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01 June: The final act

Posted in Anand, Chess Tigers on Tour, Gelfand, Tretyakov with tags , , , on June 1, 2012 by Chessurfer

As promised in an earlier post, I will give you an pictorial overview of a very busy last working day in Moscow for Anand and his team.

But first: breakfast in our separate room, that we reserved for four weeks in the Baltschug Kempinski hotel. Sometimes we had to kick out some German tourists, though.

Tea with Putin

After breakfast, Vishy and Boris were invited for a cup of tea with the President of Russia, Vladmir Vladimirovich Putin in Novo-Ogaryovo, which is an estate in the Odintsovo District of Moscow Oblast to the west of the city and a suburban official residence of the President.  You can see pictures of the meeting here: http://visualrian.ru/en/site/feature/158465/ and also on the official website of the Kremlin with a short transcript of the meeting: http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/3938. If you would like to see a short video of the tea party (in Russian), go here: http://www.1tv.ru/news/sport/208542.

While Vishy enjoyed having tea with Putin, his seconds had to clean up the mess in the workroom.

Clean your table after meal…and work.

The work is done! The Anand seconds Peter Heine Nielsen, Rustam Kasimdhzanov, Radek Wojtaszek and Surya Sekhar Ganguly went to the closing ceremony after cleaning the room, waiting for Anand, who got stuck in Moscow traffic on his way to the Tretyakov Gallery.

The photographers were also waiting for the players to come. You might recognize Anastasia Karlovic (left) and next to her we spot  Dirk “Poldi” Poldauf, editor of the German Chess magazine “Schach“.

I had a seat behind Maya and Boris Gelfand in the second row. “How was the tea and the traffic, Boris?”

You can watch all the action of the closing ceremony on the official website of the match, which also provides an excellent video. You can also see an photo report on the site. http://moscow2012.fide.com/

Vishy had to weather some critical moments during the closing ceremony. He has been to the gym in the hotel quite often, but can he stem this 8 kg trophy alone? Irina Lebedeva, director-general of the Tretyakov Gallery, wants to help the world champion. Come on, Vishy!

Yes, he can! Kirsan is relieved.

Vishy and Boris also had to stamp and sign first-day envelopes issued by the Ministry of Communications in honour of the match. 500.000 copies will be sold in Russia and will be available soon.

And they look like this.

Only an handful of  envelopes were framed, for the players and special guests. A collectors item!

After the final press conference, “Team Anand”,speeded back to the hotel, dropped the trophies and flowers in the room and off we went to the next item on the agenda:

One day earlier, the Ambassador of India for Russia, Ajai Malhotra, invited the Anand team for dinner in the Embassy of India. But did he mention a felicitation as well?

More than 250 enthusiastic Indians came to the felicitation of the world champion and Vishy was really touched by the support of his fellow countrymen, who all wanted to have an autograph.

This picture is courtesy of the Indian Embassy in Russia, http://www.indianembassy.ru/.

Vishy, Aruna, Surya, Hans-Walter and yours truly with the Ambassador and his wife Ira and Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. What a wonderful evening, what a wonderful meal we had, what a wonderful way to end our stay in Moscow!

After a final glance at the Red Square from the hotel room at 06:00 AM…

…it was about time to go home. Bye bye Moscow!

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31 May: Stripping for Anand

Posted in Anand, Strange things, The match 2012 with tags , on May 31, 2012 by Chessurfer

It has been an eventful day for word champion Vishy Anand and his team. Anand and Gelfand had a meeting with Russia’s president Vladmir Vladimirovich Putin at 11:00 AM in a suburban official residence of the president and due to the usual chaos in the streets of Moscow, they barely made it to the closing ceremony, that started at 16:00. After the closing and the press conference, Anand and his team were invited for dinner by the Ambassador of India for Russia, Ajai Malhotra. In the meantime we had to say goodbye to Peter Heine Nielsen, sign posters, chessboards and what have you. On Friday, the Anand team will leave Moscow, and I will compose a nice picture gallery of the last hectic day in Moscow, as soon as I get home.

During our short lunch break Aruna Anand told me a story today about Poonam Panday. This strip queen became a hot topic on Twitter today, because after she stripped for the Kolkata Knight Riders’ fans, twitterani want her to strip for Anand, since he retained his world title.

Anand gets an update of the Twittermania around Poonam Pandey from one of his team members during the closing ceremony. But who told him the news?

Your guess!

More about this story on India Today: http://indiatoday.intoday.in.

“As Poonam promised her fans  to treat them with much hotter acts, now let’s see what ‘Bikini Pandey’ can do more to raise the temperature”. More in the Jagran Post: http://post.jagran.com.

I am convinced that you will find pictures of the lady yourself. Hey, this is (still) a chess blog!

30 May: That was close!

Posted in Anand, Gelfand with tags , , , on May 30, 2012 by Chessurfer

The old and new world champion had a really hard day at the office today, but he managed to win the tiebreak and retained his world title! Congratulations to Vishy Anand! Our cartoonist Frank Stiefel was so excited, that he immediately send me two cartoons after the last tiebreak game!

Vishy had some problems to solve in the tiebreak!

After winning the world championship tournament in Mexico 2007, Vishy won matches against Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and now Boris Gelfand. Who is next?

The team just came back to the hotel after the press conference and will have dinner (Indian!) tonight, but I want to show you some quick pictures of today before we leave. (Updated: added new pictures after dinner!)

Gelfand reaches out his hand and offers a draw in the final game of the World Chess Championship Match 2012.

During the press conference, I went back into the empty playing hall and took this picture of the final position of the match on stage.

I was lucky to get the shot, because just a few minutes later, the workers came to remove everything from the stage. On the right you can see the chessboard, without pieces! I did not take them, I swear!

The fine HD cameras, that provided great pictures to the internet audience, all packed and ready for the Tal Memorial, that starts next week in Moscow!

First there is some more work to do: Vishy is doing an interview with Ulrich Stock, of the quality weekly newspaper “Die Zeit“. Yes, Stock is tall!

Aruna Anand also had to talk to several TV Stations from India. Here she is talking to the legendary Vijay Kumar.

“Yes Akhil, Daddy won today, I’ll bring you a nice trophy”.

Hmmm, headcount, who is missing?

Team Anand, Moscow 2012: Peter Heine Nielsen, Aruna Anand, Viswanathan Anand, Rustam Kasimdzahnov, Radek Wojtaszek, Surya Ganguly, Eric van Reem and Hans-Walter Schmitt.

Before we could go to dinner, Vishy had some more interviews to complete. This one just in front of the hotel, after a heavy cloudburst over Moscow.

The Ambassador of India, Ajai Malhotra came to the hotel to congratulate Anand and he brought us a bottle of champagne. HWS is wearing his new Vishy-world champion: Simply the Best T-shirt.

Cheers!

29 May: High noon in Moscow

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand with tags , , on May 29, 2012 by Chessurfer


It’s almost high noon in Moscow: shake hands before the tiebreak, but what’s really in their mind? A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

24 May: Vishy’s fortress

Posted in Anand, cartoon, stiefel with tags , , on May 24, 2012 by Chessurfer

Game 9 was like watching a Barcelona-Chelsea game. A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

Vishy Anand, dressed in a Chess Tigers T-shirt is building a fortress in game 9.

22 May: The duel

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand on May 22, 2012 by Chessurfer

The fight is on with, with only four more games remaining. A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

22 May: The tactic monster from Chennai

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand, stiefel with tags , , , on May 21, 2012 by Chessurfer

A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel. After his decisive miniature in  less than 20 moves, the tactic monster from Chennai is back  in business.

Press conference

Bonus for today: a few pictures of the press conference after game 8. Gelfand disappointed, but not broken, Anand happy but realistic.