Features Dec 19, 2013 | 2:20 PMby Colin McGourty

Tweets of the week: 9-15 December

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!

1. Starting off on the right foot

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#!

chess24 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


2. Chess tips

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:

It’s 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.


3. The tiger returns

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!):


4. The incredible Nakamura

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!


5. And finally…

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:

Preparations 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:

We’re hoping the response was less than serious (the Twitter name gives us hope!):

Judit Polgar, 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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