The word on the street is: Chess!
Welcome to Olympia for...
Kensington Olympia was opened in 1886, five years after the British Chess Magazine!
The main foyer contained this rather impressive display (although I set the pieces up correctly before taking this picture!)
Amu Sainbayar, James Coleman, Malcolm Pein and Sabrina Chevannes organise the schools event
Matt Lunn and Carl Portman author the press releases and take photographs
A view of the cafeteria / chill out area
The cafeteria area supplied a range of coffees and large biscuits
The CHESS & Bridge bookstall attracted a roaring trade including the 2007 British Champion, Jacob Aagaard
Chief Arbiter, Albert Vasse IA
All we need now is Kia-Ora, popcorn and a Choc ice!
Auditorium spectators get ready for the players to arrive
David Sedgewick, FIDE International Arbiter
IM Malcolm Pein, Tournament Director
Ray Morris-Hill, Official Photographer
World Champion, Viswanathan Anand, receives advice on his first move
British Champion, Gawain Jones
Viswanathan Anand rests
Brendan O'Gorman in familiar pose
Brendan O'Gorman caught in the act
An audience member studies an article by Michael Atherton in the tournament programme.
FIDE Open: John Shaw
FIDE Open: Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa (MGL)
FIDE Open: Hrant Melkumyan (ARM)
FIDE Open: Craig Hanley
FIDE Open: Simon Williams
FIDE Open: Robin Van Kampen (NED)
FIDE Open: Mark Hebden
FIDE Open: Jonathan Rowson (SCO)