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09 May: Playing hall inspection

Posted in Anand, Chess, Gelfand, Moscow, Sofia 2010, The match 2012 with tags , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by Chessurfer

As promised, I will show you some of the pictures of the inspection of the playing hall on 08 May. In a previous blog entry, you could see that the work in the State Tretyakov Gallery is in progress and I am not sure if the workers had a day off, because of Victory Day and the Moscow Victory Day Parade on 9 May.

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The weather was not very nice today, so I chose to take a picture of the final rehearsal of last Sunday. It looks a bit as if WW3 is about to start. Weird. The hotel informed us that the windows had to be closed and I had two scary looking security officers in my room who checked that. I actually heard that it was supposed to rain today, but somehow the Kreml managed to keep the rain away with chemicals. No idea how that works.

Update 10 May: In The Moscow Times (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/) I read the following: “To ensure an fine day, military aircraft traditionally seed the clouds in advance of the event with silver and liquid nitrogen, but they apparantly failed in their task despite early morning promises to clear the leaden skies above Moscow”.

The Moscow Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square was held today to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The parade marked the Soviet Union’s victory in the Great Patriotic War on the day on the signing of the German act of capitulation, on the very midnight of May 9, 1945 (Russian time).

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Literally thousands of soldiers marching on! Very impressive.

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Live on all Russian channels. “Ура Победе”

Inspection

Let’s get back to the inspection. Two years ago, in Sofia, the final inspection of the playing hall did not really run smoothly. About 30 photographers were waiting for the players to check the hall and they were blocking the way for Anand and Topalov in their hunt for the best picture. Anand and Topalov did not check the venue together: Anand checked the hall, the board and the light first and only when he was finished, Topalov came in.

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Vishy did not get a chance to check the board and the chair properly. He was hunted all over over the place by photographers. Hans-Walter Schmitt (grey jacket) tried to act as a bodyguard.

Here in Moscow, the inspection was well organized in a very relaxed atmosphere. Only Eteri Kublashvili, the photographer for the official website took pictures which you can see here: /14/”>http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/fotos/196-playing-hall-inspection-eng#!prettyPhoto

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Hans-Walter is looking at a picture Eteri made. Notice the nice carpet.

And here are some more pictures:

Knock knock, who is there? FIDE Vice president Israel Gelfer wants to join the inspection.

Chairman of the management board of the Russian Chess Federation Ilya Levitov talking to HWS. Must have been interesting, according to the expression on HW’s face.

“I am telling you, Aruna, I am not going to stand here all the time during the games”.

Ah, they have chairs. Ilya Levitov is happy, but Vishy decided not to take this high-tech chair.

“Ok, this one is fine.”

The challenger: Boris Gelfand testing his chairs. Seems to be ok.

Two chairs, a board, pieces, a clock, what else do you need for a world championship match?

Boris and Vishy chatting about the kids.

I hope they check the batteries.

The scoresheets for the world championship games.

Talking over some final details with FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Hon. Vice President Prof. Kurt Jungwirth and referee Ashot Vardapetyan.

Vishy Anand getting wired for an interview for Russian television.

Hope you got some good questions for me?!

Now it is Boris’ turn to answer the same questions.

Boris Gelfand brought a very nice information booklet to the Tretyakov, and he gladly signed and personalized my copy. Thanks Boris!

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09 May: Chess Tigers on Tour

Posted in Anand, Chess Tigers on Tour, Moscow, The match 2012 with tags , , on May 9, 2012 by Chessurfer

In this blog, I keep you informed about my adventures in Moscow. Most of the time, Hans-Walter Schmitt is with me when we explore the city. Many chessplayers who have played in the wonderful Chess Classic tournaments in Frankfurt (1994-2000) and later in Mainz (2001-2010) know that Hans-Walter is a walking powerhouse and an exceptional organizer. Last month he turned 60 and you can see loads of pictures of his four (!) day celebration extravaganza on the website of the Chess Tigers.

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The HWS cake: höher , weiter,  schneller.

Chess960 is one of his hobbies and on his birthday he played a Chess960 simul against Vishy Anand, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Artur Yussupov and Klaus Bischoff and celebrated with friends. Check the pictures here: http://www.chesstigers.de/index_news.php?id=2617&rubrik=5

“HW”, as he is called by his friends, writes about the world championship in German and he also takes a lot of interesting pictures. Sometimes he is a little careless though, as HW was almost arrested when he suddenly got into a student demonstration on Monday.

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Chess Tiger on Tour.

Take a look at his reports and pictures on the Chess Tigers website: http://www.chesstigers.de/index_news.php?id=2638&rubrik=3. Enjoy!

08 May: Construction site ahead!

Posted in Anand, Chess, Gelfand, Moscow, The match 2012, Tretyakov with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by Chessurfer

Essentialy you just need a board, chess pieces and a clock to play a game of chess, so Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand could just play anywhere. But…playing a match for the world championship is a different piece of cake and since the match will be be played in the wonderful Tretyakov State Gallery (http://www.tretyakovgallery.ru/en/) in the Russian capital Moscow, lots of time and effort is needed to create the best possible environment for the players, the audience, the representatives of the press, arbiters, important guests and FIDE officials. Important questions like: “where is the VIP room?” and: “where I do find the buffet?” need to be answered.

Today, on Tuesday 08 May the first official appointment for the players and their delegations was planned at 17.00 local time: the inspection of the venue. Tomorrow I will post some pictures of the players, but today I want to show you some of the ongoing work in the Tretyakov State Gallery. Although it still looks messy, one can already see, three days before the start of the match, that the playing hall is going to look absolutely stunning!

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This was the first sight of the entrance of the Tretyakov Gallery. The worker on the right hand side is not really in a hurry to get things ready.

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The entrance for….

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…representatives of the press and guests, who will get their badges here. BTW, the entrance is free for everybody!

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We’re getting closer to the stage…

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Ah, I can already see a chess board!

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The stage, the board and a big digital board for the spectators to follow the game from the auditorium. Let’s go on stage…

Let’s hope the workers don’t forget this construction frame, although chief arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan would have a perfect view from the top.

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Now that is a fine choice of chairs for the players…

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The digital board on the stage. Look at the names of the players! The old and new president Vladimir Putin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_putin) playing against Gennady Zyuganov, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gennady_Zyuganov).

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Yours truly and Hans-Walter Schmitt took the opportunity to play a couple of moves on the world championship board! Draw agreed after 7 moves (Slav defence). I played white (Putin). We have the same haircut.

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Walking through the Gallery with the players, Makropoulos, Gelfer, Levitov and others.

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Creating space for players and spectators.

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A sneak preview of the stage on the monitors, which are placed all over the place. It’s gonna be good!

07 May – Press reviews from India and Israel

Posted in Anand, Chess, Gelfand, Moscow, The match 2012 with tags , , , , on May 7, 2012 by Chessurfer

In just a few days Anand and Gelfand will start the first game of their match. We can read previews in the chess press, but it is also helpful to read some articles from India (Anand) and Israel (Gelfand).

In the Indian magazine “Daily News and Analysis” (DNA) we find a preview by Vijay Tagore. Quote:  “Over the next three weeks, his credentials, competence and character will be come under the scanner. Does he have the wherewithal to win the title? Does he have the desire to do it again? And can he become one of the few men to become world champion five times?”

More here: http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report_viswanathan-anand-s-mission-moscow_1684993

In “The Indian Express” the article “Meet the candidate” is worth reading.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/meet-the-candidate/945878/

On Haaretz (Israel), you can read the article “Between Israel and Russia, chess is more than just a game”. Recommended.

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/between-israel-and-russia-chess-is-more-than-just-a-game-1.428084

And in the Jerusalem Post there is an article about Gelfand: “Israel’s chess master readies for championship”.

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=265412

06 May- Interviews

Posted in Anand, Gelfand, Moscow, The match 2012 with tags , on May 6, 2012 by Chessurfer

Two interviews by Dagobert Kohlmeyer on ChessBase (German edition) with challenger Boris Gelfand and Hans-Walter Schmitt.

http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten.asp?newsid=12901

Hans-Walter Schmitt, 2010 in Sofia.

Boris Gelfand in Wijk aan Zee, 2012.

06 May – Victory parade dress rehearsal

Posted in The match 2012 on May 6, 2012 by Chessurfer

We arrived on the 03 May in the middle of one of the night sessions of the rehearsals for the Victory Parade, which will be held on 09 May. There was another, final rehearsal today, on Sunday. They started marching at 07.30. A very impressive, a bit early though…

Here is some information about the parade from the online paper Rianovosti:  http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120506/173262289.html

Moscow is holding on Sunday the final rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day parade in Red Square.

“The rehearsal involves 14,000 servicemen and about 100 pieces of the armor,” a Defense Ministry spokesman for land forces, Colonel Sergei Vlasov told RIA Novosti.

The rehearsal involves eight Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems, three Topol-Mballistic missile launchers, sixteen S-400 Triumphair defense systems and Pantsir-S missile-and-cannon systems, thirteen Tiger armored vehicles, as well as APC-80’s, T-90 tanks, Msta-S self-propelled artillery systems, and Buk-M2 SAM systems.

Preparations for the May 9 parade envisage three night rehearsals (held on April 26, May 1 and May 3) and one daytime dress rehearsal on May 6.

Beginning as usual at 10:00 a.m. on May 9, the Victory Parade in Moscow and other Russian cities will last for about 45 minutes. The celebrations will culminate in a 30-round fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

A total of 1,500 WWII veterans were invited to attend the parade.

 

And some pictures from the rehearsals.

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03 May- On the way to Vnukovo.

Posted in Anand, Chess, Gelfand, Moscow, The match 2012 with tags , , , on May 5, 2012 by Chessurfer

On 03May we (Hans-Walter Schmitt and your blogger) started our “Mission Moscow” and took the Lufthansa flight to Vnukovo.  (http://www.vnukovo.ru/eng). There are two flights a day from Frankfurt to Vnukovo with Lufthansa.

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Getting on the Lufthansa plane to Vnukovo. A smooth flight, arrival on time.

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Hans-Walter Schmitt getting on the plane.

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Approaching VKO.

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Sweet welcome to the hotel Baltschug Kempinksi, our five star homebase for the next four weeks.

Not a bad view from the hotel! I guess we will be comfortable here.