World Champion Magnus Carlsen was in position 17 at the end of Day 2 of Rapid & Blitz Championship going on in St Petersburg, Russia.
Most websites seemed to focus on the World Champion and how he had lost two games in day 1 and then one more in day 2. He now had 7 points out of 10 points.
Let us find out what happened to our stars from Africa.
GM Amin Bassem (2603) was in position 80 with a respectable 5.5 points out of 10 games.
GM Adly Ahmed (2603) was in position 86 with 5.5 points as well out of 10 games.
IM Mohamed Tissir of Morocco was in position 143 with a 4.5 points out of 10 games.
Ahmed Hassan Abdillahi (1570) of Djibouti found the going tough and was in position 201 with 2 points. One point was from a bye.
We have two games from our stars. GM Adly Ahmed had it rough in round 1 and only managed to get his Queen out on move 43!
Nitzan Steinberg v Adly Ahmed
Bassem Amin v Sergei Lobanov
There was a blitz tournament for about 100 children with a prize fund of 40,000 Russian Rubles.
GM Al Modiahki, GM Zarnicki, GM Miroshnichenko, GM Zagrebelny, GM Lugovoi, and GM Ionov gave a simul for 120 local fans.
On display was an amazing chess robot designed by Konstantin Kosteniuk. This robot is able to play 3 simultaneous chess games. Konstantin Kosteniuk is the father of former Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.
Tour of St Petersburg
Enjoy some fine photos St Petersburg thanks to well known photographer Boris Dolmatovsky.