Now and Forever

Время публикации: 07.10.2015 01:23 | Последнее обновление: 07.10.2015 05:47

Film directors sometimes play a trick on the audience: you seem to be watching the ending of the movie with credit titles appearing, those that only a few read. So, those who will watch them till the end will be rewarded: the continuation of the movie and the real upshot awaits them! The upshot that actually explains the whole film.

What's the connection? My hasty conclusion that the World Cup could be divided into three stages certainly needs correction. The tournament was marked with the fourth, the most dramatic series of events - it started in the third classical game when Svidler lost his nerves. This was the start point of something that made the tournament in Baku not just another event to remember time after time, but an outstanding competition. It was a grand final, which, according to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, will be impossible to replicate in the nearest hundred years (although I would disagree with him since I don't think the chances to repeat something similar are miserable. It seems like classical chess will extinct soon, whilst in rapid - literally anything is possible).

Those who were following the events won't forget it, but those having seen it live will NEVER forget it. It is that rare occasion when history will remember not only the winner's name but also the person who finished second. Can you recall, and especially without googling, whom Kamsky defeated in 2007 final? Or who was Gelfand's victim in 2009? And in this case, once Karjakin and the World Cup 2015 will be recalled some dozen years later, it will mean that very final with Svidler. They are inseparable now, our heroes - Karjakin and Svidler.

Sergey's feat is worth of a special mention and comprehension, which we will provide later. Now see through the eyes of your correspondent how the events unfolded.

There was a suggestion from an unnamed source: Karjakin is soon to become a father, so if he has a boy, he might call him Peter. I would suggest to go even further and give him the patronymic Veniaminovich. Aren't they inseparable, our heroes?

And if he has a girl, there's another suggestion to call her a very chess name - Petra. No need in the patronymic. 


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