Archive for November, 2008

GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) Photo by Daaim Shabazz. GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) – Carlsson was Sweden’s 16th GM and the second Black player to earn the coveted GM title. In this interview, he gives a candid interview about the Olympiad, rule changes, his career and his future. Carlsson always speaks candidly on issues and if […]

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ARMENIA, GEORGIA WIN GOLD! Armenia men rejoicing over 2nd consecutive Olympiad gold. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The legendary Maia Chiburdanidze (center) was clearly the leader. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 38th Chess Olympiad ended with a rousing Closing Ceremony as traditional chess powers Armenia (open) and Georgia (women) won the gold. The presence of Armenian […]

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Men Final The Armenian men repeat, Israel second… the USA wins bronze! China 1½-2½ Armenia USA 3½-½ Ukraine Israel 2½-1½ Netherlands Russia 2-2 Spain France 1½-2½ Azerbaijan Women Final Georgian women edge Ukraine for the gold… USA women match men’s performance, power over France to bronze! Poland 1½-2½ Ukraine Georgia 3-1 Serbia USA 2½-1½ France […]

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Jomo Pitterson (Jamaica) Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Jomo Pitterson of Jamaica clinched the FM title after drawing with IM Basheer Al-Qudaimi. He has earned the requisite six points and becomes the third Jamaica player to earn the title after Grantel Gibbs and Warren Elliott who both earned there titles at subzonals. Jamaica also won the […]

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Top Boards Ukraine tops Israel… Poland wins, sits atop women’s field! Ukraine 2½-1½ Israel Serbia 1-3 Armenia England 1½- 2½ China Slovenia ½-3½ Russia Spain 3-1 Bulgaria Pregame Analysis: Israel is attempting to hold onto a slim lead going into the 10th round match with the Ukraine. Boris Gelfand is in form 6.5/8 and Maxim […]

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Top Boards Armenia 1½-2½ Israel Poland 2-2 Germany 1 Russia 1½-2½ Ukraine Serbia2½-1½ Azerbaijan France 1-3 China Round #9 Analysis: Before the tournament, practically every chess pundit and journalist picked Russia to win the gold medal primarily because of the powerful individual players with an average rating of over 2750. Even others who did not […]

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Top Boards Armenia crushes France… USA women beats Russia! France ½-3½ Armenia Israel 2½-1½ Germany 1 USA 1½-2½ Russia China 2-2 Vietnam Ukraine 4-0 New Zealand Azerbaijan 2½-1½ Croatia Bulgaria 2-2 Belarus England 2½-1½ Georgia Slovakia 3-1 Greece Turkey 1½-2½ Poland Rround #8 Analysis: If Armenia did not make a statement by beating Russia in […]

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Top Boards Russia upset by Armenia… Chinese women held by USA, but retain lead Armenia 2½-1½ Russia Germany 2½-1½ Romania Ukraine 2-2 China India 1½-2½ France Israel 3-1 Spain USA 2½-1½ Hungary England 2-2 Azerbaijan Greece 2-2 Belarus Vietnam 2½-1½ Netherlands Bulgaria 4-0 Australia Round #7 Analysis: Armenia maintains the inside track on successfully defending […]

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Facts and Figures of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden The final turnout of the participants of the Chess Olympiad is now set. “Replacement or new nominations are not possible anymore”, says Werner Stubenvoll of the Technical Administration Panel (TAP). A total of 1270 chess players take part at the Olympiad in Dresden, 722 of them […]

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Top Boards Russia 3-1 England Ukraine 2-2 Germany 1 Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Armenia France 3-1 Poland Bosnia & Herzegovina 1½-2½ India Sweden 1½-2½ Israel Georgia 1½-2½ China Romania 2½-1½ Bulgaria Pregame Analysis: Near the midway point, the beat goes on as Russia is back on board #1 facing England. England has done well with the young […]

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Top Boards Germany 2-1 Russia Armenia 2½-1½ Netherlands Hungary 1½-2½ Ukraine Norway 1-3 Azerbaijan England 2½-1½ Italy Pregame Analysis: Host Germany is finally on board #1 after being riveted on board #2 as the host country. They will get a stiff test today when they face the powerful Russia squad. Russia barely escaped India after […]

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International Master Odion Aikhoje is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of his gold medal performance at the Elista Olympiad in 1998. This was a crowning achievement for Africa’s most populous nation, but Aikhoje had to leave before receiving the medal at the closing ceremony. What happened to his medal thereafter is the subject of fierce […]

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Top Boards Ukraine 2-2 Armenia Spain 1½-2½ Germany 1 Norway 2-2 England Russia 2½-1½ India Romania 1-3 Hungary Azerbaijan 3-1 USA Pregame Analysis: These top matches may allow someone to make a break from the pack. There will be a number of drawn matches here, but two interesting matchups are Russia-India and Azerbaijan-USA. If Russia […]

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Wanyama Harold (Uganda) After months of desparately trying to raise funds and attend the Olympiad, players on the Ugandan side are without visas to travel. Only two players have been able to secure a visa, but the team forfeited for failing to field 50% of the team. They have missed the first three rounds and […]

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Russia keeps pace… China upset! Top Boards Russia 3½-½ Cuba Germany 1 3½-½ Malaysia Georgia 2½-1½ Ukraine China 1½-2½ Norway Netherlands 2-2 Azerbaijan Armenia 4-0 Faroe Islands Tajikistan 1-3 Spain India 3½-½ El Salvador Japan 1-3 Romania England 4-0 Malta Pregame Analysis: Here is where the rubber meets the road. The first match between top […]

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Top nations holding… USA nicked for draw by Greece Top Boards Poland 1½-2½ Russia Ukraine 2½-1½ Serbia Belarus 1-3 China Azerbaijan 3-1 Slovakia Moldova 1-3 Armenia Pregame Analysis: Due to some problems in the team pairing the round started late, but the matches are beginning to heat up. While the top boards may not see […]

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Drama in Dresden… upsets begin! Top Boards Russia 2½-1½ Switzerland Vietnam 1½-2½ Ukraine China 2½-1½ Philippines Azerbaijan 4-0 Macedonia Hungary 2-2 Iran Pregame Analysis: There are some very interesting match-ups in the first round of the 2008 Olympiad. In the past, a 4-0 result was typical of the Swiss format pitting a strong team against […]

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After Foidos successfully rolled out their multimedia presentation software for the World Chess Championship, the Olympiad will feature Tadaah software which will allow viewers worldwide access to live coverage. This represents a shift in chess coverage and will provide more marketing exposure to dynamic world of chess. Tadaah has multple channels covering a variety of […]

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Playing Hall at Dresden Congress Center. Photo by ChessBase. The Olympiad tournament has a long history dating back to 1924 when 18 countries arrived in Paris. A lot has happened since that time. The curtains will open today on the 2008 Chess Olympiad as 1345 players from 154 nations will assemble in Dresden, Germany for […]

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The Dresden Olympiad is here and there have been a lot of changes since the last biennial tournament. Armenia took the men’s gold while the Ukraine took the women’s gold in a tournament marked by the rise of the Chinese men (2nd) and the fall of the Russians (6th). This year, these two nations will […]

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Given that African federations raised the possibility of visa troubles in Germany at the 2004 FIDE General Assembly, the Dresden organizers should have forseen the current debacles. Botswana is the latest of African nations to have visa problems to attend the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. The tournament starts tomorrow. The Chess Drum has […]

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38th World Chess Olympiad Dresden, Germany 12 – 25 November 2008 Press Release 1: Sunday November 9th 2008 BARBADOS TEAM DEPARTS FOR DRESDEN The Barbados Contingent for the 38th World Chess Olympiad departed from Grantley Adams Airport today on British Airways for Dresden, Germany. Based on teams registered, Dresden will not only be a reform […]

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World Blitz Championship (November 7th-8th, Almaty, Kazahkstan) Cuban Grandmaster Lenier Domínguez Pérez (right) won the title with a dominating performance of 11.5/15. While not the favorite in a powerful field, it is not surprising that Dominguez had a good result. Cubans are typically fond of blitz and Dominguez showed his strength by conquering a field […]

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National Master Kayin Barclay taking on 30 students at the Detroit City Chess Club. All photos by Daaim Shabazz. Kevin Fite and Sherman Redden, Sr. of the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) have invited National Master Kayin Barclay and Dr. Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum to the organization’s annual banquet. Last night Barclay gave […]

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BREAKING NEWS!! Ethiopians denied visas for Olympiad! Kebadu Belachew has lobbied for the past four months for funding to send an Ethiopian contingent to the Chess Olympiad in Dresden. Initially, Ethiopia had been barred due to arrears in FIDE dues. After negotiating with FIDE, it was agreed that they would receive accommodations and be allowed […]

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