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    Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-11-13 12:54
The Russian juggernaut (all 5 players 2700+) didn't exactly set the world on fire with the white pieces against the Switzerland team in Round 1 action. Only Morozevich managed a victory while Svidler, Grischuk, and Jakovenko all drew (Kramnik had a rest day).
The upset of the day must be Trinidad and Tobago scoring 3 points with the Black pieces against New Zealand. The Trinidad and Tobago team only have ratings of from 2084 to 2250 and were generally spotting the New Zealand team 100 to 200 points per board.
Canada didn't fare all too badly with the Black pieces against India. Only Charbonneau (playing the 2 board) went down to defeat while Bluvshtein, Zugic, and Nortisyn all managed draws.
  
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   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Alex Ferreira
Date
 2008-11-26 11:37
Hi.


Good to point out that I was wrong about Canada.
Although they still didn't impress me, apart from Noritsyn, they had a good stretch near the end there to finish at a very respectable standing.
The women played quite well, especially Yuanling, or maybe my overall expectations were lower.

Outside of Canada:
- shocking to see Polgar do so terrible
- expected more from Bulgaria, Cheparinov just can't seem to convince in OTB play yet
- good to see Serbia men & women do well, bit of surprise
- Russians (men & women) finished just as I expected, and Morozevich in the end failed to deliver
- USA (m & w) did well, congrats
- Israel proved they can never be counted out
- what a run by the polish women, unfortunatelly collapsing in the end
- congrats to Maia and the Georgians
- I expected Azerbaijan & China to finish on top (men), overall disappointment - good performances by Wang Yue & Gashimov
- what the hell happened to China women? -- seems like intense pressure gone wrong. Maybe the team is too young? They only "rested" boards 4 and 5, and immediately after a loss, as if by punishment. Poor captaincy in my opinion, China even had easy enough matches to be able to rest Hou Yifan. Or maybe I am just making too many excuses because to me it was guaranteed win.
- finally congrats to Armenia, they proved to be hungry for more, and have the stamina to play all 11 rounds, something other favourites did not.


Where's the 2010 Olympiad?


Alex F.
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 -Canada - Rd. 11 Pairings
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-24 08:40
Bd. 23. National Team ( # 48/ 12 MP/ 27.5 GP/ standing at # 36 ) vs Columbia ( # 56/ 12 MP/ 23 GP/ standing at # 37 ).

Bd. 30. Women's Team ( # 53/ 10 MP/ 22.5 GP/ standing at # 58 ) vs Portugal ( # 49/ 10 MP/ 20.5 GP/ standing at # 55 ).

Both are pretty much peer group match-ups. Wins will put us above our original rankings.

The round is on Tuesday ( Monday is a rest day ). I believe it starts at 4:00 AM EST !

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-24 00:34
Kramnik is definitely " exceptional " . I doubt his record will ever be broken at the top levels. Maybe FIDE should give him a special plaque !

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-11-23 20:07
You must have noticed who the only Russian player NOT to get a win with the Black pieces was today, Bob. That, I believe, leaves kramnik only 2 games shy of a 50 game streak without a single win with the Black pieces.
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Canada - Rd. 10
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-23 14:48
National team ( # 48 ) defeated Nicarauga ( # 101 ) 4-0.

Women's team ( # 53 ) defeated Tunisia ( # 103 ) 4-0.

We should get some decent pairings for the final Rd. 11 on Tuesday ( tomorrow is a rest day ).

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Canada - Rds. 9 & 10
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-22 21:58
Rd. 9 Results:

Canada's National Team ( # 48 ) drew with Germany-2 ( # 41 ) 2-2.
Canada's Women's Team ( # 53 ) lost to Venezuela ( # 56 ) 2.5 - 1.5.

Pairings for Rd. 10 :

Bd. 32 Nicaragua ( # 101/ 9 MP/ 14.5 GP/ standing at # 80 ) vs National Team ( # 48/ 10 MP/ 23.5 GP/ standing at # 53 )

Bd. 33. Women's Team ( # 53/ 8 MP/ 18.5 GP/ standing at # 63 ) vs Tunisia ( # 103/ 8 MP/ 17 GP/ standing at # 79 ).

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Canada - Rd. 9 Pairings
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-21 17:13
Bd. 28. National Team ( # 48/ 9 MP/ 21.5 GP/ standing at # 49 ) vs Germany-2 ( # 41/ 9 MP/ 16.5 GP/ standing at # 54 ).

Bd. 35 Venezuela ( # 56/ 8 MP/ 17 GP/ standing at # 56 ) vs Women's Team ( # 53/ 8 MP/ 17 GP/ standing at # 57 ).

Both are playing relatively equal teams - these are must-wins if Canada is to finish higher than their original rankings.

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Canada - Rd. 8
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-21 13:39
The National Team ( # 48 ) defeated, as expected, Trinidad and Tobago ( # 111 ) 3.5 - .5.

The Women's Team ( # 53 ), as somewhat expected, lost to Belarus ( # 26 ) 3.5 -.5.

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Can. Women - Rds. 7 & 8
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-21 01:26
In Rd. 7, the women's team ( # 53 ) lost to Slovania ( # 12 ) 3.5 - .5. So how have the women done after 7 rounds?

The women's team ( # 53 ) beat Mexico ( # 57 ), a peer team.

The other three wins were expected , but the scores are high : Costa Rica ( # 80 - 3.5 - .5 ); Fiji ( # 98 - 4 - 0 ); Nigeria ( # 111 - 4 - 0 ).

The losses were against strong teams : Cuba ( # 25 ); England ( # 31 ); Slovania ( # 12 ). The score against England is not bad - 2.5 - 1.5.

So I think the opinion that they are doing well ( perhaps not " very " well ) is justified. They are certainly playing their # 53 ranking. They currently stand in # 47th place.

The pairing for round 8 is:

Bd. 18 ( still playing in the top 20 boards ) Belarus ( # 26/ 8 MP/ 17.5 GP/ standing at # 30 ) vs Women's team ( # 53/ 8 MP/ 16.5 GP/ standing at # 47 ). Another fairly tough pairing, but the kind of team they need to beat to finish above their ranking.

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-11-20 13:07
Don't feel bad, Bob, I and my two chess playing sons also suffered from an extreme case of 'chess blindness' ourselves.
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-11-20 13:02
The Russians certainly picked a bad day to give Morozevich his first rest day. Armenia now takes over sole 1st and the Germans!! and French! tied for 2nd/3rd.
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-20 13:02
Great one Jack - I embarrassingly admit to being fooled !!

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-11-20 12:51
I believe he's run his 'streak' to 47 now, Bob. Who would have thought that even remotely possible?

For a good chortle, check out this 68-second "awareness test" from the Streatham & Brixton Chess Club:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Russia
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-20 12:46
Forgot to mention - Kramnik's result was a draw.

Bob
   RE: Chess Olympiad 2008 - Russia
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-11-20 12:41
Hey Jack:

It's 1:45 PM, and Kramnik's is the first game to finish. He was playing Black. Guess the result - another " not-win " against Aronian. He's stretching out the no. of consecutive games he's played with black at top levels, and not had a win ( it's now into the high 40's isn't it? ).

Bob