Sochi, Day 1. Big Fuss

Время публикации: 09.11.2014 02:49 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 18:26

(Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

My impressions of the first playing day in Sochi can be summed up in one sentence: great fuss about a single game of chess. It seems to me that's not the way it should be, ideally.

People running back and forth, forming queues; many policemen around; you can't go this way, you can't go that way. Oh yes, you can go this way, but the electric sockets over there are absent or out of service; besides, you must leave your mobile phone. I'd like to play against Olga Girya in the simul but I'm unable to. On the press conference, I'm told to 'sit down at once, or the players won't come'.

All this fuss is about a single draw, even if between two great chess players.

The photos by Mikhail Sholudko will help you feel the atmosphere of this day.


  


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