Reykjavik Open 2015 – Round 1
The other guests of honour were FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili. Iceland was supporting Kasparov in last year’s elections and this is Ilyumzhinov’s first visit here, so perhaps the mispronunciation of both Zurab’s and Kirsan’s surnames on more than one occasion by the speaker was a result of a lack of practice.
I played with black in Round 1 and the game was rather easy, against a 1937-rated opponent, but I should have won faster. Just take a look at the position after my 19th move:
I won after 45 moves in a rook endgame. Tomorrow’s a double round, the first one starting at 10am, so it will be a long day.