craze as usual :)” He/she tweeted later: “Yes, I`m gonna be totally STAR-STRUCK if I spot Hou Yifan at the #ChessOlympiad ! absolutely not kidding.”

Let’s finish this pre Olympiad day with some selected tweets of our daily soap “Short vs. Nazici”:

@NigelShortChess:“Every time this buffoon @alinihatyazici tweets, the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the @Fide_chess adminstration is clear to all.”

@alinihatyazici: @nigelshortchess loosing your control? Foul public language? If I prove you are liar will you vote for Kirsan? Expensive pro?

Gentlemen, I have some advice for you:

keepcalm