Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/26/12, 12:19 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgIt's nearly here! The 40th Chess Olympiad takes place from 27 August - 10 September in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Chess Olympiad is the world's premier international team chess competition - a huge biennial celebration of chess for the biggest team prize of them all.

Over 160 countries and more than 1,200 players will be taking part in the 11-round competition, with some of the best players in the world fighting for their country.

The 2010 champions Ukraine will be defending their title, with a number of teams having realistic chances of taking their crown.  They are represented by Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Moiseenko, Andriy Volokitin and Pavel Eljanov.

The top seeds are Russia, who finished second last time, with Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Dmitry Jakovenko.

Armenia are always dangerous opponents, and are at full strength with Levon Aronian, Sergei Movsesian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian and Tigran L. Petrosian.

The US team are seeded 7th, represented by Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Varuzhan Akobian and Ray Robson.

You can find out who is representing your country here. The schedule is: (times are UTC+3)

Date Time Event
28-Aug-12 15:00 1st Round 
29-Aug-12 15:00 2nd Round 
30-Aug-12 15:00 3rd Round 
31-Aug-12 15:00 4th Round 
01-Sep-12 15:00 5th Round 
02-Sep-12 15:00 Free Day 
03-Sep-12 15:00 6th Round 
04-Sep-12 15:00 7th Round 
05-Sep-12 15:00 8th Round 
06-Sep-12 15:00 9th Round 
07-Sep-12 15:00 10th Round 
08-Sep-12 15:00 Free Day 
09-Sep-12 11:00 11th Round


Russia and China are expected to battle for the gold medal in the separate women's competition, with both having strong line-ups.  China have Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun, Huang Qian and Ding YixinRussia are represented by Tatiana Kosintseva, Valentina Gunina, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Natalia Pogonina.

There will be live coverage on (scroll down on that page to check the schedule for times).

More information can be found at the comprehensive official website and for the first time you can follow the results via official apps for your iPhone or Android device!

2012 Chess Olympiad Turkey poster.jpg

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  • 4 years ago


    Found out another female player playing in the open, WCM Alba Munoz (1667) for Dominican Republic.

  • 4 years ago


    nice venue for the 40th Chess Olympiad... Good luck everyone specially to the team Philippines...hopefully we make it to top ten.

  • 4 years ago


    team paquiao!

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for the information netzach. 

  • 4 years ago


    @ NimzoRoy - the arbiters from the nations that sued FIDE are still banned as far as I know - I haven't seen any updates on that for a while.

    Neither Carlsen or Anand are playing, sadly.  It's not that unusual for some of the top players to miss the Olympiad for various reasons.  Anand has missed quite a lot of them. I'm sure they have their reasons, but it's a real shame.

    Happily, most of the other top players are there. Cool

  • 4 years ago


    Are the Turks still banning officials/referees from nations that sued FIDE? That's none of their business as Olympic Hosts, let FIDE make such decisions - which I totally disagree with BTW although the lawsuit vs FIDE sounded like BS to me and the suing nations should have to reimburse FIDE for legal fees incurred by FIDE to defend itself.

    PS: Carlsen and Anand are not playing? T or F? If true, why not?

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  • 4 years ago


    Canada's team hasn't been so good since Spraggett...

  • 4 years ago


    @ Balachander. GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (2421) is playing in the Olympiad for the Scotland open-team.

  • 4 years ago


    #TEAM USA!
    but good luck for all the teams!

  • 4 years ago


    "They should show some respect to their home country and participate like Aronian, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Topalov etc."

    Kramnik declined four of the previous seven Olympiads, Topalov three of the previous five, so it's not all top players that participate every time.

  • 4 years ago


    Why isn't Carlsen playing for Norway and Anand for India? They should show some respect to their home country and participate like Aronian, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Topalov etc.

  • 4 years ago


    Yes, I had thought of that before writing 'male' teams. I meant to say that in the last Olympiad, two open teams from Russia had participated. 

    I think Hungary's 'open' team is the only one in which a female is playing for. Respects for Judith Polgar. 

  • 4 years ago


    There are no 'male' teams in the Olympiads, only female teams in which males are not allowed to play.  But not vice versa.

  • 4 years ago


    thanks for the article pearl!

    also, the link is great. it will get be speaking like a londoner in no time! :p

    now if only I could master that the famous danny rensch.

  • 4 years ago


    Last time I think Russia had sent 2 male teams.

  • 4 years ago


    @ chqis - what grammatical mistakes are there?  If you are referring to the usage of is/are for countries then I think it's ok.  I'm sorry if it sounds wrong to you.

    I'm treating country names (e.g. Russia) as the name of a team with several members, not as a single country, so I'm using plurals.

    I'm sure they could also be treated as singular, and plurals might sound strange to some.  I think it may also be partly a US/UK English usage difference.

    [EDIT: yes - Wikipedia says it's a difference in British English compared to American English.]

  • 4 years ago


    cheer for team philippines

  • 4 years ago


    i am eager  to  watch  olympiad  games

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