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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”.

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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: 

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@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.”

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

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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?

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“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”.

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@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!

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@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:  

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@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:

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“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 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 – Round 8

Chess fans worldwide have witnessed a very eventful and entertaining Round 7 on Saturday. Both top seeded teams and both world champions lost on the same day! Lots of great games to play through, right Mark? @MarkTWIC: “It’s 3am, time for bed. Goodnight all”.

An hour later,  in Tromsø … @chessninja: “So, woke up at 4am instead of 5am today. Not an improvement”. 

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Why did you get up so early, Mig? @chessnotes has the answer: “Up & at ’em! There’s an election to win tomorrow. Last full day to make it happen. C-H-A-R-G-E!”

Ah, that is why Mark Crowther went to sleep that late. He had a late night endless chitchat about the FIDE Elections with Georg Mastrokoukos. Must have been a pretty constructive conversation right? @MarkTwic: “Waste of time arguing with GMastrokoukos. Great saying in movie “True Grit” – “You’ve done nothing when you’ve bested a fool.”

Of course, you can discuss for hours on end about this tweet by @Gmastrokoukos: “Kirsan took over a bankrupt FIDE in ’95 with Olympiads and WCC cycle in trouble. Today FIDE $$ healthy, OLs and united WCC cycle.”

@MarkTWIC: “That was part of the problem. The officials responsible for the bankruptcy didn’t go.”

@TarjeiJS added some fuel to the quarrel by tweeting: “It seems very clear that if Kasparov wins FIDE election, Carlsen – Anand will not take place in Sochi in November.” @GMastrokoukos: “If Kasparov ever won, many events would collapse, not only this one. Fortunately, such scenarios are only fiction.”

Et cetera, et cetera.

@Kasparov63:Ilyumzhinov knows he’s in trouble or else why try to prevent fair FIDE election process? Fairness & confidentiality must be guaranteed!”

And it did not take long until another tweet from @GMastrokokous was posted: “Final set of excuses appear by Kasparov for his coming massive defeat. 2 days before the elections he asks to change the regulations!” 

Et cetera et cetera.

You may have noticed, that I prefer to concentrate on tweets about the games and the players in this blog. I could post an endless number of tweets about the FIDE Election, but that would just go beyond the scope of this blog. And is just getting silly at times: @chessninja:Young players from 3 LatAm teams told me they’d been ordered by their captains not to take any Kasparov booth stuff, not even books. Classy.”

Talking about silly: @alinihatyazici: Humour in Tromso, Kasparov will offer draw to Fide President in FIDE elections! “No draw! Sofia rules!” is our answer”.

@TarjeiJS has some quotes from an Interview the two candidates had with @madsAAndersen:

Kirsan: “Kasparov is a destroyer”

Kasparov: “Kirsan is scaring away chess players”.

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Oh,  and another info from @TarjeiJS:Regarding theFIDE election, I should mention that the organisers are considering to hire extra security on the 11th.”

Et cetera et cetera. Make up your own mind.

Enough politics for now! If you want to read more about chess and politics, have a look at the A Tempo Magazin, or read my piece “The envelope and the orange capin this blog.

Oh yes, they play chess! 

Let’s go concentrate on chess now, shall we? Good games coming up on Sunday! @Megalovic:R8 high combined Elo Leko-Nakamura 5527 Ivanchuk-Topalov 5516 Shirov-Caruana 5510 MVL-Wojtaszek 5503 Predojevic-Carlsen 5481″.

A particular match we should follow @EinarGausel? “China rating favorites on 3 out of 4 boards vs Azerbaijan in the open section today. Should be a good one.” But do they play in their best line-up?@GMjtis: “Today I am wondering about China’s missing men – does anyone know why Wang Hao and Bu Xiangxi are not in”.

Another game to look forward to: @Majnu2006: “Looking forward to watch the game Shirov vs Caruana. Will the board be on fire?” 

Ok let us have a look at the game. What do you think @TarjeiJS? Couldn’t believe the position after 12 moves on board 1 of Italy-Latvia. 

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@MarkTWIC: “What’s the opposite of “Fire on Board”?”

@BasdeMelker spotted some real fire in the Match NED-BRA “Wow! Erwin L’Ami eventually sacrificed an entire rook for 4 ambitious pawns on the q-side!”

@ChessClassic: “Can the Dutch beat Brazil 3-0 again? (Update: NED-BRA ended 3,5-0,5)

Let us have a look at world champion Magnus Carlsen. Has he recovered from his loss against Naiditsch yesterday? He is playing against a 2600+ GM. @Jonathan_Rowson: “You see one side is rated 2604 & think: not bad! But then you notice his opponent is *273* points higher.”

@PoisonedPwnPress: “Carlsen has conjured an advantage in the endgame, and his opponent is short on time”.

I think have read that tweet somewhere before.

Another exciting match @nvmea“Russia – Spain is going crazy guys”. @PattyLlaneza: “Amusing how many Spanish fans are changing their tweets from “how could he miss that?” of some days ago to “go go go!!!” today :-)”. @PoisondPwnPress:” Kramnik played very aggressively against Vallejo, and his attacked fizzled. Dead lost down 3(!) pawns”. 

@Jonathan_Rowson: “Respect to Paco, but sad to see Kramnik so comprehensively outplayed. He hasn’t recovered since candidates tiebreak.” Malcom Pein, tweeting under the handle @telegraphchess: “Kramnik thumped by Vallejo,  Russia obviously cursed after taking organisers to court”

And now for something completely different:

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@Andika_Rudy: “What do GMs eat during games? Banana! Indeed, gedhang! Minions everywhere”.

Again, hardly any tweets about the women’s section today. Let’s send @TarjeiJS over to have a look: “And the Russian women goes marching on. Already secured a 2,5-0,5 lead over Hungary, although they are in trouble on board 3”.

We have seen a lot of turnarounds in this Olympiad, and today @telegraphchess found another one: “Amazing turnaround in Guseinov-Ni Hua China set to win the match and open up the tournament !” 

Agreed. From +1.65 to -92.52 (according to the engines on the official website) in 10 moves is a convincing turnaround.

@PoisonedPwnPress: “And just like that, China-Azerbaijan turned into a route. Chinese look unstoppable and take sole lead.”

One USA player seems to be unstoppable this Olympiad and his name is not Hikaru: @playchesscom: “Shanklastic! Shankland 7/7 USA a team of extremes…”@gmjlh: “I have some catching up to do! @GMShanky at 7/7!” @Chessnotes: “R8: Sam Shamkland turning in one of the greatest performances in USA team history (7/7), congrats!”

But not only a young player like Shankland scores heavily inTromsø: we have an oldie but goodie playing for England on board one: @top40chess: “Today at the Chess Olympiad, Michael Adams pulled further ahead in the race for board 1 gold. He’s climbed from world #21 to world #14 so far!” @johnchess: “England lost to Serbia but Mickey Adams won again to maintain his place as best performer on board one”.

Meanwhile, on the lower boards….@thims1985: OFFICIAL: Surinam 3.5-0.5 Nigeria (female) Unacceptable!! And a remarkable tweet from @Tromso2014: “PRESS RELEASE: Five players and two officials from Burundi have vanished from the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø”. 

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@PoisonedPwnPress: “Going into the last 3 rounds, teams with 12 points have realistic chances to medal, based on the previous 3 Olympiads.”  @TarjeiJS: “With the 2-2 tie against Spain, we can already conclude that Russia will NOT win the Chess Olympiad”.

Spain-RUS 2-2? What does Paco Vallejo have to say?

@Chessidharta: “Un match fantástico hoy contra Rusia 2 a 2 en Tromso! Y una victoria increíble con negras contra Kramnik .” Muy feliz.

Tomorrow is round 9 with a nice match: @gmjlh: “Norges andrelag mot Russland! @TarjeiJS: “When Russia is facing Norway 2 in the 9th round, it’s a clear sign that things are not quite according to the plan.” Anything else? @Fantasy_Chess: “…and don’t forget the other big match up in Tromso tomorrow! Kirsan vs. Kasparov”. 

@chessnotes: “Tomorrow is the day & the fate of FIDE’s future is in the hands of the member nation’s delegates. Vote wisely!”

One final tweet for today: @Fact:“Twitter causes insomnia, it has become the most common sleep distraction in the world.”

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Your blogger wishes you a good night!

The Olympiad in Tweets – Carlsen vs Naiditsch in 10 Tweets

Carlsen-Naiditsch in 10 tweets

Here is the game Magnus Carlsen (NOR) vs.  Arkadi Naiditsch (GER) at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø 2014,  summarized in 10 tweets by 10 different tweeters:

1. @TarjeiJS: “More brilliancy from Magnus Carlsen? Sacrificing the exchange to get a strong attack vs Naiditsch. Looking good.”

2. @PlayChess.com. Germany’s 1st board in some trouble vs Magnus Carlsen.

3. @ChessNotes: “R7: Carlsen has let slip the win vs. Naiditsch”.

4. @KingTurtleMusic: “Topsy-Turvy going on in Carlsen v. Naiditsch”.

5. @Ale-Nogal: ” Magnus having a hard time on his game today with Naijditsch !”

6. @MarkTWIC: “In the minute or so it took to compose my last tweet it seems to me Carlsen has completely lost the thread and is in danger”.

7. @Portisdos: “If Carlsen loses, the Olympics will go ahead?”

8. @Jonathan_Rowson: “Gosh. Quite a turn around in Magnus’s game. As mentioned before, he’s a man, not a machine”.

9. @carokann:Carlsen should reconsider his sweet tooth. Water wins against orange juice, too sweet.”

10. @Chessvibes: Arkadij Naiditsch: “I have been as lucky as Magnus Carlsen  usually is.”

Bonus tweet :

@lajalene: “The Man of the Day, he beat the World Champion!”

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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:)”

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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”.

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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”.

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“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.

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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”. 

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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!”

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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!

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@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”.

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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 – Round 5

Last round before the first rest day. Any plans for today Lawrence?

@LawrenceTrentIM:Carlsen-Aronian, Kramnik-Topalov & Bermuda Party later, gonna be a great day!”

Hmm, I wonder if his commentary of the Aronian-Carlsen game will be completely neutral? @GMJanGustafsson:“Lawrence Aronian in good spirits before meeting Magnus Carlsen in Round 5”.

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Any predictions? @garylanechess:“I am going for an Aronian win over Carlsen today so the Armenian can prove he can be one day a World Champion”.

Talking about commentators: @jasonrepa: “Do us all a favor and remove Gausel from the commentator’s desk. The heavy breathing into the mic is intolerable.”

The other highlight of the day is the encounter Kramnik-Topalov. Earlier this year I wrote an article called “shake hands” on this blog. If you are interested, have a look.

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@EuropeEchecs: “Gens Una Sumus” except for Kramnik and Topalov today. As usual, they won’t shake hands it sounds funny, but it’s not”.

@megalovic:” R5 highest combined Elo Aronian-Carlsen 5682 Kramnik-Topalov 5532 Gelfand-Dominguez 5513 WangYue-Giri 5463 Le-Adams 5450″. @top40chess: “27 of the top 40 players are in action at the Chess Olympiad today. Caruana,  Grischuk and Fressinet resting.”

Tania has a day off as well, probably getting ready for the Bermuda Party. @TaniaSachdev:Tea and snickers,Watching Troms2014 live on Norwegian tele! Aronian-Magnus Kramnik-Topalov and other interesting match ups. Rest day bliss!”

Big games and matches ahead. @echecs64 has a funny tweet about the French team: “How French will lose matches in Tromso ? Very simple. Deprive them from Japanese restaurants :)”. @garylanechess has a tweet about the English team: “England will surprisingly easily beat Vietnam. They always try their hardest before the notorious Bermuda Party”. Gary spotted another interesting pairing: “Surely the big match is Canada versus the USA. If the Canadians grab a 2-2 draw it would be a moral victory!”

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China has a tough match coming up against The Netherlands: @nvmea:“Chinese should have borrowed Hou Yifan from the women team for today against Giri”.

The games

@ChessBase: “Kramnik-Topalov, Aronian-Carlsen, and so many monster games. Where to focus one’s attention?”

Everybody tuned in? @JonathanRowson: “Determined not to tune in to the Chess Olympiad until work is done. Chess helps you concentrate, but it’s the mother of all distractions.”

And how about Twitter, Jonathan? :-)) @Chess Classic: “Not even close!”

Not surprisingly, the first tweet after the start of the round: @chess24.com:“No handshake in Kramnik-Topalov.”

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Will these men ever grow up? Sigh. @DanielRensch: “To be honest, getting kind of tired of the topic…” Peter Doggers on the subject of Kramnik & Topalov “no hand shake”. Totally agree.

Roving reporter @TarjeiJS is wandering through the playing hall looking for mates in three or other oddities. Of course he found something:  “Libyan player losing on zero tolerance for the 5th time in the event. I don’t think he’s here, only 3 of their players here.”

Some more interesting games and players on the lower boards: @davidmelandri63:“13 yr old Anton Smirnov on board 4 for Austalia is on his way to win his 4th match out of 4”. 

@abdallahkhalouf: “GM Viktor Bologan(2654) dropped a piece against a FM (2307) from Lebanon at move 20! Upset of the round?!” (The game ended in a draw, although the computer showed a +1.5 score for black (Faisal Khairalla) in the final position.)

There was a blunder in a top game, between two 2700+ players, and its Ivanchuk, who is playing a very unfortunate Olympiad, in the spotlight:

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@Chess24.com:Blunder of the day: After fxg5 Rxe5 Ivanchuk resigned vs Kasimdzhanov”. @MarkTWIC:“Ukraine lose to Uzbekistan. Ivanchuk completely lost the plot in a drawish position inexplicably losing a pawn, then a piece”.

@JonathanRowson:I’m glad I’m not Ivanchuck’s psychotherapist”.

Meanwhile, in the press room: @ChessVibes: “@bbalgabaev left flyers in press room countering statements from Kasparov. Press officer now removing them. “Campaign elsewhere.”

Back to the games of the day: @kumbham:“Topalov seems to be getting Kramniked move by move….”And what’s going on in the match Norway-Armenia? @PoisondPwnPress: “Movsesian and Hammer draw, Aronian still trying to squeeze blood from the Carlsen-stone, Agdestein barely hanging on.”

We should not forget the women’s section, but unfortunately there are not that many tweets, probably due to the attention the tweeters have for the top matches today. “Why is there so little coverage of women’s games? Almost seems it is a mens only tournament..”, @miaupiau666 complains. There are some interesting games, though e.g. Mammadova-Krush in Azerbaijan-USA: @fallingsnowgirl:  “The french defense has not been treating Krush very well this olympiad! Maybe she should go back to the Sicilian…”

@nvmea: “Chinese women making incredible mess of it again, hard to understand some of the moves”.

Results

Back to the top games: here is a picture just before Topalov resigned his game against Kramnik. Was he distracted by the camera?

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@jokimdawar: “Cloverfield-like camera work at the Chess Olympiad. Hello Veselin.”

And the other big game ended in a draw: @TarjeiJS: “Aronian-Carlsen 1/2-1/2. Kasparov: “It was a draw when I entered the tournament hall two hours ago.”The draw was not enough for Norway to beat Armenia:  @PoisondPwnPress: “After 5.5 hours and 79 moves, Agdestein succumbs to Sargissian. Good effort from Norway, no shame losing to 3rd seed and defending champs.”

Another top match finished. @goranurosevic:“Serbia held Azerbaijan 2-2 and stays on top of open section! Perunovic beat Radjabov”

What about the Dutch team, certainly a black horse in this event: @RobertRis:2-2 versus China is a good result for the Dutch! 8/10 MP going into rest day, everything still possible!”

Lots of 2-2 results today as you can see, e.g. in Russia-Bulgaria, Germany-Qatar, Vietnam-England and USA-Canada! @chesscampeona:“I honestly thought the United States would defeat Canada in the Chess Olympiad today…the big ouch.” @SusanPolgar: “US lucky to tie Canada. Nakamura was near losing”.

It took a while before all the games in the women’s section were over: @theparasg:“Interesting to note that most remaining games in the Women’s section are on the top boards. Do weaker players play faster?” 

The Russian team was lucky today: In the game Khotenashvili-Gunina, the Georgian woman played the incredible 57. Qc7, losing on the spot. @pogonina:Valya Gunina! What an amazing comeback!!! Russia-Georgia 2.5-1.5″ @nvmea: “Georgian women have been the most unlucky team for several years and today has cemented it…”

Bermuda Party

@ChessVibes: “Tomorrow is the first rest day, and tonight the (in)famous Bermuda Party!” @TarjeiJS: “How many U25 y/o will bring their passport to prove they are over 18? If not, risk not getting in to the Bermuda party!”

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Enjoy! Looking forward to some spicy tweets and twitpics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olympiad in Tweets – Round 4

What to do in Tromsø when you just lost a game in Round three? Paco Vallejo, who lost a brilliant game against Veselin Topalov on Monday, wanted to let some steam off:

@Chessidharta: “Tough day.Tough chess game and even tougher football match against some Colombian supertalented chess-football players. Even Magnus showed up”.

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To make it even worse, Topalov rubbed some salt into the wound: @lladini:Talked briefly with Topalov: “Yesterday’s game was beautiful, but no so difficult”.

Another suggestion to relax after a (lost) game from the Wilderness Center near Tromsø. @tromsovillmark: Need a break from the Chess Olympiad ? Come see our newborn puppies, just 25 min from Tromso”.

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Gabriela Vargas (Board 1 Paraguay, women) has other problems, although she won in round 2 and 3: @kaissapy: “Where I can buy chess books in Tromso?” Maybe @EinarMagnussen has an idea? “Tromsø is blooming during the Chess Olympiad. Lived there for more than six years and miss my town so bad now.”

It is obviously hard to find chess books in Tromsø, especially when you cannot see anything at all because of the fog: @chess24.com: “Foggy view from the volunteer cafe above the Chess Olympiad  venue”.

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Looks like a smokers’ corner to me. Well, that does not look very inviting, does it? Better go inside then. Any cool games coming up today, Jan?

@JanGustafsson: Cool pairings today: ” Grischuk-Ding Liren,  Carlsen-Wojtaszek, Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Naiditsch”. Ah, thanks, and @megalovic got more information for us:” R4 highest combined Elo Carlsen-Wojtaszek 5612 MVL-Mamedyarov 5511 Grischuk-Ding 5537 Giri-Gelfand 5498 Kramnik-Wang Yue 5478″. 

@EinarGausel: “France facing off against Azerbaijan.on board 1 in the open section- Let’s raise some hell at the sound of the bell!”

@top40chess: “29 of the world’s top 40 players are in action at the Chess Olympiad today, and 67 of the top 120”.

Of course, we should not forget the women: @stv_07: “Philippine Women are making some noise in Chess Olympiad, hope to sustain their momentum as they face #11 Spain in rd. 4”.

Who do you think is leading in the women competition after threee rounds? Susan has the answer: @SusanPolgar: “The Iranian women’s team has a perfect 12-0 score so far, ahead of China, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, etc.”

The games

Is it possible to write a round report without @TarjeiJS tweets? No. The roving reporter spotted the quickest game of the Olympiad: “The Chess Olympiad’s quickest game in Zimbabwe-Togo: 1.e4 g5 2.d4 f6 3.Qh5 mate 1-0″. 

@MarkTWIC: “Chess journalists have talked of “publishable games” for years. Is the definition of publishable one you can fit in a tweet?” 

Tarjei published a twitpic of the disaster:

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@MarkTWIC: “I really wonder if it was a protest over board order. Colletta Wakuruwarewa ZIM Women Bd1 1633 Bd2 Rhoda Masiyazi 1920”. @Top40Chess: “It’s also hard to see any motive for collusion, plus you’d think they would make it a bit less obvious if it were”. @czrdm: “True. There was a case when a player lost on purpose this way (had to leave). And only he was expelled. Up to arbiters.” @Manju2006: “Zimbabwe vs Togo. Prearranged game? Disgusting!”

There was an update later: @TarjeiJS: “Names/colors in the PGN of Togo-Zimbabwe were switched, so the player who lost in 3 moves was unrated. Still very suspicious”.

@LennartOotes: “The 3-move mate is well known as the Madonna Gambit, where Klip scored an IM norm and Bottema made it to the concert”.

Let’s have a look at some serious action on the top boards:

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@MarkTWIC:

“For some reason the phrase “I hate mices to pieces” from the Pixie and Dixie cartoons is in my mind today. England vs Latvia”. 

 

I did not mention Magnus Carlsen in the round 3 report. Today the Norwegian has a big game against Radek Wojtaszek (Poland). @JonathanRowson: “On move 18, Magnus has control, and if you’re his opponent, that’s always bad news”. His compratiot Jon Ludvig Hammer plays on board 3 vs. Duda: @PoisondPwnPress:@gmjlh is throwing the kitchen sink at Duda’s kingside.”

A (former?) top player is struggling: @EuropeEchecs: “Vassily Ivanchuk out of control : draw (15) against Ziaur Rahman (2523) ?!” @MichielAbeln: “If you look at all 3 games this Olympiad than Ivanchuk needs desperately a rest day to re-energize, mediocre moves.” @AndreyDeviatkin: “If Chuky wants to draw let him draw.He has played enough fights already”.

@ChessVibes spotted a spectacular move in th etop match Russia-China: “A Nxf7 spotted in Kramnik-Wang Yue! The computer prefers other moves but let’s just ignore that for the moment”. His compratiot on board 2, Alexander Grishuk is in trouble: @PoisondPwnPress“: Grischuk losing the thread against Diren. Russia going down? #whoah

Nice hashtag, btw.

And Carlsen won: @MarkTWIC: “Used to be Fischer fear. Carlsen has some of the same stuff these days. Wojtaszek about to be crushed like he was nothing”. @JonathanRowson: “Magnus is brutal. He’s making a 2735 look really weak and helpless when he is anything but.”@rhenderson: “omg, Carlsen just rolled over Wojtaszek. He truly is the world champion.”

@ChessVibes:Carlsen now live on #nrksjakk where it looks like Agdestein is one vowel away from playing a diseased chess legend”.

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@cesarlasanta: “I would like that Polugaievsky were just “diseased”. He is however unfortunately deceased.”

It was an important win by Carlsen, his team members scored three draws, to claim a 2,5-1,5 victory over Poland: Jon Ludvig Hammer tweeted @gmjlh: “My biggest shock after the game? I’m not losing with my knight stuck on h7.”

Huge upset in the women’s section: bunaya_m: “Congratulations for Irene Kharisma, Citra, Chelsie and Medina, Indonesian girl’s team about to beat Armenian Women”. And Iran is doing great as well: @AlteredCourse:“Chess was banned by the Iranian regime until 1989. Their Women’s team currently lead the Chess Olympiad. Really pleased for them!” @ChessVibes:China, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran and Russia are the only teams who won in all four rounds in the women section of the Chess Olympiad” 

And what about the men? @ChessVibes:Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Serbia are the only teams who won in all four rounds in the open section of the Chess Olympiad.”, and @ChessVibes added the top pairings of R5:  “Azerbaijan-Serbia,  Russia-Bulgaria, Armenia-Norway, China-Netherlands, Ukraine-Uzbekistan, Israel-Cuba”

 @JanGustafsson:“Looks like we are getting to see Topalov-Kramnik and Carlsen-Aronian tomorrow!”, which are exciting games to look forward to for a chess loving cat!@KarolineSjothun from Stavanger posted this lovely twitpic of her cat, watching the games on Norwegian TV:

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One last tweet for today: Some people are getting “Olympiad Crazy”. And we are not even half-way!

@PoisondPwnPress: “Between playing, politics and the Chess Olympiad,  I’ve overdone it. Had dream Kirsan was stealing my chess clocks and best silver.”

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Your blogger says: Sweet dreams!

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!!!”

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@bryansanchezUSA: “Ohhh… Intelligent, classy, well-dressed people + fit, platinum blondes w sexy Euro accents… 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 Tromsø 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 Tromsø and plays @anishgiri on board one today. :-)” @Manju2006: “That is great news. Our trust in @anishgiri is tremendous. Go Anish!”

@MadsStostad posted this twitpic:

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 @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”. 

@johnchess100th 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”

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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”

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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”

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

 

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 – Round 1

Before we going to filter the tweets of the first round of the Olympiad I like to take a quick look back at the Opening Ceremony which took place on Friday. I found a nice tweet by Ian Rogers:

@GMIanRogers:  “Tromso Chess Olympiad opening ceremony widely praised as one of the best, though one young player said he would have preferred more acrobats”. And @TaniaSachdev tweeted: “Brilliant opening ceremony. Well done Norway!The bar has been raised very high by this one.”

@LisaStokke:, who performed a song of the musical “Chess” in the opening ceremony, obviously enjoyed being on stage and tweeted: “Does this mean I have to finally learn how to play Chess?”

Which was the best part of the opening ceremony, Mig? @ChessNinja: “Best part of opening ceremony was Magnus admitting team play was hard because teammates’ bad positions could be distracting. Was adorable.” Followed up by: “You could see he realized too late it didn’t sound so nice, so he sort of backtracked, which made it even funnier as the team stood there.”

There were also a number of late arrivals: @manju2006: “Dutch women team just after the arrival . Good luck!”

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Best legs of the Olympiad?

Any news from Hikaru Nakamura? @GMHikaru: “If a 19 hour layover, and then no way of getting to London from US with delay (in 19 hours) is bad planning, so be it”, followed up by: “Anyway, it is also possible that I just used a bad booking site online! But who knows, at any rate, it’s chess time!”

laptopAnother top player arrived: @fabianocaruana: “Arrived in Tromso with a broken laptop screen. Many thanks to the organizers for promptly finding me a replacement.”

 

I found this remarkable picture by Berik Balgabaev: @bbalgabaev:  “В Тромсе уже всем ясно-Кирсан скажет ГК: “такому черному будущему у шахмат не бывать.”

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@OlimpiuUrcan: “Who was the consultant who advised on these Kasparov posters all over Tromsø? That mournful dark goes really well with the “future” bit.”

Round 1

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Big news today: @TarjeiJS: “Carlsen not playing for Norway today. Went on top of the Tromsø mountain instead.”

 

Carlsen is not the only top player to skip round one, though: @top40chess: “While 30 of the top 40 players participate in the Chess Olympiad, only 13 of them play in round 1”

Eric Hansen is getting ready for round 1: @hansenchess: Canadian team aesthetisizing before the chess olympiad in Tromso, Norway. Let’s GO! 

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And he added: “Third time in Norway in the last year so I can comfort people about the extravagant prices”.

Tromsø line 

And off we go with round one. @shaunpress: “Chess Olympiad  has started around 20 minutes late. Even then some teams and players did not show”.

@Chessbrains: “The Tromso line”! Just before 15:00

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@rameshchess:The security arrangements caused delay to 1st round start,sure things will be sorted out tomorrow”

Which match to watch?  Malcom Pein, @telegraphchess tweeted: “Olympiad underway and Jordanian board1 heading for the early bath against Grischuk,  its giants v minnows today”.  Some other interesting matches today, Malcolm?  “Trying to keep up with the Joneses on Bd1 England v Wales at Chess Olympiad today”. 

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@Manju2006:”Many of today’s games have the character of Master vs Amateur. Always fun to watch!”

 

@jonathan_rowson: “Pity that the Chess Olympiad pairings are virtually all heavily one-sided. Given media spotlight on first day, accelerated pairings better?” And he added: “Of course, I never thought that way when I was playing. I was always very happy for the ‘warm up’ in round one”.

Norwegian GM @EinarGausel is  busy: “I’ll be running around like a madman today at the hunting for blunders, brilliancies and upsets in the making.”

@mehulgorilla spotted an interesting match: “Also to watch is Zambia vs France…that will be a cracker…it will also be under the microscope of the commentators.” And added: “The Zambian team in particular is vastly underrated due to lack of opportunities. They all play at GM level. France will be wary.”

A bit of an optimistic assessment, I would say, regarding the ratings (2314, 2405, 2250, 2121 vs. 2720, 2708, 2680, 2624). We’ll check later.

Sensation coming up, @TarjeiJS? “We may be having a BIG sensation here! China losing vs “the blind team” ?” A little later:” It’s been confirmed, the colors were wrong so it was no sensation after all. China 2-0 vs IBCA so far”. 

@Herneoakshield:” My computer’s trying to give me a heart attack, it just eroniously showed me Nigel Short had run out of time.” But…@nigelshortchess: “Struggled to defeat Tim Kett as England blanked Wales 4-0. I’ll take the point – even if it was ugly.”

First rounds are always a bit shaky, in any tournament, and in a big event like the Olympiad mistakes do happen: @MarkTwic: “Those who have experienced Olympiad round 1s in the past can tell some real stories. So no criticism from me”. @ChessNinja: “Ah yes, that other great Chess Olympiad tradition, everyone blurting out incorrect results and hasty corrections.”

@manju2006: “For some teams it may be frustrating not to have won with 4-0. But for the spectators it’s fun to see some underdogs winning”. @dilipvanaman: ” Its funny, all Vietnamese players have the same first name – Nguyen & they won 4-0 in the 1st round. 

Oh, what about that “cracker” match Zambia vs. France? @EuropeEchecs: “Round one : Zambia 0,0 – 4,0 France (men)… “Perfect sense” (Roger Waters)”. 

Any surprises today? @top40chess: “No surprises so far among the top 40 players – all 13 who were in action at theChess Olympiad today won their games” And added later: “After @LeinierD gained 0.8 points today, Kramnik is out of the top 10 for the first time since July 1992.”

@peterdoggers:” Going through the games and spotting Mr Shinya Kojima missing a mate in four against Sergei Movsesian. Ouch.”

Chess Politics

There was a day off in our daily Twitter soap “Short vs. Yazici”, but there are enough political chess related tweets to fill a whole new blog. Just an typical example of a twitter conversation about the upcoming FIDE elections:

@goranurosovic: “Kasparov has a name, we are longtime friends, but he can’t run FIDE, he is autocrat like Putin” – BIH fed president”

 @Mikhail_Golubev answered: “At least, Kasparov is not a crazy friend of aliens.”

Enter George Mastrokoukos: @GMastrokoukos: “We understand that u prefer war hawks, right-wing radicals and everyone else is “alien”. No surprise here.”

@Mikhail_Golubev: “No I’m a fan of the leftist Greek movements of any kind who claim much money for doing nothing and drinking.”

@Gmastrokoukos: “I am sure you are. Leftists same frauds as your idols, just the opposite side of the same coin.”

What to say? Gens una sumus. 

One final (free) advice for the tweeters from your blogger:  

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