The 2008 Chess Olympiad begins!

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 a chance at gold. This year will bring heightened expectations as the women’s competition has been expanded and the format has been changed from board points to match points.

The defending champion is Armenia (men) and the Ukraine (women). Both teams have a good chance of defending their titles, but will be challenged by China and Russia. The tournament will extend until November 25th when the medals will be awarded in the closing ceremony. Predictions here.

Official Site
https://dresden2008-live.pc-ware.de/site/en/main.htm

Live Games
https://schachlive.dresden2008.de/live.team.games.m.eng.html

Chess-Results.com
https://chess-results.info

The Chess Drum
https://www.thechessdrum.net/tournaments/Olympiad2008/

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

One Comment

  1. I gather Zambia are also playing with 2 players only and so are Uganda and Botswana’s arbiter was refused a VISA.I suspect teams like Kenya and Ghana are playing mainly with players who reside outside these countries.How does the Germany Embassy ask personal Finances information for a Sporting event??I have always trusted Germany efficiency but it turns out Germany Olympiad organisers cannot be trusted with Organising an Orgy in a brothel .

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