Russia will come with guns fully loaded in this Olympiad with and average ELO rating of 2734, with a vengeful GM Garry Kasparov on board #1! Other teams to watch will be the the "Asian Dragons" of China, the Ukraine, England, Israel, Germany, and France. Also watch for the young upstart team from India bolstered by a much-improved GM Krishnan Saskiran. India shocked the USA team 3-1 in the 2000 Olympiad and led India to spectacular 8th place finish. It was also in the 2000 Olympiad that Zambian star IM Amon Simutowe won a silver medal on board #1 and caused many to take notice. Other African players like Zimbabwe's IM Robert Gwaze and Botswana's Boipuso Samuel also impressed.
What is certain is that there will be exciting chess played in Bled as team events have an added element of strategy, preparation, and tension… times when the entire fate of the team depends of one player's technique! For the smaller chess nations in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, it is a time to test the waters while also having a chance to make a big splash in the world chess scene. Most important of all the Olympiad will create new associations, friendships and lasting memories. Let the games begin!!
Olimpbase Archive (2002 Olympiad)
Zambia's Lewis Ncube announces Candidacy for FIDE Post!
Two Olympians face off in "Annotation Chess Clash!"