Wijk aan Zee is back, with its hard winds and unpleasant weather. Nevertheless, who cares?! We didn't come here to go on the beach, but to play our great game. Indoors! Not everybody agrees though, as you can see at the end of today's post...
|The tournament director, Jeroen van den Berg,|
is about to announce the start of the round.
|Silvio Danailov did the honors today|
|Getting ready for the game|
|Typical posture for a GM:|
an absent minded look, to save the energy for the game.
|Magnus with his traditional orange juice.|
|Jeroen van den Berg and Silvio Danailov|
|Matching the TataSteel colors!|
|Pia Sprong drawing her masterpieces!|
Can't wait to see the final results!
|Almost the...Dutch flag:)|
|Sergey Tiviakov and his mother in the tribune|
|Sahaj Grover vs Elina Danielian|
|Anish Giri vs Gata Kamsky|
|The opening is one of the most challenging part|
for the Grandmasters.
|Daniele with a new cap:)|
|Axel Rombaldoni playing in the 9 round event.|
The winner qualifies for the C group next year.
|Pia is playing as well|
|Matthew Sadler vs Etienne Goudriaan|
|Kateryna Lahno vs Dronavalli Harika|
|Jan Timman won the daily beauty prize for his|
yesterday's game against Ernst Sipke.
|Hans Tikkanen vs Maxim Turov|
|The first press conference with Jan Timman,|
after his win against Ernst Sipke.
|This is the hotel where we are staying, not far from the beach.|
Unfortunately, after Italy, another accident happened:
|A cargo ship has run aground on the Dutch coast|
(100m from our hotel!) after its anchor slipped in the overnight storm.
And of course...human nature is, for some reasons,
always attracted by catastrophes...lots of people walking around.