What a glorious day to wake up to? The chess world's newest hero, Russian Vladimir Kramnik struck back last night with a win in game 10. It's quite nice to see something like 24...f6? being played. In that moment, even patzers like us can afford a laugh at these top players and most especially at this Bulgarian. May Veselin Topalov make many more such blunders in this match. We can only hope.
One of the fun things about watching live top level game broadcasts is observing the commentary from others particularly the top players. Last night, British grandmaster Nigel Short was at his best.
Kibitzing on playchess, GM Short: "Religion is like when someone says 1. a4 is the best move. You say, "What is the proof?" The clerics say, "It's not a matter of proof. You have to believe."
Meanwhile, I suppose this war between Kramnik and Topalov must be whetting the appetite of world number 2 Vishy Anand for another fight. He told an Indian paper, "Yes, I very much want to be the world champion again".