Nelson Freire, the great Brazilian pianist, has quit after the first round. Told his colleagues he was exhausted. The emotional temperature in Moscow in rising all the time.
Van Cliburn has arrived, to a pop star reception. One of the piano competitors is in hospital after a stage outburst. A much-fancied cellist, Sweden’s Jakob Karanyi, has pulled out with a hurt finger. Whatever next?
Wimbledon tennis looks tame by comparison.