Olympiad

  • FIDE’s African Problem

        Last month, the world’s marquee team tournament known as the “Chess Olympiad” ended in Tromso, Norway with record attendance of 174 nations. This included a record 34 present from Africa (excluding eight proxies). While I am not certain when the first African federation joined the World Chess Federation…

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  • Ilyumzhinov wins 2014 FIDE election 110-61

    The buildup to the 2014 FIDE election in Tromso, Norway was so tense you could feel it in the air. As representatives from 176 federations filed into the Universitetet i Tromsø (UIT) auditorium there was a buzzing of excitement. However, it was a matter of time before the meeting had…

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  • Drum Interviews @ Istanbul Olympiad

    Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #11

    Top Boards (Open) The Ukraine wins gold! Russia 1 gets silver on strength of Karjakin. Israel 2-2 Ukraine Russia 1 2-2 Spain Poland 1½-2½ Hungary France 2-2 Armenia Russia 2 2½-1½ Greece China 3-1 Italy Medal Standings (Open) GOLD-Ukraine SILVER-Russia 1 BRONZE-Israel Round #11 Analysis: The Ukraine only needed a…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #10

    Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 3½-½ France China 1½-2½ Russia 1 USA 1-3 Israel Spain 3-1 Georgia Serbia 1-3 Poland Czech Republic 1½-2½ Armenia Round #10 Analysis: While the women’s gold has been decided, the open section is anything but decided. The Ukraine (18 match points, 27 board points) still holds…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #9

    Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Ukraine Armenia 1½-2½ Russia 1 Georgia 1½-2½ France Israel 2½-1½ Hungary Cuba 1½-2½ China Bulgaria 1½-2½ USA Round #9 Analysis: We are winding down the Olympiad and the Ukraine is still holding onto its one-point lead. Russia 1 beat defending champion Armenia with Peter Svidler…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #8

    Top Boards (Open) Russia 1 2-2 Ukraine Hungary 2-2 Azerbaijan Poland 1½-2½ Armenia USA 2-2 China Georgia 2½-1½ Belarus France 2½-1½ Russia 2 Iran 1-3 Cuba Estonia 3-1 Russia 3 Israel 2-2 Netherlands Serbia 2½-1½ Slovakia Richard Conn, a dapper Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov on the floor during the…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #7

    Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 2½-1½ Georgia Armenia 1½-2½ Azerbaijan Russia 2 1½-2½ Russia 1 USA 2-2 Poland Brazil 1-3 Hungary Russia 3 2-2 Iran China 4-0 Turkmenistan Belarus 3-1 England Netherlands 2-2 Cuba France 2½-1½ Spain GM Vassily Ivanchuk is on 6/6 and a stratospheric 3382 performance. Photo by ugra-chess.com.…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #6

    Top Boards (Open) Georgia 2-2 Armenia Ukraine 3-1 Hungary Russia 2 3-1 Netherlands Russia 1 2½-1½ Czech Republic Azerbaijan 3-1 India Vietnam 1½-2½ USA Poland 3-1 Estonia Russia 3 2-2 Greece Montenegro 1½-2½ China Cuba 3-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina Heated battles in Round #6. Photo by ugra-chess.com. Round #6 Analysis:…

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  • 2010 Chess Olympiad: Round #5

    Top Boards (Open) Armenia 2½-1½ Russia 2 Vietnam ½-3½ Georgia Hungary 2½-1½ Russia 1 Poland 2-2 Netherlands Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-3 Ukraine Azerbaijan 2½-1½ Sweden Czech Republic 4-0 Mexico China 2-2 Slovakia Italy 2-2 Cuba USA 3-1 Argentina Round #5 Analysis: Now at the first rest day the field is…

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