Archive for November, 2008

Top Boards Germany 2-1 Russia Armenia 2½-1½ Netherlands Hungary 1½-2½ Ukraine Norway 1-3 Azerbaijan England 2½-1½ Italy Pregame Analysis: Host Germany is finally on board #1 after being riveted on board #2 as the host country. They will get a stiff test today when they face the powerful Russia squad. Russia barely escaped India after […]

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International Master Odion Aikhoje is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of his gold medal performance at the Elista Olympiad in 1998. This was a crowning achievement for Africa’s most populous nation, but Aikhoje had to leave before receiving the medal at the closing ceremony. What happened to his medal thereafter is the subject of fierce […]

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Top Boards Ukraine 2-2 Armenia Spain 1½-2½ Germany 1 Norway 2-2 England Russia 2½-1½ India Romania 1-3 Hungary Azerbaijan 3-1 USA Pregame Analysis: These top matches may allow someone to make a break from the pack. There will be a number of drawn matches here, but two interesting matchups are Russia-India and Azerbaijan-USA. If Russia […]

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Wanyama Harold (Uganda) After months of desparately trying to raise funds and attend the Olympiad, players on the Ugandan side are without visas to travel. Only two players have been able to secure a visa, but the team forfeited for failing to field 50% of the team. They have missed the first three rounds and […]

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Russia keeps pace… China upset! Top Boards Russia 3½-½ Cuba Germany 1 3½-½ Malaysia Georgia 2½-1½ Ukraine China 1½-2½ Norway Netherlands 2-2 Azerbaijan Armenia 4-0 Faroe Islands Tajikistan 1-3 Spain India 3½-½ El Salvador Japan 1-3 Romania England 4-0 Malta Pregame Analysis: Here is where the rubber meets the road. The first match between top […]

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Top nations holding… USA nicked for draw by Greece Top Boards Poland 1½-2½ Russia Ukraine 2½-1½ Serbia Belarus 1-3 China Azerbaijan 3-1 Slovakia Moldova 1-3 Armenia Pregame Analysis: Due to some problems in the team pairing the round started late, but the matches are beginning to heat up. While the top boards may not see […]

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Drama in Dresden… upsets begin! Top Boards Russia 2½-1½ Switzerland Vietnam 1½-2½ Ukraine China 2½-1½ Philippines Azerbaijan 4-0 Macedonia Hungary 2-2 Iran Pregame Analysis: There are some very interesting match-ups in the first round of the 2008 Olympiad. In the past, a 4-0 result was typical of the Swiss format pitting a strong team against […]

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After Foidos successfully rolled out their multimedia presentation software for the World Chess Championship, the Olympiad will feature Tadaah software which will allow viewers worldwide access to live coverage. This represents a shift in chess coverage and will provide more marketing exposure to dynamic world of chess. Tadaah has multple channels covering a variety of […]

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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 […]

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The Dresden Olympiad is here and there have been a lot of changes since the last biennial tournament. Armenia took the men’s gold while the Ukraine took the women’s gold in a tournament marked by the rise of the Chinese men (2nd) and the fall of the Russians (6th). This year, these two nations will […]

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