Shamkir: Seven GMs Play Children at Chess School (PHOTO)

Время публикации: 22.04.2015 14:43 | Последнее обновление: 22.04.2015 15:02

On the free day, the players in the Shamkir tournament can only dream of a quiet day's recreation. At 12.00 local time, seven GMs gave a simultaneous display to local children at the chess school.

Those both giving and obtaining pleasure were Vishy Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Rauf Mamedov, Michael Adams, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So.  

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At this moment, a mini-football tournament is starting at the Olympic complex, the main star of which is Magnus Carlsen. 


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  • You won't believe it, but Anand has already caught Carlsen. I saw it with my own eyes, and was even involved in the event. 

    I did not manage to photograph the exact moment, because at the time, I was sitting in Anand's car. But take my word for it: Carlsen as always, walked to the tournament hall, whilst Anand quitely drove with his whole team and the security people. 

  • Our special correspondent in Stavanger Dmitry Ostanin sent us some photos from the tournament.

  • (Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

    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.