The Fianchetto Day

In every game of the 11th round White players developed their kingside bishops on g2. This strategy led to a first day without decisive games – all four matches ended peacefully.


Galia Kamalova gives her advice to Sergey Karjakin.


Junior players were allowed to visit the playing hall today. They chatted with each other very enthusiastically at first, but after the clocks were started, everyone became very quiet.






Such a diverse audience!


Jaime brought some water today.



Yesterday’s opponents Veselin Topalov and Levon Aronian arrived at the playing hall.


White cares about time more than Black.


Levon Aronian and Peter Svidler are happy to meet.


Just as Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.


Well, Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Topalov are also quite optimistic.


A previous duel between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Dmitry Andreikin ended in favor of the Azerbaijani grandmaster. Will Dmitry utilize his white pieces today?


For several years Chess TV provides a high-quality footage of the best chess tournaments with live commentary from top grandmasters of the world.


The director Tatiana Pushkareva controls all the cameras, picks the best picture and notices the most interesting moments during the relay. She regularly gives us a chance to enjoy the top level chess broadcast.


Her colleague Anna Burtasova is not only a broadcasting director, but also runs press-conferences brilliantly.


Victoria Cmilyte and Peter-Heine Nielsen are very enthusiastic about their job as English-speaking commentators.


In this room one can listen to the comments of Sergey Shipov and his guests.


And Galia does exactly that.


Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik received a lot of questions during their press-conference.

– It is known that such a tough tournament takes its toll on the players – their accumulate tiredness and tension and get problems with sleeping. How do you combat that? Do you sleep well?

Vladimir Kramnik:

– The timing of your question is very good, you know! I do have problems with sleeping during the tournament. Last night I set a new record and fell asleep only at 6 am! Perhaps this night I’ll sleep better.

Viswanathan Anand:

– Of course some nights are good and some are bad, but normally I sleep 9 hours or wake up after 7.5 hours. I get problems with sleeping after tournaments, when I’d go to bed at 2 am and wake up early. During tournaments I don’t have such problems normally”.

Vladimir Kramnik:

– Now I realize why I am two points behind! As for me, I either have bad nights or horrible nights – a really fine nuance. I don’t think I ever slept here for more than 8 hours, so 9 hours is just a dream. If I slept for 9 hours every day, I’d score 100%.  

– Vishy, it seems your convincing lead made some people to play an unusual game: what can be done to prevent Anand from winning the tournament? Here is a miracle scenario Emil Sutovsky suggested: Peter Svidler wins one game more than Vishy in the next couple of rounds, and then defeat his as Black in the last round. What do you think about it?

Viswanathan Anand:

– For me it looks like a horror movie plot. Since I sleep well and prefer fantasizing to bad dreams, I hope I’ll be able to disappoint grandmaster Sutovsky.



After the press-conference the leader was interviewed by a local TV. Among other things he said he doesn’t think about another match with Carlsen and focuses solely on the ongoing tournament.


Peter Svidler and Levon Aronian analyzed their game in detail.


Dmitry Andreikin and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov were also quite concentrated on their game.


Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Topalov are talking about their game.


Photos by Eteri Kublashvili, Anastasia Karlovich, and Kirill Merkuriev.


Фотографии Этери Кублашвили, Анастасии Карлович и Кирилла Меркурьева