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Chess in Tweets – Weekly (1)

After the world championship in New York between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin and the positive feedback I received, I decided to start “Chess in Tweets -Weekly” in which I will try to collect the best and most remarkable chess related tweets of the week. If you see a tweet that should be included in “CIT-weekly”, sent me a tweet @ChessClassic. And if there is a big event going on, I will probably compile an extra “mid-weekly”.  Why not? 

#Carlsen-Karjakin

Let’s kick off with …. Carlsen-Karjakin! Oh no not again! Well, the match is over but there were some tweets worth noticing. I have to say that I am surpised and slightly disappointed that the champ himself did not write a single tweet after the world championship. A simple “Thank You” tweet to the fans isn’t a big deal, right? His opponent Sergey Karjakin showed him how to write a classy tweet after the match:  

@SergeyKarjakin: “Very tired after the difficult match, and tons of the interviewsūüėŹ. Thank you all for your incredible support! Proud to have so many fans”.

There was some remarkable news after the world championship and even insider @TarjeiJS was surprised: “This is a big surprise. Carlsen names @GMShanky among his helpers during Carlsen-Karjakin, in addition to MVL, Fressinet and Grandelius.” 

@GMShanky is  GM Sam Shankland, a 25 year old professional chess player from the United States. One player was nog surprised, though: Peter Heine Nielsen: @PHChess: “Why the surprise? He also helped in 2014.”

It is good that Team Carlsen got some help, because PH really is a lousy second, right Silvio? @silviodanialov: “Let’s face it @PHChess is weak second without single original idea and zero creativity. His best qualities: He is Danish and cheap”.

Eat that, PH!  @PHChess: “Reading up on twitter, it seems like Danailov waited till game 9 to call for me being fired. New record. My previous best was by game 3!”

@portisdos: “Who cares Danailov nowadays. He is like a fake Chinese vase.” @dalychess:  “Have to see the funny side of things. Suffice to say Mr Danailov has his own problems!”

 

Other grandmasters have other problems, like the Blindfold King, @Timur_ Gareyev: 

@LennartOotes“People asked me how @timur_gareyev recovers from a 19-hour Blindfold Chess #WorldRecord. Well, he just ran into a glass door. #human”. 

@chessninja: “Should’ve kept the blindfold on”

 

You may have missed this tweet when you do not live in India: @chessbaseindia: “Responsible for World Championship 2013 J. Jayalalitha is no more. She ensured a hefty prize fund which was twice as much as New York 2016.” @MarkTWIC: “I remember Jayalalithaa Jayaram from the Anand vs Carlsen match. She’s had tumultuous time since and has now died.”

(After the world championship 2012)

Vishy Anand tweeted: @vishy64theking:#Ripamma
Articulate & brave.She will be missed for her persona & charisma.As TN mourns its great daughter lets be together in its dark hour”.

You can read more about “Amma” , as she was called, in my world chess championship blog “Mate in Chennai”

#LondonChess 

Before we go to London, there was some breaking news from Oslo: @TarjeiJS:BREAKING: Oslo officially announcing that they want to host @MagnusCarlsen’s WC match in 2018.”

That’s great news, but there is a twist: @TarjeiJS: “Obviously still a long way to go, still searching for 6-7 million Euros in funding, but it’s a good start anyway.”

I will surely follow the story here in CIT Weekly, but since we are still in 2016, let’s see what’s going on in the last month of the year. Is there something going on in London perhaps?  Oh yes, the darts world championship in Alexandra Palace will start soon! Anything else? 

@cyberella: “London Chess Classic 2016 – love, love, love”.

The London Chess Classic, the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour 2016, from 9-18 December is one of the highlights of the chess calender.  I know the organizers would love to get my handle @ChessClassic, now they have to deal with @London_Chess. Follow that account to keep up to date with the games and hot news. Do also add @grandchesstour to your observation list. The hashtag that is often used is #londonchess. And do not forget to visit  the website. 

@munroel: “Who needs world championship matches when we have #londonchess!”

Let’s have a look at the first two rounds with some exciting games: @elgransenor1: “Has Malcolm Pein had a word with the players? London Chess Classic seems a lot less boring than normal.”

(picture by @LennartOotes)

@chessbaseindia: “Tournament director Malcolm Pein makes sure that the London ChessClassic happen every year with great pomp and splendor!”

It’s never dull when this “no-handshake” game is scheduled: @thechrisgale: “Kramnik is playing Topalov!!! Topalov is playing Kramnik!!! Holy cow”.  Another interesting game @chessbaseindia: “Hikaru Nakamura turned 29 on 9th December. But he had a forgettable birthday as he blundered big time on move 13.” 

Poor Naka. Happy birthday! But who was his opponent?

@dukhe64:  “So wins over Nakamura, So close to the magical 2800 and So close to being US 1.. So when does he play against Caruana!?”

In the second round , So won again: @london_chess: “Wesley So beats Adams, storms to 2/2 and becomes the 12th player in history to cross the 2800 mark! Congratulations!”

@cristianchirila: “Wesley is in beast mode. He makes it look easy, must be terrifying for his rivals”.

@grandchesstour:” Congratulations again to Wesley So!”

Good job, Wes. We will see if he can keep the pace in the next edition of “Chess in Tweets Weekly” and I will also check tweets about the other players, like Anish Giri, the only player with  two draws after two rounds, What a surprise. Therefore, the  last tweet goes out to @ainfranco:  “Giri love draws more than the sex and the ice cream!!!”

Sunday 11.12  update: “Happy birthday to the living legend @vishy64theking!”

Your blogger will be at the London Chess Classic on Tuesday. Send a tweet to meet and greet @ChessClassic

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 3

A Chess Olympiad in Norway?  How sweet!

@bryansanchezUSA: “Sweeeet! The Chess Olympiad¬†started this weekend in Tromso.¬†Go USA! The geek shall inherit the Earth!! Wooooooo!!!”

the geeks shall inherit the earth

@bryansanchezUSA: “Ohhh‚Ķ Intelligent, classy, well-dressed people + fit, platinum blondes w sexy Euro accents‚Ķ Its like james Bond but better!”

Ahum. Back to business: ¬†big news today to start off this report. ¬†@Tromso2014:The team from the Maldives have arrived Troms√ł and have been paired against Mauritania in round 3.”

There is still one player missing, right? What is his name again?

@MarkTWIC: “Did they bring Nakamura with them?”

Obviously Nakamura has arrived: @ChessVibes: “Bad news for the Dutch? @GMHikaru has arrived in Troms√ł and plays @anishgiri on board one today. :-)”¬†@Manju2006: “That is great news. Our trust in @anishgiri is tremendous. Go Anish!”

@MadsStostad posted this twitpic:

nakaintromso

¬†@SusanPolgar: “You know that Hikaru arrived at the Olympiad¬†when US Captain John Donaldson ran to the store to get him Red Bull :)”

You can see that the battle between the 2700+ players in this Olympiad has begun, not only in the match of the day USA-NED.¬†@Megalovic:”¬†R3 highest combined Elo Aronian-MVL 5573 Nakamura-Giri 5532 Wojtaszek-Dominguez 5495 Topalov-Vallejo 5470 Leko-WangYue 5458″.

@top40chess: “28 of the top 40 players in the world are in action today at the Chess Olympiad.”

We have some big matches today, and @GMJanGustafsson predicts: “ARM-FRA 1.5-2.5 USA-NED 2-2 NOR1-MNE 3-1 GER-ENG 2.5-1.5 POL-CUB 2-2”.¬†

@johnchess:¬†100th anniversary of WW1 and who should ENG be playing at the Chess Olympiad¬† but GER. Nigel Short on the match: “trench warfare!”¬†

@AndieHowie13:¬†“I wonder if Germany will win on penalties”

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(The Guardian, 25Jun 2010)

You can follow all the top games live on various websites, but in Norway you can follow the Olympiad on National TV as well: @herediacarla: ¬†“Amazing to see the Chess Olympiad¬†on TV! Who said that chess isnt popular? Chess is everywhere in Norway”

tv

No tweets about long lines to get into the playing hall today, but some ¬†“zero tolerance” tweets: @TarjeiJS: “NRK reporting an Iraqi player left the board to get some water, told the arbiter. Returned too late and got forfeited.” And in another tweet:¬†“Said he felt unwell, then told the arbiter that he needed water, returned and was forfeited, according to NRK.”

@manju2006: “This Zero tolerance goes a bit too far in my opinion.”

Back to the games…and the blunder of the Olympiad?¬†

@jfernandez:“Canadian WIM Starr got mated in 8 moves against a 1500 player from Angola. ¬†That is just awful. 8. dxe5?? my god”.¬†

@J_Mareeswaran:Canadian WIM Starr made blunder of Chess Olympiad¬†& mated in 8 moves vs 11 yr old Luzia Pires from Angola”

blunder

A much better (and longer) game to watch: @allanbeard:¬†“Great game today by Topalov v Vallejo Pons. Played in his style of old. Time control reached; I expect him to convert.”

Toppy did convert. Convincingly.

And the top game ended in an uneventful draw¬†@ChessBomb: “Giri and Nakamura failed the great expectations for a big fight¬†“

Women

Yes, the women: @fallingsnowgirl: “Getting frustrated with the commentators ignoring the women’s games…”.

There were some interesting matches in the women section today, e.g. Russia-France. Armchair grandmasters follow the games: @nvmea:¬†“The evaluation in Milliet – Gunina has jumped to +4. On move 15. Blimey.” USA-China is another big match, with the game Irina Krush-Yifan Hou on board 1: @top40chess: ¬†“Hou Yifan is world #90 right now – but if she loses to Krush today, she drops back out of the top 100”.¬†

The Russian women after a rollercoaster match: @pogonina:Such a tense match to watch! We saved 2 hopeless and 1 seriously worse position & won 1! Russia-France¬†2.5-1.5.¬†What about the Russian men, Natalia? @pogonina: “Meanwhile, our men’s team whitewashed Macedonia 4-0. Well done”¬†

I spotted a few turnarounds today, e.g. in Aronian-Vachier Lagrave: @Josecmd:Is Aronian stoned? White to move, he played Kd3. Totally ridiculous.” In Germany-Argentina (Women) @chess24.com tweeted: “Olympiad Ambass. Melanie Ohme turned her losing position to a winning vs Fernandez”.

Always good to have tweeters around ¬†to spot amazing games and results, also in the lower sections: @theparasg:Looking at R3 results and am shocked to see 4-0 to Kenya vs Fiji. It’s usually the other way round. Well done, Team Kenya!”

Let’s go back to the top matches: @RobertRis: Great day for the Dutch guys as they defeated the USA with 2.5-1.5! Well done @GMRobinVK and @erwinlami!”¬†@PoisndPwnPress: “Akobian collapses in a drawn endgame to give Netherlands the narrowest of victories. Nakamura regretting his early repetition with White?”¬†

Some poetry by @JonathanRowson: “Watch the way @GMRobinVK‘s bishops ever so slowly crawl into life; like caterpillars who will later be butterflies.” And he found some nice words for Erwin L’Ami as well:”¬†@erwinlami victory today was wonderfully Karpovian, which probably made it even more painful for Kamsky”

Another interesting match:¬†@sagarch: “France 2.5- Armenia 1.5, France looking the most compact of all teams other than Russia.”¬†Any comments from the Armenians? @TarjeiJS:¬†“All Armenian players during Chess Olympiad: “No interviews”¬†

If you have the time, check the game Almasi-Yu (Hungary-China) and find out why @Unudurti tweeted:¬†“Zoltan Almasi is the saddest man on the planet tonight”.

Toiletgate? 

Another toiletgate coming up? @almodiahki: “Request from the organizers of Tromso2014 to allow the players to use the restrooms at the hotels during the games!”

See for yourself: @ChessBrains: “Olympic toilet”

toilet

One final tweet for today:¬†@banda111:¬†“So many games (600!!!) I am replaying them all night long, pure fun!”