From Ilyich to Borisovich

Время публикации: 23.04.2012 16:46 | Последнее обновление: 23.04.2012 19:56

On 22 April the whole world is celebrating the birth of a great son of the great Mother Russia. Your correspondent, certainly, couldn't ignore the occasion.


Here is the house where Vladimir Lenin lived before he did something that caused the whole world, in the spring, to mark the birth of the great son of the great country.


And now this place is something like a museum, if I understood correctly.


Was it this chess set that Ilyich played with?!


The house is situated in the affluent part of Zurich. Ilyich set his sights high.

Victor Shenderovich (a popular Russian satirist) likes to quote, "I would dance just as well if you pay me a million dollars". This phrase was once said by a Soviet actress after seeing Michael Jackson dancing on TV.

Looking at Lenin's house and the surroundings, the following simple thought comes to mind, "give me a flat in a place like this and I would bang out just as many volumes of writings!"

Look at the views around the house:

There is no doubt that if Kramnik and Aronian played here a century ago then the leader of the world's proletariat would have visited their match. Let's check out the route that Lenin would have taken on the way to the second round.


Walk out of the house, turn left and walk down to the riverside of the Limmat river.

The weather in Zurich is fickle during Lenin's birthday. The rain comes suddenly several times in the day...

...And several minutes later the sun comes out.

Cross the river.

Quite possibly, nowhere before have I seen so many national flags hanging around as in this city.

We are getting close.

We have arrived. The Hotel Savoy is what we need.


Same as a century ago, it's easily possible to hear the Russian language in Zurich. Even the woman, who takes coats, turned out to be Russian. However, she works in a completely European way: polite and courteous with guests, and always smiles; the words "thank you", "please" and "have a nice day" are heard by everyone attending the match.


The most absorbed and committed spectators are in the front row.


Oleg Skvortsov enjoyed the second game of the match no less than the first one. This shows that his chess understanding is not primitive at all. Not everyone would find the Berlin endgame, which never deviated from equality, interesting. 


And even the post-game analysis lasted no less than the day before, while the number of spectators actually increased.


"You know what, I'd tell you something clever, only don't get offended..."


  


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