January 28, 2011 22:25

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Blokarting on the Tata rest dayHow does a chess player spend his rest day? In Wijk aan Zee there's not too much to do, and so most of the Tata participants indeed didn't do much but relax on Thursday. Some dare devils, however, accepted an invitation to a blokarting event on the beach nearby - and had great fun. A photo report.

You might remember Dutch WIM Arlette van Weersel, who won the Women's Invitational tournament during the London Chess Classic last month. Arlette happens to work for event company Summit Sports in Wijk aan Zee, not connected to the chess tournament. One and one is two, she thought a while back, and during the last rest day she organized a blokarting event for all participants in the A, B and C groups.

Blokarting is a form of land sailing, and usually takes place on the beach. A blokart is a wind-powered, one-person vehicle with three wheels and a sail. You steer with one hand, and handle the sail with a rope in the other. The trick is to pull the rope tight for making speed, and loosen it when you need to go slower.

Unfortunately not many chess players showed up. Among the dare devils present were GMs Anish Giri, Mark Bluvshtein and Sebastian Siebrecht and IMs Robin van Kampen, Roeland Pruijssers, and Tania Sachdev. They can assure you blokarting is great fun, so maybe Arlette should simply repeat the event next year, and use them as ambassadors...

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Let the fun begin...

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

GM Mark Bluvshtein from Canada taking a seat...

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

...and Tania Sachdev trying as well

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Isn't that a wonderful sight?

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

IM Roeland Pruijssers having a go, with the smoke of the Tata steel ovens behind him

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

The venue: Wijk aan Zee beach

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Action alert - someone tipped over!

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

But with a bit of help you just continue

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Sometimes the wind wouldn't cooperate...

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

and then you get stuck, like Anish Giri here

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Sachdev: "Oh my god, I'm not moving!!"

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Four strong GMs watching: Ian Nepomniachtchi, his second Vladimir Potkin, Jan Smeets and his second Jan Gustafsson

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

A Russian TV crew joined the fun...

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

...and Alina and Erwin l'Ami said hello too

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Organizer Arlette van Weersel helping Tania Sachdev to make more speed

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Pruijssers was improving fast

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Back to preparation mode for Ian and Vladimir

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Vladimir Chuchelov and Tania Sachdev interviewed

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

The best chess player in the kart was Sebastian Siebrecht, but he paid the price: getting quite wet and dirty

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Anish Giri needed a shower too, but had a good time

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

Two more scenery pics to finish with...

Blokarting on the Tata rest day

...surely more players will come next year, won't they?

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Author: Peter Doggers
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CAL|Daniel's picture

wonderful! How could the players pass up such an opportunity!

Sergio's picture

This is nice to see how some chessplayers spent their restday. Peter was it last year that some reporters played the chessplayers in a football match on the restday? Or am i confused with a differend tournament?

Where reporters also asked to take part? Must be a great experience to ride (or sail) one of those things.

Macauley's picture

You're probably thinking of a previous Wijk aan Zee or Linares, yes. E.g.:
https://webcast.chessclub.com/blog/2009/01/29/rest-day-football/

Septimus's picture

Looks beautiful! Lucky b@stards.

Brian Wall's picture

fun report but I wanted Nepomniatchi to get wet!

Septimus's picture

A bit off topic:

Can any of you Dutch folks hook me up with a Dennis Bergkamp jersey? I will be eternally grateful. :)

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