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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, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, 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, Vladislav Kovalev, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Borki Predojevic, Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Ioannis Papaioannou, Anton Filippov, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Erwin L'Ami, Viorel Iordachescu, Farrukh Amonatov, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Zbynek Hracek, Eduardas Leovich Rozentalis, Matthias Bluebaum, Hristos Banikas, Rainer Buhmann, Dragan Solak, Ahmed Adly, Johann Hjartarson, Benjamin Bok, Mustafa Yilmaz, Zdenko Kozul, Hrvoje Stevic, Parham Maghsoodloo, Utut Adianto, Vasif Durarbayli, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Fernando Peralta, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Eric Hansen, Sebastien Maze, Andrey Zhigalko, Arturs Neiksans, Benjamin Gledura, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Rinat Jumabayev, Diego Flores, Yannick Pelletier, Nijat Abasov, Tamaz Gelashvili, Dmitry Svetushkin, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Lubomir Ftacnik, Mladen Palac, Sabino Brunello, Murali Karthikeyan, Tornike Sanikidze, Mihail Marin, Daniele Vocaturo plus 689 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 58; games 1-25 of 1,449  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tomashevsky vs Daniel Anwuli  1-0362016Chess OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
2. Nakamura vs R Aloma Vidal 1-0462016Chess OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. S Shankland vs J Fernandez Lopez 1-0192016Chess OlympiadB32 Sicilian
4. Yu Yangyi vs P Makoli  1-0392016Chess OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. Wei Yi vs B Sadiku 1-0192016Chess OlympiadC03 French, Tarrasch
6. Mamedyarov vs R Makoto 1-0522016Chess OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Naiditsch vs S Masango 1-0402016Chess OlympiadC49 Four Knights
8. Ponomariov vs M Aboudi 1-0242016Chess OlympiadC23 Bishop's Opening
9. A Korobov vs Ahmad Al Khatib  1-0412016Chess OlympiadE73 King's Indian
10. J K Duda vs Z Mohammed 1-0362016Chess OlympiadC11 French
11. D Swiercz vs A Abdulwahhab  1-0372016Chess OlympiadB41 Sicilian, Kan
12. S Maze vs W Cu Hor  1-0312016Chess OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Fressinet vs W Lorenzana  1-0302016Chess OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. V S Gujrathi vs Luis Miguel Aguilar  1-0272016Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
15. M Karthikeyan vs Alejandro Parraga 1-0402016Chess OlympiadB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
16. F Berkes vs S Kojima 1-0312016Chess OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. C Balogh vs A Averbukh  1-0322016Chess OlympiadC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
18. L'Ami vs A Choukri  1-0372016Chess OlympiadE73 King's Indian
19. B Bok vs K Becham  1-0462016Chess OlympiadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. F Urkedal vs T Kett 1-0382016Chess OlympiadC57 Two Knights
21. M Bluebaum vs W Teerapabpaisit  1-0262016Chess OlympiadE90 King's Indian
22. D G Fridman vs Jarunpol Sajjapornthep  1-0472016Chess OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
23. F Vallejo Pons vs A Rayes  1-0352016Chess OlympiadC77 Ruy Lopez
24. Y Quesada Perez vs J J Pineda  1-0312016Chess OlympiadC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
25. E Postny vs O Husbands  1-0332016Chess OlympiadE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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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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