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🏆 Chess Olympiad (2016)

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

Chessgames.com 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 http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews...
2 - Official site: http://www.bakuchessolympiad.com/

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 986  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Nanjo vs Z Almasi  ½-½342016Chess OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
2. Nurdin Hassuji vs K Ribbegren  ½-½362016Chess OlympiadB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. T Seeman vs K Farazi  ½-½522016Chess OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
4. Hui Li vs B Gundavaa  ½-½342016Chess OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. B Al-Hajiri vs N Delgado Ramirez  ½-½592016Chess OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. A Antoniou vs T Dao  ½-½292016Chess OlympiadB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
7. V Durarbayli vs M Alice  ½-½752016Chess OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. A Mastrovasilis vs C Mathews  ½-½722016Chess OlympiadA35 English, Symmetrical
9. D Davy vs F Perez Ponsa ½-½672016Chess OlympiadE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. M Lodhi vs I Kovalenko  ½-½612016Chess OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. M Mchedlishvili vs Wynn Zaw Htun  ½-½712016Chess OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
12. J L Hammer vs R S Jones  ½-½482016Chess OlympiadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. C F Morris vs N Getz  ½-½512016Chess OlympiadA14 English
14. Uaychai Kongsee vs G Meier ½-½492016Chess OlympiadC10 French
15. S Husari vs I Salgado Lopez  ½-½582016Chess OlympiadD80 Grunfeld
16. Y Gonzalez Vidal vs W Alfaro  ½-½412016Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
17. S Sumant vs V Babula  ½-½472016Chess OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
18. A El Jawich vs H Stevic  ½-½332016Chess OlympiadB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. C F Morris vs Abubaker Abdalmalik Ali Hassan  ½-½712016Chess OlympiadA20 English
20. Azahari Md Aliuddin Hj vs Kevin Cupid  ½-½602016Chess OlympiadB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
21. A Kavinda vs R Nanjo  ½-½722016Chess OlympiadE60 King's Indian Defense
22. W Teerapabpaisit vs L Mueller  ½-½362016Chess OlympiadB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. D Chinasamy vs Gassan Bello  ½-½372016Chess OlympiadB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. Mohamed Allam vs S Sumant  ½-½462016Chess OlympiadA34 English, Symmetrical
25. A Kassis vs R Sanches ½-½372016Chess OlympiadB06 Robatsch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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.
Sep-22-16  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.

Sep-22-16
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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!
Sep-22-16  Sally Simpson: "favourite games from this Olympiad."

This one.

J Torres Santiago vs Tito Kahn, 2016

Sep-24-16
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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!"

http://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/20...

Sep-24-16
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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.

Sep-24-16
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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?

Sep-25-16
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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
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  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

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

Sep-27-16  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
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  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

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

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les...

Sep-27-16  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> <Lesser Antilles> (your link above) and <Netherlands Antilles> are not exactly the same thing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nethe...

Sep-27-16
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  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.

Sep-27-16  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
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  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
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  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:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant...

Sep-27-16  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...

Sep-27-16
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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
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  WorstPlayerEver: Reminds me of Saba.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/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.

Oct-12-16  Sally Simpson: It's official.

America does not have any chess grandmasters.

Another classic clanger from Donald Trump.

https://twitter.com/OlimpiuUrcan/st...

(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.

Oct-13-16  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.

Oct-24-16
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  WannaBe: Chess players had to be drug tested.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/...

Nov-19-16
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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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