Pork chops at half price

3/2/2003 – The grand tournament in Linares began on the 21st of February, and we have been reporting faithfully on each round of this "Wimbledon tournament" of chess. Only one thing was really missing: pictures from the provincial capital of Andalusia. There was only a trickle coming out of Linares, so we decided to pack our cameras and embark on the journey to the south of Spain. We bring you our first Linares picture gallery here.

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Linares Picture Gallery I

XX International Chess Tournament
Cuidad de Linares 2003 (Cat. XX)

The grand tournament in Linares began on the 21st of February, and we have been reporting faithfully on each round of this "Wimbledon tournament" of chess. Only one thing was really missing: pictures from the provincial capital of Andalusia. There was only a trickle coming out of Linares, so we decided to pack our cameras and embark on the journey to the south of Spain. The person in charge of photography on this trip is Nadja Woisin, who speaks better Spanish than anyone else in the ChessBase team. The author of this short introduction will be covering the live games on the Playchess.com server, which you should visit if you want to catch some of the chess spirit in Linares.

So on to our first picture report from Linares:


Arrival at Madrid's Barajas airport, with Nadja Woisin for once in front of the camera


Driving past beautiful scenery towards Linares in a compact car


About halfway to Linares they arranges a traditional Spanish sunset for us


The famous hotel Anibal where the chess event always takes place


The town hall of Linares, where the Lord Mayor welcomes the players


Anti-American slogan sprayed on the wall


A clever little girl and her grandpa in the streets of Linares


An Andalusian lady in the doorway of her house


Lunch with Alexander Roshal and his wife Irina.

Alex is if nothing else an extremely entertaining luncheon companion. Here he was looking at the menu and told us that pork chops were of course our of the question for Jews (like him). "But pork chops at half price, that is a real dilemma!" he said. "Life is all about pork chops at half price." And he also considered asking the waiter if the pork was kosher. What can you say, apart from ;-)


Radjabov with his mother at lunch. Teimour loves freshly squeezed orange juice and orders it in perfect Spanish: "Un zumo de naranja al natural."


Vlady Kramnik, who had been feeling quite unwell the day before, limbers up for the game with a walk in the park with his seconds Miguel Illescas and Vladimir Malakhov.


Local boy Paco Vallejo Pons with his Cuban trainer Rinaldo Vera


Ponomariov with his second Juri Razuvaev...


And preparing for battle on the board


His opponent prepares for suffering and anguish


Waiting for Kasparov: Vishy Anand at the board


The Great One arrives amid a flurry of flashes


The Kasparov glare at the beginning of the game


Anand's wife Aruna with friend (Fred Friedel of ChessBase)


The press center with 12 monitors and (the heavens be thanked) a DSL line


Spanish chess journalist Leonxto Garcia doing live commentary


GMs Razuvaev and Malakhov (Kramnik's second) help Frederic Friedel with the commentary on the Fritz server


Anand's clan: wife Aruna, Mauricio and Nieves Perea


The GMs analyze the position with Fritz on the server


Legendary GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic, who also voiced his opinion on the server


... and his talented daughter Nora who spent the whole game drawing comic strips


A prominent face in the X Linares Open: Alexander Beliavsky

Photos: Nadja Woisin – Text: Frederic Friedel


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