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There is a petition circulating to invite the gold medal winning U.S. Olympiad team to the White House. After the momentous victory in Baku, Azerbaijan, there was little fanfare and barely any recognition of the historic accomplishment apart from chess media. Nationally, there was hardly any media coverage, no airport reception, no celebration and certainly […]

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The Olympiad ended less two weeks ago with the USA being crowned the champions for the next two years. The teams was among the favorites which included top seeded Russia, host Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, Netherlands and defending champion, China. With Armenia absent, this site predicted USA, China and Azerbaijan. However, if one looks at the […]

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Heading into the Baku Olympiad, there was heightened anticipation of how the USA would do given the two new additions on the team. Out were Gata Kamsky and Alexander Onischuk and in were Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So. These were very favorable replacements of two players who had served the national team admirably and helping […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #11Tuesday, 13 September 2016 Open Section USA 2½-1½ Canada Ukraine 3½-½ Ukraine Russia 3-1 Italy Turkmenistan 1-3 Azerbaijan 1 India 2-2 Norway Full Results Finally… the USA can call themselves Olympic champions in chess for the first time in 40 years! Led by Fabiano Caruana and with a strong supporting cast, […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #10Monday, 12 September 2016 Open Section Georgia 1½-2½ USA Czech Republic 1-3 Ukraine India 2-2 Russia England 2½-1½ Azerbaijan 1 Latvia 1-3 Canada Full Results USA and Ukraine win… tied doing into last round.Tiebreak advantage to Americans. Sam Shankland’s gold medal performance in Tromso Olympiad was a surprise, but perhaps people […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #9Sunday, 11 September 2016 Open Section Ukraine 2½-1½ India USA 3-1 Norway Iran 2-2 England Azerbaijan 1 1-3 Russia Latvia 2-2 Slovenia Full Results America racing to gold… Ukraine in dead heat Come on Magnus! Scandinavian is not a World Champion's opening! Photo: Eteri Kublashvili.#bakuchess pic.twitter.com/k79rrmnzAP — ChessBase India (@ChessbaseIndia) September […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #8Saturday, 10 September 2016 Open Section Russia ½-3½ USA Georgia 1-3 Ukraine England 3½-½ India Azerbaijan 1 ½-3½ Latvia Italy 3-1 Iran Full Results USA maintains lead… India soars…Ukraine sits Eljanov, crushes Georgia World Chess Olympiad – Round 8 Highlights https://t.co/CzkRzb2k3q pic.twitter.com/GxQacSI0QL — Baku Chess Olympiad (@bakuchessol2016) September 10, 2016 The […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #7Friday, 9 September 2016 Open Section India ½-3½ USA Latvia 3-1 Netherlands Russia 3½-½ Czech Republic Croatia ½-3½ Azerbaijan 1 Georgia 3-1 Romania Full Results The USA brutally crush India… Russia back in hunt,USA-Russia showdown on tap! The USA is sending a loud message that the hype surrounding the “Dream Team” […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #6Thursday, 8 September 2016 Open Section India 2½-1½ Russia USA 2½-1½ Ukraine Czech Republic 2-2 Georgia Greece 2-2 Azerbaijan 1 Canada 2½-1½ Belarus Full Results India and the USA win… head for another showdown tomorrow! The rest day worked out well for the Indians. They became Internet sensation with the team […]

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Prior to traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan, Ian Wilkinson as the Jamaican national teams were received by the Honorable Olivia Grange. She was introduced to the Jamaican players and briefed on their success. Wilkinson, the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation since June 2003 and has been a pillar of leadership on the “land of “wood […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #5Tuesday, 6 September 2016 Open Section Ukraine 2½-1½ Russia India 2½-1½ Cuba USA 2-2 Czech Republic Romania 1-3 Azerbaijan 1 China 3-1 Italy Full Results Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee… Ukraine is knocking out top heavyweights… beating China, Yuriy takes down Yu Yangyi! Yu Yangyi suffered China’s first […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #4Monday, 5 September 2016 Open Section Ukraine 2½-1½ Russia India 2½-1½ Cuba USA 2-2 Czech Republic Romania 1-3 Azerbaijan 1 China 3-1 Italy Full Results Ukraine shocks Russia! The Kremlin must be scrambling for answers concerning the withering chess empire. The biggest shock was the Ivanchuk-less Ukraine beating Russia in today’s […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #3Sunday, 4 September 2016 Open Section Moldova 1-3 Russia Cuba 2½-1½ Poland Azerbaijan 2 1-3 India Azerbaijan 1 3-1 Hungary Netherlands 2½-1½ Vietnam Full Results Cuba beats Poland… joins Russia and others on 3/3 The Chess Drum picked the following top five team to finish Olympiad: USA, China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Cuba. […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #2Saturday, 3 September 2016 Open Section Russia 4-0 Turkmenistan Scotland ½-3½ USA China 3½-½ Belgium Macedonia 0-4 Azerbaijan Albania ½-3½ Ukraine Full Results Favorites hold, but many top teams shedding half-points In the second round of the Olympiad, there are more competitive battles and the beginning of the regional rivalries. However, […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #1Friday, 2 September 2016 Open Section Nigeria 0-4 Russia USA 4-0 Andorra Kosovo 0-4 China Azerbaijan 4-0 Zimbabwe Ukraine 4-0 Jordan Full Results Favorites dominate, but Sudan draws Bulgaria… FM Tagelsir crushes GM Nikolic in a mating attack! First round matches in the Olympiad are usually character-building experiences for lower-rated teams […]

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Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America. With the emergence of Asian […]

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Chess players, fans and friends! The 42nd Chess Olympiad is bubbling with excitement as players are being treated to a seaside paradise in the capitol of Azerbaijan, Baku. A record-shattering event is on tap and most of the sport’s top brass will be competing while others will be carrying out the business of FIDE, the […]

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In a couple of days, the 42nd Chess Olympiad will be assembling in Baku, Azerbaijan which sits off the Caspian Sea. Attendees will have an idyllic view of the famous seafront as they represent the flags of 176 countries. There are few sporting events like the Chess Olympiad… perhaps it is unique in its scope […]

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Last week, FIDE moved the dates for the Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan to Sinquefield Cup moved back September 1st-14th 2016. The original dates were set for September 17th-30th 2016 and many who have already set their flight plans have already reported losses. Moving the Olympiad is already a pain in the ass for me. Lost […]

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Chess community, I am Dr. Daaim Shabazz, Associate Professor of Global Business at Florida A&M University and the creator/owner of The Chess Drum website. I am in good standing with the United Stated Chess Federation where I am an active player, Board Member of Florida Chess Association and have selflessly served the chess journalist community […]

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Last month, the world’s marquee team tournament known as the “Chess Olympiad” ended in Tromso, Norway with record attendance of 174 nations. This included a record 34 present from Africa (excluding eight proxies). While I am not certain when the first African federation joined the World Chess Federation (FIDE), nations from this continent have been […]

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Every two years, FIDE hosts the Olympiad with a chief organizing body. It is like no other tournament, so generally no expense is spared to make it successful. Most everyone was anticipating the Tromso Olympiad in the idyllic and quaint city. Besides it is the home country of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, so it was […]

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The Olympiad is the biennial chess festival attracting players, delegates and enthusiasts far and wide. Its beauty lies in the fact that all of the chess federations have arrived at the venue in many different ways… and in some cases for the first time. The 2014 Olympiad broke a record for entrants with 174 federations […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies Thursday, 14 August 2014 Ni Hua jumps in jubilationafter China wins gold.All photos by Daaim Shabazz. The 41st Chess Olympiad was eventful for a number of reasons. The contentious campaign leading up to the Presidential election held the entire event in suspense. The presence of campaign slogans were everywhere including […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #11 Thursday, 14 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) Poland 1-3 China Hungary 3-1 Ukraine Norway 1 4-0 Malaysia Russia 2½-1½ France Azerbaijan 2½-1½ USA Full Results Medal Standings (Open) GOLD-China SILVER-Hungary BRONZE-India Kurt Meier of the Seychelles shown here in action during round seven. Meier collapsed at the board during his […]

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