San Luis: the players arrive

9/24/2005 – Some came a full week early, by plane from their European or Russian homes; others flew to Buenos Aires and took a bus to their final destination in San Luis. We have sightings of Topalov, Svidler, Adams, Polgar, Leko and Kasimdzhanov. Morozevich is on the way, Anand is due in on Monday. Looks like the games can begin.

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Arrival of the players

The first players have arrived in San Luis for the FIDE world chess championship, which starts next Tuesday (opening ceremony, first round on Wednesday). The first to arrive was Veselin Topalov, on September 22, emerging cheerfully from the plane and answering the questions of journalists in fluent Spanish (he and Anand live or have lived in Spain). "I think this is going to be an amazing tournament," he said.

The title defender Rustam Kasimdzhanov also arrived on Thursday, accompanied by his wife. Peter Leko flew from Budapest to Buenos Aires and then took a bus to San Luis. He was delighted by the beauty of the scenery, the mild, warm temperature and the excellent food.


Peter Svidler (right) being greeted at the airport by members of the organizing committee

Finally Peter Svidler, Judit Polgar and Michael Adams arrived, and like the other they were given a document that made them "guests of honour".


Michael Adams, Judit Polgar and Peter Svidler with Governor Dr. Alberto Rodriguez Saá

Alexander Morozevich is on his way to San Luis, by bus from Buenos Aires, while the tournament favourite Vishy Anand is cutting it fine and arriving on Monday morning. The World Championship takes place in the Hotel Potrero de los Funes Complex, in the Province of San Luis, Argentina, from September 27 to October 16, 2005..

The arrival of Judit Polgar, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Michael Adams and Nigel Short (official commentator). The last two pictures are of Peter Leko with Rustam Kasimdzhanov, and Governor Rodriguez Saá (light jacket) with Nigel Short, Michael Adams, Judit Polgar and Peter Svidler.

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