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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!

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.

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.

20 May: Gelfman strikes first

Posted in cartoon, Gelfand on May 20, 2012 by Chessurfer

A new cartoon by our cartoonist Frank Stiefel. Super  Sunday for Gelfand.

18 May: Opening ceremony – part 3/3

Posted in Gelfand, Gorbachev, Karpov, Moscow, Tretyakov with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by Chessurfer

This is the last picture gallery of the opening ceremony, that took place on 11 May in the Tretyakov Gallery. Chicks and chessplayers, oil traders, FIDE officials and a former Soviet President attended the ceremony and the cocktail party. An enjoyable evening, with the best drinks and fingerfood, talking business and chess.

Pictures: piano concert and cocktail party

After the speeches, Denis Matsuev entered the stage.

 Denis Leonidovich Matsuev (Дени́с Леони́дович Мацу́ев; born June 11, 1975) is a Russian pianist, one of the most popular classical music performers of his generation, the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 in Moscow, laureate of esteemed Shostakovich Prize in Music and State Prize of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts. Today the name of Denis Matsuev is known to the whole world. The man, whose career started so dramatically and in such a young age, is now associated with one of the best world pianists, who managed to mix in his performances the grandest of Russian traditions and innovatory creative conceptions, high quality of concert programmes and moving rendering.

One more interview after the piano concert. The players did not attend the cocktail party. In the back you can see Denis Matsuev packing up his piano.

After the concert, the cocktail party took place in the most beautiful setting possible in one of the galleries of the Tretyakov. Look at those paintings.

Some nitwits just put their empy glasses next to valuable statues, much to the chagrin of the Tretyakov staff.

 “A glass of champagne, Sir?”

 The highly decorated legend Yuri Lvovich Averbakh talking to English GM Nigel David Short. “Did you try the champagne yet”?

Former world champion Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov (Russian: Анато́лий Евге́ньевич Ка́рпов, born May 23, 1951) attended the party.   He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov. He played three matches against Kasparov for the title from 1986 to 1990, before becoming FIDE World Champion once again after Kasparov broke away from FIDE in 1993. He held the title until 1999, when he resigned his title in protest against FIDE’s new world championship rules.

Karpov chatting with former president Mikhail Gorbachev and FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. It’s a small world.

New in Chess editor-in-chief Dirk-Jan ten Geuzendam enjoying a glass of champagne with Ilya Levitov, Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation. “Tell me Dirk-Jan, how to knot a tie?”

Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin born January 12, 1990 in Simferopol enjoying the fine fingerfood with Hans-Walter Schmitt and the beautiful young woman in the center, whose name I do not know. Shame on me! If anyone knows her name (and telephone number) let me know!

Update 18 May, 23:05: Macauley Peterson, who is following the blog in St.Louis at the US Championship, knows who the beauty in the center is: Galiya Kamalova. He even has her phone number! Thanks!

This is Mr. Vasily Zhukov, talking to HWS, who retired as president of the Moscow Chess Federation this February. He invited HWS and your @Chessurfer to visit famous chess clubs in Moscow on a free day. Zhukov is a highly decorated scientist, founder and rector of the Russian State Social University, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honoured Scientist of the Russian federation, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of education.  In 2011 Mr. Zhukov was awarded the Order of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow II degree.

After the party, everybody was sent home with this limited edition medal. Check Ebay….

 ..and the other side of the medal.

 The final shot of the opening is reserved for our favourite photographer.

17 May: Our cartoonist is angry!

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand, The match 2012 on May 17, 2012 by Chessurfer


Uh-oh: our cartoonist is angry! Frank Stiefel is not making a happy face.

…but Frank, you are not the only one who is angry. Vishy is not happy….

Boris does not really look happy too…

Commentators Maxim Dlugy (middle) and Alexander Grishuk do not make a happy face….

Deadlock in Moscow

HWS, don’t jump! A draw ist not that bad, there are still 7 games to go!

16 may: Moscow mathematics

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by Chessurfer

Four mathematical lectures by Professor Anand and Professor Gelfand, all with the same result: draw.  New cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

14 May: Opening ceremony- part 2/3

Posted in Anand, Dvorkovich, Gelfand, Gorbachev, Karpov, Moscow, Tretyakov with tags , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by Chessurfer

As promised in an earlier post, I will show you some more pictures of the opening ceremony in the Tretyakov Gallery on Friday, 11 May. Legendary chess players, billionaire oil traders, Kremlin insiders, a world famous piano player, celeb chicks and many other VIP guests attended the ceremony. It provided a “glimpse of the weird and politically connected Russian chess scene”, as the Moscow Times stated in Monday 14 May issue. Read the report in the newspaper about the opening press conference and the ceremony here: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/world-chess-championship-starts-in-moscow/458432.html.

Opening ceremony

After the opening press conference, only accredited  photographers and cameramen were allowed to come to the official opening and they ran into the hall to get the best position for some nice shots of the players and the VIPs.

I still wonder how this unaccredited photographer made it into the official ceremony? She must have had some good arguments. 

Most interviewed VIP this evening was former President Mikhail Gorbachev. I managed to shake his hand and say hello.

After having a short chat with Gorbi, the interviewers moved on to match sponsor Andrei Filatov, who brought his sweet little daughter to the opening.

Gelfand: “Hey Vishy, why do these photographers only have eyes for Gorbi. We are supposed to be the main actors.”

Anand:” I have done this before. Let’s shake hands and you will see how these guys will run in our direction”.

Gelfand: “Haha, good idea. Look, they are coming.”

“Yeah, we did it!”

Back to business: Aruna and Vishy Anand with the Ambassador of India, Ajai Malhotra.

In the front: Arkady Dvorkovich, chairman of the Russian chess federation and presidential economic aide, chatting with former President Mikhail Gorbachev and FIDE President/alien abductee Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Drawing of colours- exclusive pictures! 

After a few speeches by dignitaries like Dvorkovich,  Ilyumzhinov and the players, it was time for the drawing of colours. The official site http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ describes the draing as follows:  “Ashot Vardapetyan, the Chief Arbiter of the competition, held the draw in an original style which emphasised the unbreakable connection between chess and world culture. “Paintings” were displayed on easels on the stage, depicting diagrams of two games that Anand and Gelfand had played previously (back in the 1990s). One of these contests had been won beautifully by the current world champion, while the other ended in a striking victory for the challenger.

Two small wooden boxes had been prepared for the grandmasters, containing pots of paint and brushes. Anand was given first choice, as world champion. The players approached their “paintings” – each one, of course, going to the game which he had succeeded in winning – dipped their brushes in the paint and signed the “canvas”. At that moment, the spectators saw that Anand had signed his picture with white paint, and Gelfand had signed his with black. Thus in the first round the world champion would play with White.

Puh, quite an effort to arrange something simple like the drawing of colours. “Normal” chessplayers usually take a white and a black pawn, hide them behind the back and the opponent says “right hand or left hand”. But ok, “normal” chess players do not play chess in one of the most prominent galleries in the world

In this blog I promised to show you some off-stage pictures. Ok, ok, here a a few truly “exclusive pictures”. During the inspection of the playing hall, Anand and Gelfand rehearsed the painting procedure in the basement and here are some of the pictures I made. I promised to wait a few days before publishing the pictures here.

Leonardo d’ Anand in action.

“I hope that my son Akhil does not start painting on my chessboards”

Boris Dali tries three different squares.

The final result of the rehearsal. Wonder what they do with this board.

Anand: “Hmm, I like the one from the rehearsal better. You can hardly see the white paint on the board. Hey wait, they changed the position!”

“Yes Vishy, this is the game I won”.

By popular demand: Yes, there will be a part 3!

Because several people in the press room asked when I will publish more pictures of the opening ceremony and afterparty, I will do  one more  picture gallery of the opening. So there is even more to come! Candid, exclusive, original, sexy!