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|Aug-13-14|| ||AJ of Alaska: I read somewhere that Kasparov now may lead a breakaway movement from FIDE. If he tries to do that I am not at all surprised. His personality is such that he simply cannot accept to be defeated.|
He has tried to ruin FIDE in the past bry breaking out with his egocentric PCA Project, now he may try to ruin FIDE again. But he will not be allowed to do this. Not his time...
As a chess player I have enormous respect for him. He is one of the greatest of all time, of course.
Bur as a person, and in everything else outside of chess, he is a big NOBODY!
|Aug-13-14|| ||Refused: I doubt he will try any such thing, nobody would follow him, and he knows that.|
|Aug-13-14|| ||schweigzwang: <he is a big NOBODY!>|
Remind us who YOU are, exactly?
|Aug-13-14|| ||Petrosianic: A little nobody, I guess.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||Natalia Pogonina: It's a pleasure to win the Chess Olympiad once again, especially after the organizers tried to rule us out of the competition. Thanks to everyone who supported us! Third victory in a row for Team Russia ;)|
|Aug-14-14|| ||waustad: In the battle for the board 1 prize, Pia Cramling won again today over Lisandra Teresa Ordaz Valdes (2345), giving her 10/11. Nana Dzagnidze was leading in the battle for the board 1 prize but didn't play today. Playing for better teams, she had a higher performance rating, as did Hou Yifan going into the final round. The latter drew with Anna Muzychuk.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||Refused: Congratulations to you ad your GM Pogonina.
Though did you have to ruin two of my chessbokie bets on your way to gold? :')
Nah, j/k. Well done.
|Aug-14-14|| ||Beholder: <Natalia Pogonina>
|Aug-14-14|| ||geeker: Krush wins! USA about to beat Argentina 4-0! But it's too little, much too late...|
|Aug-14-14|| ||Calar: Russia is 1st
China and Ukraine are tied for 2nd, but I think China has better tie-break
|Aug-14-14|| ||Refused: The final position in Muzychuk-Hou is kinda amusing.|
I like Muzychuk's entombed Rook. :)
|Aug-14-14|| ||notyetagm: <Natalia Pogonina: It's a pleasure to win the Chess Olympiad once again, especially after the organizers tried to rule us out of the competition. Thanks to everyone who supported us! Third victory in a row for Team Russia ;)>|
Congratulations, Ms. Pogonina, on a well-deserved victory.
I was rooting for the Chinese women but you beat them 3-1 so that was that, unfortunately.
|Aug-14-14|| ||apctguy: Yes Pia Cramling is unusually strong player at 51 yrs. old. Olympiad result quite impressive.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||Beholder: In addition to a team Gold medal and the title of Olympic champions,
GM Valentina Gunina and
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk won individual Gold medals for the best performance of the Olympiad on the 2nd and 3rd board, respectively.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||dx9293: Congratulations, <Natalia>!|
|Aug-14-14|| ||waustad: The Swedish team did about as expected overall, but got excellent results on boards 1 and 3 with Pia Cramling and Ellinor Frisk getting bronze medals for their performances.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||optimal play: Excellent last round by Australia to shut-out Malaysia 4:0|
Overall, a very credible performance in this Olympiad, finishing on 13 points in 32nd place, considering our ranking of 51
And of course, congratulations to Russia on 1st place.
|Aug-15-14|| ||solander: What a wonderful performance by Pia Cramling! Congratulations!|
|Aug-16-14|| ||siggemannen: Congrats to the Russian women! Molodtsy!|
|Aug-16-14|| ||thickhead: Congratulatios to Padmini Rout for bagging gold.|
|Aug-18-14|| ||cro777: All the time during the Chess Olympiad, Natalia Pogonina's teammates used to jokingly bug her with asking for some excerpts from her book "Chess Kama Sutra" (about the connection between chess and sex) which will explain th "love theory" of chess. The idea that there is a way to apply ideas about sex to improve chess skills, and vice versa seems very attractive. Will this book ever be published?|
Pogonina: "Frankly speaking, I am not sure whether this book will ever be finalized and published or not. Peter Zhdanov, my husband and co-author, is more interested in this kind of research."
|Aug-18-14|| ||zanzibar: She also makes this statement in the interview:
<However, the organization of the Chess Olympiad itself left a lot to be desired. I don’t want to go into details, but it is enough to point out that two chess players/participants died during the Olympiad’2014. This is very sad.>
The implication is rather strong...
|Aug-18-14|| ||perfidious: Another excerpt:
<I don’t think that it’s a good idea to try to make a “genius” out of your kid at all costs. Some of these so-called “prodigies” grow up to become unhappy and quite unremarkable people.>
Sounds like one very talented youngster I knew who was relentlessly pushed by his parents to achieve--whatever he did, it was not enough.
|Aug-18-14|| ||cro777: The Burundi women's team which had not arrived for play in the last two rounds of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, according to the head of the Burundi delegation have left Norway:|
"They have simply hidden their intentions, but I know that they have crossed the borders and that they refuse all contact with us from where they should be today."
Deo Ntagasigumwami in an e-mail to NRK
They had been staying in private and vanished from the Olympiad.
(Aurore Itangishaka from Burundi chess team)
|Aug-21-14|| ||Octavia: <two chess players/participants died during the Olympiad’2014.> When you have thousands of people gathered in one space it's kinda normal that some should die especially if lots of them are old - look up statistics .|
The Aussies were 51 & improved, the Scots were 52 & did badly in the last 2 rds & dropped. Its may be not a good idea to play in all the rds as Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant did.
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