So are they going to forfeit 100 people today or what? Or has that insane rule been altered? I agree one hour is weird for a professional sport, but 15 minutes for courtesy and confusion seems reasonable. Official site still not showing any sign of where to go for live games, which start at 1500 local, 9am EST. [Live game links are here. h/t evanhaut.] The ICC will be showing around 44 games live per day, mostly top teams and top players. I'll be doing podcast wrap-ups each day with occasional guests. I'm sure Ilyumzhinov will be crushed (not literally this time) to learn he missed cheerleaders and a Freddie Mercury impersonator at the opening ceremony. Update later. Post your best links.
Aronian-Caruana and Svidler-Korchnoi to start things off with a bang. USA gets Iceland and it looks like Nakamura gets rested. Remember, only five players for the four boards this year. -- Hmm, 9:05 and no moves yet. I can only assume all 1350+ players have been forfeited. -- Hey, moves! Caruana is the latest mortal to scoff at Aronian's prep in the Anti-Moscow Semi-Slav. On the official site you can only see one large board at a time and then you have to go back and choose another one, etc. If you click the bold live link above the other four on each pairing you'll get all four (tiny) boards. The Chessdom guys are doing some crazy constant posting here.
Update: Will somebody please finally confirm what's going on with the no-show rule? Are they sticking with forfeiting anyone not at the board at the start of the round? -- According to several people on the scene, they are sticking with the rule but aren't going to enforce it until round three. A few players were warned today. Place your bets now how many scandals there will be. If they forfeit someone on one of the top teams there will be noise.
Update: Susan Polgar is in Dresden and kindly posted her photo gallery links from the opening ceremony and round one. Thanks Susan! Any chance you can sneak in a few games for the US?! ChessBase has photos as well. Unsurprisingly, almost all of attractive female players, but at least they went with the strongest ones. In a few days they'll be trolling the lower tables for babes as usual. You can see the results and pairings easier at the Chess Results page instead of seeing their data crammed into the frame at the official site. You can see all the teams, all the players in order by rating, etc. Always nice. Round 2 pairings here.
If you've been feeling depressed and are looking for that last thing to tip you over into suicidal, you must check out today's "Chess Olympiad TV" at the official site. You have to download and install a client, but it doesn't take long and it's well worth it. Just the other day I was complaining about the dearth of ice-skating Freddie Mercury impersonators singing "We Will Rock You." Sweet lord almighty that's scary. On the other hand, many people in Europe think the Eurovision Song Contest is actually music, so there you go.
I'm doing podcasts after each round for ICC Chess.FM. I'll be tossing in a few diagrams and such in later editions, but I haven't slept in 36 hours so tough. That's also my excuse for why this first one is barely coherent, even for me. It's more like German opera than German chess. I promise I'll be perkier and much more succinct for the rest. Here's round one in a 5mb MP3. Link will probably change later, fyi. Depending on how your browser is configured, you probably just want to right-click it and download the file. Actually it's a rambling mess, so you probably don't. But if you do.