The 40th Chess Olympiad will commence August 27th in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 160 nations will travel to the history country in the aftermath of the Olympic Games in London, England. Anticipating the largest Olympiad in history, Turkey last held the Olympiad in 2002 and hopes to be better than the last version in the historic city. With some of the most famous landmarks in the world, the participants will be treated to all Istanbul has to offer with its bustling streets and vibrant landscape.
The field will be loaded as most of the world’s top teams will bring their best players. Again Russia will be the rating favorites followed by defending champions Armenia with China, the Ukraine, USA, Azerbaijan and Israel also in the mix. (see predictions) However, the Olympiad is a tournament where stars are born. Many unheralded, young players are looking to get some scalps at the expense of an unsuspecting master. The Chess Drum will cover the event with onsite coverage beginning on September 2nd.
Official Site: http://istanbul2012.tsf.org.tr/
Registered Federations: http://register.chessolympiadistanbul.com/countries