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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 6

Most popular (?) word of the day: Blunder.

“A usually serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion”. (The Free Dictionary)

v. blun·dered, blun·der·ing, blun·ders

v.intr.

1. To move clumsily or blindly.
2. To make a usually serious mistake.

v.tr.

1. To make a stupid, usually serious error in; botch.

2. To utter (something) stupidly or thoughtlessly.
 

An few quotations: 



“A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.” (Elbert Hubbard)

A clever man commits no minor blunders.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
 
Before we going to have a look at the tweets of Game 6, let’s ask @TarjeiJS about the weather and the traffic in Sochi:

 

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Another beautiful day in Sochi”.

 

@ChessClassic: “Quite a contrast to Chennai. Or Moscow.”
TarjeiJS: “It’s like night and day”@portisdos: “I thought it was a lost Russian estapa place like some journalist wrote.”



Let’s go to the tweets of game number six now, Any predictions, people?  

@FuriousRoger: “Have a feeling Carlsen will play an unorthodox opening for the sake of it & get his fingers burned a la Aronian at Candidates”.  



@GMJanGustafsson“I am giving 3-1 odds on anything but 1.e4 today”.

@JLangstrand: “So far, I’ve been wrong with every prediction about Carlsen Anand. So I’ll just stop guessing and enjoy the match”

 

@Dizneyrascal64:Get yourself a cup of tea and a blanket and settle in for 6 hours of chess”. 

 

And the winner is….. @bennedik: “My prediction for today: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 and a different Anti-Sicilian.” 



The opening – bad weekend choice

The Kan! Big surprise (at least for me)“, tweeted @FabianoCaruana. @anishgiri: “Wow, Vishy goes for the Kan variation? That’s known to be a good choice in open tournaments against patzers. :)” 

@bennedik: “I didn’t predict an open Sicilian, but I am very happily surprised.”

@Surewin_racing: “Why does Carlsen always go for the most boring lines possible? :(“

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@GiddinsSteve:” Easy to criticise Vishy’s opening choice, but less easy to avoid boring position when Black v opponent who chops Q’s at every opportunity.”

@nigelshortchess:”The importance of openings is greatly overestimated by the public. However, not today. Vishy got a passive position very quickly.”

@Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy plays Kan without Caro, as far as I know, for the 1st time. It’s a favourite choice of mature players; solid & flexible.”

Not everybody was delighted about the opening choice, Hikaru Nakamura does not like mature players, obviously:

@GMHikaru: “Absolutely hate Anand’s opening choice today.”

@GMjtis: “This is not the way VA should be playing the Sicilian. This feels like a Chennai defence”.



@pogonina: “The only reason to employ this line for Anand is to send a message “I can hold even in YOUR type of positions”. Otherwise it’s strange…”

@rajachess: “Terrible choice by Anand today. Just worse,being worse on Saturday all day long is unpleasant,bad week-end choice”

Middle game

@iam_abhijeet: This type of positions is exactly what one should avoid against Carlsen,It would be !? to see how MadrasTiger defends this one“. @chesscampeona: “Magnus must feel like a kid in a candy store right now”. @LaffenG : “Are you okay Mr Anand ? Looks like your cought with your pants down by Mr Carlsen”.

 

@FabianoCaruana: Passive and unpleasant position for Anand – something went very wrong. Now we can settle down for a long grind”.

 

Any news from the commentators?
 
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@chess24.com:Sopiko returns to commentate alongside Peter Svidler”.

@polborta aka Peter Svidler: “In reply to the general clamour for Ali G to join the commentary – I agree wholeheartedly, he would be great. But he’s returning home today.”

 

How to comment the 26th move by Carlsen?  Kd2? Engines go wild.
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@MadsStostad: “Hvor var du da Anand brakk pila?”

@ChessMike: “Twittersphere blows up with Kd2; reacts against press for asking about it repeatedly. Biggest moment in either match needed several angles.”

@SergeyKarjakin: “When Magnus blundered with Kd2, I was in the playing hall, and wanted to scream NE5!!! It could have changed chess history I guess;-).”

@Kasparov63: Every time there is a bad blunder in a WCh game it’s called “the blunder of the century” but the stress & tension lead to mistakes.

@GMGawain“Wow just saw the bizarre mutual blindness in Carlsen-Anand. Makes me feel slightly better about the standard of my last two games!”

@GMHikaru: “Anand moving much too fast. Such a shame.”

@ChessNinja“No top player has made more hasty blunders in technical endgames than Anand. He gets bored, impatient; always been so”. 

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@Chessbase:” If there was any doubt whether they saw it, this picture of Anand breathing out deeply says it all.”



@Kasparov63: “Amazing double blunder in Carlsen Anand today. Blunders are not that unusual in world championship matches, but returning the favor is!”

@bennedik: “This game is like a bad dream. It would be very sad if it decides the match.”

@gregshahade: “Wow these Anand and Carlsen guys are huge n00bs”

@FabianoCaruana: “I imagine they’re both horrified with how they played today, but Magnus can console himself with a point closer to the title”.

@johnrhartmann: “After today’s double blunder, it appears that I actually _can_ play like both Carlsen and Anand”.

@chesscampeona: “If I feel so bad for Anand, I can only imagine what he feels. He needs a hug.”

@FabianoCaruana: “Shocking blunders… Vishy won’t be able to sleep tonight.”

Post mortem



@reachvsara: “‘Vishy – can you describe being the loser of this game?’ What a brilliant question”.

@theclosetgm:Seriously, are these real, trained journalists or just a bunch of chess groupies pretending to be journalists?”

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@anandcarlsen14: “Espen Agdestein: Norwegian media are doing pioneering work”.



The day after

@nashtanir: Interesting game. Didn’t really understand anything.”

@Vishalsareen: “It was a missed opportunity for Vishy, but there are six more games…there are more twists in the tale of world championship”.

 @EinarGausel: There must be better 2…e6 Sicilians on the market than Vishy’s choice in G6. Another “rope-a-dope” attempt could prove fatal.”

@chesscampeona: “I am still sad over game 6 of the Carlsen-Anand match but with a good brownie with ice cream on top, I can disregard any ill feelings :)”

Meanwhile, in Sochi:

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@anandcarlsen14: “More basketball fun on the rest day”



One last tweet for today: @GregorySBerry: “Sopiko, after the end of the match, how am I going to continue seeing you every morning?”

 

 

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The FIDE Presidential Elections in 20 Tweets

Big day in Tromsø: the FIDE Presidential elections were held today during the General Assembly at Tromsø University.

Many tweets were send from the hall. It was not allowed to film and without a livestream, Twitter became the  most important source of information. You can find an excellent report of the presidential elections by eyewitness Peter Doggers on chess.com. In case you did not have the time to follow and sort all the tweets, here is an overview of the presidential election in 20 tweets!

1. @Mathiasjo: “The letter censoring the press at the FIDE congress, signed exec. dir. Nigel Freeman.”

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2. @chessnotes: “Hard to predict, but “sources” indicate Ilyumzhinov wins close “rigged” election, result which will be legally challenged by Kasparov.”

3. @telegraphchess:“If you thought FIDE could not more eastward think again perhaps we should be grateful it’s not heading into space”.

4. @gmastrokoukos: “llyumzhinov and Makro crush Nigel Short’s hilarious claims regarding AGON. Huge long applause for Kirsan by whole audience.

5. @TarjeiJS: “Oh. My. God. Can’t believe what I am hearing and seeing. Kindergarten.”

6. @chess24com: “Kasparov promises 10 Million USD from Rex Sinquefield into the FIDE budget tomorrow if he will be elected”.

7. @telegraphchess: “Kirsan thx Rex Sinquefield for offering 10million and declares he offers 20million +offers $100k to Kasparov Chess Foundation #thisisajoke“.

8. @MarkTWIC: “Was already thinking during Kasparov’s speech and now doubled by Kirsan “Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everything that’s wonderful”.

9. @vishalsareen: “Thunderous Applause for Kirsan means he has majority. Garry said 10 Million Kirsan says 20 million… Qui benefits?”

10. @jonathan_rowson: “Sounds like Kirsan will be re-elected. Disaster for chess .4 more years as a Cinderella sport.”

11. @MadsStostad: “Kasparov: Jeg gir FIDE 10 millioner i morgen! Kirsan: Jeg gir 20 millioner – i dag!”

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12. @ecfchess: “Ilyumzhinov 110-61 Kasparov. Nothing more to say.”

13. @chessninja: “Well, I was out of clean underwear anyway.”

14. @bror: “Show us the money, Ilymzhinov! But most important of all; show us change! And openness! And transparency!”

15. @ejhchess:“Kirsan is without question a crook, a liar and worse, but I can muster no sympathy for the Kasparov campaign with their bullying and bribes”.

16. @dgriffinchess:Could it be that people still associate Kasparov (& Short) with chaos that followed 1993 privatisation of World Championship?”

17. @chessnotes: “Eventually, chess players will realize that FIDE can’t be reformed, that it is utterly corrupt, and that a new organization must be formed.”

18. @davidlettington: “Appalling interview with Ilyumzhinov – his promised funds already disappearing. Appears to have plucked $20m figure from air”.

19. @OdionAikhoje: “Congrats on your reelection! It’s time to take Chess to greater heights!”

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20. @chessbookreview: “A sad day for chess.”

Bonus tweet: @Jonathan_Rowson:Thoughts go out to the eye witnesses of another sad and torturous FIDE Election”

 

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 9

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”.

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@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”. 

Round 9

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.”

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@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.”

Women’s section

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”

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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.”

games begin