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Carlsen – Anand in Tweets Game 4

Before we are going to have a look at tweets of game 4, let us  look back at game three. Many, many tweets popped up in the Twitter timeline. Not surprisingly, most tweets came from India. “Chess” and “Anand” was trending in India, meaning that literally thousands of people congratulated Anand on his win in the third game. However, a rather nasty side effect showed up: the official Twitter hashtag #CarlsenAnand was flooded with spam, by spambots.

@anand_bombay:I guess fans went overboard yesterday with the hashtag and the spambots caught on.”

spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a spambot is sending it. (Wikipedia).

How to get rid of these spambots? I asked for advice on Twitter and @Art_Smart tweeted: “If you block those tweets and report them as spam, they disappear from your feed.” @traderDXB: “Just block all tweets containing “Google inbox invite” And voila!”

Sometimes “spam” can be funny, though.

Game four

Chess now! @kasparov63 tweeted about his old rival. Let us not forget that he played a world championship match against Vishy in 1995! Magnus Carlsen was 5 years old….

“Anand the old tiger cannot chase down his prey so easily these days, but if you put your head in his mouth his teeth are still quite sharp!”

And another tweet, by former world championship match contender @nigelshortchess: “I don’t like to be rude about my superiors, but I have to say that Magnus’ opening prep. was really shoddy yesterday”

Well, let’s check what the world champion played today then! What does Twitterland expect? @EinarGausel: “Don’t expect to see Magnus swinging for the fences today. The Champ will no doubt be looking for a slow, technical grind”. @dfreire: “Today we have a wounded Magnus Carlsen playing with white. It’s one of those rare occasions chess fans won’t want to miss”. @rajkashana: “Carlsen will try to get Vishy out of prep as quickly as possible. I doubt if he plans to enter Mordor again. :)”

Some useful information by @shrinjanr: “Every game Vishy wins he gains 6 elo points while Magnus gains 4. For a loss its -6 & -4 respectively. For a draw +1 & -1”

Are we ready for game four? Judit Polgar posted this picture. 


@GMJuditPolgar: “Wanna know what a retired chess queen does in her free time? Gets a chair and checks what Vishy and Magnus are up to:)” 

The story of game four in ten tweets:

1. @bennedik: “Very happy to see a Sicilian. Now wait for Magnus to take all the life out of the position and get a nice endgame”

2. @MarkTwic: “Was there a small disturbance in the audience to Carlsen-Anand game 4? Here Carlsen turns and stares?”


3. @rajachess: “Oh,almost my game against Carlsen from Wijk. I developped differently with black,had some problems,Anand wants to play with isolani pure.”

4. @FabianoCaruana: “Anand will be defending this for a while, but he can be confident about his chances to hold on”

5.  @JanAageFjortoft: “Preparing for a football-game, watching Chess live on TV It’s a funny old game….”

6. @nigelshortchess: “I played a guy at blitz who explained he was hoping I would die of a heart attack. Perhaps this is also Magnus’ strategy? :)”

7. @Chessbase: “Magnus watches Philae land.”


8. @AnishGiri: “Vishy looks bored, I think he wants to play a pillow fight with Akhil.”

9. @GMJanGustafsson: “Come on guys, shake hands, the rest of us have work to do!”

10. @Jonathan_Rowson: “Vishy was very composed today. Magnus applied typically subtle & potentially deadly pressure, but made no psychological impact”.

One bonus tweet by Claudia Munoz aka @Chesscampeona, proving that women multitask more than men:  “I am watching  Carlsen Anand and the landing of the European Space Ship on the Comet, both at the same time.”


I hope you understand the @Chessbase tweet now :-)) 

@fmkrms: “Alright so ESA landed on a comet, well done… but could they do it on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke?

One last tweet for today, a good one to think about on the rest day. @GMjtis: “Twitter is full of people who want you to say something and then tell you what you said instead of reading what you said “


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The Olympiad in Tweets – Hangover edition

First news on Friday, just after the Olympiad was over:

@europeechecs: “It seems that FIDE website http://www.fide.com  has been hacked”.


Since the day after the last round and closing ceremony was a travel day for most players and journalists, the number of tweets concerning the Olympiad was alarmingly low.  Everybody seemed to be at the airport: 


@ChessVibes: Early morning scene at Tromsø airport.”

Breaking: Now we know the real reason why Magnus Carlsen left Tromsø an day earlier!

Nice tweet about Magnus here by John Saunders: @johnchess“An article about the Chess Olympiad auto-translated from Norwegian referred to Magnus Carlsen as the “Norwegian wood champion”.

@backranktristan: “After his Olympiad he probably is pine-ing for the fjords… ” 

What did you do on the airport, @GMHikaru:” Had a lot of fun playing blitz with some of the African players at the Tromso airport!”

Some people obviously had a party after the closing ceremony, what do you think Jonathan? @GMJtis:“Looked out my hotel window this morning, saw full set of clothes and a pair of boots had landed from above. Someone’s been partying”. Sounds like @LennartOotes to me: “Had a wonderful time at the Olympiad. Thanks everyone! If someone happens to find my voice (maybe in no24), please send me a pm.”

Did you like the closing ceremony, Gunnar? @skaksamband:Good closing ceremony but it seems that No way forgot to have a bar at he venue! 😉 

A couple of people stayed another day: @GMJanGustafsson: “Still in Tromso. “All players left the Chess Olympiad. No.24 is now full of of middle-aged locals. Feels weird.”


@chess24com:“Would like to report that Tromsø is now a sleepy Arctic backwater again, but there’s a cycle race”.


Of course, loads of tweets on the timeline about the winners of the Olympiad popped up, e.g. this tweet by my dear friend Yochanan Afek, @afekchess:Big chapeau to medal winning teams especially the Chinese and Indian. A well deserved reward for tremendous efforts over the recent decades!”

@acciochess:”India won bronze at the chess olympiad! Lucky to have witnessed the history being created. 🙂 Congratulations team!”

Yes, India won bronze, and the Twitter timeline was suddenly full of Indians celebrating, @ChessNinja: “India winning bronze without Anand or Harikrishna is incredible. Also highlights bizarre pairing system in use. Played only 1 top 10 seed.” @polpodge: “How crazy the pairings were. China played 7 of the top 15. India 2. Thoroughly deserved top spot. Thoroughly undeserved 3rd.”

The press in India was overexcited, what do you say @asimpereira?


“According to The Hindu newspaper, India won a historic Silver!! News based on tweets?? = Blunder!!” 

@ChessNotes:“Certain @vishy64theking & @HariChess must now face scrutiny for not playing. India almost certainly could have taken Gold.” @orengross: “Whether 2nd or 3rd India had an outstanding tournament, especially not having their two top players”. 

@TraderDXB: “I am not sure if @vishy64theking and @HariChess had played for India, we would have done any better!”

But Vishy has to prepare for Sochi 2014: @Skrinath_Govind: “Vishy wins Candidates; India wins Bronze in Olympiad…. awaiting icing this already exquisite cake in Sochi”.



@SubhashishNandi: Often China, India are uttered in same breath as fastest growing economies; now both are fastest growing chess powerhouses!”


@Times_Chess:China wins Chess Olympiad in Tromso. A sign of things to come.”

We should not forget the winner of the silver medal in the Open section: Hungary!


@GMJuditPolgar: “The Happy Hungarian Team with the SILVER MEDALS!!! :)”

@ejhchess:” I’ve now made about a dozen attempts to work out how Hungary’s tiebreak score was arrived at and still not got the right figure”.

The Russian women know how to handle medals:  


@Pogonina: “Kateryna Lagno showing the right way to treat Olympic medals!”

@TarjeiJS:I wouldn’t say the Russian women team got a loud applause as they got their gold medals.” @PoisonedPwnPress: “Lagno controversy, Russia suing the Norwegian chess federation, Norway imposing sanctions on Putin … Not surprised.”

@ChessinT: “Natalia Zhukova responded to the “loss” of Kateryna Lagno: “Getting rid of parasites is a painless process”

And what about the Russian men? @SunebergHansen:Russia must hire a mentalcoach now! It was sad to see Svidler as the weakest link, think he is history in the national team”. 

Why, Russia was just a bit unlucky, right Sergey? @SergeyKaryakin: “In a hard tournament we tried our best, but were a bit unlucky with the tie-breaks.”

@Kasparov63: “Russian men got a “category prize” in Tromso? What is that? Consolation prize? I don’t remember us needing those when I played on the team!”

In case you wonder why I do not add tweets of Chinese players, the reason is simple: Twitter is blocked in China, North Korea and Iran. However, in the site statistics I noticed that many people from China visit this blog!

Tragic end of Olympiad

Im this final report about the Chess Olympiad 2014 I have to include some sad tweets (again). You may have read the news that two players died on the the last day of the Olympiad, and many tweets about this tragedy popped up. Here are a few:

Teymur Rajabov @rajachess: “Condolences to the families of two chessplayers,died in Tromso, Kurt Meier’s from Seychelles and Alisher Anarkulov’s,Uzbekistan”.

@SilvioDanailov: “My sincere condolences to the families of the two players who passed away on the last day of Tromso 2014. Sad finish for such a great event”.

@SuneBergHansen:“Chess is the most dangerous sport! A game takes hours and you can play untill you die, therefore dying during a game is ‘normal”.

Ellen Carlsen, @ellenoec: “Are two dead people and one disapperead team unusual happenings at a Chess Olympiad?”

One final tweet and a picture by @chess24com:


“The last remnants of the Chess Olympiad are almost gone from Tromsø”. 

Time to relax now, Garry? @Kasparov63: “Resting with family after very long and tiring FIDE campaign. I didn’t win, but my team and I did a lot of good to promote chess.”

@bbalgabaev: “It’s true. We are waiting for you in 4 yrs time. It’s real pleasure to beat such opponent like you. Sorry, not to beat, to crush”

More chess coming up… 

Some players do not seem to get enough: @erwinlami: “No rest after the Olympiad! Today gave a simul in Heemskerk -a town close to Wijk aan Zee”.

And @2700chess tweeted on Saturday: “Shirov (2712.0) lost his first round game at the Riga Technical University Open 2014 to Armbrust Florian (2268, GER)”

@theparasg: “Feels like the Chess Olympiad got over too soon. Where will I get my daily fix of fandom now?”

Well, Paras, the St. Louis Chess Club @CCSCSL has very good news for you: “We’re 2 weeks away from the strongest chess tournament in history. Will you be in STL to witness it?”

No, but I am sure many chess fans will follow the event on Twitter!



The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 11

Last day of the Olympiad, last chance to get rid of potential excess baggage before flying home: @ChessNinja:” I’ve got a few Kasparov shirts, bags, & books left if anyone in Tromso still needs some parting swag. Losing Sale! Everything Must Go!”

Last round in Tromsø. Time flies when you are having fun. It is in the nature of things that events like the Chess Olympiad come to an end. Today, an impressive career came to an end.  In yesterday’s edition of your favourite Twitter blog several tweets popped up claiming that Judit Polgar would retire. However,  there was no confirmation of this news by  the “retiring queen” herself. Today however, Judit confirmed her retirement in a tweet: 


@GMJuditPolgar: “It’s been an amazing 25 years! Huge thanks everyone, especially my wonderful family for supporting this long journey!”

@PattyLlaneza: “I hope Hou Yifan retires from women’s chess to make up for Judit Polgar’s retirement from competitive chess.”

@Kasparov63: “Welcome to the retiree club, I am afraid it’s a lot more work than playing chess. Soon you’ll want to play again to rest!”


A somewhat mysterious tweet popped up late last night by @bbalgabaev: “93-58 for Batumi”. What does that mean, Gunnar Bjornsson? @skaksambamd: “Chess Olympiad 2018 will be in Batumi, Georgia”. 

Olympiad photographer David Llada, who cannot be praised enough for the beautiful chess players portraits he made during the event, was not very happy with the result: @lladini: “South Africa sounded a much more tempting option, definitely.” Well, maybe his pals Tarjei and Lennart could cheer him up later: @lladini: “ I was going to stay in for a change, but Tarjei and Lennart are texting me from the bar around the corner. So difficult to say no!” Any news about the Olympiad 2020? “Chinese delegate said that they are going to prepare a bid for a Chess Olympiad 2020″, tweeted @bbalgabaev.

I certainly do not want to continue the “bad chess news day” like yesterday but again, I found some depressing tweets:

@chess24.com: “Hearing that some federations at the Olympiad have refused to pay their players the daily allowance given by the organisers…” followed by this tweet: “Uganda and Seychelles mentioned, with Ugandan players apparently in tears – also Burundi, though they had issues with disappearing players”.

Last round

The top rated games in this last round, calculated by @Megalovic: “R11 high combined Elo Mamedyarov-Nakamura 5530 Kramnik-MVL 5528 Aronian-Navara 5521 Bacrot-Grischuk 5515 Dominguez-Adams 5500″.

Last rounds in an Olympiad are always nerve-wracking affairs. It is not only about the fight for the medals in the team events, but many individual players have to chance to win individual medals and have the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime-chance to score IM or GM results. Add the starting time of 11:00 AM, which is three hours earlier than previous rounds, checking out of the hotels, packing suitcases, do last-minute souvenir shopping and 1000 other things that need to be arranged, and you get a tense atmosphere in which anything can happen.

Gold for China! 

However, on the top boards, the Russian women and the Chinese men had no trouble to clinch home the gold medal. Lets have a look at the winners of the open section first:

@EuropeEchecs: “1st China 2nd Hungary 3rd India, it’s official”  


 @SuneBergHansen:” Impressive performance by China, Big congratulations for a fantastic performance – only one individual loss in 44 games”.

@Ginger-GM: “Congratulations China! Brilliant result, also netted me a sweet £400 smackaroonies :)))”

@OlimpiuUrcan:” On a large board, just below a Carlsen photo marked with an “X,” Chinese strategists tick off a new milestone: winning the Men’s Olympia”.


@2700chess: “Young Chinese Team (20 y.o. Yu Yangyi 2699.8; 21 y.o. Ding Liren 2753.9, etc) wins the World Chess Olympiad 2014!”

@DanielRensch: “Really happy for China for winning them.  They (as a nation) are really doing great things for chess.”

Gold for Russia!

Here are a few tweets about the impressive performance of the Russian women:

@EuropeEchecs: “Tournoi féminin: 1er Russie 2e Chine 3e Ukraine”


@pogonina: “Guess I will be getting a telegram soon! 🙂 “Putin congratulates Russian women’s team with 2014 Chess Olympiad gold”.


“Natalia Pogonina, Alexandra Kosteniu, Sergei Rublevsky, Valya Gunina, Olga Girya, Kateryna Lagno” (picture via @ChessNews).

@SergeyKarjakin: “3 gold medals in Olympiads in a row! Great result of our women team!”

Great team results for China and Russia, but what about the best score on board one? @MarkTWIC: “The prestigious gold medal for top board performance goes to Veselin Topalov. Silver to Adams and Bronze to Giri”. 

I guess that some players will be happy that the Olympiad is over:

@GMHikaru: “Tragic blunder on move 40 to lose a drawn ending….oh well.”

His USA teammate, Sam Shankland had a slightly better result: @GMShanky“The best result of my life was finished with the only real disappointment of the event. 9.0/10, personal gold medal, 2646, but no World Team”.

@GMGawain:Sorry team mates and England fans. Somehow the chess didn’t gel at all this time. At least I know there’s still lots to work on.”

@hansenchess: “Saved my worst chess for the final four games of the Olympiad. pity…..” @GMGawain:”I hear you. At least it’s over”

@gueorgss :“After a promising start,a total collapse (with the exception of Topalov) of the Bulgarian male chess-team in the last rounds”

@2700chess:The biggest rating losers among top players are Kamsky (-24.7), Peter Svidler (-18.8), and Nigel Short (-18.8).”

Of course, there were some upbeat tweets as well:

@GMRobinVK: “The last supper withTeam Holland. Great team, great event, but my play still to be improved! “teamholland

@AnishGiri:Only 12th place for us, but a clear first when it comes to the tea(m)spirit!! Bronze on board 1 for me is pleasant though!”

More to come…..

An neverending number of tweets from India suddenly popped up on my Tweetdeck after it became clear that India miraculously won the bronze medal in the open section. Not only in my timeline, obviously…

@GMJtis:“I am now realizing how many Indian tweeters I follow after the Carlsen-Anand match – timeline full of celebration.”

In the next episode of “The Olympiad in Tweets” I will select more tweets about India, individual performances, the closing ceremony and the usual left-overs.

I have to end this episode today with some sad tweets:

@FabianoCaruana: “If what I’ve heard is correct, someone died during the round today.Puts the chess results in perspective. Condolences to the team and family”. 

@GMHikaru: “Really sad to hear that one of the players from Seychelles apparently died during the last round of the Olympiad today.”

 @ChessVibes: “Closing ceremony started with a minute of silence as it was confirmed that the player of the Seychelles died. Terribly sad.”

The Olympiad in Tweets – Bad news day

@EnniscorthyChess: “Oh no, Chess Olympiad is on a rest day….. What will we do?” Any plans for today @LuisBlascioCruz: “Today Rest day. Day to make contacts and to enjoy the city”. 

Let’s have a look at the last rest day on Wednesday. It must have been quite a depressing day in Tromsø, according to the number of “bad news” tweets!

Let’s kick off with Paco Vallejo, who went to a Carribean party, according to the hashtag:  @Chessidharta: #Caribbeanparty 2 am – “may i ask u smth personal” – Sure! – ” is it true that u had 60 girls in 2 months? ” ‘WTF . Kids Alcohol is bad. ” 

Alcohol is bad, true, what about the music, Eric Hansen? @hansenchess: “Very mediocre music at the parties this Olympiad. Quite dissapointed!”

Perhaps Sabrina can tell us what is going on? @SChevannes: “Why can I hear what sounds like God awful karaoke coming through my bedroom window in Tromso 2014.  Can anyone else hear it?”

Oh dear, sounds like it is not a good news day today? Any FIDE news to cheer you up, Nigel? @NigelShortChess:  “I have had a glimpse of Hell. It resembles an endless FIDE General Assembly”.

@kevinbonham:“Today’s FIDE congress is going so slowly bryologists have discovered six new species of moss growing on”


Didn’t you get a job offer from FIDE, Nigel: @SteveGiddins: “Is it true you have accepted Kirsan’s African job offer?” 

@NigelShortChess: “Yes. Having appointed me as Director of the $500,000 Africa fund 2 days ago, he now says he doesn’t have the power to do so :)”

No power, no funds, no money?  Any news about the 20M? Let us check the FIDE website. Oh wait…: @mikhail_golubev: “Still no news at Fide.com on Ilyumzhinov’s 20 mln USD announcement. It’s logical: why to post every empty promise of the boss?”

Come on, give me some more bad news: @TarjeiJS: “Carlsen will NOT play the last round of the Chess Olympiad and will be leaving Tromsø tonight.” Tarjei added a twitpic from NRK later:


Yeah, keep them coming: @Echecs64:RUS-FRA, worst last round pairing for ze Frenchies. Who will be out? Fressinet? Tkachiev?”

Big bad news item of the day: @ChessVibes:Biggest news of today is the retirement of Judit  Polgar……. (especially when confirmed…)

@times_chess: “A great honour for Times Chess that greatest female chessplayer in the history of the game has chosen “The Times” to announce her retirement”. @GMJanGustafsson: “Wow, Judit Polgar is retiring, is this for real?”

@MarkTwic: “If it turns out to be completely untrue then The Times has a huge amount of explaining to do.”

Any more retirement news, Hikaru? @GMHikara: “Is it my imagination or does this Olympiad feel like the end of a generation with many great players retiring or not competing again? “

@MarkTWIC: “I’m not sure everyone will retire but this feels like an pivotal Olympiad to me too”.

@GMHikaru: “Well, Kamsky has also said that this is his final Olympiad.”



@GregoryChess:“A short list of retiring players in my opinion: Polgar, Kamsky, Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand, Shirov, Short, Adams, and Ivanchuk.”

All the bad Olympiad news packed in one tweet: @portisdos: “Carlsen say that will not play the last round. Polgar announce her retirement. Kirsan crush Kaparov and Short sing a song. “

@GregoryChess:Is Susan Polgar retiring? LOL”

Ok, one positive tweet for you to end this depressing report. Some people seem to have fun in Tromsø: 


@pogonina: “Pogoplane”.

One final tweet for today: Did you have a good day, Mig? @chessninja: If you try to tip housekeeping in this Norwegian hotel by putting money on the pillow, you come back and they’ve left it in a little stack.”

Better stop now. Good night!

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 6

Did you all have a good restday? Recovered from the Bermuda Party?

@chess24.com:” A prearranged brewery tour was arguably not what some members of the organising team needed after the Bermuda Party:)”


What did you do after the tour, Jan? @GMJanGustafsson: “Slept,ate,shopped and watched Guardians of the Galaxy (good, not great) with @polborta , pretty solid rest day”.

Any news about the FIDE president? @TarjeiJS: “Kirsan complained about Russia & Ukraine being placed on the same hotel. But his people didn’t tell him that it was approved by FIDE!”

Sporty Kirsan, apparantly fed up with “his people”, visited the Polaria:

@PolariaTromso: “Sporty FIDE president Iljumzjinov takes “high five” with seal Loffen at Polaria tonight”.


Talking about seals: what did you have for lunch , Nigel? @nigelshortchess: “The seal this afternoon tasted unusual. Not sure I would bother eating it regularly though.”

Bon appetit!

Natalia, how was your day? @pogonina: “Rest day at Chess Olympiad. We decided to go on a boat trip”.


“It looks a little chilly on the boat, but the scenery is amazing!”

Lots of things to talk about, huh? The games, the party…

@pogonina: “The conversations we have been having are quite hilarious, but most of them can’t be reproduced in public :D”

@SilviaDanailov was busy on his restday, giving interviews: “My interview with Norwegian TV2 today. The topics: Tromso 2014, politics, elections, etc,etc.


The etc. etc. part sounds very interesting, what do you think, @TarjeiJS?  “I do think Sivio Danialov needs to explain why he was pictured in the Chess Olympiad hall with two cell phones.”

@goranurosevic (in election mode ?) “Danailov’s phones are just a smoke-screen, totally irrelevant” .

There a still  a lot of chess experts and journalists coming to Tromsø for the second part of the Olympiad. Maybe they have some stories for us?  @theparasg: “So many journalists at the Chess Olympiad but no truly interesting stories making it to their Twitter. Maybe we need another Fischer?”

BTW; what is the first thing to do when you arrive, @LennartOotes? Arrived at the Tromso Chess Olympiad and immediately performed the Tinder check: I found only two chess girls on this dating platform.  wtf”. 


Perhaps, Lennart should try one of the #tromsopickuplines: @bioniclime: “How about I fianchetto my bishop in your pawn triangle?” or @elbandie: “Mind if I back rank you?”

@chessninja: You know, guys with big Elos are probably trying to compensate for something.”

Round 6

Back to business, back to chess. Big game (again) today for Magnus Carlsen: @manju2006: “Magnus will be playing the opponent who has the right attitude and the strengh to become his challenger for the world title”. But what is his name?  @EinarGausdal: “Today’s top rating matchup will be Caruana(2801)-Carlsen(2877) as the home team’s first line-up takes on Italy”.

@GMJanGustafsson: “Norway-Italy means that Magnus Carlsen will face the World Number 3 2 games in a row..”

And there are some other high rated games ahead: @megalovic: R6 highest combined Elo Caruana-Carlsen 5678 Adams-Aronian 5545 Kasimdzhanov-Kramnik 5460 Mamedyarov-Jobava 5456 Le-Leko 5450″.

Do you have a particular game you want to follow, Jovan? @FSTIMJP “Great. But, Don Kaituu vs Diamini Sbonelo will possibly be a more entertaining game to follow.” What do you think, Robert? @RobertRis: “The rest day is over! Fireworks expected in game of two of my fav players: Mamedyarov-Jobava!”

The games

Tweet on move 1: @Chess24.com“Breaking news 🙂 Carlsen meets Caruana’s 1.e4 with 1…d5!?”@PoisondPwnPress: “Carlsen plays the Scandinavian. Gonna be a good day!”

@Tromso2014: “The clash between world #1 and world #2 has just started!”


The excellent pictures under this twitter account are made by David Llada. It is not only a good idea to follow this account, but also the Twitter account @Lladini. Cool stuff, David!

And David Llada becomes a celebrity himself!


@nadja_wittmann: “@leontxogarcia entrevistando a @lladini para @chessbase

Any news from our roving “zero-tolerance” reporter? @TarjeiJS:“Zero tolerance forfeits in Round 6: The whole Burundi women team and one Burundi player in the open.”

@Fantasy_Chess:Did they continue on from the Burmuda party to the Burundi party? Must have been epic!”

Another big game this round, according to @garylanechess:” I think Adams will beat World no2 Aronian in todays game. All my predictions are right. Almost.” @TarjeiJS, have a look at England vs. Armenia, please? “Adams (ENG)-Aronian (ARM) 1/2-1/2 after 31 moves and only 1,5 hours.”

Talking about England: how is the weather @home, Mark?  @MarkTwic: “We saw rainstorms two days ago at the Olympiad.  Seems to have arrived outside my door in the UK” now. And Mark added a little later: “Gee whiz! Huge lightening strike nearby me!”

Back to the games. UZB-RUS is an interesting match.  @chess24.com: “Kasimdzhanov has beaten Naiditsch, Ivanchuk & Kramnik in a row to move to his highest ever (live) rating. No jinxes”. @top40chess: “Kasimdzhanov catapults into the top 40 with his win against Kramnik – he’s at world #35 after gaining 12 places so far in the Chess Olympiad.” 

And what is going on in the game of the day? @Chessnotes: R6: Carlsen displays that ” ‘Ol Black Magic” & somehow upends Caruana from even position. @Skrivanth_Govind: “Caruana succumbed to Carlsen’s magic which detracted him in the endgame”. @BobbyFiske: “Magnus just expelled Caruana from the exclusive Elo-2800 club in R6”. 

Great  game by Magnus again, what do you think, Vozi? @voziedwards: “Carlsen with black again waiting for his opponent to blunder rather than playing chess.”

The USA won 3-1 today vs. Paraguay, but the top boards Nakamura and Kamsky are struggling and only managed two draws: @Chessnotes:USA left wondering what could have been, if 1-4 lineup were Caruana, Nakamura, So, Kamsky…”

Again, not many tweets about the women’s section.  However, I found an interesting one: @PoisondPwnPress: “Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan combined score of 8-0. Both creeping up towards 2700.”

Maybe the women will get more attention on Saturday: @chess24.com: “In Round 7 the women steal the show, with no. 2 seeds Russia vs. no. 1 seeds China on the top table!”

This could be a very exciting match! It is a very exciting Olympiad, anyway, what do you think, Nora?

@Souleidis:“NRK reporter Nora Thorp Bjørnstad is excited about Chess Olympiad”.


I think a lot of male chess players are excited about Nora!  🙂 Is she on Tinder? Ask Lennart.

Two final tweets for today:

@stuthefox: “Russian Chess Federation “suing” Norwegian Tromso 2014 organisers, and Russian government banning imports of Norwegian salmon. Connected?”

@fact: “Eating fish improves IQ and memory”

Enjoy your meal (fish today?)



The Olympiad in Tweets – Early tweets

Yes, Chess in Tweets is back. Earlier this year I followed the Candidates Tournament in Khanty Mansiysk by compiling a storyline around the games by using tweets about the event.  I will follow the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø in the same way: I will try to filter the most relevant tweets about the Olympiad in Norway and create a story. The good thing for you, the reader is that you only need to read this blog to get the best tweets, even if you do not use Twitter yourself. The bad thing is that I have to read a lot of crap.

Fourth largest sporting event?

On the official event website of the Olympiad 2014 you can read: “Chess Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – the world’s fourth largest sporting event”. In the “fact and figures” section of the info bulletin I found that this is measured by the number of participating countries (174). If you want to take this as reference, fine. You can also read in the booklet that the estimated online audience is 100 Million.

If you google “the largest sporting events”, the Chess Olympiad is not mentioned in the top 10. Of course, “fourth largest sporting event” sounds great.  Some people might even believe it. It is just a matter of interpretation. 

I do expect a lot of tweets about the Olympiad, because many top players will not only play but also tweet. There are not only many players in Tromsø, but also journalists, officials, trainers, coaches, commentators, organizers and visitors who will not only tweet about the games. It will also be interesting to see what wil be tweeted  about  the playing conditions, the parties, the food and the prices in the shops. And Carlsen. 


I will use twitpics from the tweeps. I found a nice one by @teotstorb, who writes: “I was wondering what is exactly a troll. But I found a lot in Tromso!”


@fischerandom: My Norwegian sister grew up in Tromsø! The nature is very beautiful there!”

That is right, and what about the stories of the midnight sun?

@chess24.com: “Can confirm that the midnight sun (or at least daylight!) in Tromso isn’t a myth…”


To get the best storyline it is essential that the tweeps use the same hashtag. I think #ChessOlympiad makes sense. One of the commentators, Lawrence Trent, uses the correct hashtag: 

@LawrenceTrentIM: “Prepping up for the big one! #ChessOlympiad Will be commentating every round of this very special event, leave for Tromso tomorrow!”


We should not forget chess politics, a major item in the next weeks. Many tweets have already been posted about the upcoming slugfest. Just to give you an idea of the friendly tone of the tweets in this matter, here is an sneak peek:   

Nigel Short wrote an article for New in Chess about the upcoming FIDE elections, titled: “Tyranny”.  Not everybody like the piece, obviously….

@alinihatyazici: “I Read 1st paragraph of @nigelshortchess bullshit in NIC! Impotence may make a person life time jealous for power!”

Short replied: @nigelshortchess: “The foul public language of @alinihatyazici shows he is totally unfit to head @Fide_chess in schools.”

@alinihatyazici:@nigelshortchess was accusing me for foul language, that is a growing manner, need hot pepper in mouth!”

@nigelshortchess: @alinihatyazici has to shout “bullshit”, rather than make reasoned argument, because he knows what I have said is true”

Creative tweet here about the FIDE president:

@olimpiuurcan: “The more I read about Ilyumzhinov the more I think of Borat, L. Ron Hubbard, Donald Trump and Saparmurat Niyazov. All-into-one.”

Nice stuff. More mud to come in the next weeks.

Travelling to Norway

Chess Olympiad in Norway: Tarjei J. Svensen cannot be far. Ah, he already arrived in Tromsø obviously:

@TarjeiJS: “Seeing posters all over Tromsø now, with “Kasparov – the future of chess”


Another interesting tweet by @TarjeiJS: “Is this the first Chess Olympiad where one page in the bulletin is dedicated to the price level of the host city?”

The price level in Norway could become quite an issue: @Chessninja: “My top takeaway from the @chess24com Tromso report: “The cheapest hamburger in this restaurant is a whopping 21 euros!” 28 dollars.” 

And added: “Norway isn’t on the euro & it’s one of the most expensive places in the world. Can’t they just go back to using salted fish as currency?”

More people are heading for Norway. Susan Polgar is on her way:

@SusanPolgar: “Our Norwegian Air plane to @Tromso2014.”


And her sister Judit is also heading for Tromsø:

@GMJuditPolgar: “Press-conference before the Chess Olympiad 🙂 We’re going to Tromso with a strong team!”


Did I mention Magnus Carlsen already?

@MagnusCarlsen: Good spirits at training camp before the #chessolympiad at @Tromso2014 with @gmjlh #krageroresort #chess


Let’s hope that everybody arrives safely. And when they arrive, I hope they have found a place to stay:

@JosipAsik: “Requested in April, @Tromso2014 is yet not sending any accommodation offer for accredited press representatives. Thank God for Airbnb.”

More tweets to come in the next weeks. Suggestions and comments welcome.