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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