Wijk aan Zee round six photo report

by ChessBase
1/20/2007 – We gave you the games and analysis, but did not get around to illustrating it with photos. This was in part because of the stressful journey we had undertaken to the Dutch seaside resort, where the strongest tournament of the year is taking place. Now in partial compensation we bring you a giant pictorial report.

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Round six photo report

Impressions by Frederic Friedel

Friday. January 20. The day after the storm. The weather is behaving well, after reading my criticism in the previous report. Wijk aan Zee from its best side. Of course it is at the centre of attention here at the chess tournament, and capricious as it is it may turn at any moment.

This is what the weather did the night before, in its wild and drunken frenzy

The next morning, pretending like nothing had happened. This is the De Moriaan (as in the aluminium car with the gull-wing doors) which is actually a sports complex with a giant hall, where the event is being staged.

Anand before the storm – the fatal game against Kramnik

David Navara, always ready to oblige with a smile

David vs Topalov – it's going to be a tough fight

Sergey Karjakin, one of the GMs who may hit 2700 before he starts to shave

Teimour Radjabov, right, preparing to work on Ruslan Ponomariov

Anand taking a keen interest in Topalov vs Navara – the latter in a typical pose, a bit away from the board. It reminds us of Rubinstein, who would go to great lengths to make sure he was not in any way disturbing the opponent.

Peter Svidler, working on the opening agaist his Armenian opponent

A tough battle, with both sides in full concentration mode

Alexei having a very rough spell in Wijk aan Zee

And it's back to work in his game against Karjakin

Tatiana Kosintseva, who is playing in the B Group

Sister Nadezhda Kosintseva losing to GM Mikhail Krasenkow in Group C

Dutch IM Manuel Bosboom in action in group C

The key game in round six, which may ultimately decide the outcome of the tournament

Peter Svidler, still hard at work

Fighting for flag and country: Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan

Turkey's top GM Suat Atalik, playing in Group B

Everybody's favourite: 12-year-old Hou Yifan in Group C

13-year-old Parimarjan Negi beating Dutch GM John van der Wiel

The working position of young chess grandmasters

Topalov, still working in his game against David Navara

But the talented young Czech hangs on and draws the game

The end: Anand has resigned his game against Vladimir Kramnik

The final position, which changed the dynamics of this tournament

Kramnik shows his win to the journalists in the press center

And giving interviews to TV crews from Holland and Russia

Video of Kramnik analysing his game – 9:13 min

Part two – 9:17 min

Part three – 8:26 min [all videos by ChessVibes]


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