by GM Jonathan Tisdall
The assorted grab bag of gifts has become an Ilyumzhinov tradition over the years. The experienced US captain assessed the contest as fairly balanced, with likely a higher investment from the Kasparov camp.
As Donaldson pointed out, by varied selection of the
Kasparov book a team could acquire the entire set of volumes via goody bag,
making this quite an attractive gift. On the other hand, the Ilyumzhinov bag
included an assortment of useful items, and the memory stick is a practical nod
to changing times.
Even non-players found it hard to avoid receiving small gifts when they entered the Expo area:
Today the more serious task of voting for the FIDE
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