At the London Chess Classic 2015

December 12, 2015 at 7:41 pm 4 comments

I love watching tournaments like this. A hall of spectators dead silent watching 10 players deep in concentration. Some, like Adams, have eyes that never leave the board. Others prowl around from time to time, but you get the feeling they are thinking about their games for every second they are away from the table.

And then there is Anand. He fidgets and when he is looking around, he looks like he is looking around. He doesn’t look lost in thought. He looks like he is looking for something that isn’t on the board. Come on Anand. Pull your socks up! (He has just lost two in a row.) And stop looking at….us!!!

Concentrate, Anand!

Concentrate, Anand!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mannyrayner  |  January 25, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I wish I could read body language as well as you, Ben. Must be very useful, I’m envious 🙂

  • 2. Ben Thompson  |  January 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Judging from the tilt of his head, the purse of his lips and his half-closed right hand coming to his mouth … I’m sure he’s actually jealous of Manny’s beard

  • 3. cathyc  |  December 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    As if it isn’t enough that I don’t have to pay twenty quid a day to get in and I have to use the men’s loo.

  • 4. mannyrayner  |  December 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    If this is what you do to Anand’s concentration when you’re modestly dressed, are you sure today’s outfit is responsible?


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