In the men's group there were a number of 4-0 or 3½-½ scores, as the top seeded teams rampaged through the bottom ranks (as is normal in Swiss tournaments). The surprises were Alexander Khalifman drawing to an FM from Andorra, and England getting a meager 2½-1½ against Turkey (with players like Kivanc Haznedaroglu, 2394, Mert Erdogdu, 2393, Turhan Yilmaz, 2361, Umut Atakisi, 2304). The same score was all India could offer against Uruguay. They are going to have to roll out their Big Anand soon.
In the women's section top seed China defeated Norway by 2½-½. Russia beat Iceland and the US team defeated Venezuela by the same score (Polgar and Zatonskih won, Shahade drew). Dark horse India did the same against Mexico, as did Georgia against Finland. Only the Ukraine team with Natalia Zhukova, Inna Gaponenko and Olga Alexandrova managed a 3-0 whitewash over Finland.
The Openings Ceremony
Pictorial by David Llada
Evening breaks on the beach of Santa Ponça, venue of the openings ceremony
Action on the streets: músicos, malabaristas...
Men on stilts – the "Zancudo giants"
Joined by a malabarista or juggler
Female "giants" fascinate the kids
The Olympic torch?
"Il capo di tutti capi" – FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
The Mayor of Calviá, Carlos Delgado, greets the Spanish squad, with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Santi Andreu, the president of the Balearic Chess Federation.
"La Fura del Baus" with a giant marionette in form of a "chess lady"
Photos by David Llada