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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 Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wei Yi, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Le Quang Liem, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Alireza Firouzja, Samuel Shankland, Zoltan Almasi, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Anton Korobov, Laurent Fressinet, 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, David Anton Guijarro, Romain Edouard, Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Markus Ragger, Bassem Amin, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Ivan Saric, Baskaran Adhiban, Parham Maghsoodloo, A R Saleh Salem, Christian Bauer, Nils Grandelius, Michael Roiz, Ray Robson, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Evgeny Postny, Vladislav Kovalev, Robert Markus, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Csaba Balogh, Georg Meier, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Gadir Guseinov, Alexander Ipatov, Dariusz Swiercz, Kacper Piorun, Ivan Ivanisevic, Nijat Abasov, Sandro Mareco, Jorge Cori, Anton Kovalyov, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Luka Lenic, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Robin van Kampen, Constantin Lupulescu, Zhong Zhang, Tomi Nyback, Axel Bachmann Schiavo 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:

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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 A Ahmad  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: <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.

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  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?

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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?
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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:

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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.
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  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.

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.

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  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!
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  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.

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  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

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