Life After a Waterspout

Время публикации: 21.10.2013 19:23 | Последнее обновление: 21.10.2013 19:23

Rhodes two days before the start of the European Club Cups (PHОТО)

European Club Cups are held in Rhodes, Greece. Second round games are played today. Yet there are no surprises on the first boards, while the drawing brought together the favourites of the women's section already in round 2: French Monte Carlo faces Armenian Mika. Two other strong rivls are competing by side: Politechnika (Lagno, Cmilyte..)  - Ugra.

Most of the participants flew to Rhodes on October 19, but there also were those who took even more time for acclimatization. For instance, part of the SOCAR team checked in Rodos Palas several days earlier, much like women's team Ugra (this year it strengthened by Pogonina and Ushenina). 

Those who arrived earlier could observe an unusual "sightseeing". Pavel Lobach, the coach of Ugra, tells us how it was:

"Our team arrived at Rhodes on October 15. The Russian Superfinal finished on a previous day, so Pogonina and Kovanova needed some time to recover and adapt after a hard tournament. The weather was perfect up to two days, but I saw something incredible on October 17 after I woke up at 8 in the morning. There were several waterspouts in the sea, the water and the sky mixed, we saw thunder, black clouds, hurricane like wind... I have never seen such a rain before... the storm changed direction close to 10 o'clock and people started cleaning the area near the hotel." 

There was a cafe here.. Pipes made of steel are broken in two

The locals say it's an unusual thing here. Usually it's +30 at this time

Natalia Pogonina walks around the area. Photos by Pavel Lobach


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