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
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!
Also in the Expo area, at the Kasparov booth, is Chess Victoria President Leonid Sandler, talking with Ignatius Leong
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!