This week’s roundup
of chess tweets is dominated by the goings-on at the London Chess Classic. The main
tournament switched from classical to rapid chess this year. Some complained
that meant the event was a shadow of its former glory, but on the other hand... the players had
more time to spend on Twitter, so what’s not to like!
English grandmaster Nigel Short got off to a good start in life when he got to play such chess legends as Viktor Korchnoi and David Bronstein early on:
His start to the London Classic was less auspicious as he lost in the Pro-Am pre-tournament event:
Things didn’t always go better in the main event... Here
Short didn’t actually resign but instead allowed his young opponent Fabiano Caruana to mate
him with 26.Be2 Qb3#!
video star (and 7-time Russian Champion, to name just one of his lesser
achievements…) Peter Svidler got off to a better start, after pointing out a
mistake on a cricket website:
A “congratulatory virtual high five” was far more than
Svidler’s beloved England cricket team managed in Australia…
There was some inspirational chess advice on offer, though it was hard to beat the following exchange between commentator Lawrence Trent and English GM Michael Adams:
important always to look on the bright side. Scottish GM Jonathan Rowson has
been neglecting chess for less pressing issues like saving
the planet, but was a surprise late organiser invitee for the London Classic.
He acquitted himself well, even if his results were a little erratic:
It’s ok to
lose the discussion with your opponent after a game:
Norway’s second most famous GM went on to win the accompanying FIDE Open tournament.
Viswanathan Anand recently lost his chess crown to Magnus Carlsen, but the London Classic was an early chance for him to put that setback behind him. It also started on a special day:
Off the board
Anand wasn’t too keen on celebrating:
But on the
board he reminded everyone what made him World Champion (see also his chess24
series on his own games!):
No-one at the top of chess “gets” Twitter quite like American star Hikaru Nakamura. His response to beating Vladimir Kramnik from a position where it seemed the best he could hope for was to grovel his way to a draw was something we’d like to see more of:
Needless to say he went on to
win the tournament!
Other events getting under way included the SportAccord Mind Games event in China, though it seems unlikely that will provide a wealth of Twitter material:
for the World Youth Chess Championship in Al Ain, United Arab
Emirates, led to the week's least politically correct chess Twitter exchange. First the local chess club posted a photo:
the response was less than serious (the Twitter name gives us hope!):
the best female chess player of all time, was also in action in London. She
didn’t advance past the group stages, but she was definitely the most photogenic of
the players. First with a famous football (soccer) player:
Then with a young potential reader of her book:
But there's only one way we can end this roundup of the week's tweets!
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