Players ready to start play
Quang Le generates strong threats against the king from a fairly innocuous position to bring home the point on board 1
Huynh Nguyen manages to unleash the potential of the Hedgehog in a nice tactical display
Also today with Australia's open team doing so well, they were playing on board 16, directly next to me, so I had a birds-eye view of their clash with Uzbekistan. Although they ended up losing the match 3-1 (Moulthun & Max both drew, while David & Junta lost), they definitely had their chances & at different points may have been better on all three lower boards.
Did you know ... Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk does things a little differently ... well if there was any doubt, he confirmed these suspicions during yesterday's match with Kazakhstan. Not once, but twice during the match he decided that he needed to wash his hands in the middle of the playing hall, so grabbed a bottle of water from his table, splashed water over his hands & proceeded to wash them in the playing hall in between the match tables. To make matters worse, he was rather liberal with his use of water, so there was a small puddle on the floor immediately after 'Chucky' had finished his cleaning routine! I was the arbiter for the adjacent match & when I saw this, simply looked at the arbiter for the match & we both shook our heads ... things definitely are done differently on Planet Ivanchuk!
I also discovered that in spite of the measures for keeping spectators away from games, there are still times when crowds gather around exciting games ...