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GP SHARJAH 2014 

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – FINAL RANKING

Final Ranking crosstable after 11 Rounds Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts.…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – HOU YIFAN AND JU WENJUN ARE THE WINNERS OF GRAND PRIX IN SHARJAH

Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan became the winners of the 6th stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 10: LEADERS KEEP THEIR POSITIONS

After the tenth round of the Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah Ju Wenjun keeps leading. She…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 9: HOU YIFAN WINS GRAND PRIX SERIES, JU WENJUN TAKES LEAD

After the end of 9th rounds it it became official - Hou Yifan has won the FIDE Women…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 8: SAME LEADERS AT THE TOP

The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw…

OLYMPIAD 2014 

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - FINAL RANKING

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Open Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 1 7…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 11

Board Pairings - Open Round 11 on 2014/08/14 at 11:00 Bo. 15 Poland (POL) Rtg - 7 China…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 10 INTERIM REPORT: LAWYERS & POLITICIANS

Tromsø had two not-quite chess events in focus today - the 9 a.m. hearing at the local…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - TROMSØ OLYMPIAD ORGANIZERS VS. RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION

The RCF sued the organizers for USD 200,000 for legal expenses connected to the dispute…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - TROMSØ’S AMAZING VOLUNTEER HOSTESS

Countless Norwegian and international volunteers are giving their all during the Chess…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 10 PREVIEW: PENULTIMATE CHANCE

Sometimes the pairings system throws up oddities during big team events, but in the…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 9: FRAYING NERVES?

Signs of accumulating fatigue or shaky nerves could be seen as Round 9 of the 2014 Chess…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - RD 9 INTERIM REPORT: ELECTION FOCUS

Today's play would have a hard time living up to the energy and excitement levels…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - BLITZ ON THE WAVES

The side tournaments in blitz during the 2014 Chess Olympiad move around the city of…

GP LOPOTA 

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA 2014 - FINAL RANKING

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA 2014 Lopota, Telavi, Georgia /June 18 - July 2 Final Ranking crosstable…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA.- ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

Even though Hou Yifan's tournament win has been predicable for quite a while and…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA.- D-DAY

The outside weather didn't improve for the tenth round and the players start displaying…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - LIGHTNING BOLT

You may recognize the nickname of the world's fastest sprinter - Usain Bolt. In this…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - WHERE MAMA MEANS FATHER

After it became clear that I couldn't attend all the activities planned for the second…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - WHERE MAMA MEANS FATHER

After it became clear that I couldn't attend all the activities planned for the second free day (although, quite often I wish to be in two places at once), I took the Solomonic decision of spending the time in my room, in leisure. But something in Georgia's magic pulled me out of this sensible plan. There is more than all the beautiful things I have described before, there are a lot of small and apparently 'insignifiant' details confering the place a unique and irrepetible character. For instance, where else in the wide World "mama" would mean father and "deda" would stand for mother?!

In the same style that Georgia reversed the most loved words in the world, I also decided to suddenly change my plans, once the morning came. With my eyes still closed, I took the best decision: to join the excursion. And I don't regret even for the slightest bit this abrupt change of schedule, since the organized tour was interesting yet light, with visits to several beautiful places. Together with the other two players (Alexandra Kosteniuk and Nafisa Muminova) who embarked this trip, we enriched our folkloric perception about Georgia with successive visits to a wine museum (no tasting this time!), a house with manual carpet manufacturing and a church.

The happy lot

Georgia is unique for its wine producing in clay vessels, like this one for example!

5000 liters can go in, which made the President of the Georgian Chess Federation,

Gia Giorgadze, to think of a possible chess match held inside of it!

And this is how the wine was kept...see the holes in the ground

If you are a wine lover, Georgia is the place to be

Our ears were again delighted with an unexpected recital from one of

the most famous singer and composer in the Kakheti region

Hand made is always the best

Gia Giorgadze trying to get a good price

Getting ready to visit the church - since we are all women, we needed to have skirts.

But the problem was solved quickly, as they are always prepared for visitors like us.

Also for men, if the trousers are too short, the issue is fixed within a minute

The rest of the players spent their time by either crossing the lake on hydrobycicles or relaxing in their rooms. The most daring of them where the Chinese and Indian players who ventured... horse riding! The latter activity didn't fail to tempt Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anna Muzychuk and Nafisa Muminova, once the excursion was over. And I couldn't miss the chance of immortalizing them as Amazons, of course!

The most experienced was Alexandra

But Nafisa and Anna enjoyed it as well

No chess - more relaxed expressions

The evening ended with a session of group pictures. All the players received from the organizers t-shirts of good quality, matching their sizes (almost) perfectly. Many times it happens that sponsors don't pay attention to this latter aspect, as long as the name of the company is clearly visible. Fortunately, this was hardly the case now - all the ladies looked superb in their t-shirts!

Lopota at dawn

Chess players are multi-talented; and they do enjoy life, too!

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