Cherchez la Femme!

Время публикации: 20.04.2015 18:18 | Последнее обновление: 21.04.2015 04:38

This report was updated during the day.

At the hotel entrance, Carlsen is offered a Mercedes, but he walks. It is a 7-10 minute unhurried walk to the venue. 

In the Heydar Aliyev Centre, where the tournament is taking place, some participants get to the second floor by the lift, but Magnus prefers to walk. 

No talking. Henrik and Peter Heine Nielsen are the team. 

Maybe Michael Adams is the only player in the world who greets Carlsen with such a smile.

Maybe mineral water (still or sparkling?) will help Mamedyarov and Anish Giri. Both have a minus score and both would like a plus. 

The grandmasters are not only interested in their own games.

As we know, a chess game is a combination of two factors - position and time. The second factor can be no less important than the first. So, as well as the chess clock, sometimes it is useful to look at one's wristwatch. One never knows...

The chief arbiter, Faik Gasanov. The rest day is approaching, football is likely, and Carlsen cannot be kept off the pitch.  

How much must one love chess to look at openings with such a face, even in one's seventh decade? You know, of course, that this is Alexander Belyavsky. In Shamkir, he is seconding Vachier-Lagrave. 

Among the spectators, Sopiko Guramishvili and her future chess father-in-law, Vladimir Tukmakov.

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You expect me to be open, so I will be honest to the end. 

There was not a single person in the Press Room who doubted the result of the game Kramnik - Anand. The Twitter reaction during the game "Wow! A sharp position with sacrifices" did not fool anyone. No matter how sharp the position, experienced heads just smiled in expectation of the inevitable outcome. 

At the press conference, Kramnik told what he remembered, what he feared and where he looked for winning chances. As usual, Anand was silent.  

Both were philosophical about chess. More about that on our site later.


They remained in the minus zone.

The only winner of the round came to the press center when Carlsen was commenting on his draw vs Adams. As the champion was by the microphone, Anna Burtasova found a moment to exchange phone numbers with the young GM. It looks like Burtasova's resoursefulness didn't please... the woman who always accompanies So. To be honest, I haven't learnt yet how to call her. Her name is Lotis Key, but the only person to clarify what she is for Wesley is Wesley himself. I'm going to inform you as soon as I find out.

Magnus failed to beat Adams, but he calls his performance more than satisfactory, as three of his four games were played with Black.

This guy, on the contrary, got three Whites out of four games and managed to take maximum advantage of it. Could anyone believe in this before the start? Perhaps yes, but, given the recent shake in Saint-Louis followed by many hours of shaking in the overseas flight, I couldn't. How can he remain so focused? Where does this urge to win come from? Why is he so calm? I suspect the KEY is his protectress...

"Upset by the loss" - that's the mildest way of describing Rauf Mamedov's state.

The ease So's words were coming during the interview corresponded to the game's outcome and the standing.


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    I have to admit once again that the idea of organizing various side events has been excellent. In the Sochi Media Center, one could never be bored.