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Istanbul Olympiad Closing Ceremony

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/10/12, 11:20 AM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgSo the biggest chess show on earth - the Olympiad - is over for another two years.  The results of the 2012 Olympiad can be found in our previous article

Congratulations to all the competitors and organisers for a great show, and best wishes to Tromsø in Norway for the 41st Olympiad in 2014.

But before everyone bid a final farewell to Istanbul, prizes were awarded at the closing ceremony...

The excellent photos during the event were provided by David Llada, Arman Karakhanyan and Anastasiya Karlovich.  You can browse through them all here.

Armenia won their third Gold medal out of the last four Olympiads

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Lev Aronian also won an individual Gold medal for his performance on board 1

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Silver medallists Russia were clearly disappointed

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Bronze medallists Ukraine

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The victorious Russian women's team

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The Chinese women took the Silver medal

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The women's Bronze medallists, Ukraine

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  • 23 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Jane1996 - they are the team coaches.

  • 23 months ago

    Jane1996

    Why are there men in all of the women's team photos?

  • 23 months ago

    DesertNomad1948

    Mexico: Men finished in the top third, Women finished in the top fifth. Very respectable. Just wait until next year:)

  • 23 months ago

    nyLsel

    Good news! Nice one.

  • 23 months ago

    aravot

    Lot's of positive energy from the win of Armenia! Greetings to Russian and Ukrainan teams, our fellow brothers!

  • 23 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    Say what you will but the overall powerhouse team coming in at third place with the Bronze medals - the men's and women's team of the Ukraine put on a show. What an effort by both teams; they could have will taken the Silver medals together...oh so close.Cool

  • 23 months ago

    archmage81

    I thought that might be her with the glasses, but I wasn't sure because she seems to look different then how she looked during the live broadcasts of the tournament.

  • 23 months ago

    BM632W_52F880

    InterestingTongue out

  • 23 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ RuralRob - yes, very interesting. It would be a sad day for chess if Armenia was unable to compete in the 2016 Olympiad.

  • 23 months ago

    FM ImmortalTechnique

    Here is a video clip of the Armenian team receiving a warm welcome upon returning to their country.  People lined the streets to celebrate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jHrQWXynd8c

  • 23 months ago

    Mkhitar

    Very well said levhov 

    LolzLaughing

  • 23 months ago

    levhov

    Armenia is keep winning Chess Olympiads! This is not acceptable! Organizing Olympiad in Turkey in not enough. 

    FIDE, do something more, stop Armenia from winning chess Olympiads! Otherwise you will see no money or attention from media. Do something, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov!

    Say, from now on, whoever won three Olympiads out of four will be playing with black only. Well, if Armenians win again, you can force them to play without rook, for example... Alternatively, you can replace all chess observers, say, with respective boxing referees from London Olympics. I am sure they will find a way to ignore unwanted wins or ask Armenians to play from underwater or the best if you could stop them from playing altogether, e.g. you can hold Olympiad in... Baku, Azerbaijan.

  • 23 months ago

    RaleighRaine

    Very nice post; congratulations to the winners!!

  • 23 months ago

    ferdinandplebie

    nice performance team philippines

  • 23 months ago

    wisezard08

    i was hoping carlsen to join... hayz... even anand didnt join y?

  • 23 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

  • 23 months ago

    chessrook1234

    Aronian rocks..wins it for his country..

    Magnus, as usual, shied away from big stage?

  • 23 months ago

    deepak64

    Very nice post.

  • 23 months ago

    Eternity_08

    Молодцы! Отличный результат после замечательного выступления! Мужчинам вряд ли стоит огорчаться, поскольку фортуна всё равно решает немало, уж тем более при равенстве очков при столь гигантском количестве участников.

    Ruralbob

    Grischuk looks a bit bummed.

    Missing the gold by a hair in the tiebreak has gotta hurt...

    Grischuk brought a lot of important victories at the beginning and in the middle of tournaments but unfortunately he lost to Movsesian giving to Armenia a very important draw.

    Computer Houdini on site chessolympiadinstambul.com showed in game of Kramnik vs Nakamura that Kramnik's decisive mistake was g5. Who could predict that c8N+ is decisive in such case in this outstanding game? Gata Kamsky is also legend of chess. So Russia unexpectedly lost to USA.

  • 23 months ago

    HenryTheTHIRD

    great work

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