Will The Bus Be At Eleven Fifteen?

Время публикации: 14.01.2015 04:52 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 16:36

(Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

The flowers. Flowers for whom?

For the man who defeated Carlsen!

In fact, it was Radoslaw Wojtaszek's 28th birthday. Traditionally, such dates don't go unnoticed by organizers of the Wijk aan Zee festival.

After the brilliant win over Van Wely, Ivanchuk wondered if the next day was free or not. Then he learned that there wouldn't be a rest day yet and asked who his next opponent is, then. Having seen 'Ivanchuk - Vachier-Lagrave' in the pairings, he was surprised: 'Am I White again?'

Before the start of the game, Carlsen was already in his shirtsleeves. It worked.

Anne Haast who beat Jan Timman in round 3


For the first time during the tournament, the weather was sunny!

As usual, incredible things were happening in Baadur's game: participants of both tournaments would come and watch the white king in front of his army.

A cafeteria in the venue. If seems the prices haven't changed since the last year's festival - if you don't recount them in Russian rubles, of course.

Magnus won. He is being awaited by TV people...

...his father, his seconds, and many others.

Van Wely is being interviewed by the opponent's team after his loss.

The Caruana - So game ended in a way which is already somewhat unusual: it was drawn by an offer in a playable position. The game is over, now it's time to check 'what if...?' with an engine.

The official live commentator, Yasser Seirawan, is sometimes visited by the participants. This time he has been joined by Ivan Saric. When the relay technical director Macauley Peterson told me that the Croatian GM's voice is similar to Karpov's one, I could hardly believe that at first. But when I decided to turn on the relay to check it out I nearly fell off my chair: indeed it was! So, if you are missing Anatoly Karpov's presence in chess events you can just wait for the next commentary by Saric, close your eyes and imagine that it's Karpov not Saric who is playing in Wijk.

As to resemblance of their chess styles, this is for the experts to judge.

Vassily Ivanchuk, the hero of the day and of the whole tournament so far.

'When you're in good form, you are capable of really great chess. This is fantastic!' - after the analysis, Seirawan tried to keep the conversation alive but got the answer:
'I want just to ask: after tomorrow, the bus will be at eleven fifteen, right?'


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