Choosing Dancer to Get Number

Время публикации: 10.01.2015 09:17 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 16:30

(Translated from Russian by Andrey Deviatkin)

Do you remember a tournament where the first one to draw lots is the lowest-rated participant, while the favorite comes the last? As for me, I don't. In Wijk aan Zee, however, that was exactly how the drawing went, yesterday and the day before yesterday alike. At first, the players with smaller ratings would come to the stage, while the favorite would have already nothing to choose, simply getting the remaining number. 

The ceremony was delayed.

The first one to make a speech was Anish Giri whose mission was to award the best players of the Dutch school championship.

The main part of the ceremony was traditionally conducted by Hans Bohm. As usual, he's got amusing descriptions for each participant: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is an excellent table football player, Anish Giri and Sopiko Guramishvili make up the highest-rated couple, Loek Van Wely has been detained by the U.S. police, etc. When it came to Carlsen, Bohm simply started to list his world championship titles in different kinds of chess. 'So, he must be the true champion', Bohm summed up, making everyone smile, even Carlsen himself.

However, I'm going too fast, as Magnus, as I've already said, was the last one to come to the stage.

The drawing of lots began with the dancers' performance.

A group of dancers, consisting of seven young ladies as well as the same number of young men, didn't leave after the performance. After it, the chess players were called to the stage one by one, where they've been offered to choose one of the dancers - for nothing but determining a starting number.

Baadur Jobava is used to getting such looks from girls.

Teimour Radjabov's choice also seems to be fine.

The champion and the women's champion assisted in opening the festival.

This is the very interview in which the fabulous 'worst possible start' could be heard.

What's Baadur so happy about? 'Lately, I've faced Vachier-Lagrave with Black only', he explained. 'So, I was expecting the only thing from the drawing of lots: to get White vs the Frenchman. I don't care about anything else'.


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