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Moscow calling

February 5, 2011

Aeroflot is not like every other chess tournament. One very special aspect of it is the blitz tournament on the last day. Blitz in Russia is no joke, and the opposition is going to be significant. If I understood Wesley (So) correctly, he finished 40th last year – and he’s a very decent player! The last time I played blitz, I got crushed pretty severely by Magnus. Oh well, it’s just a matter of trying your best and see how it goes. After all, it’s just blitz – just a bonus. The main goal is to regain my focus and show that I can do better than in Wijk. What better place to do that than a 2550+ only tournament?!

There are pro and cons to everything. The problem with Moscow is my very limited Russian vocabulary and the freezing cold. Just check this long term weather forecast! The windy shores of Wijk aan Zee is a walk in the park by comparison. Oh well, at least I start with 0/0 – anything could happen from there.

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Artur permalink
    February 5, 2011 17:19

    Good luck in Moscow. And watch out at night-time in Moscow… No horses, but bears😉

  2. RuralRob permalink
    February 5, 2011 18:55

    I am confused by that “2550+” lower limit on the tournament. If you look at the “List of Participants” on the official web site, under group A there are numerous players under 2550. So are they making exceptions to this 2550+ rule? Or is that list in error?

    • February 5, 2011 19:47

      I have no idea, you’ll have to ask the organizers. Anyhow, I expect to fight on the opposite half of the table than these 2400s🙂

  3. February 5, 2011 19:16

    GOOD LUCK!

    Some appropriate tunage (from the greatest band in existance, Sparks):

    Sure, it’s a bout flying. Men “Buckle up, daddy-o” går til alt.

    Make your country proud.
    ‘You never know, you never know, do you?’

  4. February 8, 2011 08:34

    Come on JL ! Make us proud !!

  5. Loser permalink
    February 8, 2011 19:11

    Lykke til, Jon Ludvig! Du vet at du kan spille sjakk, så da er det bare å glemme nær fortid og ta ett parti av gangen. Hold balansen mot de beste, og gi de svakere mulighet til å begå feil.

  6. Artur permalink
    February 11, 2011 17:58

    1/4…

    Good luck in next games.

  7. Hans-Henrik Brix permalink
    February 18, 2011 01:34

    Det varmet med to seirer på slutten. Lykke til videre, Jon Ludvig!

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