"Chess is not for the faint-hearted; it absorbs a person entirely. To get to the bottom of this game, he has to give himself up into slavery. Chess is difficult, it demands work, serious reflection and zealous research."
"If you don't win, it's not a great tragedy - the worst that happens is you lose a game."
We're sorry we haven't posted for a week now - this post is just to let you know that we are alive here in Chennai. As you may know, past the halfway mark (Round 7 was played earlier today), the Australians are not doing well, with all of us below 50%. We can only try and turn things around for the last 6 rounds.
Though the chess hasn't been going well, the time here has certainly brought many memorable experiences. Fedja jumping out of the way of a rickshaw, skating on a synthetic ice link in a shopping mall and playing Mafia (party game) with a dozen Europeans are just three of the many highlights.
Unfortunately the Internet speed has been painful, barely allowing us to connect except for in the morning or late at night.
Hope to bring you some of the photos in the posts to come, too.