1. Jan Smeets won very fast, surprising his opponent, Alexei Shirov, right from the very beginning. The opening preparation went very well and Jan is now the happy owner of a full point!
2. Carlsen - Aronian was a quick draw, many players seeing this result as a wise decision to keep your energy on a high level for the rest of the tournament.
As mentioned in my previous article, there has been a big image change with the tournament, the sea blue colour having a calming effect for the players and the audience...I guess:)
Pictures from the playing hall:
|B-Group and the audience|
|Ian seems to be relaxed having|
White against Kramnik.
|Are they playing on the seaside?!:)|
|View of the A-Group|
|Aruna is not here this time, which is a bit unusual,|
but she is surely supporting her husband.
|Ruslan Ponomariov: focusing on his game|
|Things went wrong today for Alexei...|
|B-Group: Luke McShane against Wouter Spoelman.|
|Reporters all over the place, trying to deliver you|
the best images!
|Levon was Black against Magnus and he is probably|
happy with a draw. His usual second: Gabriel Sargissian,
is playing in the B-Group.
|A tipical posture for a Top GM: usually this is either|
a sign that they are trying to remember their lines,
either a way to visualize better, because the squares are in the way,
instead of helping:)
|The press-room: here we are sitting, commenting|
and drinking a LOT of coffee:))
|Still the press-room, from a different angle:|
looking at the games on the tv-screens.