In May, while driving back from Messinia to Athens after celebrating the Orthodox Easter, my car was struck by an oncoming vehicle which had skidded uncontrollably off a wet bend. The force of the impact knocked both vehicles off the road. My car was a write-off, but fortunately the 15-year-old Ukrainian boy who had been in the front seat suffered only minor cuts. His mother and I clambered out unscathed. A couple of days later this boy, Sergey Karjakin, began an elite junior chess tournament in Kirishi, Russia. After a shaky start (not surprising, given his recent trauma) he cruised to a comfortable victory.
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