|Round 1: Levon Aronian has white against Magnus Carlsen|
Play has been in progress for just over an hour as I write and, of course, nothing of significance has happened at the board. All four boards look level (ish). So, instead of commentary on the play, I'll share a couple of amusing incidents with you.
The first was when arbiter Werner Stuebenvoll introduced the FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to the audience and said that he was about to make the traditional opening move of the game "Anand-Radjabov". This elicited a laugh from the audience, and the arbiter quickly corrected it to "Gelfand-Radjabov". Perhaps he had forgotten that Vishy Anand had succeeded in retaining his title against Boris Gelfand last year.
The second was when Vlad Kramnik took out his pen from his inside jacket pocket. He fumbled with it for a few moments but an amused expression on his face was the clue to a serious pen malfunction. Calamity! He got up and went offstage for a few moments but, luckily, he was back at the board with a new pen before the arbiter called 'play'. (We wouldn't want any 'zero tolerance' defaults, would we?)
One more serious bit of gossip: FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been quoted as saying in a press interview today that the next world title match, in which Vishy Anand will meet the winner of the London tournament, will "probably be in India".