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In Chennai! (With First Pics of the Venue!)

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 05/11/13 05:43.

I've arrived in Chennai! Typing this from a room on the 9th floor at the official Hyatt Regency hotel in Tamil Nadu's capital, I'm excited to be here and provide on-the-spot coverage of yet another World Championship. After Mexico 2007, Bonn 2008, Sofia 2010 and Moscow 2012, this is the fifth world title event I am attending and the first for Chess.com. I will be providing reports and videos and I'll join the Chess.com/TV live shows as much as I can.

View from the Hyatt Regency

Following the initial schedule of 6-26 November, several journalists booked their flights nicely around the match, so arriving on the 4th and leaving on the 28th. At breakfast there were already a few Norwegian journalists and also Ulrich Stock, whose interviews were posted here earlier this week. To our horror, somewhere mid-September the dates were suddenly moved to 7-28 November so we'll need to rebook our return flights in case of a tiebreak (or timeout by one of the players). Oh well. At least it's nice to be early!

Obviously I immediately checked out the venue and other facilities. Below you can have a sneak peak of what the venue looks like today:

The venue is the Hyatt Regency
View from the 9th floor
The spectators area - there will be space for 400 seats
The stage, where the actual games will be played
The glass, which will be 12.5 mm thick, still needs to be placed - you can see the player's rest area at the back
I promised the hotel manager to add a decent photo of the ballroom as well!

Anand and Carlsen are both staying in the Hyatt Regency with their families. Anand checked in at the hotel on Monday morning, while Carlsen arrived in Chennai later that day (where he had to be escorted by police). Before, he had spent two weeks training in Muscat, Oman to prepare for a similar climate. Carlsen arrived with his parents and two sisters as well as a body guard and doctor.

Carlsen was presented a "ponnadai" (shawl) and flowers

The two players live on separate floors in the Hyatt, and it is arranged that they will not have to use the same elevator. The hotel has assigned three butlers; one for each player and a neutral one who will assist them during the games. Only through these butlers the hotel staff is allowed to deliver messages.

Two months ago, when Carlsen inspected the venue, he brought a Norwegian chef with him and together they checked on the hotel kitchen. Obviously the Norwegian wants to avoid getting sick by any means. However, he likes Indian food.

"I love Indian food, but I still have my chef just to be on the safe side," Carlsen said at his arrival. He might want to out the hotel menu as well - the Hyatt specially hired a Norwegian chef who lives in India! Even Norwegian cocktails will be served.

What was revealed by my taxi driver (!) and now confirmed by the Times of India today: Carlsen and his family are spending the last days towards the match not in the hotel, but at the Fisherman's Cove, on East Coast road, about an hour drive from the venue. A few days ago it was reported in Norwegian media that they will also spend their rest days there.

Meanwhile, in Norway the national TV channel NRK has decided to broadcast the games of the match live on TV and internet. Commentary will be provided by IM Torstein Bae. Magnusmania has started there! On a related note, don't miss this excellent documentary on Carlsen by the Norwegian TV network VG TV:

That's all for now from Chennai. I'll add a number of stories and reports that you might want to check out:

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  • 17 mesi fa


    Magnus! Magnus! Magus!

  • 17 mesi fa


    Thanks for the pics!

    In all honesty, that place looks horrible! There surely must have been a better venue available for the world championship. Why chose such an ugly place??

    You would have to pay me money to make me stay in a hotel like this. Big, impersonal, ugly and the view from that window... :-(

  • 17 mesi fa


    All the best Vishy!!

  • 17 mesi fa


    Hey Peter, I am a big fan of your comms. I am from Chennai, do let me know if you need some local insights/tricks/news/gossips :D venkatesh146@gmail.com

  • 17 mesi fa


    Thanks to chess.com for the photo coverage of the venue !

  • 17 mesi fa


    Do they have a shop that will sell t-shirts, with that FIDE logo on it Peter ?

    I'd like to get one.

  • 17 mesi fa


    I wish I could be in Chennai....Cry

  • 17 mesi fa


    with respect, what a crap venue. 

  • 17 mesi fa


    nevermind on the link lol.... im tired

  • 17 mesi fa


    Great article, great video too!!. :)

  • 17 mesi fa


    Wow. i wish,i could be in chennai now... .just to experience the classic games. 

  • 17 mesi fa


    Very nice article!!

    Daniel, is it normal for a chessplayer to remember positions from chess games played in 1938, I mean to remember who played where its played and wich year. That seems like a sickness to me but maybe its a normal thing to studdy?? :)

  • 17 mesi fa


    Great article and video by VGTV!

  • 17 mesi fa


    Is it hot?

  • 17 mesi fa


    Good pictures! 

  • 17 mesi fa

    IM DanielRensch

    So awesome!

  • 17 mesi fa


    I read that the Norwegian channel NRK showed the making of a sweater for more than six hours or a train ride for nine hours.

    So showing a chess game seems to fit their schedule. Laughing

  • 17 mesi fa


    Great. I enjoyed the article!! 

  • 17 mesi fa


    So that's the difference between me and future world chess champion: when next to a girl like Gemma Arterton i do not think of chess ;)

  • 17 mesi fa


    West against East again!

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