After 5 rounds of play, we have our first day off and it is welcome indeed! From the way I played in my last game, I for one could have done with the day off a round earlier and the 11 games I will eventually have to looks even more challenging!
Khanty-Mansiysk is indeed a wonderful place and the organisers have pulled no stops to make this, if not the best, then certainly one of the best Olympiads ever!
Not only is the city beautiful and the facilities excellent, but the weather this time of the year is superb, and no expense was spared be it in a veritable feast daily at meal times or at the numerous official and social events, and all this was supported by an extensive and on time fleet of buses. But most of all was the hospitality that is without precedent and which can only be described as out of the world!
In the morning the team joined in Russia’s annual run that was held all over the country and in the evening we took a walking tour and the sights were varied indeed but the main thing was everyone had fun!