2004 Chess Olympiad: Reflections on the Mallorca Olympiad

As promised, here are my thoughts of the 36th Chess Olympiad. It is an experience that every chess enthusiast should have because it will give you a greater appreciation for the international influence of chess. Many times it is hard to realize this since the main media coverage in chess is limited to a couple dozen countries and the top 50 players. In fact, I visited several websites during the Olympiad and it appeared as if only a couple dozen teams were competing!

Below is what I wrote in the foreword of
Ian Wilkinson's historic "Magnificence in Bled "

"What makes Wilkinson's work more enriching is not only the classic games from chess legends of the past, but the inclusion of long-forgotten and often omitted nations such as those of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. These regions would not normally see the light of day in the annals of chess history, but are indeed making contributions that often go unnoticed. This book takes a peek into the greatness of the premier chess legends as well as the contributions made by smaller nations and their break-through moments."

These thoughts were confirmed after my attendance at the Olympiad. This tournament not only attracts over 130 nations, but a wide diversity of players. It was a great honor to be amongst giants of chess and the giants of journalism. In the essay, I have tried to provide a glimpse of what I saw (and felt) in those four short days. Enjoy!

Read, "Reflections on the Mallorca Olympiad"

Posted by The Chess Drum: 22 November 2004