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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: http://www.chess-news.ru/en/node/7526/page/to/like. 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.

Excitement

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!

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!