Anyone for a game of chess today? Well, it seems that the events on the board will be overshadowed by the FIDE Elections. How would you describe it, @Jonathan_Rowson? : “In a large room in the northern tip of Europe, Superman battles aliens for control of (chess on) planet earth.”
@bennedik: “If you aren’t disgusted enough by politics, here comes chess politics. So sad.”
Bad start of the day in Tromsø. @TarjeiJS: “Good thing there were no games (in the morning) today. There was a power outage in Tromsø, including the playing hall. Power back now”.
@OlimpiuUrcan: “Power outage and UFO arrivals/sightings are often part of the same story in some quarters”.
By the time you read this report, you probably know the outcome of the FIDE elections, therefore I will not sort the hundreds of tweets about the elections here. I have selected I number of tweets and created a storyline in the article “The FIDE Presidential Elections in 20Tweets”.
Without further ado, let’s concentrate on more pleasant things- the games of 9th round of the Chess Olympiad. Why? @2700chess: “9 out of 10 (!) top world chess players are in action today at the Olympiad”. @Megalovic:“R9 highest combined Elo Topalov-Domiguez 5532 Carlsen-Solak 5509 Nakamura-Naiditsch 5496 Gelfand-Leko 5493 Navara-MVL 5484”.
Great battles ahead today, better watch the games, @PattyLlanaza:“Trying to keep my eyes off Twitter & the Fide Elections and watch the games. No disrespect to the players, but it’s tough.”
@chessdom: “A LOT of interesting games in the lower matches today, with multiple 2700+”.
With the lower matches, you mean the Russian men? What do you think Colin Crouch? @ColCrouch: “Board 1 – Ukraine Board 11 – Russia”. @TarjeiJS: “Can’t find the Russian team on any of the top boards. Where are they? Too much scrolling. Oh, there they are!”
Yeah, the Russians are doing fine. @TarjeiJS: “Sensation of the day: 15 y/o IM Aryan Tari draws Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi.”
@ginger_fm: “Looks like my old friend, Torbjorn Hansen’ has a great chance of beating Karjakin with Black! Go Torb’s!”. @EinarGausel: “Norway 2 scores three draws vs RUS. Urkedal probably getting gift wrapped by Grischuk, but still a great result”.
What happened on the top board? @PoisonedPwnPress: “China-Ukraine all draws. Tournament could be even tighter going into the last 2 rounds “.
How is the world champ doing today? @ejhchess: “Looking at Carlsen’s game and speaking no doubt too soon, what games have been lost in Olympiads by reigning world champions?”@EinarGausel: “Carlsen seems to be in serious trouble with white vs Solak. The latter running low on time, though”. @TarjeiJS:” Oh my. Computers going up and down like a yo-yo. Carlsen was lost, but is now winning.”
Let’s have a look at the women’s section: Anything spectacular going on, Claudia Munoz? @chesscampeona: “I am watching the Montenegro women about to beat the American women, of course, barring a miracle. Shocked”. Boris Smolik @nvmea is watching the Russian women playing Armenia: “Massive blunder from Lagno? Russia in trouble.” , and added later : “I absolutely fail to understand Mrktchian’s last moves. Is Gunina gonna win another bad position? Incredible”.
If you want to have a laugh, follow this account of this Russian geek: @BorisAAO, with tweets like : “Danielian ARM: RUS Lagno.31. SYMMETRICAL BALANCE OF FORCE. =(DEVELOPMENT MOBILITY SPACE). ISOLATED: b4/a6d4. GAME =. WHITE +/=”
Thanks for the explanation!
@pogonina: “Yet another very tense match. We barely defeated Armenia 2.5-1.5. But a win is a win!”
Back to the open section: how is our topscorer doing today? @MarkTWIC: “Sam Shankland will almost certainly lose his 100% record as he is black against Nisipeanu. But a draw will be fine anyway” @chessnotes: “7.5/8 is pretty spectacular, at any level.”
The St Louis Chess Club is proud, tweets and adds a great hashtag: @CCSCSL: “@GMShanky remains undefeated after making a good draw against GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu! GER-USA ends 2.0-2.0 #ShanksForTheMemories“.
That is enough for today, you just want to close Twitter and switch off the computer when you see tweets like: @ChessVibes: “Meanwhile, Zurab Azmaiparashvili defeated Silvio Danailov 33-18 to become the new President of the European Chess Union.”
Any important news for Round 10 on Tuesday?
@Tromso2014: “Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg will make the first move of R10 of the Chess Olympiad.”
And another bigmatch coming up: @chess24com:“Ukraine-Russia in the women’s event is the match to watch in tomorrow’s Chess Olympiad”
One final tweet for today: @backranktristan: “FIDE unveils new logo”