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|May-19-06|| ||chessmoron: 21st <jperr75108>.
|May-19-06|| ||chessmoron: <all>
Predict your top 3 players and top 3 teams who will be leading for each round (a total of 14 rounds) on my chessforum
Rules: 1) each of your correct picks is 3 points (3 points for the top 3 players as well as top 3 teams)
2) If you got all 3 correct, a 10 pt score will be added.
3) Please be honest (Don't change your mind if you already have post your predictions)
4) Predictions must be posted before the games start
For each round, I will post the standings/results of the participants.
|May-19-06|| ||orio24: When is the 1st round and what are the pairings?|
|May-19-06|| ||chessmoron: May 21st...pairing not announce it.|
|May-19-06|| ||cotdt: 1. USA
|May-19-06|| ||IMlday: I rushed around all day, got up at 5 AM, was all packed and ready to go to the airport when I double checked the ticket and saw it was for tomorrow. As a player (13 Olympiads) I was never nervous, but as a Captain my stomach was in a spectacular knot and I puked both breakfast and lunch.
Canada is ranked about 45th with GMs Spraggett, Lesiege and Tiomkin all sitting out. Still we have a fine, young team and may produce some surprises. A hidden asset is noted theoretician Lev Psakhis as an opening preparation coach.|
Torino/Turin held the the IOC Winter games followed by the Paralymics and a World Youth Musicians convention which produced a 'prodigy orchestra' to play an original composition by Ennio Morricone for the opening ceremony of the Olympiad. (I love modern orchestral music).
Clearly the Italians are putting their hearts into it. With 139 countries the logistical problems are enormous, but so is the Olympic Village
and the 'Oval' site, a 5-minute walk away, which was used for speed skating in the Winter Games and is about the side of 2 soccer fields.
|May-19-06|| ||Gypsy: <IMlday> Go Team Lawrence!|
Good luck to Canada and let us know things are going between the rounds...
|May-19-06|| ||blyndwulf: 1.Russia 2.Ukraine 3.Armenia
I think Aronian has something to prove. No offense to Anand and the rest of the gang, although it would be interesting to see the play of Sandipan
|May-20-06|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Two surprising details of the chess olympiad.|
1. Somalia has a team. All ex-pats, perhaps?
2. The huge jump in strength of the women (in some cases, girls). As recently as fifteen years ago, when I stopped playing, a strong female player was still something of an oddity. I mean, most chessplayers would be very surprised if they saw a woman rated 2000 in a tournament.
|May-20-06|| ||ARMENIA: 1.Russia
Soviet Union domination of chess will continue.
God Bless Armenia
|May-20-06|| ||martinshortsays: <blyndwulf> Vladimir Kramnik is a supremely condident being. Like an Eagle-Person or a cyborg, he doesn't need to play the 3rd or 4th board to get wins to feel good about himself. He wakes up every morning feeling supreme about himself and his abilities to take on the entire world. The man has no notion of what it even means to feel good about his wins. he's a cyborg, an artistic machine programmed to revolutionize the game as we know it by god. It's disgusting really, that god would do such a thing as to leave us mortals in the cold to wonder our fate while Kramnik has his supreme confidence and understanding of the game as he imbibes in his wine and dances about with his glass in revelry. The one thing i can assure you is that Kramnik doesn't need to elevate his confidence in the slightest.|
|May-20-06|| ||radu stancu: <IMlday: I rushed around all day, got up at 5 AM, was all packed and ready to go to the airport when I double checked the ticket and saw it was for tomorrow.>|
Well, it's better than finding out it was for yesterday. ;) Good luck to your team!
|May-20-06|| ||alefromitaly: <IMlday> Morricone once played 15'/10' against Judit Polgar... (http://xoomer.virgilio.it/bombelli/...) ...and he's rearranging "Jailhouse Rock" as anthem for our next season's soccer championship... ^_^|
|May-20-06|| ||Open Defence: <The huge jump in strength of the women (in some cases, girls)> I firmly believe that if more women take up the game we will see an overall rise in strength of women players..|
|May-20-06|| ||blyndwulf: <martinshortsays> Point taken. I too am a Kramnik fan and I am curious as to how Kramnik plays in this Olympiad. I hope he demolishes everyone who goes against him.|
|May-20-06|| ||othomile: somebody pliz inform me, when are these games starting?|
|May-20-06|| ||Dionyseus: <othomile> tomorrow|
|May-20-06|| ||Priyadharshan: india has a good chance because it has a dhoni of indian chess named dp.singh|
|May-20-06|| ||FrenchFrog: Will the Mtel players join their national teams in Italy?|
|May-20-06|| ||DCP23: OK, so the question is who will get the 2nd place. Worthy candidates include Armenia, Ukraine, India, perhaps USA -- though USA is probably more of a 3rd-place contender.|
|May-20-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: When are the countries going to vote for the new FIDE president?|
|May-20-06|| ||Da Rose: vai kotov|
|May-20-06|| ||Zebra: Wow, Korchnoi still going strong on board 1 for Switzerland - at 75.|
|May-20-06|| ||DRRJ48: I never could get the time of the tournaments correct (a bit of early senility????) Can someone tell me what timje they start in New York time???
|May-20-06|| ||PhilFeeley: According to the official website, the event starts in 10 and a half hours local time. Since it's 2:30 pm my time (west coast) that puts it at 12:30am tomorrow, which makes it about 3:30am for you guys on the east coast (sorry about that!).|
Also from the website, they give the odds. I don't know who made these, but here's the interesting list:
Team Winner, odds
Czech Republic, 50
So for my choices, I'll go with Russia - first, Armenia - second and India - third, although Ukraine is only 2 points behind, so third is a toss up.
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