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🏆 Olympiad (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky, Michael Adams, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Judit Polgar, Baadur Jobava, Viktor Bologan, Bu Xiangzhi, Zoltan Almasi, Andrei Volokitin, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Ni Hua, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Ivan Cheparinov, Vladimir Akopian, Nigel Short, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Gabriel Sargissian, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Alexander Onischuk, Markus Ragger, Peter Heine Nielsen, Bassem Amin, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Michael Roiz, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Andrei Istratescu, Predrag Nikolic, Gawain Jones, Evgeny Postny, Varuzhan Akobian, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Csaba Balogh, Vladislav Tkachiev, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Georg Meier, Igor Khenkin, Daniel Fridman, Jan Smeets, Aleksander Petkov Delchev, Boris Avrukh, Sergei Azarov, Gadir Guseinov, Ivan Ivanisevic, Anton Kovalyov, Bartosz Socko, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Zviad Izoria, Luka Lenic, Grzegorz Gajewski, Alexei Fedorov, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Constantin Lupulescu, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, A R Saleh Salem, Chanda Sandipan, Tomi Nyback, Kamil Miton, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Borki Predojevic, Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev, Jan Gustafsson, Ioannis Papaioannou, Viorel Iordachescu, Erwin L'Ami, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Zbynek Hracek, Eduardas Rozentalis, Yury Shulman, Hristos Banikas, Rainer Buhmann, Milos Perunovic, Dragan Solak, Zdenko Kozul, Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Mustafa Yilmaz, Ahmed Adly, Daniel Stellwagen, Vasilios Kotronias, Simen Agdestein, Hrvoje Stevic, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Fernando Peralta, Levente Vajda, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Bojan Vuckovic, Levan Pantsulaia, Andrey Zhigalko, Emanuel Berg, Sebastien Maze, Rinat Jumabayev, Ruben Felgaer, Yannick Pelletier, Dmitry Svetushkin, Artashes Minasian, David Baramidze, Lubomir Ftacnik, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Mladen Palac, Sabino Brunello, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Evgenij Agrest, Dusko Pavasovic, Mark Bluvshtein plus 558 more players

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 998  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Chinasamy vs M Amanov  0-1312008OlympiadB23 Sicilian, Closed
2. S Celis vs J D Gemy  0-1512008OlympiadA60 Benoni Defense
3. N Faulks vs J Bakr  0-1322008OlympiadB54 Sicilian
4. J A Dill vs A Rayes 0-1312008OlympiadC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. W Hook vs K Njili  0-1212008OlympiadE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Christopher vs S Laouini  0-1482008OlympiadB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
7. Michael Smith vs H A Hussein Al-Ali  0-1242008OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
8. A Mongiello vs A Mohsen  0-1332008OlympiadA80 Dutch
9. C Eichab vs S Salov  0-1962008OlympiadB41 Sicilian, Kan
10. A Corke vs W Kobese  0-1382008OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. L Oliveira vs M Pribeanu  0-1342008OlympiadE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. J Pesqueira vs Hatim Al-Hadarani  0-1342008OlympiadA57 Benko Gambit
13. H Boshku vs E Paciencia  0-1362008OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. L Rama vs T Chan  0-1612008OlympiadE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
15. A Guller vs K Sebih 0-1472008OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
16. K Studer vs M Haddouche  0-1612008OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
17. A Kim vs N Samakov  0-1982008OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
18. A Kim vs S Tologontegin  0-1512008OlympiadE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
19. M Ozanne vs H Abdullah  0-1262008OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
20. T Brookfield vs J Al-Huwar  0-1332008OlympiadC00 French Defense
21. S Goundar vs L Arias  0-1492008OlympiadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. E Grassi vs S Mansour  0-1502008OlympiadB07 Pirc
23. Joseph Ngendo vs W Bermudez Adams 0-1312008OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. P Gilruth vs W Elliott  0-1422008OlympiadD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. M Dekker vs W Lorenzana  0-1432008OlympiadE81 King's Indian, Samisch
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 998  PGN Download
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Dec-03-08  Riverbeast: The other serious problem with corporate/employer drug testing, in my opinion, is that it is more likely to bust the relatively harmless marijuana smokers, since marijuana stays in the system for up to 2 months.

Meanwhile, users of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin can more easily escape detection, since these drugs are flushed out of the system within a week to 10 days.

And what if an employee drinks to oblivion every night, and comes in to work hung over every day? They don't seem to test for that....But alcohol is one of the hardest drugs of all, legal or not....

That person would be a lot more of a danger to himself and others, than the one who smokes a spliff on weekends....

Dec-03-08  ghall3: Good observation Mr. Day. I hadn't thought of persons subjected to testing in terms of their political power (or lack thereof), but the correlation does seem strong. When you consider that people tend to cling most fervently to ideas they wish were true, but are afraid are wrong, the pressing need most people have to feel significant/powerful, and the inability of most to recognize cognitive dissonance in their own thoughts and perceptions, it doesn't augur well for considered decisions that respect the rights of others. With the passage of time and more experience in observing human behavior, I find myself increasingly awed by Lord Acton's observation to the effect that "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." Power too often means that cognitive dissonance is unfettered in its operation on the mind.

I also want to say that I greatly admire your playing style--you are genuinely original. You are one of only a handful of players whose games I play through just to see how they handle situations. I am always rewarded with new insights--if I think long and hard enough. I am working on the 2. a3 response to the Sicilian currently. When I say working, I am mostly talking about playing over your old games. (I just discovered that there is a fairly recent book, which I have ordered too.)

IMlday: The ratio of drug testing is in inverse proportion to the actual political power of those being tested. Thus for example school children, amateur athletes, convicts etc, those with no political power are rigorously tested, while politicians, judges, lawyers, accountants, policemen etc, all those with actual power, are automatically above suspicion.

Dec-03-08  ghall3: That school children aren't pervasively drug tested is a legitimate point. I believe your characterization of the situation, however, is overstated. For instance, I am fairly certain that the local school district does drug testing for high school football players.

In my experience, the question of lack of power in relation to drug testing is a legitimate point. I formerly was in-house counsel for a very large corporation. I spent a lot of time in plants investigating problems and what caused them. I had to take a pre-employment drug test. For cause, I could have been asked to take another (I never was). Managers did not get tested for their decisions to buy or not buy equipment, to implement or not implement particular policies, etc., although those decisions frequently affected (or adversely affected) safety. The guys who worked out in the plants, however, were subject to frequent random drug testing, as well as being drug tested if there was any type of incident that might affect safety. It is fair to say that there were some legitimate reasons for the differences in policy. It is also fair to say that those with more power in the company were tested far less than those with less power. It is also fair to say that many of the problems that drug testing was purportedly designed to prevent (e.g., safety, human health), were much more widely and profoundly affected by the actions (or lack thereof) of managers rather than workers.

SetNoEscapeOn: I'm not sure if this was intended as a joke of some sort or not, but it's not true, at least not in the US. School children are never tested for drugs, at least not in public schools (unless as part of some sort of anonymous survey). Amateur athletes not good enough to participate in world class competitions (well over 99% of them) are never tested for drugs in connection with their competitive activities.

Meanwhile accountants (or any other professional, no matter how well educated or "privileged") who works for a large corporation is going to have to take (and pass) a drug test before they are hired (not to mention the random drug testing commonly seen in several of the biggest companies). Drug testing for police officers is also the norm throughout the US. For instance

True, Obama is not going to be forced to take a piss test before he's sworn in, but the idealistic ratio that you mentioned does not represent the true situation (again in the US; maybe it's different where you are).

Dec-03-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Kramnik

and Deep Fritz

Up a Tree



Dec-04-08  ArmeniaNL: every player in the armenian olympic team gets around 20.000 eruo award for their excellent performance in the olympiad. I think they deserve to that award!
Dec-04-08  Riverbeast: It's cool to see chessplayers traveling with the President of the country, and mobbed at the airport like heroes.

To many of them, that was probably as good a reward (or better) than the money !

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  Jim Bartle: Wonder if that will ever occur with Obama (assuming an American victory of some sort). In "Dreams from my Father" he write casually several times about playing chess.
Dec-04-08  Riverbeast: <Jim Bartle> Yes, I heard he invented the Obama countergambit

Black to play and win! :-)

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  Jim Bartle: Zing!

That reminds me of a great sketch from the 80s HBO show "Not Necessarily the News," which I think I commented on somewhere else. (Remember this is from the apartheid period.)

A white man and a black man are sitting down to play a game. The white guy (playing white) makes a move, thinks hard, then makes another move, then another and another until mating the black guy, who hasn't moved at all.

The camera moves behind the black man, showing his hands tied behind his back, and the announcer says: "South African Rules Chess."

While searching fruitlessly for that sketch, I did find another great one from NNTN, called "Kissinger Tries to Make a Movie."

Dec-05-08  hovik2003: Iranians like this newelected president and put lots of hope on him to improve relations between two countries, because Obama(ou-ba-ma) in Persian means (he is with us)!!
Dec-05-08  timhortons: <Jim Bartle: Wonder if that will ever occur with Obama (assuming an American victory of some sort). In "Dreams from my Father" he write casually several times about playing chess>

yes he mentioned in the book that his indonesian stepfather(lolo) played countless of hours playing chess with (gramps) his grandfather while they were still in hawaii.

after years of spending time in indonesia(going with his mom and stepdad) he go back to hawaii to study highschool and he complained nobody among the kids play ches, badminton or football, hawaiian kids is in baseball.

<im actually in the first hundred page of the book and i enjoy reading it the way i enjoy reading the autobiography od collin powell and dennis rodman.>

these guy is not naive of asian culture and he know politics in asia.

Dec-06-08  Vakus: Levon Aronian: FIDE must reverse its decision!

Open letter
Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov and the FIDE Presidential Board,

In the wake of recent events surrounding the FIDE Grand Prix and the General Assembly's decision to alter the current World Championship cycle, I feel obliged, as a participant and a leading chess player, to express my disappointment. I must request you to critically view and question the GA's latest decisions and the processes to which they came. I must stress that I am not one for scandals and do not wish to cause unnecessary fights however I believe it is my duty to act as the voice of the players.

Firstly, the decision to alter the World Championship cycle at this time is not in the spirit of fair competition. We can draw a parallel to the following example: the rules set before a race state that the marathon is 42km, and while the runners are still running, having already completed 20km, the rules are suddenly changed to make the marathon an 80km run. The runners thus lose motivation to run and consequently distrust the rule makers. This is comparable to the situation the participants of the FIDE Grand Prix will be in if the GA's decisions are made final.

After severe criticism for many years over the World Championship cycle, FIDE finally created a promising new system, only now to self-impose new waves of criticism. When the initial World Championship cycle was set in place and the Grand Prix system was created for players to qualify legitimately for a chance to challenge the world champion, we had the belief that there was finally a fair and reliable system (which my federation also supported).

Dec-06-08  Vakus: With the GA's recent actions, it seems that there is a democratic deficit within FIDE. The GA did not consult the players currently taking part in the Grand Prix in their decision processes. Please keep in mind a very important point these players, including myself, have a legally binding agreement with FIDE regarding the World Championship cycle and the Grand Prix. Therefore it is FIDE's duty to consult the other party of the contract the participants.

Does this mean that the chess players have lesser rights than others? The GA appears to act with no concern for the players. The decision to suddenly change the World Championship cycle has damaging effects on the career plans of leading chess players. It is also reasonable to ask: why should we go through several tournaments over several years and fight for a place in a tournament that another player gets by losing a match? The GA's decisions remove the motivation for players like myself to take part in the World Championship cycle.

It should be noted that Mr. Mastrokoukos' reason to change the cycle because of the unforeseen events of two legs of the Grand Prix withdrawing is not convincing and does not reflect reality because a Grand Prix event in Yerevan has already been announced by FIDE as a replacement. It is clear that the withdrawal of Doha and Montreux are not endangering the system, as he would have us believe in his letter to Mr. Carlsen.

It seems that FIDE was on the right path towards a reliable World Championship cycle, which had the support of leading players and chess federations worldwide. However, with the GA's recent actions, FIDE has left the right path and will lose its credibility in the eyes of chess players world wide not to mention, ruin its efforts to be recognized as a sport by the IOC. I hope that the above arguments will be heard before finalizing the decisions of the GA.

Levon Aronian
Frankfurt am Main
December 6, 2008

Dec-08-08  dshxouhi: News coverage and awarding of state medals by the president to the Armenian champions. In Armenian with Russian subtitles (Parts 1-3). (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)

Part 1 news, airport, state honors ceremony

Part 2 awarding of medals and news

Part 3 news and fireworks

Part 4 airport coverage from the presidential plane greeting both Armenian teams and state honors ceremony

Dec-09-08  DUS: <dshxouhi> thanks for interesting links.
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  extremepleasure2: Vakus: Many thanks to the administration of this site for deleting the comments of <extremearmenophobe>, violating the laws of US and of many European states. I was right to blow the whistle.>

May I learn if there are any laws which prohibit freedom of speech and freedom of expression in free world. I didn't violate any laws neither in US nor in Europe. This is a bogus claim in the first place. I was the one who was reminding the international treaties that commit various European countries including Britain, France, Greece, Italy.

I was away and I didn't know that my previous posts are deleted by the administration. I am angry now and I want a valid explanation on this matter right now.

Dec-14-08  ARMENIA: hayastan jan hayastan !
Dec-21-08  ARMENIA: Hayastan jan Hayastan!
Dec-23-08  ArmeniaNL:
Dec-31-08  WhiteRook48: uh why on earth is Anand not here?
Jan-01-09  Phoenix: Because he did not play?
Jan-17-09  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of critical positions from Olympiad games:
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: what moves are the "Obama countergambit?"
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: why can't they list all the names?
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  notyetagm: <hovik2003: Iranians like this newelected president and put lots of hope on him to improve relations between two countries, because Obama(ou-ba-ma) in Persian means (he is with us)!!>

Well Obama sure was *not* with those pirates, was he?

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