05 May- Sofia 2010 – looking back
Two years ago Vishy Anand won the chess world championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Maybe you do remember, that Vishy and his team had to take a car from Frankfurt to Sofia (2000 kilometers) due to the outburst of the Icelandic volcanoe Eyjafjallajökull. More information about the volcanoe can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyjafjallaj%C3%B6kull.
If you want to read how Vishy and his team survived the Rumanian roads, crossed the borders with eight passports from five different countries and even had to go on a ferry to reach Sofia after 40 hours, go here: http://www.chesstigers.de/index_news.php?id=2024&rubrik=1 (German version, Endy einer Odyssee) ) or read the English version here on ChessBase: A volcanic trip – with the Lord of the rings, http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6269.
Here are a few pictures of the trip, some of them have never been published. Pictures by Christian Bossert and Eric van Reem. All rights reserved.
The Mercedes Sprinter, that took us to Sofia. Thanks to our Dutch drivers!
Rain, potholes, sometimes even dead animals had to be avoided! Horrible!
Welcome to Timisoara!
But… after 42 hours, we arrived at 03.15 AM at the Sofia Hilton!
The match poster.
The Military Club in Sofia, where the match was played.
Game 12 and final!
Vishy is happy…
And the “A-Team” is happy! From left to right: Christian Bossert, Peter Heine Nielsen, Mark Lefler, Eric van Reem, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Hans-Walter Schmitt, Vishy Anand, Aruna Anand, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Radek Wojtaszek.