Just got back from drinks with a few friends. Would you believe that there we were in the Vbar and some guy pulls out a chess board to play blitz? How uncool was that, I thought. I couldn't believe it! The only redeeming factor was that a sexy young lass was among us and it didn't look too bad.
Anyway, there's a reason for my early arrival back home. Just had to check in on Smerdon's game. He's just had a draw against Kravtsiv after only 11 moves. Contrary to our post yesterday he actually still needs a draw against someone rated at least 2497 in the 9th and final round. But if the opponent is below 2497, then a win is required. We've got a guy in Holland confirming that.
Life isn't bloody easy in chess I tell you!