It has been two weeks since Tal Memorial and the Blitz World Championship.
A new challenge is just around the corner with the London Chess Classics tournament starting tomorrow. My opponents are Kramnik, Russia, Nakamura, USA, Ni Hua from China as well as the top four ranked English players Short, Adams, McShane and Howell.
Last week Kasparov visited Oslo for a few days. We had a good training session preparing for the London tournament.
It is my first visit to London and England and it feels good to be here. Today there was a press conference and I.ve given some interviews. This afternoon I got the chance to play tennis with 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash. Great fun and interesting to pick up some good advice.
For the third time in a row in classical tournaments I picked start number one in the drawing of lots, resulting in four white games and three with the black pieces.
Tuesday I.ll play white against second ranked Vladimir Kramnik in round 1, just like in Moscow in November.
I.m happy to hear the blog has attracted readers from across the world, only last week Arctic got some nice feedback from American Samoa!
Magnus Carlsen