74 ( +1 | -1 ) OlympiadIs anyone following the chess Olympiad? Unfortunately, the traffic is keeping the web site down often (www.35chessolympiad.com/), but I'm following the US team (ranked #10) and the Vietnamese (#40). Kasparov is playing for Russia, and of course they're the favorites, with Hungary also feared.
The US did poorly in 2000 (I think we drew against the team from the Vatican City), but we nearly won it in 1996.
They're actually testing for "performance enhancing drugs" at this Olympiad, so if Judit Polgar shows up with 40 pounds of extra muscle and starts bending steel folding chairs with her bare hands, we'll know it's from good training only. Thank God.
21 ( +1 | -1 ) i am !i am pleased so far with canadas performance .. 6 1/2 points .. thats about 6 1/2 points more than i expected .. seeing as all of canadas players play without any funding .. its amazing we even have a team ! =)
66 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess OlympiadThe results are still looking a bit lopsided at the moment, they will need to play a few more rounds before all the cream rises to the top.
Glad to say that the never ending battle between the US Virgin Isles and the British Virgin Isles is going the way of the Brits so far !! Mind you, some of the competing countries I have never even heard of !!
Our British team is supposedly ranked #6 but we have sent a weakened team and I doubt that they will live up to that No#6 billing. Some of our best British players have given up playing Chess in order to get a "real" job.
17 ( +1 | -1 ) Israel is only at the 65th place ... boo hoo ... losing to Denmark (!?) and Turkmenistan (???) and only drawing with Switzerland - in all those matches we out-rated the opposition by 50-150 rating points :-(
46 ( +1 | -1 ) boingfinn at 46 and 43.. deep sigh. Couple players here declined the invitation bearing in mind the hysterically fast time control. Even did this before dope tests wud have had double reason to skip... hopefully the site holds fine today so the radio feed will work. much nicer to follow event simply listening moves and going through it in head then stare the 15' beast on the table.
54 ( +1 | -1 ) Israel disappoints again, only a draw vs. Croatia in a match we could have won 2.5-1.5 or even 3-1. Especially strange is the conclusion of this game:
White: Avrukh (ISR) Kg1, Rc8, Bd7, pawns c7, f2, g2, h2 Black: Sulava (CRO) Kg7, Bb3, Be5, pawns a5, e5, f7, g6, h7 Black to play, white's last move was c6-c7
White has both material and positional advantage, and two strong threats: Rg8+ and Rb8, winning a lot of material. In fact if I was black here, I would be seriosly contemplating resignation. But, in this position, the players agreed to a .... draw !?!? WTF ? How could one agree to a draw as white here ? Can anyone explain ??
12 ( +1 | -1 ) Pleasecorrect the position, since Black has botha a Pawn and a Bishop at e5 :) Otherwise any assessment would be wrong.
2 ( +1 | -1 ) sorry, the pawn is on d5, not e5
5 ( +1 | -1 ) SpainIs 25. Anyone knows why Shirov is not playing for Spain?
83 ( +1 | -1 ) The American men's team did well today, but against a so-so team. The women's team lost against the Russians, but they're doing great-- beating both China (the best women's team in the world) and Georgia and were in 2nd place before round 6 (but will drop after the loss to Russia). As with soccer (football) it's the women's team that's showing the men how to get the job done!
Cal: A weakened English team? You have Michael Adams, Nigel Short and Speelman-- the only players I can think of that you are sorely missing would be Matthew Saddler and Hodgson -- but still a good team, at least for the top three (and they're doing very well now, drawing today with the excellent Ukraine team). The US is lacking Fischer, Kamsky and Morphy, who retired to New Orleans and is not answering his phone.
8 ( +1 | -1 ) cha!Hungary lost against CZECH REPUBLIC. We are ready to fight everyone!!
22 ( +1 | -1 ) ...a plus.....for sarah tran,for her humour and this thread.yesterday,Uganda lashed Kenya 4-0 , is the reason for this huge smile on my face.am hoping they keep playing like this for the rest of the rounds!..
12 ( +1 | -1 ) ..uganda......is number 104 with 8.5 points.am sure we wud have done better if only they remembered to include me in the team :)
17 ( +1 | -1 ) btwall the games are available at twic
54 ( +1 | -1 ) SarahMatthew Saddler is a big loss to the England team, but young Luke McShane is proving to a fair replacement. Also, one of our team members failed to even arrive in Bled, as he had his passport stolen, and, even worse, his laptop computer went missing too !! This would have contained all his analysis for the Olympiad. Not sure if he (or the laptop) has arrived yet !!
British police are believed to looking for an eccentric, grizzled old US pensioner in connection with the theft....so maybe Fischer will have an impact on the Olympiad after all !!
48 ( +1 | -1 ) Russia tastes defeat for the first time! The hungarian team wins 2.5-1.5, the only victory coming from the relatively unknown Robert Ruck on board four vs. Peter Svidler.
Another Peter (Leko) drew Kasparov, and Grischuk-Polgar and Almasi-Khalifman were also drawn.
Israel wins 2.5-1.5 vs Romania and advances to, ugh, somewhere around 16h place give or take a couple. And to think that we were ranked 4th in the pre-tournament ratings ...