"Snowdrops" Bloomed in Prague

Время публикации: 15.12.2012 21:39 | Последнее обновление: 15.12.2012 21:39

As we've already reported Tania Sachdev was the only "Snowdrop" to choose skiing on a rest day. Chess-News has also got pictures showing how have spent the free day Valentina Gunina and Alina Kashlinskaya. These young ladies preferred to stroll the streets of Prague, it turned out Valya Gunina has visited Czech capital for the first time.  

Valentina and Alina were guided by Sergei Movsesian, who is the captain and coach of Snowdrops, and his wife Yulia Kochetkova.


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    - Well, eight rounds is just nothing. Botvinnik said one can play at a high level showing a stable play for 11-12 rounds, so I think the Oldhands just hadn't got tired yet.

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