The road from Bazna to Medias is a bit bumpy but the organisation of the transportation to the tournament was quite impressive. Each player has a car with driver and we moved in a column headed by a police car to arrive in Medias well in time and after a brief introduction by the organiser, round 1 started on schedule.
Having the white pieces against Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine, I got what I considered a promising position out of the opening. There were potential threats against his kingside, but when he countered with f5 I retreated my bishop along the wrong diagonal to b1. Moving the bishop to f3 would have been better to stop the advance of his h-pawn and to prepare the advance of my g-pawn. My opponent played accurately in the critical phases and when he offered a draw after move 31 I was slightly worse and saw no better alternative than to accept his offer.
Both the other games ended decisively. Home favourite Nisipeanu defeated Radjabov and Gelfand won against Wang Yue on an exciting first day for the spectators.
Tuesday I´m facing Radjabov in round 2.
Magnus Carlsen, Bazna, Rumania