By Dusan Stojic.
After a comfortable first round, the Aussies were crushed in the second round by the strong teams of Croatia (open section) and Lithuania (women’s section). IM Anton Smirnov scored an impressive victory.
Rubbing Shoulders with GMs
I finally obtained a Press Pass, which means I am allowed into the playing hall with the players and I get to rub shoulders with some famous GMs, and taste the same coffee, juice and cookies that Carlsen, Caruana and Karjakin have.
Technically, the press are allowed in the hall only for the first 15 minutes, and after that only the “official” press are allowed to stay. But this isn’t enforced strictly, and we stayed for a good 45 minutes, before voluntarily leaving.
Some snaps (courtesy of Biljana allowing me to borrow her camera):
Women’s v Chinese Taipei Open v Croatia GM’s Hammer and Carlsen! Alex watches the Women’s Round 2 clash