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Dresden is really "barock"

Dresden, 08/11/2008

GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE) as the current Swedish champion was asked whether he can choose to play or not. He answered "unfortunately not - it is strictly up to the team captain to decide".



 
 
After the European championship last year it is his second time to Dresden and Tiger thinks the Swedish meaning of the word "Barock" describes the city best: Abundance in beauty up to a level which is almost too much.

Monique Sischy which plays board five for the South African women's team is participating in her first chess olympiad in Dresden. When asked by host Susan Polgar about the professionalism of chess in South Africa she said that there "could be more" support but she is not pursuing a professional chess career herself.

Next questions went to German arbiter Holger Moritz. He said that there was only one incident in the match Romania-Egypt where the Egyptian player was late. Following the announcemant at the captain's meeting this morning the player got a warning but didn't loose the game. This rule will be applied for the second round as well and there will be stricter rules from round three onwards. There were a few games finished before move 30 by repetition of moves. In one case the player had to present some variations to make the arbiters agree to the draw. Mr. Moritz had to admit that there may be intentional move repetitions even shortly before 30 moves have been played just to meet the rules. 

Grandmaster Jaime Sunye Neto of Brasil who was running for FIDE president in 1996 said that he has no more ambitions in that respect. Susan Polgar asked him about the development of chess in Brasil as she was aware that there are about 350.000 children who are currently taking chess lessons in schools. Jaime said he is very happy to see this and chess is certainly helping most of the children in their personal development. When asked about how information technology changed professional chess over the years Jaime, Tiger and Susan agreed that the situation has changed a lot with the upcoming of the internet ten years ago. Jaime still remembers times when he travelled with 50 kilos of Informators through the chess world while young players can rely on their 500 grams netbook today.

German grandmaster Georg Meier was a little bit late due to team captian Bernd Vökler who had to support Arik Braun in his match against Kiril Georgiev and had to lead him the way to the press conference room. The victory of Germany's second men's team against the far higher rated team of Bulgaria was probably one of the biggest surprises of the opening round. Georg led the way with his victory against world's number 33 Igor Cheparinov. He had expected to play the world's top rated player Veselin Topalov but was contented with Bulgaria's underestimation of the German second team and the resulting victory.