Sochi, Day 2. Big Day

Время публикации: 10.11.2014 04:02 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 17:24

(Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

Before the beginning of the second game, I had a brief conservation with my colleague Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam. "Big day today?", he half-asked, half-stated. I understood that as a kind of prediction for the match outcome depending on the game.

As you maybe know, I've been trying not to be hasty with any kind of predictions since some moment. When my other colleague, Russian journalist Oleg Barantsev, asked me if I wanted to take part in the survey for his website, I agreed but replied: 'In orded to make any conclusions, one has to stay in Sochi for some more time, to feel the atmosphere of the match better, to look into the players' eyes'.

Well, I've felt it, I've looked there. And I've already told Dirk what my current opinion is. However, this time I'm careful enough to refrain from expressing it in public. The only thing I can say for sure is that today, in game 2, Anand was similar to himself in Chennai a year ago.

Perhaps the pictures by Mikhail Sholudko will help you feel the atmosphere of the 2nd playing day too.

The idea to organize multiple side events during the match was actually a very good one. 


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