'Chess players? Where are they?'

Время публикации: 21.11.2014 15:25 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 18:13

(Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

'No clients', the taxi driver complains to me, counting the change. 'Just no one. Nothing like during the Olympiad...'

'The Olympiad helped a lot, didn't it?'

'Yes, very much, to some of us. Some people would charge 5000 rubles for a couple of kilometres if they saw a British person or like that. Well, I am not that insolent, but anyway I had loads of clients. And what do we have now? The chess players? Where are they?'

The World Championship match is being held exactly at the same place as the Winter Olympic Games this February. Our officials have been claiming it was the great triumph, but there are many people in Russia who do not share this opinion (in the long term, at least).

Well, at least it was quite cheerful here in February. Definitely more amusing than now.

These pictures (as well as all the others in the report) have been taken by Mikhail Sholudko.

I'm now walking exactly where our renowned politicians used to walk.

For example, Nikolai Valuev (on the right) who has turned from a famous boxer into a member of the Russian State Duma...

...and so on. It's not that I'm particularly delighted by the fact.

The Tulip Inn in which yours truly is accommodated. It's the nearest hotel to the playing venue, so I'm quite happy. (The participants and the officials are accommodated in the other ones.)

You can see how near the Tulip Inn (on the right) is to the Sochi Media Center.

From another location: the Media Center, the hotel, and the Olympic objects. Now it's time to get back to the match...

A big group of guests entering the Media Center an hour after the 9th game had started. The only thing they could see was the participants signing their scoresheets.

The Dvorkovich Drawing Room is to host some new events very soon. Some resounding ones...

The journalists waiting in the corridor were just shocked by such a quick draw. A lot of questions to Espen Agdestein from the Norwegians: 'What happened? Any comments? Who gains from that?'

In my opinion, the press conferences are the most boring and meaningless feature of the match: most of the time, the players would mutter something and give terse answers or no answers at all.

This is the metal detector I am used to go through many times a day, as it separates the press center from the main zone. Each time, I have to put out my mobile phone and other devices.

So far, nothing wrong has been detected and I hasn't been searched.


  


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