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

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony Armenia 2.JPG


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

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony Lev Aronian 2.JPG


Silver medallists Russia were clearly disappointed

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony Russia.JPG


Bronze medallists Ukraine

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony Ukraine.JPG


The victorious Russian women's team

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony Russian women.JPG


The Chinese women took the Silver medal

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony China women.JPG


The women's Bronze medallists, Ukraine

2012 Olympiad Closing Ceremony Ukraine women.JPG


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  • 4 years ago


    @ Jane1996 - they are the team coaches.

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    Good news! Nice one.

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    InterestingTongue out

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years 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:

  • 4 years ago


    Very well said levhov 


  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice post; congratulations to the winners!!

  • 4 years ago


    nice performance team philippines

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    Aronian rocks..wins it for his country..

    Magnus, as usual, shied away from big stage?

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice post.

  • 4 years ago


    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.


    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 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.

  • 4 years ago


    great work

  • 4 years ago


    It's like a boy band singing, picture of ukraine...lolLaughing, congratulations to all the winners, also to those teams who participated. You entertain and teach us all.. I love this Game!

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