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  • Reflections on Batumi Olympiad

    Back to another Olympiad… another new place… another adventure. I had been to Calvia, Turin, Dresden, Istanbul, Tromso and now would venture to a place abutting the Black Sea in a city known for vintage wineries. Nevertheless, I geared up for this trip not knowing what was to come after…

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  • Congo’s Mashala Kabamwanishi shines at Olympiad

    The Chess Olympiad is chock full of inspirational stories that become part of the event’s history. The Olympiad in Batumi had more than 180 nations participating so there was no shortage of them. In fact, ChessBase India did the best job in capturing the essence of wide experiences among the…

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  • African Diaspora made a colorful presence in Batumi

    Aster Bantiwalu (Ethiopia) Photo by David Llada The Chess Olympiad is a special event and by some accounts is the most important event in chess. It is at the biennial Olympiad that various expressions of chess are seen from every corner of the planet. Apart from the colorful outfits from…

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  • Lewis Ncube wins African Chess Presidency!

    Lewis Ncube at African CongressPhoto by Africa Chess Media Lewis Ncube, the incumbent, declared to hold his position as President of the African Chess Conferation after two competitors emerged. It appeared that he would have quite a challenge after Tshepo Sitale and Dr. Essoh Essis released very impressive campaign statements.…

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  • 2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #11

        2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #11 Friday, 5 October 2018   Open Section  Full Results   Dint Liren and Ju Wenjun (CHINA) Photo: @davidllada #BatumiChess2018 pic.twitter.com/F32w5ek57f — Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (@BatumiChess2018) October 5, 2018 China has won Olympiad gold after beating medal contender Poland in a thrilling last-round…

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  • 2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #9

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #9Wednesday, 3 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Arkady Dvorkovich is the new FIDE President. Photo: @davidllada @BatumiChess2018 pic.twitter.com/4rwzciuuTv — Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (@BatumiChess2018) October 3, 2018 Top story of today was the election of the new FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich. He becomes the 7th…

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  • Arkady Dvorkovich wins FIDE Presidency!

    Arkady DvorkovichPhoto by David Llada Months after announcing his candidacy, Arkady Dvorkovich has won the favor of chess federations around the world by winning the office of FIDE President. In the lead up to the vote, There were several endorsements including a last minute show of support for fellow candidate…

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  • 2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #7

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #7Monday, 1 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Key battles in the 7th round. Poland-Azerbaijan was drawn 2-2 while the USA beat Croatia 3-1 moving into a three-way tie for first. The USA benefited from favorable pairings the last two rounds, but will certainly play everyone…

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  • 2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #6

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #6Sunday, 30 September 2018 Women Section Full Results First, the women… The Americans are making a run for medals in both sections after the 6th round proceedings. The story thus far has to be the play of unheralded FM Jennifer Yu who is now on 5.5/6…

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  • 2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #5

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #5Friday, 28 September 2018 Open Section Full Results Levon Aronian (Armenia)Photo by Daaim Shabazz Things have heated up before the rest day at the 2018 Chess Olympiad. The marquee matchup between Azerbaijan and Armenia was a thriller, but ended up in heartbreak for the Armenians. Levon…

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