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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, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wei Yi, Richard Rapport, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Le Quang Liem, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Arkadij Naiditsch, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Samuel Shankland, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Anton Korobov, Laurent Fressinet, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Mashrukovich Kasimdzhanov, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Loek van Wely, Luke McShane, David Howell, Nigel Short, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Romain Edouard, Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Markus Ragger, Bassem Amin, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Baskaran Adhiban, Ivan Saric, Christian Bauer, Michael Roiz, Ray Robson, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, David Anton Guijarro, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Evgeny Postny, Robert Markus, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Csaba Balogh, Georg Meier, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Nils Grandelius, Gadir Guseinov, Ivan Ivanisevic, Alexander Ipatov, Dariusz Swiercz, Kacper Piorun, Sandro Mareco, Jorge Cori, Anton Kovalyov, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Luka Lenic, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Robin van Kampen, Constantin Lupulescu, Zhong Zhang, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, A R Saleh Salem, Tomi Nyback, Emilio Cordova, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Vladislav Kovalev, Borki Predojevic plus 739 more players. Chess Event Description
Chess Olympiad (2016)

This was the 42nd Chess Olympiad. It was played in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2-13 September 2016.

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 3,670  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Bomo vs Karjakin 0-1272016Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
2. Tomashevsky vs Daniel Anwuli  1-0362016Chess OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
3. O Adu vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1312016Chess OlympiadA48 King's Indian
4. Nakamura vs R Aloma Vidal 1-0462016Chess OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. O de la Riva Aguado vs W So 0-1502016Chess OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
6. S Shankland vs J Fernandez Lopez 1-0192016Chess OlympiadB32 Sicilian
7. R Garcia Paolicchi vs Robson 0-1442016Chess OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
8. Nderim Saraci vs Ding Liren 0-1572016Chess OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
9. Yu Yangyi vs P Makoli  1-0392016Chess OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. A Fejzullahu vs Li Chao  0-1372016Chess OlympiadB56 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs B Sadiku 1-0192016Chess OlympiadC03 French, Tarrasch
12. Mamedyarov vs R Makoto 1-0522016Chess OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. F Mandizha vs Radjabov  0-1252016Chess OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Naiditsch vs S Masango 1-0402016Chess OlympiadC49 Four Knights
15. Emarald Takudzwa Mushore vs E Safarli  0-1312016Chess OlympiadC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. Ponomariov vs M Aboudi 1-0242016Chess OlympiadC23 Bishop's Opening
17. S Mansour vs Y Kryvoruchko  0-1402016Chess OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Korobov vs Ahmad Al Khatib  1-0412016Chess OlympiadE73 King's Indian
19. F Mohannad vs A Volokitin 0-1402016Chess OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. N Ismael vs R Wojtaszek  0-1512016Chess OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. J K Duda vs Z Mohammed 1-0362016Chess OlympiadC11 French
22. Akar Ali Salih Salih vs M Bartel  0-1442016Chess OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
23. D Swiercz vs A Abdulwahhab  1-0372016Chess OlympiadB41 Sicilian, Kan
24. S Maze vs W Cu Hor  1-0312016Chess OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. C Juarez Flores vs R Edouard  0-1552016Chess OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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  eternaloptimist: <beatgiant> Thx for the trivia Q & A! I learned some things. I wasn't aware of all of the teams that were affiliated w/ the UK. I was already familiar w/ the American territories since I'm American. I see u r American also. China is my favorite foreign country on your list & I really like Hong Kong! The ppl & food over there are great! I did already know that the Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark but I didn't know it until the other day. I played over 1 of Andreasen's (2200+ fide rating) games & read his profile. Then I googled "Faroe Islands" to read about it. This web page does an excellent job of explaining the current situation w/ the islands that used to be in the Netherlands Antilles.: Also I noticed that Aruba used to be in the NA but they decided to have their own team instead of joining the NA team.
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  beatgiant: <eternaloptimist> Good point about Aruba. So Netherlands had three teams, putting it in a tie for third with Azerbaijian for most number of teams.
Sep-20-16  schweigzwang: Definitely the first tiebreak should be the dilution factor, that is, how many "teams" each "country" had.
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  beatgiant: <schweigzwang><how many "teams" each "country" had>

Imagine the political dilemmas: does Chinese Taipei count toward China, thereby upholding the "One China" principle at a cost of a worse tiebreak?

And depending on how Serbia and Kosovo* are counted, one or the other team might walk out in protest.

Sep-21-16  Amulet: Finally opinions about the just concluded 2016 World Chess Olympiad has been exhausted.

Chess people, see you in the next World Chess Olympiad!

End of thread.

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  eternaloptimist: <beatgiant> Thx! Yes the Netherlands had 3 teams instead of 2. Btw what r some of your favorite games from this Olympiad? (Anybody can reply to this question, not just <beatgiant>.)
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  beatgiant: <eternaloptimist> The first one that came to my mind is Kramnik vs B Adhiban, 2016
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  Jambow: Or those complaining about the off topic discussion or those only tangentially so could post something interesting on topic...

Alright so the WC chess match looks to be a yawner, maybe it will get more exciting as the date approaches.

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  HeMateMe: why do you think it's a yawner?
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?
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