Month: September 2010

  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #3

    Top Boards (Open) Croatia 2-2 Ukraine Poland 2-2 Bosnia &Herzegovina Mexico 1½-2½ Georgia Peru ½-3½ Russia 2 USA 3-1 Chile Round #3 Analysis: Things are heating up as we enter a pivotal round. In Dresden, top teams started facing each other in round four and this tournament is no exception.…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #2

    Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 4-0 Scotland Russia 2 3½-½ Venezuela Mongolia ½-3½ USA Israel 2-2 Indonesia Albania 0-4 Poland Round #2 of 2010 Chess Olympiad in session.Photo by Round #2 Analysis: The round brings a bit more parity, but there favorites are still expected to win. However, there were…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #1

    Top Boards (Open) Russia 1 3½-½ Ireland Iraq 0-4 Ukraine China 3½-½ Kyrgyzstan IBCA 0-4 Russia 2 Hungary 4-0 Jordan Pregame Analysis: In the days of old it was not uncommon to have matches that were so lopsided, that the exercise seemed pointless. What is also interesting in the first…

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  • 2010 Olympiad: Let the Games Begin!!

    The 39th Chess Olympiad officially opened this evening in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in the Siberian region. The main site carried a videocast and featured what appeared to be a grand opening ceremony with elegant pageantry and splendid choreography. The ceremony was held in a hockey rink and the stands appeared to…

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  • Adeyemi chats with Drum on Olympiad

    Lekan Adeyemi was sitting in the Dubai International Airport when he received a Skype message from The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz. At the time (21:30hrs in Dubai), the Nigerian team was residing in the airport during a 24-hour layover heading for Khanty-Mansiysk. However, his spirits were upbeat. “No problem. The…

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  • Namibian Olympians to Russia

    Namibia is excited to be participating in the 39th Olympiad and have assembled their delegation to make the long trip to Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The event will take place from 20 September to 4 October and the Namibian side will be sporting their beautiful colors with immense pride. The 2010 Namibian…

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  • Olympiad Updates (Open Forum)

    This is an open forum for teams and players to write about their experiences at the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. There are 157 teams scheduled to participate and an important FIDE election for the office of President. Olympiad tournaments are filled with memories, so we would like…

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  • Jamaica leaves for 2010 Olympiad!

    2010 Jamaican Olympiad delegation at Normal Manley International Airport Jamaica’s best and brightest chess minds left Norman Manley International Airport enroute to the 39th Chess Olympiad. President Ian Wilkinson expressed excitement of the possibilities for the island nation of 2.7 million patriots. Jamaica acheived their best performance in the 2008…

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  • Africa

    Africa: Too Much Voting Power in FIDE?

    In the upcoming election for FIDE President, there has been a lot of talk about the voting structure of one-nation, one vote. This idea is in line with the democratic ideals of general bodies, but seems to have met the ire of chess pundits and commentators. For the past two…

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  • Tournaments

    Predictions for 2010 Chess Olympiad

    In two years, so much has changed in the chess world. New players have emerged and the playing field is slowly leveling with a number of strengthened federations. In Khanty Mansiysk, the Siberia region of Russia, players from around the world will vie for glory at the 39th Chess Olympiad.…

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