37th fide chess olympiad 2006

Led by year old sensation Levon Aronian, the Armenians were the only undefeated team in the tournament and mixed a blend of youth and experience to coast to a win. The team captain decided to use the same youthful lineup for nine consecutive rounds and the formula worked wonders. Consensus has been that Sargissian's study with Aronian has helped him tremendously and the confidence they show in each other is infectious.

Photo by Allan Herbert. Despite the overwhelming support for Russia in pre-tournament predictions, the team which touted six players with an average rating of over did not win the tournament.

As mentioned, Russia lost four matches and suffered in the latter half including a last round drubbing from Israel. There have been speculation that the "Russian School of Chess" is on its last leg and that it is time for a rebuilding. When India lost their first match against Moroccothe tournament hall was in total shock as the daily Olympiad bulletin pasted it on the front page.

Whether that demoralized India is debatable, but certainly Viswanathan Anand's inability to beat inferior opponents including a loss to newly-minted GM Pascal Charbonneau of Canada was quite a blow for the upstart Indians.

Indians seem to lack the killer instinct in their team matches. Is there too much of the Michael Jordan syndrome of Indian players relying too heavily on Anand for leadership? Several questions will be asked by Indian officials, but one is a certainty… was this the best team to send to Turin? No one questions the strength of the top five, but after his first-round loss to Morocco, DP Singh rode the pine the rest of the way.

India later dropped matches to IsraelUkraine and Canada. What happened to India? Although China won the silver medal with four losses as did Russia inthey won several matches by large scores. Chess fans are not pleased with the format and state that China should have been penalized and that match scores provide a better scoring system.

Of course, Russia won the silver medal at the Olympiad with four match losses. One thing is a certainty… India will be back. What is unclear is Viswanathan Anand's role in future Olympiad teams.

In Africa, the balance of power clearly rests with the nations north of the Sahara.

EgyptMorocco and Algeria led the way for Africa as many teams struggled either from chemistry issues or mere underperformance.Gormally beating up Aronian and Yasser Serawein's subsequent martial arts moves to save Aronian.

Both deals were common knowledge at the Olympiad; indeed the Israelis told the arbiters the score of the Georgia-Armenia match in before it had started. Despite the official protest, lodged before the match, the arbiters took no action. It just requires a bit of courage by arbiters to stop the flagrant rule-breaking but noone is prepared to do it. In this case Gijssen could have proven the breach easily, since the players were openly discussing it long before the games began.

He just didn't have the guts to do it. Note that Gijssen was not to blame in - Leong was chief arbiter. If this is correct, it looks like a great scandal to me.

Pre-arranged draws are of course commonplace, but the equivalent of this would never be tolerated in an important individual tournament.

Imagine the leader of next year's World Championship tournament openly discussing beforehand with someone out of contention to agree to a draw in the final round to secure the former's victory. Armenia and Hungary should have scored as a result of a double forfeit. Scandalous to be so brazen about it. I remember the big scandal at the US Championship a few years back with the same problem in the last round. I don't know if those were pre-arranged though or just spontaneous short draws.

And you are right on your second point as well. Imagine if last year at San Luis if it was common knowledge that Topalov had pre-arranged a draw with Polgar late in the tournament before their game took place. Below are the games of ELOs clearly are showing who was strong.

Also, if there was a pre-arrangement, why then it was not ? Then Armenia could have been in the clear second place Or you think Georgians wanted still to see Russia in the second place? Hungary was unlikely to do better than that and they had a bad tournament so they probably wanted to go and get drunk.

And Armenia, well, 2 points was sufficient for them. For sure Hungrary anticipated the draw offer and there may have been a friendly, informal discussion about it right before the games started. But that this discussion was planned etc, I find it very hard to believe. If the Armenian players were smart enough to lead for 8 rounds, they were smart enough to realize that Hungary is not a strong enough team to take the risk of prearranging games with them.

Besides, the apparent "source" posted above, is not an article or anything of the sort. It's somebody's opinion.

37th fide chess olympiad 2006

Armenians had a mighty team in this Olympics. They totally dominated the whole event before the match with Hungary. Considering this, the probability that they would get their 2pts against a very weak Hungarian team is like. In fact, most likely they wouldn't even need 2pts, probably even 1 point would do Armenia won 2pts ahead of the second place anyway.

Which strong team is insane enough to risk an almost for sure victory by trying to fix a game. You make no sense at all. Armenian chess fans hope the valuable trophy will stay longer in our country. It gives the answers of all questions. I am just really curious what these medals actually look like. He said that his medal looked suspiciously like the souvenir badges being sold at the event!!!We use cookies and comparable technologies to provide certain functions, to improve the user experience and to offer interest-oriented content.

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Two more weeks to the Chess Olympiad in Turin

Please note that your selection may affect the functionality of the service. Further information can be found in our privacy policy. Komodo Chess And the current Komodo 14 has been clearly improved over its predecessor! For the very first time in its history, Italy will be hosting a Chess Olympiad. We have chosen, as our motto, "Turin something different" because we hope to offer to all chess players a very new experience and because we wish to set some various different new records: the largest participation, the largest Olympic venue, the most exciting program of cultural events and, for the fist time, accommodation in a real Olympic village.

We will try, in the coming days, to propose to ChessBase readers an insight into the preparation of the Chess Olympiad, but, first of all, I think it is necessary to give you some general information. Does everybody know the city of Turin?

Turin is much, much more than this. You will be surprised by this city. A panorama of Turin … and of the Alp mountains, very close to the city. Turin by night. This is one of the most important aspects of the city so …. Or wait for the ChessBase photographs to come up! Turin was also the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in thebefore Florence and Rome. Turin: the Royal Palace.

Now you know something about Turin, but which is the venue of the Chess Olympiad? It is the Oval! This is the building: quite large, what do you think? I think it is the biggest playing venue ever seen for a Chess Olympiad: more than 21, sq. The OVAL will be totally dedicated to chess where teams made up of the best players in the world representing federations and this also is a record!

37th fide chess olympiad 2006

But there is much more. There is ample room in the OVAL for analysis rooms, where games will be commented live by the GMs present, the 14th World Chess Computer Championship, popular conferences, a marketplace for chess books and materials, and open tournaments for all to play in. Plus giant screens to enable you to follow the most important games, and access to the playing hall so that you can watch the games from close at hand. Of course the Winter Olympiad!

The Oval was hosting the speed skating. Here Italy's Enrico Fabris became the hero of the day. We are waiting for new heroes in the Chess Olympiad. Chess may be also an instrument of peace. The Olympic Village, and a room in the Village. All players will be hosted in the same Village, just five minutes on foot to the OVAL: this will be also important.This may be one of the most exciting Olympiads in history for a couple of different reasons. Firstthe playing field is leveling and for the first time in many years, a team from a developing nation is expected to medal.

There are also the presence of a number of young teenage stars playing for their countries. The campaign has been fiercely contested and on June 2nd, federation will cast their ballots.

India, with Viswanathan Anand at top board, a rejuvenated Krishnan Sasikiran and a much-improved Pentala Harikrishna on board 3, will certainly vie for a medal.

The U. Gata Kamsky is currently showing good form at the M-Tel. The usual dynamos will be present in Russia who will boast another team with Vladimir Kramnik on the roster; Armenia with a super-charged Levon Aronian; the Ukraine has a vastly improved Sergey Karjakin. Olympiad tournaments always bring magical stories to the fore. Players from obscure countries are discovered after a medal performance and can set the pace for advancing chess in that country.

There are also very interesting stories. She is married to the country's top player Mohammad Al-Modiakhi. Over nations will trek to Turin, Italy to usher in a new era of chess. Teams for developing federations will attempt to best their previous marks and players will be jockeying for coveted medals.

37th fide chess olympiad 2006

The playing venue in Turin is projected to provide a classic view of the teams in the throes of battle. It should be an exciting two weeks! Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum. Home Games Java Viewer Nice! Posted by The Chess Drum : 18 May Nf3 Gormally beating up Aronian and Yasser Serawein's subsequent martial arts moves to save Aronian.

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Both deals were common knowledge at the Olympiad; indeed the Israelis told the arbiters the score of the Georgia-Armenia match in before it had started. Despite the official protest, lodged before the match, the arbiters took no action.

It just requires a bit of courage by arbiters to stop the flagrant rule-breaking but noone is prepared to do it. In this case Gijssen could have proven the breach easily, since the players were openly discussing it long before the games began. He just didn't have the guts to do it. Note that Gijssen was not to blame in - Leong was chief arbiter. If this is correct, it looks like a great scandal to me. Pre-arranged draws are of course commonplace, but the equivalent of this would never be tolerated in an important individual tournament.

Imagine the leader of next year's World Championship tournament openly discussing beforehand with someone out of contention to agree to a draw in the final round to secure the former's victory. Armenia and Hungary should have scored as a result of a double forfeit. Scandalous to be so brazen about it.

I remember the big scandal at the US Championship a few years back with the same problem in the last round. I don't know if those were pre-arranged though or just spontaneous short draws.

And you are right on your second point as well. Imagine if last year at San Luis if it was common knowledge that Topalov had pre-arranged a draw with Polgar late in the tournament before their game took place. Below are the games of ELOs clearly are showing who was strong. Also, if there was a pre-arrangement, why then it was not ? Then Armenia could have been in the clear second place Or you think Georgians wanted still to see Russia in the second place?

Hungary was unlikely to do better than that and they had a bad tournament so they probably wanted to go and get drunk. And Armenia, well, 2 points was sufficient for them. For sure Hungrary anticipated the draw offer and there may have been a friendly, informal discussion about it right before the games started. But that this discussion was planned etc, I find it very hard to believe. If the Armenian players were smart enough to lead for 8 rounds, they were smart enough to realize that Hungary is not a strong enough team to take the risk of prearranging games with them.

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