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Olympiad 2014: Penultimate night

Olympiad 2014: Penultimate night

smurfo
Aug 13, 2014, 12:25 PM 7

(Note: First published with better quality - and unstretched! - photos here.)


A lot's happened, and I've been neglecting my updates. I guess that just means plenty of post-Tromsoø updates. For now, here are the cliff notes:

  • Australia is having an awesome Olympiad. Unfortunately, in tomorrow's final round we have a very tough pairing: Germany. On the other hand, an upset win would I believe give us the best ever performance by an Australian Olympiad team.
  • After an awesome start, I've been struggling in the second half of the tournament, and go into tomorrow's game after two losses in a row.
  • Kasparov lost the FIDE election, but threw a really swell party. I wrote a little parody song for the event, but my performers (Liz Pähtz and Nigel Short) chickened out at the last moment. So I'm publishing the lyrics below.

That's it. Big game tomorrow; I'm playing super-GM Arkadij Naiditsch. I've been waiting 18 years (not really) to get revenge for when he beat me in the under-12s in 1996. More importantly, I don't want to experience queenside castling again (e.g. here and here). But even more significantly than my own performance: Who's gonna win gold? Could China really win gold in both the men's and women's Olympiads? Stay tuned.

Silent Chess

Silent night, Holy night

Midnight light, Far too bright

Every two years, O-lim-pi-ad,

So much fun if you, don’t play too bad

The joy just seems to inc-reease,

O-ops, I’ve blundered a piece.

 

Fi-irst rest night, Ber-mu-da night,

Not the same, without a fight

Have a drink, and a laugh, and a dance

Watch those looking for chessy romance

Don’t do something you’ll re-gret

With a GM you’ve just met.

 

Silent chess, Holy chess

Th’ best two weeks, I must confess

Meeting people from around the globe

Even fun for a FIDE-o-phobe

So, to you I say che-ers,

See you in two-o more years.

The team heading to the round
The team heading to the round
Coffee with our team mascot, Sheila the koala
Coffee with our team mascot, Sheila the koala
Kasparov speaking at his party
Kasparov speaking at his party
Australian arbiter Gary Bekker won a sweet lucky-draw prize at the Kasparov party
Australian arbiter Gary Bekker won a sweet lucky-draw prize at the Kasparov party
Paul Spiller (from NZ) in front of one of the larger pro-Kasparov posters in Tromsø
Paul Spiller (from NZ) in front of one of the larger pro-Kasparov posters in Tromsø
The team before the match with Portugal (note Sheila in the captain's chair)
The team before the match with Portugal (note Sheila in the captain's chair)

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