I got here a bit earlier today. It's rather hot now, though the day started cooler. The Press Room airconditioning is not working well, so not much relief here, apart from a bottle of cool mineral water, courtesy of the management.
Just a curiousity. On the way in I checked with some locals and it turns out that the nearby mile-long building within which the opening ceremony was held had in fact been the famous FIAT car factory with a car racing track on the roof (for testing new cars). It is now transformed into shopping centres, conference rooms, etc with some contributions by Renzo Piano, an Italian architect who built a building in Sydney too [Aurora Place, actually; it was completed in year 2000 - TCG].
In the entry hall, I checked out the Chess Computer World Tournament. After 6 rounds the leaders are Shredder (2810) and Junior (2800) with 4 points each. Zappa, rated 2830, is on 3.5 with three others.
My interest in computer chess led me early this morning to the University of Turin for the 5th International Conference on Computer and Games. I stayed for the two opening topics, ie Automatic Chess Tutor and Computer analysis of World Chess Champions. More on this topic later.
I went down to have a look at Australia's line-up (3.15pm) and was amazed to see that Gary Lane is playing a girl on board 3 of the Men. Well it's GM Zhu Chen from Qatar. So here is a photo scoop.
Another bit of late news: Cathy just told me that Ian has come down with the flu. She's given him antibiotics and he should be OK tomorrow.
- Larry Ermacora
For the next couple of weeks, during the Olympiad, we will feature a guest blogger - Larry Ermacora. He will be providing reports all the way from Torino after having been officially accredited by Olympiad officials as a journo for this blog.
Larry is a well known personality in Australian chess circles. He was an administrator in both Western Australia and New South Wales. And, in 1990, he was awarded the highly coveted Koshnitsky medal.