After the well deserved rest and the traditional football match, it's time to get back on board and burn a few more neurons. To warm up, some players choose to enter in the 'chess zone' by solving Afek's daily challenge, with literally a couple of minutes before the game is supposed to start!
|Illya Nyzhnyk sharpening his eyesight with|
the daily challenger, number 5 this time,
followed closely by his mother.
|You can also try to solve it: Mate in two, white to play.|
And if you want to win a book prize,
send your solution before January 20th, 16.00 here!
|Ivanchuk is also taking a closer look!|
It seems that solving tactics right before the game
is a technique used by many players.
|13.30 - let the games begin!|
|Journalists are always sharking around Magnus and Anish.|
|Quite difficult to get a good photo shoot here|
|Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union,|
on a short business trip
|Erwin l'Ami talking with Jeroen van den Berg,|
the tournament director
|Wondering if the flashes of all these cameras disturb|
the chess players...in any case, it's allowed for only 5 minutes!
|Daniele with a new cap, matching the black&white|
squares on the board:)
|Tania and her unmistakable smile:)|
|Vladimir Potkin vs Daniele Vocaturo|