Before we going to spot the best tweets of the last classical game, let’s have a look what happened on Twitter on the rest day before game 12. A rest day on Sunday. Why?
@chessninja: “Wait, so the final game of the world chess championship is on Monday, instead of Sunday?! Who scheduled this, the Pope?”
@chesscomTV: “Why have a rest day & wait until everyone goes back to school and work on Monday, so they can miss G12 of Carlsen Karjakin?”
@stockwellroam: “Both competitors, chess players in general and spectators expect weekend games. Very amateurish, AGON”
@ygetserJoey: “How To Expand Chess Interest: 1. Charge to watch; 2. Final match on Monday. Brilliant!”
@TarjeiJS: “FIDE’s Carlsen- Karjakin schedule with a rest day in the weekend if one of the worst moves made from a commercial point of view.”
@acepoint: “With a free day at each of the last three weekends the organizers of Carlsen – Karjakin are simply telling: we don’t need spectators”.
@elmaletero: ” My kid’s chess teacher flew out to NY from Utah last weekend, but could only catch one game.”
Let’s help the organizers then, shall we? @pookita: “Chess world. FIDE/Agon can’t schedule the WC so every wknd day has a game. Can we help?”
According to the organisers, we cannot: @worldchess: “HERE IS NO WAY TO AVOID WEEKENDS on REST DAYS. Caps so you would know next time you plan your week.”
You can be the nicest person, writing a perfectly harmless statement, but hit that Caps Lock button, and suddenly you sound like a raging psycho.
@oyvindbrunvoll: “Love their use of CAPS. No argument can beat CAPS!”
I don’t want to post the long list of embarrasing @worldchess tweets on this subject here. If you are interested, you find them on Twitter. Here are a few reactions from professionals and real chess fans:
GM Jon Ludvig Hammer: @gmjlh: “Agon is imploding, judging by this and the last ten tweets from @theworldchess”.
@chessnotes: “Sad. A tiny bit of constructive criticism & personal observation on they’re on full tilt. Hope for better in 2018.”
@heliokostya: “Really strange how @theworldchess responds to constructive criticism. It’s Sunday, what a great day for G12…”
Enough about this subject, or how @worldchess would put it: ENOUGH!!!!
Before we go to the tweets of game 12, two sad tweets:
@MarkTwic:” GM Urii Eliseev 1996-2016. Sad news of the death of Eliseev at 20 after a fall.”
@ChessBaseIndia: “Legendary Russian GM Mark Taimanov passed away today at the age of 90. RIP”
Ушел из жизни выдающийся гроссмейстер Марк Тайманов (7.02.1926 – 28.11.2016) (Picture courtesy of chess-news.ru)
And now…game 12! Excited? @nigelshortchess: “It would be nice to see a Sicilian Taimanov today”
Actually, all you need to know about this game are these tweets:
@chrisbirdIA: “I was hoping for something a little more exciting than a Berlin and both players walking on eggshells”
GM Miguel Illescas, @illescasmiguel: “Such a pity to see this symmetrical positions at highest level! When helping Kramnik with the Berlin I didn’t know we were killing the game!”
@jamzero: “Why are they broadcasting Leko-Giri?”
@cazhansen: “I can’t get over how bizarre today’s performance is. I don’t get this.”
@reachvsara: “Frankly, it was one of the worst games ever in a worldchess championship”.
@benjamin_bok: “What an anti-climax”.
@willtomford: “Is anyone else enjoying Carlsen-Karjakin as a soothing, meditative thing to fall asleep to? “
Nuff said about game 12. In the next edition I will collect some more post-game reactions and suggestions how to reform the world championship. The last tweet goes out to @giddinssteve: “Time to put the world chess championship out of its misery. There is no future in these events “.