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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.

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 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.

Five rounds of Vodka

Posted in Anand with tags , , on May 19, 2012 by Chessurfer

Vishy Anand and his delegation leader Hans-Walter Schmitt live door-to-door in the tranquility of Bad Soden, a small town near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Schmitt is not only Vishy’s neighbour, but also a close friend and mental coach. Here is a new cartoon by Frank Stiefel about the power station on two legs.

Text in English: “If Vishy wins with the black pieces tomorrow, I’ll buy five rounds of Vodka.

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.