January 14, 2012

Tata Steel Chess 2012 - First round

First round pictures! Many interesting and decisive games from the very beginning - time is flying here...

I'll come back soon with a few more details on the photos you can enjoy right now.

Jan Timman vs Vladimir Potkin

The media is doing its job.
Magnus Carlsen vs Vugar Gashimov

Erwin l'Ami vs Sergey Tiviakov

Sergey Karjakin

Viktorija Cmilyte vs Illya Nyzhnyk

Dronavalli Harika vs Daniele Vocaturo

Kateryna Lahno vs Ernst Sipke

The screens and the pillars have veen replaced
for a better and clearer view. The public is happy!

The C group

Daniele Vocaturo with his traditional cap:)

Viktorija Cmilyte

Dronavalli Harika

Sergey Karjakin

Beautiful win for Magnus in the first round!
Jan Timman

Loek van Wely

The players' entrance. This small hallway
witnessed a lot of emotions over the years.

The press room

Second press room, where I'm usually spending my time.

Daniele's supporters

Johan Sigeman

Radjabov's team, wife and father, is following the game,
together with Anish's coach: Vladimir Chuchelov.

The corridor on which many GM's have stepped
on their way to the chess board.

Lorena Zepeda, Loek's girlfriend, is playing in the
three round event.

Levon Aronian, following the C group games

Elisabeth Paehtz vs Hans Tikkanen

Tania Sachdev vs Sahaj Grover

Always a challenge to see something, with so many
chess fans around:)

Kateryna Lahno

Up, down - everywhere chess boards and chess players!

Analyzing Anish's game in the press room:
Vladimir Chuchelov, Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam (editor of New in Chess magazine) and Ivan Sokolov

Commenting the games for the audience: Ivan Sokolov.

That's right: there is a tournament newspaper!

The famous tent where almost everything happens:
opening and closing ceremonies, meetings, commentaries etc.


  1. Pozele sunt foarte frumoase, multumesc. Am observat ca Erwin a castigat - bravo lui, sa aiba un turneu plin de succese!

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