Chess fans worldwide have witnessed a very eventful and entertaining Round 7 on Saturday. Both top seeded teams and both world champions lost on the same day! Lots of great games to play through, right Mark? @MarkTWIC: “It’s 3am, time for bed. Goodnight all”.
An hour later, in Tromsø … @chessninja: “So, woke up at 4am instead of 5am today. Not an improvement”.
Why did you get up so early, Mig? @chessnotes has the answer: “Up & at ’em! There’s an election to win tomorrow. Last full day to make it happen. C-H-A-R-G-E!”
Ah, that is why Mark Crowther went to sleep that late. He had a late night endless chitchat about the FIDE Elections with Georg Mastrokoukos. Must have been a pretty constructive conversation right? @MarkTwic: “Waste of time arguing with GMastrokoukos. Great saying in movie “True Grit” – “You’ve done nothing when you’ve bested a fool.”
Of course, you can discuss for hours on end about this tweet by @Gmastrokoukos: “Kirsan took over a bankrupt FIDE in ’95 with Olympiads and WCC cycle in trouble. Today FIDE $$ healthy, OLs and united WCC cycle.”
@MarkTWIC: “That was part of the problem. The officials responsible for the bankruptcy didn’t go.”
@TarjeiJS added some fuel to the quarrel by tweeting: “It seems very clear that if Kasparov wins FIDE election, Carlsen – Anand will not take place in Sochi in November.” @GMastrokoukos: “If Kasparov ever won, many events would collapse, not only this one. Fortunately, such scenarios are only fiction.”
Et cetera, et cetera.
@Kasparov63:“Ilyumzhinov knows he’s in trouble or else why try to prevent fair FIDE election process? Fairness & confidentiality must be guaranteed!”
And it did not take long until another tweet from @GMastrokokous was posted: “Final set of excuses appear by Kasparov for his coming massive defeat. 2 days before the elections he asks to change the regulations!”
Et cetera et cetera.
You may have noticed, that I prefer to concentrate on tweets about the games and the players in this blog. I could post an endless number of tweets about the FIDE Election, but that would just go beyond the scope of this blog. And is just getting silly at times: @chessninja: “Young players from 3 LatAm teams told me they’d been ordered by their captains not to take any Kasparov booth stuff, not even books. Classy.”
Talking about silly: @alinihatyazici: Humour in Tromso, Kasparov will offer draw to Fide President in FIDE elections! “No draw! Sofia rules!” is our answer”.
@TarjeiJS has some quotes from an Interview the two candidates had with @madsAAndersen:
Kirsan: “Kasparov is a destroyer”
Kasparov: “Kirsan is scaring away chess players”.
Oh, and another info from @TarjeiJS: “Regarding theFIDE election, I should mention that the organisers are considering to hire extra security on the 11th.”
Et cetera et cetera. Make up your own mind.
Enough politics for now! If you want to read more about chess and politics, have a look at the A Tempo Magazin, or read my piece “The envelope and the orange cap” in this blog.
Oh yes, they play chess!
Let’s go concentrate on chess now, shall we? Good games coming up on Sunday! @Megalovic: “R8 high combined Elo Leko-Nakamura 5527 Ivanchuk-Topalov 5516 Shirov-Caruana 5510 MVL-Wojtaszek 5503 Predojevic-Carlsen 5481″.
A particular match we should follow @EinarGausel? “China rating favorites on 3 out of 4 boards vs Azerbaijan in the open section today. Should be a good one.” But do they play in their best line-up?@GMjtis: “Today I am wondering about China’s missing men – does anyone know why Wang Hao and Bu Xiangxi are not in”.
Another game to look forward to: @Majnu2006: “Looking forward to watch the game Shirov vs Caruana. Will the board be on fire?”
Ok let us have a look at the game. What do you think @TarjeiJS? Couldn’t believe the position after 12 moves on board 1 of Italy-Latvia.
@MarkTWIC: “What’s the opposite of “Fire on Board”?”
@BasdeMelker spotted some real fire in the Match NED-BRA “Wow! Erwin L’Ami eventually sacrificed an entire rook for 4 ambitious pawns on the q-side!”
@ChessClassic: “Can the Dutch beat Brazil 3-0 again? (Update: NED-BRA ended 3,5-0,5)
Let us have a look at world champion Magnus Carlsen. Has he recovered from his loss against Naiditsch yesterday? He is playing against a 2600+ GM. @Jonathan_Rowson: “You see one side is rated 2604 & think: not bad! But then you notice his opponent is *273* points higher.”
@PoisonedPwnPress: “Carlsen has conjured an advantage in the endgame, and his opponent is short on time”.
I think have read that tweet somewhere before.
Another exciting match @nvmea: “Russia – Spain is going crazy guys”. @PattyLlaneza: “Amusing how many Spanish fans are changing their tweets from “how could he miss that?” of some days ago to “go go go!!!” today :-)”. @PoisondPwnPress:” Kramnik played very aggressively against Vallejo, and his attacked fizzled. Dead lost down 3(!) pawns”.
@Jonathan_Rowson: “Respect to Paco, but sad to see Kramnik so comprehensively outplayed. He hasn’t recovered since candidates tiebreak.” Malcom Pein, tweeting under the handle @telegraphchess: “Kramnik thumped by Vallejo, Russia obviously cursed after taking organisers to court”
And now for something completely different:
@Andika_Rudy: “What do GMs eat during games? Banana! Indeed, gedhang! Minions everywhere”.
Again, hardly any tweets about the women’s section today. Let’s send @TarjeiJS over to have a look: “And the Russian women goes marching on. Already secured a 2,5-0,5 lead over Hungary, although they are in trouble on board 3”.
We have seen a lot of turnarounds in this Olympiad, and today @telegraphchess found another one: “Amazing turnaround in Guseinov-Ni Hua China set to win the match and open up the tournament !”
Agreed. From +1.65 to -92.52 (according to the engines on the official website) in 10 moves is a convincing turnaround.
@PoisonedPwnPress: “And just like that, China-Azerbaijan turned into a route. Chinese look unstoppable and take sole lead.”
One USA player seems to be unstoppable this Olympiad and his name is not Hikaru: @playchesscom: “Shanklastic! Shankland 7/7 USA a team of extremes…”@gmjlh: “I have some catching up to do! @GMShanky at 7/7!” @Chessnotes: “R8: Sam Shamkland turning in one of the greatest performances in USA team history (7/7), congrats!”
But not only a young player like Shankland scores heavily inTromsø: we have an oldie but goodie playing for England on board one: @top40chess: “Today at the Chess Olympiad, Michael Adams pulled further ahead in the race for board 1 gold. He’s climbed from world #21 to world #14 so far!” @johnchess: “England lost to Serbia but Mickey Adams won again to maintain his place as best performer on board one”.
Meanwhile, on the lower boards….@thims1985: OFFICIAL: Surinam 3.5-0.5 Nigeria (female) Unacceptable!! And a remarkable tweet from @Tromso2014: “PRESS RELEASE: Five players and two officials from Burundi have vanished from the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø”.
@PoisonedPwnPress: “Going into the last 3 rounds, teams with 12 points have realistic chances to medal, based on the previous 3 Olympiads.” @TarjeiJS: “With the 2-2 tie against Spain, we can already conclude that Russia will NOT win the Chess Olympiad”.
Spain-RUS 2-2? What does Paco Vallejo have to say?
@Chessidharta: “Un match fantástico hoy contra Rusia 2 a 2 en Tromso! Y una victoria increíble con negras contra Kramnik .” Muy feliz.
Tomorrow is round 9 with a nice match: @gmjlh: “Norges andrelag mot Russland! @TarjeiJS: “When Russia is facing Norway 2 in the 9th round, it’s a clear sign that things are not quite according to the plan.” Anything else? @Fantasy_Chess: “…and don’t forget the other big match up in Tromso tomorrow! Kirsan vs. Kasparov”.
@chessnotes: “Tomorrow is the day & the fate of FIDE’s future is in the hands of the member nation’s delegates. Vote wisely!”
One final tweet for today: @Fact:“Twitter causes insomnia, it has become the most common sleep distraction in the world.”
Your blogger wishes you a good night!