Moscow’s Tal Memorial honours Mikhail Tal, the “Magician from Riga”, who blazed a path to win the World Championship half a century ago this year. Recalling those days, and how chess has changed since, has been a theme of Ilya Odessky’s tournament reports.
Russian Captain Evgeny Bareev comments on the first team failing to beat Ukraine and move into the lead at the World Chess Olympiad. The only (but perhaps sufficient) success story continues to be Sergey Karjakin, who revealed how a little female assistance gave him an easy victory against Pavel Eljanov.
Russian first team captain Evgeny Bareev, not a man to mince his words, gave a refreshingly blunt assessment of the first day’s play at the Olympiad. The Russian press also included some excellent photo reports, with Vladimir Barsky’s description of his “chess flight” particularly memorable.
Fresh from his victory in Dortmund, ex-FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov gave an interview to GM Dmitry Komarov of the Ukrainian Fakty, where he talks about chess and music, the upcoming Olympiad, some of the secrets of his recent success, and a valuable preparation tip from Veselin Topalov.
Though the game in the penultimate round of the Dortmund tournament fizzled out in the end, it was memorable for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s rousing attack on Ruslan Ponomariov’s king, launched as early as the fifth move (!). Grandmaster Sergey Shipov provided commentary for the Russian Crestbook website.
GM Sergey Shipov is providing live commentary at Crestbook on the games from this year’s Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund. In the second round Ruslan Ponomariov had the white pieces against Vladimir Kramnik.