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05 June: Leftovers

Posted in Chess Tigers on Tour, The match 2012 with tags , , , , on June 5, 2012 by Chessurfer

In this 50th and final post in this blog, I want to share a few pictures I have not published yet. Some, because they simply did not fit into the story, some I just forgot. But why should I keep the pictures for myself, since I have noticed that so many people have visited this site and according to the feedback, have enjoyed the “behind the screens” pictures of the 2012 world championship match! As always: enjoy!

Leftovers

Let’s go back to 4 May, when Peter Heine Nielsen arrived. The door to his room was obviously closed and there was no way to open the door with his key card. A technician from the hotel came, and it took him about 30 minutes before he could open the door. Not a good start.

At  the opening press conference the journalist Igor Nekhames handed out this “lucky tie” to challenger Boris Gelfand. As far as I remember Nekhames said that it is a tradition in Russia that the challenger receives a tie for good luck before the match. Who can confirm this?

On match days, half an hour before the game started, Vishy and Aruna were picked up from the hotel  by a black Mercedes, who took them to the Tretyakov Gallery. You can get a glimpse of the crazy Moscow traffic. I preferred to walk from the hotel…

…mainly because of the odd things and cars you see in the streets of Moscow!

Nice story: Jan Werndl, a 9-year old young Chess Tiger and pupil of Hans-Walter Schmitt, had just one big wish to celebrate his Holy Communion: to come to Moscow to see a world championship game of his idol Vishy Anand.  Ulrich Stock, who wrote really great game reports and background stories in the German quality paper “Die Zeit”  interviewed Jan about his passion for chess and his unusual wish.  You can read the interview here: http://www.zeit.de/sport/2012-05/anand-schach-wm-werndl. (German)

 An unforgettable experience for any 9-year old: Jan met Vishy after a world championship game!

On “Super Saturday” I spotted this wonderful picture in the Multimedia Art Museum: Vishy Anand (24 at the time) and Vladimir Kramnik (18) played the final in the PCA rapid tournament Kremlin Stars 1994. Anand won. Russian TV carried it live from the Palace of Congress with a spectacular stage setting designed by the Bolshoi Ballet.

Kramnik 2012, with shorter hair doing the commentary for game 12 with Dirk-Jan ten Geuzendam. Dirk-Jan told me that he received a lot of emails about the teapot. 

Another one taken on a busy chess Saturday: watching the Kuka vs Grishuk match together with reigning European champion in classical chess and blitz, Valentina Gunina. On the right: Oxana Kosteniuk.

“This is my first exhibition”. GM Maxim Dlugy smiled. He showed some of his drawings in the pressroom and in the VIP room.   Always a superb speed chess player, Dlugy was formerly ranked number one in the world by the World Blitz Chess Association. More about Dlugy on http://www.dlugy.com/

Another fine piece of Dlugy-style art, called “X Marks the Spot.”

Remember that the Russian national football team (Sbornaya) stayed in “our” hotel for a week? We thought it would be a nice idea to have a chessboard signed by the players of the team.

It took me quite some googling time to find out who this friendly chap is: Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov (29). He is  currently playing for Russian Premier League club Zenit St. Petersburg. Aleksandr is married and has a young daughter. His current market value is €13.000.000. His website: http://www.kerzhakov.net

And this is the result: “C8” is signed by coach Dick Advocaat. “D5” was reserved for superstar Andrei Arshavin, but we simply did not see him in the hotel. Sbornaya, good luck in the Euro 2012!

 You can see that the lower part of the board is reserved for the “A-Team”, but this is a different board signed by the team:  F1-Hans-Walter, G2-Aruna, H3-Eric, D1-Surya, E2-PH, F3-Vishy, G4-Rustam, H5-Radek.

Thank you!

The original idea behind this blog was to post a few pictures about Moscow  for family and friends at home.  After I shot so many pictures during the inspection of the playing hall, I thought it would be nice to share my impressions and to show some off-stage pictures to other chess fans.Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, many friends spread the link to this blog. Some of the biggest chess websites like Chessbase, ChessVibes, ChessTigers and The Week in Chess put a link to this blog on their websites and I have to say a big thank you to Frederic Friedel, Peter Doggers, Mark Crowther and Mike Rosa for their support. I also like to thank Jennifer Shahade, Robert Fontaine,Diego Garces, Alexandra Kosteniuk and many others, who retweeted my Twitter messages to their followers. Special thanks go out to Dirk-Jan ten Geuzendam and to Michael Wiemer, who wrote about the blog in his “Sportinsider” blog. Very special thanks go out to Frank Stiefel for the wonderful cartoons!

This is not supposed to be an Oscar-like “thank you” session, but I need to say thank you to Vishy and Aruna and the rest of the team: PH, Surya, Rustam and Radek. And I should not forget my friend Hans-Walter Schmitt for four wonderful weeks in Moscow: Danke HW!

I have to say thank you to my wife and kids, who did not object when I told them that I would be away from home for 4 weeks. Love you!

Finally, I have to thank you, dear readers of this blog for your visits and feedback. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the not-so-serious captions. I certainly had a lot of fun working on the blog! I hope I will get the opportunity to do something like this blog again in the future. Leave a comment if you have an idea!

I will go through this blog thoroughly and will do some repair work, add links, add or remove a picture here and there. I will also try to turn the blog around, so newbies to this blog can start reading at the first entry.

Game over. End of blog.

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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!

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!

13 May: Shadowboxing

Posted in boxing, cartoon, Gelfand, Moscow, stiefel, The match 2012 with tags , , , on May 13, 2012 by Chessurfer

A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

Anand and Gelfand are still in the shadowboxing phase of the early rounds. No early knock out in Moscow.

Boxing phrases

You might be surprised to learn how many boxing phrases have entered into our everyday lexicon, and to a certain extent, some of them are applicabe in chess, too. Here a a few examples:

Good Chin – A boxer with a good chin is somebody who can take a hard punch without being hurt or knocked down.

Glass Jaw – A boxer with a glass jaw is the opposite of a one with a good chin. They are easily hurt and knocked down or out. Since glass shatters with hard impact having a glass jaw means that you can’t stand up to a hard punch. Using this outside of boxing, a person or thing with a glass jaw would not be able to stand up to intense pressure or difficult challenges.

Puncher’s Chance – If you have the ability to really hit hard, you always have a chance at winning a fight. Even if the other boxer is technically superior or has been beating you decisively for 11 rounds and 2:30 into the 12th, you always have that punch that can save the day. Therefore, somebody with a big punch that is otherwise outmatched or losing has a puncher’s chance to win a fight. Out of the boxing realm, the phrase generally means having a small chance at success; it’s not impossible, but it’s not likely.

I think everybody chessplayer has had the unpleasant experience that he or she got mated or blundered  in a completely winning position. It also happens in world championship matches. 61 years ago, on 26 March 1951 David Bronstein produced a fatal blunder in his 6th game in the world championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik.

Bronstein-Botvinnik, Moscow 1951, game 6.

In this position, after 45 minutes of deep thinking, Bronstein made the famous blunder-move 57.Kc2?? Botvinnik replied 57… Kg3! (not Kf3?) and his e-pawn could reach e1. What was Bronstein thinking about, and what happened?

Years later, in 1976, he told that he was very aware of the right move 57. Ne6+ and the draw is no problem. But he started thinking about the opening of the game, his mind went astray, and suddenly he had touched his King by accident…. so he had to move it somewhere! There goes the game, the match and the title….knock out.
Fist fighting
The evening service in our hotel is very attentive and every day the maid puts a small card with some historical facts about Moscow in the room. One of the cards provides information about “fist fighting” on “Wild Thursday”in the Butter Week. I like the last sentence. Imagine, Vishy, Boris, the arbiters and the audience in a big free-for-all!

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. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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”, http://www.vedomosti.ru/eng) 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.

10 May: Press review- new links

Posted in Anand, Chess, Gelfand, Moscow, press, The match 2012, Tretyakov on May 11, 2012 by Chessurfer

In the international press, the world championship match in Moscow is getting more and more attention. At the opening press conference, a vast number of  journalists and photographers were taking pictures and making notes, and they have to publish their stuff somewhere, right? If you have any links for me, in particular in the Russian media, please put the link in the comments. спасибо!

Here are a few links I would like to share:

GM Ian Rogers wrote an article for The Hindu with the spectacular headline: “Anand to play white in the first game”. The article is as always very good. Ian will be in Moscow during the match and he will probably write some more good articles. His wife Cathy is taking pictures.

http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/article3404606.ece

“Anand and Gelfand kick off Moscow chess crown battle” can be found on “RT Com”, with an embedded video of the first moves.

http://www.rt.com/sport/chess-anand-gelfand-tretyakov-moscow-world-champion-986/

“The Moscow Times” focussus on FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov : “Ilyumzhinov discusses unrest and chess in Syria”. The article, written by Howard Amos, starts:  “Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad will be hoping that third time’s the charm after a visit from the head of the International Chess Federation and alien-spotter Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.” A good read.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/ilyumzhinov-discusses-unrest-and-chess-in-syria/458365.html

Viswanathan Krishnasway writes in “India Today” an article titled: “Viswanathan Anand is favourite in battle against Boris Gelfand.”

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/world-chess-championships-viswanathan-anand-vs-boris-gelfand/1/188325.html

In USA, we can read an article about chess in “The Atlantic”: “How America forgot about chess”. Santiago Wills writes: “The once-popular game is suffering from boring grandmasters and controversial leadership.” A story in which Magnus Carlsen is compared to Justin Bieber! OMG! And of course the author looks back at the Fischer-Spassky match.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/05/how-america-forgot-about-chess/257049/

And, last but not least, our Chess Tiger on Tour, Hans-Walter Schmitt  has composed a new set of pictures on the Chess Tigers website:

http://www.chesstigers.de/index_news.php?id=2644&rubrik=3

As always, enjoy reading! And don’t  forget to send me some links about the match.

11 May: Opening ceremony part 1/3

Posted in Anand, Chess, Filatov, Gelfand, The match 2012, Tretyakov with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by Chessurfer

The World Chess Championship was opened in the Tretyakov Gallery on Thursday. The opening press conference started at around 18:30 and at 20:15 the official opening finally started, in an absolutely beautiful setting in the Tretyakov Gallery. I have made tons of pictures and it is just too much to post everything in only one go. But…I don’t want to show you the usual pictures, which you can find on the main chess websites. Here is a first selection of the press conference and the opening. I will post some more shots of the opening and after party later.

The livestream of the opening is available on the official website. http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ in excellent quality. Highly recommended!

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The entrance of the Tretyakov Gallery. It is the first indication that there is a chess match going on in Moscow. I did not see any signs or posters announcing the match in the city.

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Accreditation for journalists and VIPs. The tall guy on the right is Ulrich Stock, who writes excellent articles for the German quality paper “Die Zeit“. Here is a link to an interview with Boris Gelfand. http://www.zeit.de/2012/18/WOS-Interview-Gelfand

Update: Stock wrote an article (in German) about the match and the opening ceremony. “Was zählt, ist auf dem Brett”.

http://www.zeit.de/sport/2012-05/schach-wm-anand-gelfand

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Talking about tall guys. This is Peter Doggers, editor in chief of ChessVibes, getting ready for the press conference. Check his reports on  http://chessvibes.com/.

Man, he is tall. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_people.

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Doggers: “Haha, I was standing on a table”.

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VIP guest GM Evgeny Bareev with Etery Kublashvili, who takes pictures for the official match website. A couple of years ago during a match in Maastricht, where Evgeny was playing against the computer engine Hiarcs, we went to the movies. It was a James Bond movie in which the North Koreans were the “bad guys”. Evgeny was disappointed after the movie: “The Russians are not the bad guys anymore, not even in a Bond movie”.

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Dozens of journalists and photographers….

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….left their laptops alone in the adjacent room.

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After the press conference, Vishy and Aruna Anand met match sponsor Andrey Filatov in the VIP room.

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Filatov donated this chess set made of mammoth bones to the Tretyakov Gallery.

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Lots of chairs for the FIDE guys….but where are they?

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…not at the buffet? Remarkable.

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A nice film about the world championships was shown before the speeches started. This is José Raúl Capablanca, world chess champion from 1921-1927. You can read an excellent article in the latest New in  Chess Magazine about this real Mozart of Chess, or get some information here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Ra%C3%BAl_Capablanca

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The legendary Robert James Fischer, the 11th world champion and inventor of Chess960. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess960

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And of course Gelfand and Anand were introduced to the audience in the film. Time to play some chess now!

In part 2: Michail Gorbachov, Anatoli Karpov, Nigel Short, Sergey Karjakin and a hot photographer.