29 May: Simul action in the Chess Corner
Now that we are getting very close to the end of the 2012 world chess championship and to the final entries of this blog, I will show you a few pictures I made during various simultaneous displays which were organized in the Chess Corner in the courtyard of the Tretyakov Gallery. Since I had to be in the playing hall during the games, and visited the press center and the VIP lounge between the moves, I missed some of the simuls. A lot of top Russian players gave simuls during the championship: Valentina Gunina, Anatoly Karpov, Ian Neponmiachtchi, Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Potkin and many others. Most attention was given to the simultaneous display by Garry Kasparov, who played against 14 Russian and European champions in their age categories. It took Garry Kimovich more than three hours to finish the simul and he had to fight pretty hard for his +12=2-0 score.
Pictures of the simuls
It was quite a nail-biting simul for the old master. Kasparov normally does not like to play simuls against 1800+ players, but here he picked up the gauntlet: some of the biggest Russian talents proved to be a tough nut to crack.
This is 16 year old Maria Severina (ELO 2247) European Champion U16, who also played in the Blondes vs. Brunettes match.
Much to the enjoyment of the audience, Kasparov took his time for his moves. Here is is thinking about a move in his game against…
…Kirill Kozionov, holder of the 2011 Cup of Russia up to age 14, ELO 2279. Kirill scored a draw.
And there was another draw for this 9 (!) year old girl: Ekaterina Goltseva , U10 Champion of Russia, ELO 1628. Remember her name! You can read an interview with her (in English) on this Russian website: http://www.chess-news.ru/en/node/7526/page/to/like. You can also replay her game against Kasparov on that site.
Another ex-world champion in action: Anatoly Karpov, playing against a visually handicapped young player on a special chess board.
After the simul “Tolya” was happy to sign a few books and other stuff.
And he had to pose with your Chessurfer! Picture taken by HWS.
Vladimir Potkin, European Champion 2011, ELO 2647, playing a simul under the watchful eye of HWS.
Another strong Russian grandmaster doing a simul: Vladimir Belov (ELO 2641) playing against youngsters. In the back you can see Potkin.
And here she is again: Maria Severina, playing against Belov. She had a busy week and probably played some more simuls I do not know of.
For many players, especially young chess players, it is a very exciting experience to play in a simul against a top player. I can remember how excited I was during my first ever simul against Dutch legend Jan Timman back in 1983 (draw!). It is always heartwarming to see the expression on the face of the players, when the grandmaster comes closer and closer and closer…
“Hah, that was a good move, eh?”
“Please, not that move, please don’t”.
A bit cheeky, I would say.
Better look at your own position missy, you are next!
This young lad was just happy: a game against Kasparov, a nice spot in the sun and daddy wrote down the moves of the game.
Daddy! Kasparov is coming!