Friday, 8 August 2014

The Olympiad Trip - Day 12

Today I was back at table 14 for the Germany v Belgium clash, which once again looked like a mismatch on paper, with the Germans outrating their opponents on all board & having 4 GMs playing against 2 GMs, 1 IM & 1 FM. However, as seems to be the case with matches I have been supervising, things didn't go to plan, with Germany eventually only just winning 2.5-1.5 thanks to a nice win on board 4 by Doeberl Cup winner Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, while the other three games were all draws, even though Germany looked to have the advantage in at least two of those games.

 The matchups for today's clash between Germany & Belgium
Boards ready for the arrival of players
Players ready to begin
Game of the Round for this round was Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu's win on board 4

Did you know ... Armenian board 1 (and boyfriend of Australia's Arianne Caoili) Levon Aronian brings his own tea & plunger to games, similar to the ones in the photo below

He also managed to finish his game today with GM Michael Adams from England with, would you believe it, 1 hour 39 minutes on his clock (they agreed to a draw on move 31). That means he GAINED 9 minutes during the game (pretty impressive with a 30 second increment when playing one of the world's top GMs)!
Today I also saw Lennart Ootes, who played in last year's Australasian Masters, who is in Tromso working for New In Chess at their stand in the Expo area. People who visited the stand received a free copy of a back issue of New In Chess, as well as the possibility of subscribing to the magazine at a significantly discounted rate. Yes, I am now a subscriber, so will have a fantastic publication mailed to me every 6 weeks or so!

My free issue of New In Chess, from earlier in 2014

Also in the Expo area, at the Kasparov booth, is Chess Victoria President Leonid Sandler, talking with Ignatius Leong
There are also TV screens in the Expo area showing the Chess24 internet coverage - here with some fairly impressive shots from the cameras mounted at each of the top boards

I also managed to capture an important moment in the Australian Open team's match with Botswana - Anton Smirnov winning the final game of the match to secure a 3.5-0.5 win for the Aussies!

To clarify my description of the playing hall from the other day, I found a sign which shows the layout of the playing arena, as well as the various sectors (I'm in Sector 5)

I have also had plenty of people ask about the daily bus trip from Malangen Brygger (where most of the arbiters are staying) to the venue each day ... here is the Google Map view of the journey, along with its estimated travel time of 1 hour & 23 minutes!
To finish off the post, an update on the Aussies - both teams won today, but both face tough competition in round 7, with the Open team facing Mexico (who have 3 GMs in their squad), while the Women face England (who have an IM & 2 WIMs in their squad). Best of luck to both teams! 

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