January 15, 2011

Tata Steel Chess - First round

We were all waiting for this moment: the first round has started! While many games are still in progress, two games have already been decided in the A-Group:
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
against Anand.

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.


  1. wow!! the tournament area look so fresh.. it seems it is held in the beach,, good luck to the games of Erwin ,, GOD BLESS YOU COUPLE,, take care.

  2. please keep posting the latest updates,, thanks god bless

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