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 are men who play in 146 teams, 548 of them are women and play in 111 teams. In addition, 257 team captains and 120 arbiters take part. Several hundred organisers, journalists, physicians, chiefs and FIDE-officials accompany the teams. Their exact number will be announced at the end of the tournament. The players of the 38th Chess Olympiad come from 141 countries.
Among the chess players there are 253 grandmasters, 65 women grandmasters, 176 international masters, 90 women international masters, 91 FIDE-Masters and 86 women FIDE-masters.
Chess Olympiad on the internet: Over 60 million file downloads per day
Over 510 linked chess boards live on the internet – for the first time in history, all games of the chess olympiad could be followed from the beginning without any problems. Michael Breidung, head of IT at the Chess Olympiad and of the Eigenbetrieb IT of the city of Dresden says:
“We are very proud of this achievement. The Chess Olympiad in Dresden has the highest number of chess players, the highest number of boards, and still the equipment worked on a high level.”
During the first hour there were over one million views. On the first day 32 million file downloads were counted. 22 million times the chess boards were looked on, and 10 million times the homepage was retrieved. On the second and also on the third day there were over 60 million file downloads. The peak was between 7 and 8 pm.
A cable of 10 gigabit per second supplies the games on the internet. In addition, five so called blade-centers with several servers and 200 additional computers are necessary. Up to 50 technicians of the Technical University of Dresden, of the Eigenbetrieb IT of the city of Dresden, of PC-Ware, IBM, EMC, Comvenient, Sun, Sysback, of the FIDE and the Deutsche Forschungsnetz worked together on this project.
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