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:
“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.”
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:
@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 :)”
“At 1:30pm, everyone started to rush in at once :)”
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 replied “This 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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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!