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🏆 Baku Olympiad (2016)

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Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Yangyi Yu, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Chao Li, Yue Wang, Alexey Shirov, Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Evgeny Bareev, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Sam Shankland, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Zoltan Almasi, Andrei Volokitin, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Anton Korobov, Laurent Fressinet, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Loek van Wely, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander G Beliavsky, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, David Anton Guijarro, Romain Edouard, Igor Kovalenko, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Bassem Amin, Markus Ragger, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Baskaran Adhiban, Ivan Saric, Parham Maghsoodloo, Christian Bauer, A R Saleh Salem, Nils Grandelius, Ray Robson, Michael Roiz, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Evgeny Postny, Vladislav Kovalev, Robert Markus, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Csaba Balogh, Georg Meier, Daniel Fridman, Gadir Guseinov, Dariusz Swiercz, Alexander Ipatov, Ivan Ivanisevic, Kacper Piorun, Sandro Mareco, Nijat Abasov, Jorge Cori, Anton Kovalyov, Truong Son Nguyen, Luka Lenic, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Robin van Kampen, Constantin Lupulescu, Zhong Zhang, Axel Bachmann, Tomi Nyback plus 739 more players. Chess Event Description
Baku 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 3,665  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Bomo vs Karjakin 0-1272016Baku OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
2. Tomashevsky vs D Anwuli  1-0362016Baku OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
3. O Adu vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1312016Baku OlympiadA48 King's Indian
4. Nakamura vs R Aloma Vidal 1-0462016Baku OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. De la Riva Aguado vs So 0-1502016Baku OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
6. Shankland vs J Fernandez Lopez 1-0192016Baku OlympiadB32 Sicilian
7. R Garcia Paolicchi vs Robson 0-1442016Baku OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
8. N Saraci vs Ding Liren 0-1572016Baku OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
9. Y Yu vs P Makoli  1-0392016Baku OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. A Fejzullahu vs C Li  0-1372016Baku OlympiadB56 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs B Sadiku 1-0192016Baku OlympiadC03 French, Tarrasch
12. Mamedyarov vs R Makoto 1-0522016Baku OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. F Mandizha vs Radjabov  0-1252016Baku OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Naiditsch vs S Masango 1-0402016Baku OlympiadC49 Four Knights
15. E T Mushore vs E Safarli  0-1312016Baku OlympiadC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. Ponomariov vs M Aboudi 1-0242016Baku OlympiadC23 Bishop's Opening
17. S Mansour vs Kryvoruchko  0-1402016Baku OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Korobov vs A Ahmad  1-0412016Baku OlympiadE73 King's Indian
19. F Mohannad vs A Volokitin 0-1402016Baku OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. N Ismael vs Wojtaszek  0-1512016Baku OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. Duda vs Z Mohammed 1-0362016Baku OlympiadC11 French
22. Akar Ali Salih Salih vs M Bartel  0-1442016Baku OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
23. Swiercz vs A Abdulwahhab  1-0372016Baku OlympiadB41 Sicilian, Kan
24. S Maze vs W Cu Hor  1-0312016Baku OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. C Juarez Flores vs R Edouard  0-1552016Baku OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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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.

Oct-12-16  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.

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.

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  WannaBe: Chess players had to be drug tested.

Nov-19-16  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.

Sep-22-18  Sally Simpson: No thread yet for the 2018 Olympiad -it starts on Monday.

Team line up's here.

Vietnam have highest average rating. (3204) current champions USA 4th with (2777) bottom of the average ratings list is the Central African Republic (0).

Sep-22-18  Howard: You're right! Vietnam does have the "highest" average rating--on the main page, at least.
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  MissScarlett: The silly @#$% added up the team of five's ELO ratings and divided by four!
Sep-22-18  Sally Simpson: Yes they have indeed made a slight cock-up. It appears they only one they have correct is the Central African Republic with 0.

A good start.

Sep-22-18  Sally Simpson: Players in rating order here.

As expected Fabiano is number one.

the highest rated Russian is Kramnik (7th) but has been registered to play on board 3. Nepo (rated 10th) is their board 2 and Karjakin (rated 13th) is the board one. (board 4 is Vitiugov who is lower rated than the Russian board 5 Jakovenko )

it would appear the Russians are trying to fix World Chess.

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  MissScarlett: <Central African Republic with 0>

Size of their naval fleet?

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  MissScarlett: <Central African Republic – a small naval force is maintained on the Ubangi River, a tributary of the Congo River. The Ubangi River forms the country's border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and is a significant transport route.> #threemeninaboat

Dec-25-20  belgradegambit: <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.>

May not have worked out as well as you thought.

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  perfidious: Twenty-six days to go.
Dec-27-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Perfidious,

And then it's back to the boring same old same old.

He was unpredictable, you had no idea what was coming next.

And it was interesting, a lot of conversations at the workplace began with...'You will ever guess what Trump has done now' and you couldn't!

His gimmick was simple. If he said something that people found outrageous, then he said something even more outrageous and then those offended by the former were shouted over by the latter and the first boo-boo was relegated to the page 9 small print next to the adverts for skinny men.

Of course as time passed he got more and more outrageous (and hilarious) "I'm going to buy Greenland." to take the flak away from his previous weeks remark. (what ever that was, but it would have been outrageous.)

I love the American public/voters, always game for a laugh, the Trump years was democracy at it's best. 'Let's give this guy a chance, it will be different.' in the UK he would not have been allowed near politics, he would be running a pub somewhere in the sticks, telling his regulars every night what was wrong with the world and refusing to serve anyone who disagreed with him.

Comedians will now have to revert back to cracking jokes about their first kiss and what they have in their fridge.

Cartoonists will struggle. Trump was easy to draw and capture, this new guy 'old what's his name' is too bland to characterise.

Politics just got dull again. In chess terms it would be like having Kramnik as world champion (again), last time that happened the greatest player the game ever produced quit chess.


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