On the road again!
After five nights in my own bed, I’ll be heading out for new adventures tomorrow morning! When I say tomorrow morning I do of course mean 5 am, which is not something chess players are too fond of – but hey! That’s the way it goes. I’ll be playing some rounds in the tough ECC team’s tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for my Norwegian club OSS. The first board in such a strong tournament is usually a tough and exciting task, and I hope it will prove itself to be optimal preparation for the Cap d’Agde tournament. The Trophée CCAS in Cap d’Agde is a bi-annual rapid tournament and one of the most prestigious of its kind! We’ll be playing in two groups, with the top 4 qualifying for a quarter final. My group consists of:
Ivanchuk (no introduction needed really!)
Le Quang (the new Vietnameese superstar)
Feller (French ‘youngster’, currently boosting a 2650-rating!)
Pelletier (Very experienced (at the age of 34!) Swiss national)
T. Kosintseva (Board 1 on the sublime women’s Russia 1 team at the Olympiad)
Lahno (Recently won the Women’s Blitz World Championship)
Zhu Chen (Former Women’s World Champion)
It’s not supposed to be easy, and all my competitors are strong GMs – but nevertheless I hope to make it to the quarter final!
Your motivation for chess increases with a good result, so I’ve spent this past week looking at stuff, while having a break in the middle (Wednesday) to have some fun doing commentary on Chess.fm! My presentation of Game of the Day is available for everyone at ChessFM. Below are some additional pictures from Iceland.
Getting ready for four games in one weekend!
Concentrating in Reykjavik next to legend M. Gurevich! I made a good win with the black pieces!