A Place Players Can Confess Sins (or Talk About Blunders)
Borrowing a page from reality TV shows, the World Rapid and Blitz Championships have a “confession booth” for players. Some of the players have used it.
People who are not grandmasters — which is all but about 1,500 people in the world — often wonder what goes through the mind of those players. Well, this might be a chance to find out, at least a little bit.
The World Rapid and Blitz Championships has put up a “confession booth” in the playing hall where players can speak into the camera and say what is on their minds.
Confession booths are a staple of reality TV — a chance for some of the participants, whose lives are already under a microscrope, to talk directly to viewers and tell them what they think about other people on the shows or what is going through their minds.
So far, the confession booth at the chess championships has been used by eight players: Anton Korobov of Ukraine, Eric Hansen of Canada, Salem A.R. Saleh of United Arab Emirates, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, David Navara of the Czech Republic, Baskaran Adhiban of India, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran, and Mikhail Antipov of Russia.
Using a confession booth might seem like the simplest thing in the world — sit down, look into the camera, say what is on your mind (or, as they say in America, spill your guts) — but some people seem to have more of a knack for it than others. The most successful confessionals are ones in which the person treats it a bit like the confessional booths in Catholic churches and reveals some “secret.”
Now that the blitz championship has begun, players from that competition have begun using the booth:
Ilja Schneider, after Round 1
Ilja Schneider in confession booth after blitz round 1
Eric Hansen (who used the booth twice during the rapid championship)
The following are confessions from during the rapid championship:
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
After 9 days of intense chess battles at the last leg of the World Chess Grand Prix series 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, the two winners of the series were finally determined: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, overall 340 points in the series) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 336,4 points). They qualified for the Candidates Tournament – the next part of the World Chess Championship cycle, which leads up to the Championship match.
The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
In the Third Round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca games between the four leaders, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian and Rajabov-Giri, finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players