Reports | August 18, 2007 20:27

[lang_nl]Anand weer op z'n gemak[/lang_nl][lang_en]Anand back in comfort zone[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Velen zijn lichtelijk opgelucht dat dat rare shufflegedoe nu over is en dat men eindelijk begint met normaal schaak in Mainz. Het grote publiek kan het vanaf vandaag proberen tegen vele grootmeesters; de vier toppers begonnen gisteravond al. De beste rapidspeler ter wereld, Viswanathan Anand, voelde zich duidelijk meer op z'n gemak en begon met een soepele 2,5 uit 3. Aronian en Bacrot hebben 1,5 en Kasimdzhanov slechts een halfje, maar dat weerhield hem er niet van om na de partijen grappenmakend op de persconferentie te verschijnen, die we integraal op video hebben![/lang_nl][lang_en]Many are slightly relieved now that that funny shuffle chessy thing is finally over and people started playing normal stuff in Mainz. As from today chess players like you and me can try their luck against many grandmasters; the four top players already started last night. The best rapid player in the world, Viswanathan Anand, is clearly back in his comfort zone and scored 2,5 out of 3. Aronian and Bacrot have 1,5 while Kasimdzhanov only 0,5, but nonetheless after the games he was making jokes during the press conference, which we have for you fully on video![/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Eerst de partijen zelf, in onze oude vertrouwde viewer:

En hier is de vrij vrolijke persconferentie na afloop:

[/lang_nl][lang_en]First the games, back in our traditional viewer:

And here's the quite cheerful press conference afterwards:

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Lajos Arpad's picture

I didn't have problems with the video. Probably you should start the video, click on pause, and wait a while, let's say 10 minutes. After that you should be able to see it. Good luck.

Lajos Arpad's picture

Anand is showing great play in Mainz, against great players in rapid chess. His main rival is Aronian, chess960 world champion, it's interesting to watch games played by these rivals.

Titu's picture


I find the video vety very slow, unable to watch it. Anyone else having the same problem?


peter's picture

Yes Titu, I think it has to do with the internet connection.

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