Features Oct 9, 2013 | 11:58 AMby Colin McGourty

Tweets of the Week: 30 September - 6 October

Our first look at the chess Twittersphere features everyone's favourite chess villain, Najdorf's mobile phone sacrifice back in the 1950s and some non-chess reflections on Peter Svidler's performance at the Russian Championship Superfinal.


1. Machine vs. Clown

If alleged cheater Borislav Ivanov really is going to quit chess after refusing to remove his shoes for inspection before a game against Max Dlugy then at least he went out in style...


2. Not everyone was happy with their chess

Anish Giri didn't set the Paris Grand Prix on fire:

Nigel and Lawrence also weren't over the moon.

But Lawrence found a celebrity friend to soften the blow!


3. Vishy Anand was hiding in plain sight

The Norwegian tabloid press has been enjoying itself in the run-up to November's World Championship match:

But Anand was nevertheless spotted - who says photographers can be intrusive!?


4. Misunderstood

We know what legendary chess journalist Mark Crowther meant, but the idea of Miguel Najdorf using the "mobile phone sac" in the 1950s is too good to pass over:

Elsewhere the Association of Chess Professionals' Yuri Garrett took Chess-News' Evgeny Surov to task for a minor mistake:

Shouldn't that be "understand English properly"? The misunderstanding was a classic, though! Garrett was talking about cheating in chess during the Paris Grand Prix broadcast. Surov quoted him as saying (the Russian version hasn't yet been changed): 

If you say "alcohol is bad" and totally ban alcoholic drinks then in five days we'll all die.

Sadly it seems Garrett just talked about banning all drinks, alcoholic or not...


5. The inimitable Peter Svidler

The Russian grandmaster speaks better English than many native speakers, so you can imagine the confusion of chess fans watching video of his press conferences at the Russian Championship...

And then Hikaru Nakamura displayed a worrying familiarity with one of Peter's passions - cricket (@polborta is Svidler):

Sadly Svidler's opponent Vladimir Kramnik is more of a boxing fan. They drew, but only after Kramnik pressed for hours with a tiny edge...  

That's all for this week!



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