Chess Fans & Supporters,
The time has come! The premier chess tournament is here! More than 160 federations are expected to trek across the globe to partake in this two-week festival. Many of the top players will be defending their flags and it is expected to be a competitive fight for the team medals. The Ukraine is the defending champion and Armenia has won in 2006 and 2008.
Top seed Russia has not won gold since 2002, but will be one of the favorites along with China, USA and Hungary. Several key players are missing including Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India). Nevertheless, the rest of the stars will shine bright in Turkey!
Part of the Olympiad spirit will include teams sent from far and wide to defend their nation’s colors. While this event will feature professionals, it is not the sole focus of this event. Olympiad tournaments are festive celebrations that show the true universality of chess.
The biennial event demonstrates the widespread acceptance of chess as a venerable activity that is played from the dusty rural back roads to urbanized “megacities”. We will uncover new sensations and present players who have been dying to tell their stories. The Chess Drum will be in Istanbul to bring the action live beginning September 3rd.