Explosive First Round in Moscow!
Bomb Threat Cancels Play
Bomb threats are taken serious in Moscow. Someone telephoned in a bomb threat to dozens of hotels, including the Cosmos Hotel where the tournament just began some 40 minutes before. Some cinemas, shopping centres, theatres and railway stations were also evacuated.
Apparently some 300 telephone bomb threats were made in Moscow in the past week alone!
After about 3 hours people were allowed back into the Cosmos Hotel. Play for round 1 will be replayed tomorrow. It is not yet clear how the organizers intend to play a full 9 rounds in just 8 days, but having a double round on one of the final days is a good likelyhood.