Chess Is Life... But Human Life Isn't Chess

Время публикации: 28.02.2015 08:30 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 17:31

When I started to prepare this report, I saw the appalling news from Moscow. It destroyed my wish to describe the closing ceremony of the third Grand Prix stage. I hope the readers will excuse me for this.

The pictures are expressive enough so that you will probably need no hints to get the impression of how the Tbilisi stage finished.


  


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