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🏆 36th Olympiad (2004)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Vugar Gashimov, Michael Adams, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Baadur Jobava, Viktor Bologan, Bu Xiangzhi, Alexander Moiseenko, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Ivan Cheparinov, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, Alexey Dreev, Alexander Beliavsky, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ivan Sokolov, Ferenc Berkes, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Gabriel Sargissian, Ilya Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Peter Heine Nielsen, Sergei Tiviakov, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Gregory Kaidanov, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Rauf Mamedov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Joel Lautier, Timur Gareyev, Ye Jiangchuan, Jan Timman, Michael Roiz, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Michal Krasenkow, Zoltan Gyimesi, Robert Markus, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Daniel Fridman, Aleksander Delchev, Boris Avrukh, Gadir Guseinov, Sergei Azarov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Rafael Vaganian, Zviad Izoria, Alexei Fedorov, Constantin Lupulescu, Zhong Zhang, Tomi Nyback, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, Chanda Sandipan, Alexander (Nenashev) Graf, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Kamil Miton, Xu Jun, Emilio Cordova, Borki Predojevic, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Bartlomiej Macieja, Jan Gustafsson, Anton Filippov, Ioannis Papaioannou, Viorel Iordachescu, Zbynek Hracek, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Eduardas Rozentalis, Robert Kempinski, Alexander Shabalov, Jonathan Speelman, Darmen Sadvakasov, Boris Gulko, Friso Nijboer, Milos Perunovic, Dragan Solak, Jaan Ehlvest, Ulf Andersson, Zdenko Kozul, Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Vasilios Kotronias, Valerij Filippov, Hrvoje Stevic, Simen Agdestein, Suat Atalik, Henrique Mecking, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Rustem Dautov, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Alexander Goldin, Hichem Hamdouchi, Andrey Zhigalko, Emanuel Berg, Branko Damljanovic, Merab Gagunashvili, Leonid Kritz, Yannick Pelletier, Ruben Felgaer, Koneru Humpy, Tamaz Gelashvili, Dmitry Svetushkin, Artashes Minasian, Mark Paragua, Lubomir Ftacnik, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Evgenij Agrest, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Mihail Marin, Christopher Lutz, Dusko Pavasovic, Igor Novikov, Boris Chatalbashev, Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez, Mark Bluvshtein, Iossif Davidovich Dorfman, Kaido Kulaots, Erik van den Doel, Vlastimil Babula plus 642 more players

 page 1 of 132; games 1-25 of 3,297  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Akopian vs Z Izoria  1-033200436th OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
2. A Shukuraliev vs F Hernandez Basante  ½-½33200436th OlympiadB38 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy Bind, 6.Be3
3. L Valdes vs V Ilinsky  1-042200436th OlympiadA09 Reti Opening
4. N Zilberman vs B Gonzalez  ½-½35200436th OlympiadA80 Dutch
5. A Ramirez Alvarez vs E Moldobaev  1-063200436th OlympiadE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
6. A Mongiello vs M Y Yeo 0-126200436th OlympiadB20 Sicilian
7. S Wilkinson vs Wei Ming Kevin Goh  0-132200436th OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
8. P Chan vs F Jackson  1-043200436th OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Shaobin vs Daryl Allen  1-039200436th OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. D Furneau vs A Almeida Saenz  0-142200436th OlympiadB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. R E Espinosa Flores vs B Hoareau 1-041200436th OlympiadC77 Ruy Lopez
12. R Constance vs J Gonzalez Garcia  0-127200436th OlympiadB27 Sicilian
13. I Karkanaqe vs R Ngarambe  1-028200436th OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
14. G Hernandez Guerrero vs P Valentin  1-036200436th OlympiadB23 Sicilian, Closed
15. E Niyontegereje vs L Rama  0-143200436th OlympiadC46 Three Knights
16. L Shytaj vs F Mutabazi 1-021200436th OlympiadB07 Pirc
17. M Murara vs E Dervishi  0-133200436th OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. C Goman vs J G Costa  0-129200436th OlympiadA80 Dutch
19. J Pinheiro vs J M Cummins  1-029200436th OlympiadA13 English
20. F Hamperl vs S Rocha  0-135200436th OlympiadB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. A Fernandes vs P Rowe  1-032200436th OlympiadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. D Alzate vs N Freeman  1-035200436th OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. B Miller vs J Cuartas Medina  0-122200436th OlympiadB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. S Barrientos Chavarriaga vs N Faulks  1-030200436th OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. R Tromp vs R Gonzalez Davila 0-17200436th OlympiadC40 King's Knight Opening
 page 1 of 132; games 1-25 of 3,297  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-31-04  milanez: i forgot he played in ECC Cup where he gained 5.3 pts. That makes it a loss of 17.7 pts for new Elo list.
Oct-31-04  milanez: Top gainers among players rated 2500+(current rating/ELO gain)

Jobava (GEO)- 2614 (+28)
Vaganian (ARM)- 2640 (+25)
Karjakin (UKR)- 2576 (+23)
Ivanchuk (UKR)- 2705 (+20)
Guseinov (AZE)- 2552 (+22)
Bluvshtein (CAN)- 2502 (+21)
Lazaro (CUB)- 2637 (+20)
Georgiev (MKD)- 2512 (+20)

and top..let's call them losers..

Stevic (CRO)- 2539 (-23)
Ostenstad (NOR)- 2506 (-22)
Almasi (HUN)- 2650 (-22)
Stanojoski (MKD)- 2506 (-20)
Hebden (ENG)- 2550 (-20)
Mcshane (ENG)- 2629 (-20)
Nisipeanu (ROM)- 2687 (-20)
Rozentalis (LTU)- 2595 (-19)
Dervishi (ALB)- 2502 (-18)
AGrest (SWE)- 2604 (-18)
Olafsson (ISL)- 2531 (-16)
Dautov (GER)- 2626 (-16)
Short (ENG)- 2687 (-15)

Nov-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: <ruylopez9000> oh but they do...let's look at the FIDE tournaments of the recent quarter

onischuk http://www.fide.com/ratings/tourarc... 9th Pacific Coast Open, World Open

shabalov
http://www.fide.com/ratings/tourarc... World Open, 2004 National Open, CCA-Internet Club, 2004 Chicago Open

goldin http://www.fide.com/ratings/tourarc... World Open, Chicago Open

kaidanov
http://www.fide.com/ratings/tourarc... Chicago Open

novikov
http://www.fide.com/ratings/tourarc... Montreal International, Chicago Open, World Open

gulko
http://www.fide.com/ratings/card.ph...
no events

so basically the preparation was a bunch of open American tournaments, with the exception of novikov who played in the montreal international. i am honestly shocked that they did so well, without a steady diet of strong opposition. those are just the FIDE rated tournaments, check out the http://www.uschess.org for other events

Nov-01-04  samikd: <milanez> Unless there are mistakes the top gainer, BY FAR, seems to be India's Surya Sekhar Ganguly 2559-2660 (+101 !!!!)
Samik
Nov-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <samikd> The site gives Ganguly's gain as 12.3 points. 2660 is his performance rating. It is virtually impossible to gain 101 points in a 14-round event
Nov-01-04  arifattar: Anand pleased with India’s performance

Mallorca (Spain): V Anand has rated India’s performance as good in the 36th Chess Olympiad but at the same time agreed that “it could have been better’’. Leading the Indian team after 12 years, the world rapid champion also feels that the Indians are ready to move in the big league after their best-ever fifth-place finish. “We did not lose a single match by more than 1.5-2.5 that itself proves (that performace was good),’’ Anand said. “Perhaps we could have done better when we notice the disparity in number of winning positions we failed to convert and number of losing positions that we drew or won,’’ he added. According to Anand, had India recorded some more wins with bigger margins they could have finished inside the medal bracket. “Perhaps not winning by bigger margins made the difference. If we look at teams like Ukraine and Armenia they scored many 4-0 or 3.5-0.5 victories, we did that only twice,’’ he said. On his personal experience here, Anand said he was pleased. “I played 11 games in all and I scored plus five (five victories and six draws), I am also adding a few rating points which is good.’’ Anand, who rested against Cuba in round 10 which the Indians eventually lost and could never recover thereafter, explained: “I wanted to take one rest in last five rounds as I had already played quite a few games, the question was when? And we decided that the 10th round was the best as I could regroup myself and play in the final four matches.’’ On the other hand, Ukraine’s top board player Vassily Ivanchuk laid the foundation of his team’s triumph by winning the first six games. Also the Ukrainian played in the first 12 games for his team and only took one rest in the penultimate round when things had already gone Ukraine’s way. “Ivanchuk lives on Planet Ivanchuk,’’ Anand quickly pointed out. “It is hard to emulate him, just three days before Olympiad he lost around 15 points in an event and here he was just winning.’’ When asked whether he will be available for future, Olympiads, Anand said it Olympiad takes place only once in two years so it was too early to commit. Agencies

Nov-02-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <chessgames.com> It looks like most of the games of the women's side of the Olympiad are still missing. Do you plan to import them?
Nov-03-04  machess: dismal showing again by the philippine team!
Nov-03-04  clocked: nice troll
Nov-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: Gypsy and others: <It looks like most of the games of the women's side of the Olympiad are still missing. Do you plan to import them?> The problem is that a lot of the women's games got mixed into THIS page instead of the women's section. E.g., what's Kosteniuk vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 2004 doing here? We're working to fix this.

You are right, however, there are many women's games that are not imported, because the players in question are not in the database yet and these games take longer to import. Look for more games soon on the page 36th Olympiad, Women (2004). Thanks.

Nov-03-04  niemzo: greece finished eleventh! much higher than the elo system predicted
Nov-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Thank you <chessgames.com>.
Nov-03-04  ruylopez900: <arifattar> It would be nice if Anand continually went to the Olympiads, and if Russia had Kasparov and Kramnik playing as well, maybe have a Russia A and a Russia B like they had for Spain (though I realize its because Spain were the hosts).
Nov-04-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  OlimpBase: Please try this link: http://www.olimpbase.org/2004/2004t... to learn what performed ELO achieved by all the teams. It is interesting to compare final rankings with performed ELO table. (also many other interesting stats like most drawn games, best Buchholz etc)
Nov-05-04  Darion: how do i get in a tornament
Nov-06-04  ruylopez900: <darion> You cannot play on this website. It is just a database for players to check out GM games, talk about them and discuss the game in general. sites where you can play chess include:

www.playchess.com (need chessbase software)
www.freechess.org
www.net-chess.com

Enjoy

Nov-10-04  Giancarlo: I'm not at all surprised by the win of the Ukraine team, they've always been at the top of the chess podium. They have lots of talent.
Nov-10-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Anyone know who won the Brilliancy Prize for the best game at the Calvia Olympiad? If you could, please email me the answer at gmnotyet@yahoo.com. Thanks for all responses.
Nov-14-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  OlimpBase: AFAIK no best game prize has been awarded.
Dec-04-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: Not much games have been kibitzed.
Dec-05-04  yoozum: maybe you should kibitz on all of them for good measure.
Dec-05-04  iron maiden: Don't give him any ideas.
Dec-05-04  yoozum: 3296 games...
that will grant him the coveted # 2 spot; still a few thousand away from acirce :-)
Dec-06-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: I ain't kibitzing on all these games, man. That'll be boring since I've already did at Paul Michel's place.
Dec-22-04  trestor aleostro: <machess: dismal showing again by the philippine team!> Considering that the Philippine team was seeded 40 and finished 19th out of 128 teams (with 422.5 tiebreak points but sharing 12th-20th places with 32 game points), I don't think it's "dismal showing" at all. The Filipinos finished higher than China (seeded 16th) which placed 24th, England (seeded 6th) which ended up at 30th place, and Hungary (seeded 15th and outpointed 1.5-2.5 by the Philippines in the last round) which wound up at 31st.

Prior to the Olympics, the team announced that the goal was to finish in the top 10. By scoring 32 points, it's fair to say they missed that goal by a mere half point as 32.5 was good for 9th-11th. I'd say it was a fine performance and far from dismal. machess, consider it a gentle rebuke.

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