I visited Okayama in July 2015.
Neither one of us gained much of an advantage in the opening, I was afraid he might be slightly ahead but it looked very equal. I wondered how good he was, if I would lose again. My confidence, after Osaka, wasn’t very high. I needed this win. I took one more look on the board and castled. My king was safe, I was ready.
Fully focused on the game
I visited Osaka in July 2015
We had been looking for chess clubs in Japan to visit, and a few weeks before we left I found one in Osaka that had games every sunday. We had already planned to be in Osaka on sunday.
An Pasan Chess Club in Osaka
The following episode happened in April, 2015
I play a little chess myself, and when I read about the daily chess games between old men in Sarajevo, I knew I had to have a look. It wasn’t hard to find, I could hear loud discussions from far away.
The chess players
At first it was hard to tell who were playing and who only were watching. The spectators took an active involvement in the game, sometimes even stepping in and doing the moves for the players. Doing a bad move was certainly unacceptable and the player could quickly find himself overruled.