Life at the Chess Olympiad
Hi everybody. As most of you will know, the 39th Chess Olympiad will begin in about a week in Khanty Mansyisk, Russia. I'm very proud and honoured to be able to attend this amazing event. I will play board 4 for the Hong Kong team.
My FIDE rating is not very high, only 1760. So I'm guessing, many of you would ask, why do I get to go to the Olympiad? The answer is a number of factors. Hong Kong decides its Olympiad team by order of finish in its Championship. To qualify for the championship, it is necessary to finish in the Top 8 of the preliminaries. Unfortunately I finished 9th, but luckily for me a person had to withdraw and so I got to play in the championship finals. After that, I finished 7th in the finals. The Hong Kong Champion, FM Brian Dew, was unable to go due to work commitments. The third and fifth placed finishers, Chong Chor Yuen and Lo Cheuk Wai, had similar problems. So, you could say that I got very lucky in making the team.
So thats it for today. Join me next time as I run down the rest of my team and appraise our prospects at the Olympiad.