Sochi, Day 3. Freedom for Vishy?

Время публикации: 12.11.2014 11:13 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 17:24

(Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

Yesterday, while the battle was unfolding in game 3 between Carlsen and Anand, another World Champion Boris Spassky was meeting with the young participants of the Champions and Award Winners children's tournament in the Dvorkovich Drawing Room.

People are divided into two categories: those who feel comfortable on the a8-square and those who want to get out of it. As the saying goes, birds were created to fly, and men were created to be happy. Why can't one be happy on the a8-square? But...

'I was never one of those who feel comfortable in the corner. When I, at the age of 5, saw the chess board for the first time and learned how to move a rook, the first thing I did was removing the black a7-pawn off the board and releasing the a8-rook from its prison. Then I swept away all the white pieces by playing Ra8-a2-a1-h1-h2-a2..."

The arbiter of the children's tournament Yuri Lobanov is making the moves narrated by Spassky, the children assisting him. We hope that most of our readers will be able to recognize the position and the game...

The meeting has been an obvious success. Even if the children maybe couldn't understand some of Spassky's historical references, no one seemed bored in the end.   

The 10th World Champion has got his applause, while the incumbent World Champion was already experiencing big difficulties in the Pushkin hall.

Unlike Spassky, Anand has never stressed his desire for freedom and independence. The author can't remember him arguing with the FIDE officials ever. The great Indian player would always keep silence on the hot political matters, being fully concentrated on his chess. And maybe that's not as bad as some hotheads could think.

Nevertheless, I can't help drawing an analogy: yesterday, the Tiger has easily freed himself from the cage in which, it could seem, he had been locked 3 days ago!

Many renowned players were tweeting during the 3rd game; I'd like to mention the one by Nigel Short: 'I prefer to lose in different ways'.

Which by no means diminishes the success of Anand and his team. 

And the most important thing is that Vishy continues the match being already free. It makes big difference, doesn't it?

Photos by Mikhail Sholudko will complete the picture of the day for you.

Sopiko Guramishvili, the Queen of Sochi

'Anand won: an extra working day for us!', one of the cooks complained to his colleague at the end of the day.



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