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The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 2

After the first round finished on Saturday, it was relatively quiet in the Chess Twittersphere. The players probably went off to the restaurants, having a €30 hamburger.

Or they have been shopping after the games, like @ChessNinja did:

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“This is roughly $50 of campaign fuel from 7-11. In Norway the convenience stores rob YOU.”

There were not many tweets after the first round finished, but  there were no tweets from the playing hall as well. Why? The answer is simple: Jovan Petrovic tweeted:

@FSTIMJP: “WCO 2014. Round 1. It seems chess players(of all levels) can survive without electronic devices (mobile phones, etc),while playing the game.”

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Round 2

Mark, any big games coming up today? @MarkTwic: “Round 2. No doubt all eyes will be at least initially drawn to Magnus Carlsen playing black against Tomi Nyback.” 

Tell me Susan, why is this such a big game? @SusanPolgar: “The big story of the day is the rematch between Norway and Finland. Nyback defeated Carlsen in their matchup in Dresden 2008.”

Lots of top players skipped round one, but today it was a different story: @Top40chess: “Today, 21 of the top 40 players are in action at the Chess Olympiad but we have temporarily extended our list to cover the top 120!” @TarjeiJS: “All the stars that didn’t play in round 1 are playing in round 2 (well, except Nakamura)!”

No tweets from Hikaru today (yet) , but I am sure that he will tweet the moment he arrives in Tromsø. I hope his luggage will arrive as well, since there are some unfortunate players still waiting for their bags, like Eric Hansen: lost_baggage.600x600

 

@hansenchess:Day 4 of no luggage”

 

 

The “Tromsø line” and zero tolerance

The games started at 14:00 today, which was one hour earlier than  Saturday . Interesting observations by @Susan Polgar: 

“At 1pm today, 1 hr before Chess olympiad started the entrance opened and no player was there to get in :)”

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“At 1:30pm, everyone started to rush in at once :)”

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You may recognize members of the Dutch team on the right hand side: Anish Giri and Erwin L’Ami. You will not be surprised that a number of players did not manage to get to their board on time:

@ChessVibes:  “Zero-tolerance completely misplaced at  lower sections. 11-year-old Murara Layola in tears for being a bit late.”… and followed up: “Yes, an 11-year-old girl from Rwanda who cannot play her game, and doesn’t understand why. Sad.”

@Rabbi224 repliedThis is not the way to encourage young people to okay chess!” 

The Palestinian team seemed to have some similar problems: @fadiquassis:Palestinian teams both open and women got 0/8 today without playing their games, strange?” @ChessVibes has the answer: “That was another example of zero-default. They didn’t arrive in time.” @fadiquassis: “Shame on Palestinian teams and admins, there should be consequences”. 

Not only in the lower sections players did not make it on time. A well-known player also lost:  @TarjeiJS: Legendary Beliavsky didn’t show up for his game and lost by zero-tolerance.” 

Zero tolerance is controversial, to say the least, also on Twitter. Here are two statements I found. What do you think?

Pro@DRMWZRD:”If zero tolerance is the rule, you lose when you’re late. It’s as simple as that. Nothing brutal about it. Just rules.” 

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Con: @BarberChess: “Zero tolerance rule needs to be completely done away with, start their clock they have to play down time. forfeiting an 11 year old is BS.”

Meanwhile, at the top boards….

@slavenzivkovic: “Very surprising opening choice by Aronian and Smerdon played it surprisingly bold”. @sagarch: “Hmm…Karjakin in a spot of bother. Really good position for black by IM Husein Aziz.” @TarjeiJS: “Oh my. Norwegian 21 year old Frode Urkedal may be on his way to a sensational win against Vasily Ivanchuk”.

 @PoisondPwnPress: “Magnus Carlsen with a huge time advantage but nothing on the board. Draw?” Magnus,  with his time advantage,  had enough time to watch the other games: @MadsStostad: “Når Magnus Carseln  gliser over skulderen din. Noia.”

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 Results

The first big upset in this Olympiad was the game Urkedal won vs. Ivanchuk in the Match Norway 2- Ukraine.  @ecfchess was not impressed by Ivanchuk:” Over in Match 2 in the Open, Norwegian champion Frode Urkedal has just beaten Chucky. Child’s Play”. @CazHansen:” Ivanchuk’s loss against Urkedal seemed like a calculation meltdown of some sort.”@MarkTWIC: “My feeling is that although it was a fantastic result for Frode Urkedal that this was a fairly desperate performance by Ivanchuk today.”

 @OlimpiuUrcan: “Although it has the right ring for it, no, Frode Urkedal is *not* a character from “The Lord of the Rings.”

Who is this guy “Urkedal”, Tarjei? Send us a picture please:

@TarjeiJS:” Urkedal congratulated by @abidraja after his sensational win vs Ivanchuk.”

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Another upset spotted by Peter Doggers: @ChessVibes:”Qatar’s Al-Tamimi (2186) managed to draw with the mighty Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) on board 4 vs Russia”.  Remember the Smerdon-Aronian game? @ChessVibes:Smerdon indeed managed to hold Aronian to a draw. Smurf talent!”. Your blogger spotted  a nice game: @ChessClassic: Another upset  Rapport- Rohl Montes (Hungary-Venezuela) 0-1″. 

Norway 2 managed to score 2-2 vs. Ukraine: GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is excited: @gmjlh: “Norge-Ukraina 2-2!! Fantastisk laginnsats og flott av Frode x2”. And what about Norway 1? @TarjeiJS: “Norway-Finland: four draws and 2-2. Another minor disappointment for the Norwegians”. But a nice match up is possible for round 3: “Norway 1 vs Norway 2 tomorrow? That would be quite a match!” 

This was really not a spectacular round in my view, except for the Norway 1 and 2 results and the occasional individual upset,  but  some people obviously disagree: @SusanPolgar: “This is an incredible round! So many HUGE upsets!”

My advice:

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Here is a final tweet for today. A simple statement and very true: 

@srikrishnan1992: A wealth of games for the chess enthusiast. Do not miss!

 

 

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. 

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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!”

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@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…”

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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!”

Politics

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”

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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.”

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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!”

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Did I mention Magnus Carlsen already?

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

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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.