Friday Coffee. March 14. How time flies! I am slowly recovering from the flu and in the meantime I am trying to catch up on some of the world chess events that took place while I was playing in Cappelle La Grande. Great results by Canadians Eric Hansen and Raja Panjwani in Reyjkavik! Meanwhile, the Candidates Tournament began yesterday. And I am still trying to digest the superb games from the European Championship in Armenia. Expect lots of stuff over the weekend…
Here is a cute vídeo about coffee that a friend sent me…enjoy!
Hansen and Panjwani shine in Reyjkavik!
Canadian Chess has always been blessed with talented youngsters but the generation just entering their 20’s might very well become the strongest. More interested in travelling abroad to develop their skills enroute to achieving the grandmaster title ( Lesiege and Charbonneau earned their GM-title staying almost exclusively in North America), today’s youngsters want to compete with the world’s best…and take a place amongst them!Both Raja and Eric had a great tournament in Iceland. Raja was the only IM amongst the top finishers (winning against GM Amin (2650 rated!) in the final round and finishing with an extra 8 elo points) while Eric almost won the tournament, gaining 16 rating points and pushing his elo over 2600 for the first time. Congrats to both gentlemen!
Hansen’s tournament record (above)
Panjwani’s tournament record (above)
MISCELANEOUS PHOTOS FROM REYJKAVIK
Photos courtesy of official tourament site: LINK
Six-time US Champion Walter Browne came prepared to the tournament!
Browne and Fiona Steil.Antoni at the closing ceremony. Browne rarely plays in tournaments these days, instead dedicating his enormous talents (and charms) to high-stakes games such as poker and backgammon, where he excells, being a 2800-player in both!
Elise Forsa and Erle Hansen, aka ‘The Blues Sisters’?!
Warming up for the traditional soccer game
Portuguese star Luis Galego
Raja playing his last round game against GM Amin. He won!
Eric against Helgi in the last round. With a pink tie, Eric did not deserve better than a draw! (Sorry, Eric!)