The best looking chess player in London

by Sabrina Chevannes
12/13/2016 – After playing their games and attending the press conference, the Grandmasters in London usually come to the VIP room for some refreshments and to unwind. Yesterday, a few mums started discussing who the best-looking chess player in the Classic is! It was interesting to hear the views of those who were not affected by rating, or what openings they played..

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Mickey Adams: The best-looking chess player

As we are approaching the midpoint of the London Chess Classic, things are heating up throughout the festival. It’s even getting too much for Nigel Short, as he repeated moves to agree an 11 move draw with the white pieces yesterday. Perhaps a tactical decision on his part? Nigel came up to me and said “I’m done” and I thought he was joking! So, I asked what happened and he simply said “Well, I’m bloody shattered!”



He did also go on to say “Don’t worry, I will win tomorrow”, so let’s see what he does with the black pieces today!

Naturally I went to hear David’s side of the story:


“If I had known he was tired, I would have played on! I’m going straight home though, to prepare for tomorrow. This is a grudge match now and I’m determined to win.”

David and Nigel have had a long-standing rivalry for many years and even have a bet on who will reach 2725 first. Albeit, this bet was made when they were both much closer, but the race is still an interesting one. Their peak rating is identical – 2714, but David is the one who seems more threatening to break this.

After England’s upsetting finish in the Baku Olympiad, Nigel’s views on David’s performance and growth as a player has made David even more determined. Expect to see some bloodshed in the remaining rounds of the British Knockout.



Yesterday was the start of the 5-day stretch of schools’ coaching and tournaments. 500 kids filled Olympia Conference Centre to take part in a variety of chess activities, but it seemed to be all about Lawrence Trent. He was the star of show, with his performance in the auditorium and his constant declaration of love for Fabiano, the children seemed to think he was the coolest guy ever!



After playing their games and attending the press conference, the Classic Grandmasters usually come to the VIP room for some refreshments and some winding down time. Yesterday, a few mums started discussing who the best-looking chess player in the Classic is! It was interesting to hear the views of those who were not affected by rating, or what openings they played.

This also led me to ask my non chess-playing friend, whom I met up with in the evening.




When conducting the same poll with chess players later that evening (both guys and girls!), there were votes for most of the players, but one came out on top… Michael Adams! My friend Jessica, also picked him out as her choice. So, if Mickey weren’t happily married, it seems he could have his fair choice of ladies!



Have you ever wondered what the arbiters get up to at chess tournaments? Well, at this one, they throw pancake parties! Late last night, I received an invite to the “arbiter house” where they were throwing a pancake party! So, I decided to pick up a bottle of prosecco to take over for the party. In the store, I bumped into Vladimir Kramnik, who sadly did not want to join such a party. However, I also learned from him that he was not a fan of Calvin Harris! I really don’t think we can be friends – no pancakes or Calvin?!


 

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koko48 koko48 12/15/2016 03:26
There's nothing wrong with the occasional puff piece imo

Men talk about good looking female chess players often....Why shouldn't women talk about good looking male players?

Really people, enough with the sexist double standards.....

My question is, how many women did Ms. Chevannes poll - besides her and her friend?
bobby7 bobby7 12/15/2016 02:34
@austin_guy I completely agree. But you wait... Your comment is probably going to be removed pretty soon too, just like a few people on here already have experienced. One person had commented "utter tripe.", another one expressed similar disgust, and yet another comment "@FOffermann Don't be sexist" was removed too, in response to his sexist remark about women not wanting to be a part of chess (nice one!). So, like I said, you wait... the chessbase mods are worse than the chessbase writers who post this drivel.
austin_guy austin_guy 12/14/2016 11:31
This is pretty terrible writing. Really, an article ranking players on looks? Must be a slow day or something. Who feels like this is appropriate? The players don't want to hear this and neither do the readers. Maybe everyone can rank the writer based on her looks as well.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 12/14/2016 05:07
Is my guess correct? FOfferman works for chessbase and even though chessbase rarely censors comments, they had to for numerous comments made in reaction to the innocent photographs of this article.

If my guess is correct, this is not perfectly clear from the message by FOfferman. It would be worth a confirmation.
geraldsky geraldsky 12/14/2016 03:36
Mickey Adams has a very nice teeth as well
FOffermann FOffermann 12/13/2016 08:59
roysteele, no wonder so many women do not feel the need to be part of this.
roysteele roysteele 12/13/2016 08:53
@FOffermann yes mommy.
FOffermann FOffermann 12/13/2016 08:51
Be nice and behave, folks. We show a yoga pose and chess people lose control. Show some attitude and prove that the average chess lovers are not as inhibited as standard chess nerd stereotypes. Most comments: deleted.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 12/13/2016 07:18
"Nigel came up to me and said “I’m done”

David: “If I had known he was tired, I would have played on!"

Chess can be a cruel game.
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