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Chess Olympiad (2016)

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Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Ding Liren, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Michael Adams, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Richard Rapport, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Yu Yangyi, Evgeny Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Wei Yi, Baadur Jobava, Viktor Bologan, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Anton Korobov, Le Quang Liem, Laurent Fressinet, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Luke McShane, David Howell, Nigel Short, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Beliavsky, Maxim Rodshtein, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Romain Edouard, Igor Kovalenko, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Markus Ragger, Eltaj Safarli, Baskaran Adhiban, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Rauf Mamedov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Christian Bauer, Michael Roiz, Ray Robson, Ivan Saric, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Samuel Shankland, Mateusz Bartel, David Anton Guijarro, Gawain Jones, Evgeny Postny, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Csaba Balogh, Georg Meier, Robert Markus, Daniel Fridman, Gadir Guseinov, Bassem Amin, Ivan Ivanisevic, Dariusz Swiercz, Kacper Piorun, Sandro Mareco, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Alexander Ipatov, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Luka Lenic, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Zhong Zhang, Constantin Lupulescu, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, A R Saleh Salem, Tomi Nyback, Emilio Cordova, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Borki Predojevic, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Anton Filippov, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Erwin L'Ami, Viorel Iordachescu, Eduardas Rozentalis, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Zbynek Hracek, Farrukh Amonatov, Tamir Nabaty, Nils Grandelius, Robin van Kampen, Anton Kovalyov, Hristos Banikas, Rainer Buhmann, Jorge Cori, Ioannis Papaioannou, Matthias Bluebaum, Dragan Solak, Johann Hjartarson, Zdenko Kozul, Ahmed Adly, Hrvoje Stevic, Utut Adianto, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Vasif Durarbayli, Fernando Peralta, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Andrey Zhigalko, Arturs Neiksans, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Yannick Pelletier, Tamaz Gelashvili, Mustafa Yilmaz, Dmitry Svetushkin, Sebastien Maze, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Lubomir Ftacnik, Mladen Palac, Sabino Brunello, Rinat Jumabayev, Eric Hansen, Tornike Sanikidze, Mihail Marin, Ivan Morovic-Fernandez, Alexandre Lesiege, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Benjamin Bok, Diego Flores, Vladislav Kovalev, Vlastimil Babula, Ante Brkic plus 689 more players Chess Event Description
Chess Olympiad (2016)

This was the 42nd Chess Olympiad.

The USA won their first title since 1976, beating Ukraine on tiebreak criteria, both scoring 20 points. Russia took clear 3rd on 18 points. India finished 4th and World Champion Magnus Carlsen's team Norway finished 5th.

In the Women's Olympiad China won on 20 points ahead of Poland and Ukraine on 17 points. Defending champions Russia finished fourth on 16 points level with India, USA, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Israel. (1, 2)

1 - The Week in Chess
2 - Official site:

 page 1 of 147; games 1-25 of 3,671  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Bomo vs Karjakin 0-127 2016 Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
2. Tomashevsky vs Daniel Anwuli  1-036 2016 Chess OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
3. O Adu vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-131 2016 Chess OlympiadA48 King's Indian
4. Nakamura vs R Aloma Vidal 1-046 2016 Chess OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. O de la Riva Aguado vs W So 0-150 2016 Chess OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
6. S Shankland vs J Fernandez Lopez 1-019 2016 Chess OlympiadB32 Sicilian
7. R Garcia Paolicchi vs Robson  0-144 2016 Chess OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
8. Nderim Saraci vs Ding Liren  0-157 2016 Chess OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
9. Yu Yangyi vs P Makoli  1-039 2016 Chess OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. A Fejzullahu vs Li Chao  0-137 2016 Chess OlympiadB56 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs B Sadiku 1-019 2016 Chess OlympiadC03 French, Tarrasch
12. Mamedyarov vs R Makoto 1-052 2016 Chess OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. F Mandizha vs Radjabov  0-125 2016 Chess OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Naiditsch vs S Masango 1-040 2016 Chess OlympiadC49 Four Knights
15. Emarald Takudzwa Mushore vs E Safarli  0-131 2016 Chess OlympiadC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. Ponomariov vs M Aboudi 1-024 2016 Chess OlympiadC23 Bishop's Opening
17. S Mansour vs Y Kryvoruchko  0-140 2016 Chess OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Korobov vs A Ahmad  1-041 2016 Chess OlympiadE73 King's Indian
19. F Mohannad vs A Volokitin 0-140 2016 Chess OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. N Ismael vs R Wojtaszek  0-151 2016 Chess OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. J Duda vs Z Mohammed 1-036 2016 Chess OlympiadC11 French
22. Akar Ali Salih Salih vs M Bartel  0-144 2016 Chess OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
23. D Swiercz vs A Abdulwahhab  1-037 2016 Chess OlympiadB41 Sicilian, Kan
24. S Maze vs W Cu Hor  1-031 2016 Chess OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. C Juarez Flores vs R Edouard  0-155 2016 Chess OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Sep-22-16  starry2013: I don't know how many times it has to be said, but chess federations competed not 'countries' as people put it. I know it's called an Olympiad but that's a misnomer.
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  Sally Simpson: Am I reading this right starry203,

If me and my gang of slobs from Sandy Bells pub in the heart of Edinburgh split from the Scottish Federation call ourselves the Sandy Bells Chess federation, pay the FIDE fees we can play at the next Olympiad.

Great! I'm on it. Batumi here we come.

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  HeMateMe: Why don't you sponsor your own Edinburgh Party too, as an offset to the Bermuda party? You could offer haggis, real beer, maybe free heroin? A screening of Trainspotting, hand out free guides to "The Twenty-something Guide to Being a Slacker" and more!
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  Sally Simpson: "favourite games from this Olympiad."

This one.

J Torres Santiago vs Tito Kahn, 2016

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  cro777: Attention deficit syndrome how to treat it?

"The gold medal team got little attention in the national media and chess continues to struggle for attention. All we got was a debate on whether the U.S. team imported their talent or not. No welcoming party at the airport, no celebration by the chess community and of course, the excitement has subsided already." (Daaim Shabazz)

Is the lack of readiness of the chess community to try anything different from the current model one of the causes? Will a "big idea in a sport with small aims" also end next month?

Maurice Ashley: "As it's looking more and more as though Millionaire Chess 3 will be the last one!"

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  tuttifrutty: <Maurice Ashley: "As it's looking more and more as though Millionaire Chess 3 will be the last one!">

Sweet. Lets thank Carlsen for killing chess with his immature <for sale> tweet.

One good reason why Wesley will snatch the crown and dump him where he truly belong. The fish tank. LOL.

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  saffuna: From the link above:

<While the first two tournaments attracted 400+ players, the numbers were far lower than anticipated. The MC concept added an element of class with nice touches.>

The entry fee was $1000 and the numbers were lower than anticipated?

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  eternaloptimist: <Sally Simpson> Thx for the link to that game! U don't see a whole lot of chess players play the Smith-Morra so it was interesting to play over that game. Santiago developed his pieces quickly, got an attack rolling & made Kahn pay for neglecting quick development of his pieces. Also your reply to <starry2013> is quite humorous.

<beatgiant> Thx for the link to the Kramnik game! I love playing over his games b/c I love games w/ deep strategical plans in them. He did a great job of getting Adhiban into a defensive/passive position, kept the pressure on him & won a piece off a tactic based off a pin & covering the key square h7 w/ his ♗. It's very possible that this could be his best game of the Olympiad! Although I haven't played over all of his games. I've read kibitzes from 3 or so kibitzers that say Kramnik isn't as good as he used to be but he has a 2800+ rating & he's ranked 4th in the world!

As for me, I think these games show great technique by the winners!: Caruana vs Eljanov, 2016 I Nepomniachtchi vs W So, 2016 This game was a very important & interesting game & helped determine the outcome of the Olympiad. The USA won gold b/c of this game by winning the tiebreak!: M Bluebaum vs T Seeman, 2016

Sep-26-16  aliasniamor: <From the link above:

<While the first two tournaments attracted 400+ players, the numbers were far lower than anticipated. The MC concept added an element of class with nice touches.>

The entry fee was $1000 and the numbers were lower than anticipated?>

When the prize fund is 1 million $ (as suggests the tournament name), if we don't take into account the sponsors, 1000 participants paying $1000 would be needed to make sure the organizer doesn't lose money. This doesn't take care of the fact that the organizers have to pay for a venue and other such organisations' expenses. So 400+ entries seems not to be enough indeed.

Sep-26-16  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

A part of the Antilles still belongs to Holland: the Carribean Antilles.

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  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> Netherlands Antilles top boards were Wim Blijstra and Ursus van Bemmelen.

Do you not agree that, to play on the Netherlands Antilles team in the Olympiad, a person needs to reside in one of the Netherlands' Carribean possessions?

Sep-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

Of course, but I think because we speak of such a tiny population they somehow left the NA be in chess.

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  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> <Lesser Antilles> (your link above) and <Netherlands Antilles> are not exactly the same thing.

Sep-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

I thought it was obvious: the 'Lesser' page shows what nationalities each member have. Frankly, as a Dutchman, I never heard of either the 'Carribean Antilles' or 'Lesser Antilles' before I started googling.

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  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver>

There is not any Olympiad team for <Lesser Antilles>, but there are separate Olympiad teams for <Barbados>, <Netherlands Antilles> and <US Virgin Islands>, and I assume the corresponding residence requirements apply to members of these teams.

So my original statement stands: the <Netherlands Antilles> team is for people residing in possessions of the Netherlands. Are you saying something different?

Sep-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>
No, but I wonder who would call themselves 'Lesser Carribeans.' Seems to make no sense. Crazy world, isn't it?
Sep-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: PS In fact we call it 'Small Antilles' (Kleine Antillen). Ironically 'Antilia' means 'New World.'
Little wonder it is such a mess.

Any way, here's the whole story:

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  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> <'Lesser Carribeans'>

If you want a belittling name, how about <U.S. Minor Outlying Islands>? That includes the likes of Midway, remembered mostly for some little splash fight in 1942.

And now, I'll let this thread gradually subside beneath the waves of future kibitzes...

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  HeMateMe: I was in a college lecture hall and the white, male professor referred to the Caribbean as "those banana republic islands." He got booed by several of the black students in attendance. That was back in the 80s.
Sep-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: Reminds me of Saba.

The story goes that the Dutch queen once paid a visit to Saba in the fifties. For weeks everyone had worked hard to give the queen a warm welcome. But their plane didn't find a place to land lol There are no beaches either.

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  Sally Simpson: It's official.

America does not have any chess grandmasters.

Another classic clanger from Donald Trump.

(Curtsey of Olimpiu Urcan for this 15 second clip).

Oct-12-16  Virgil A: "And we don't have any of them."

"them" he is referring to those negotiating deals for the government who have to be like grandmaster.

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  Sally Simpson: Yes it's a spin on his words. It's just poorly timed. (but a classic)

America win the Olympiad...yet have no grandmasters.

Interesting times ahead if this guy becomes President of the USA. I'm looking forward to it.

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  WannaBe: Chess players had to be drug tested.

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  Jambow: <Interesting times ahead if this guy becomes President of the USA. I'm looking forward to it.>

So it is... How will it appear in retrospect is another question.

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