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  1. 23 Oct '15 07:07 / 2 edits
    Topalov Didn't Let Kramnik Use Extra Lighting. Kramnik: "That's Okay, I'm Even Better in Blindfold!"

    The central match of the European Club between Siberia and SOCAR has started in Skopje. On board 1, Vladimir Kramnik is being White against his old implacable rival Veselin Topalov.

    Many players and arbiters have pointed out that the playing hall is too dark. The organizers had failed to anticipate it, while several days before the beginning it turned out to be too late for the complete solution.

    Kramnik joined the play in round 3. Before his first game in the ECC, he asked Ashot Vardapetyan, the chief arbiter, to set an extra table lamp on his table. The arbiter permitted it under the condition that Kramnik's opponents wouldn't object. Both of the previous Kramnik's opponents, Svidler and Nepomniachtchi, were okay with that.

    However, today Veselin Topalov has been against the extra lighting. Kramnik just smiled, saying: "That's okay, I'm even better in blindfold!"

    As usual, the rivals avoided the handshake. 🙁

    http://chess-news.ru/en/node/20317
  2. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    24 Oct '15 05:55 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Topalov Didn't Let Kramnik Use Extra Lighting. Kramnik: "That's Okay, I'm Even Better in Blindfold!"

    The central match of the European Club between Siberia and SOCAR has started in Skopje. On board 1, Vladimir Kramnik is being White against his old implacable rival Veselin Topalov.

    Many players and arbiters have pointed out that the playing hal ...[text shortened]... ndfold!"

    As usual, the rivals avoided the handshake. 🙁

    http://chess-news.ru/en/node/20317
    "Never hate your enemy, it affects your judgement" Michael Corleone- The Godfather Part 3
  3. Standard member ptobler
    Patzer
    24 Oct '15 07:32
    When will bygone champions let bygones be bygones?
  4. 24 Oct '15 08:43
    Originally posted by bill718
    "Never hate your enemy, it affects your judgement" Michael Corleone- The Godfather Part 3
    Ha! brilliant 😀
  5. 24 Oct '15 08:43
    Originally posted by ptobler
    When will bygone champions let bygones be bygones?
    yes definitely some bad blood, but Krambo was on a roll.
  6. Subscriber BigDoggProblemonline
    The Advanced Mind
    24 Oct '15 13:50
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Topalov Didn't Let Kramnik Use Extra Lighting. Kramnik: "That's Okay, I'm Even Better in Blindfold!"

    The central match of the European Club between Siberia and SOCAR has started in Skopje. On board 1, Vladimir Kramnik is being White against his old implacable rival Veselin Topalov.

    Many players and arbiters have pointed out that the playing hal ...[text shortened]... ndfold!"

    As usual, the rivals avoided the handshake. 🙁

    http://chess-news.ru/en/node/20317
    The handshaking stopped after Topi alleged that, despite all that time spent in the toilet, Kramnik never washed his hands.