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29 May: Simul action in the Chess Corner

Posted in Chess Tigers on Tour, Karpov, Kasparov with tags , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by Chessurfer

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: 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”.

Very concentrated.

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!

22 May: Photo reconnaissance

Posted in Karpov, Kasparov, press with tags , on May 22, 2012 by Chessurfer

In an earlier post, on 11 May, I wrote that I had skimmed some Russian newspapers in the hotel , looking for news and pictures about the 2012 match and chess in general. In “Vedomosti” (Russian: Ведомости, literally “The Record”, I found this picture  in the Sports section. I had never seen this lovely picture from the 1985-1986 match between Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov.

In the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, I discovered the picture in the exhibition: “Chess figures of the 20th Century”.

And the text that goes with the picture:

Question answered.

19 May: Press conferences

Posted in Gunina, Kasparov, press on May 18, 2012 by Chessurfer

Every day  honourary guests come to the Media Center in the Tretyakov Gallery to give commentary and press conferences. On Thursday, European Champion Valentina Gunina was invited. Here are some pictures.

On Friday, Garry Kasparov was invited, who gave a press conference and a simul for young chessplayers, prizewinners and champions of Russian, European and world championships. More about the side-events later, here are a few impressions of the press conference.

13 May: Russia’s great red hope.

Posted in Kasparov, Moscow, putin with tags , , , on May 13, 2012 by Chessurfer

An interesting read in Newsweek , or online in “The Daily Beast” about former world champion Gary Kasparov. By Masha Ghessen.

11 May: Chair testing for dummies

Posted in Karpov, Kasparov, Moscow, The match 2012 on May 12, 2012 by Chessurfer

In a previous post about the inspection of the playing hall in the Tretyakov Gallery, I mentioned that the players had the possibility to choose between three different chairs. They looked comfortable, but the players eventually chose the most stable and conventional chair. No massage functions or any bells and whistles needed, obviously.

In his book “It’s only me“, the late  GM Tony Miles  tells his  personal and fascinating article about “Tilburg 1985”, a tournament that Miles played most of while lying on a stretcher! This was due to a back condition, and such a mode of play led to considerable controversy. Miles tied for first in the tournament.

Tony Miles, Tilburg 1985.

Chair testing in Moscow

“My son Akhil would love this chair, great chair to see-saw”.

Boris is checking the seat for bugs… or are they just checking how to adjust the seat? Anna Zakharova and Gelfands mental coach Armen Aguzumstyan, who is checking another chair are watching.

Bobby’s chair paranoia

Chessplayers are certainly familiar with this story about the 1972 world chess championship match in Iceland: This is a story told by Nikolai Krogius. (

“We received a lot of letters about the underhand ways in which Fischer was trying to influence Spassky’s mind… Starting with some sort of power source allegedly installed in a submarine somewhere or in the Keflavik and finishing with the idea that a generator has been installed in Fischer’s chair…and every time he got up he shifted the chair…and the generator would come on and this would direct rays at Spassky…Then Fischer would return to his chair, sit down again…and the device would be switched off.”

Now we come to the reason why I write about a usually boring subject. In the hotel I skimmed some Russian newspapers, looking for news and pictures about the 2012 match. In “Vedomosti” (Russian: Ведомости, literally “The Record”, I found this picture  in the Sports section last Friday. I had never seen this lovely picture of the 1985-1986 match between Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov.

If anybody knows the story behind this picture, please let me know, so I will be able to update the story. Спасиьа.