Chess Olympiad 2010, four days before the start

Russia wants 2 teams in top 3, scandal in Romania

Expectations in Russia, scandals in Romania, hopes in Namibia, and news from Mongolia, all this going mainstream before the Chess Olympiad 2010.

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Russian media excited about having several teams competing

Russia is a country with 5 teams competing at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk – 3 men teams and 2 women teams. Officials from the teams commented, “Certainly, the Russian Chess Federation expects only the best results from us. Russia 1 and 2 are very good: the first comprises the well-known grandmasters, while the second is represented by young champions. The coaches want all the players to demonstrate their best skills. We`d like both teams to be in top 3.”

The local team of Yugra have high ambitions not only for the Olympiad, but the European Club Cup as well. With GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2726, GM Malakhov Vladimir 2725, GM Motylev Alexander 2694, GM Rublevsky Sergei 2683, GM Landa Konstantin 2611, GM Sjugirov Sanan 2627, GM Kabanov Nikolai 2500, and IM Pridorozhni Aleksei 2556 they are the 6th seeded team at the competition and will be looking for a medal. All ECC 2010 teams here. At the Olympiad Yugra will play with GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2726, GM Motylev Alexander 2694, GM Rublevsky Sergei, GM Kabanov Nikolai 2500, and IM Pridorozhni Aleksei 2556.

More about the Russian teams here

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Romania without a men team at the Olympiad

A scandal errupted in Romania just a few days before the Chess Olympiad. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Andrei Istratescu, Constantin Lupulescu, Mircea Parligras and Vladislav Nevednichy have decided to skip the event due to a financial dispute.

More about the conflict will be published later, there is a document in Romanian on the federation website.

The Romania men team were 18th seeded at the Olympiad, with average ELO 2633, which gave them high hopes for top 10 finish. Also, they were considered one of the most dangerous teams to play with, able to spoil the medal hopes of any opponent.

Still, the country will be represented by a women team – Elena-Luminita Cosma, Cristina-Adela Foisor, Alina L’Ami, Iozefina Paulet and Carmen Voicu-Jagodzinsky.


Enthusiasm in Namibia

Mainstream media in Namibia is excited that the country chess team will feature national colors in Khanty Mansiysk. A team of five players will represent Namibia at the 39th Chess Olympiad scheduled to be held in Khaty-Mansiysk, Russia from 20 September to 4 October. Max Nitzborn, President of the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) said that it was the first time that a team was leaving the country to compete with official national colours.

“We registered chess for the first time as a sport in 2005 and today for the first time we receive national colours for international participation,” Nitzborn said, speaking at the National Sports Commission. The team was selected at the National Chess Championship held earlier this year in April in Windhoek.

“All the top chess players were there and then we selected the top five players from that event,” Nitzborn said. The team consists of Leonhard Meuller, Max Nitzborn (team captain), Otto Nakapunda, Charles Eichab and Simon Shidolo as the reserve.

“Simon and I are going to compete for the first time and the other three guys have participated in the Olympiad before. Our main aim going to the competition is to get medals, hopefully we will be able to do that.”

The team will travel without a team manager due to financial constraints.

“Ideally we would like to travel with a manager, but this year we are unable to do that,” he added.

One of the participants going to Russia, Charles Eichab was very confident about the team’s chances.

“We have a very good team now with a mix that includes up and coming players,” Eichab said.

“We have the capacity to top the category we are in which has between 30 to 40 countries competing. Last time we missed out on the category gold medal by just one point in Dresden,” Eichab continued.

Namibia is ranked 102 out of 160 nations on the World Chess Federation (FIDE) rankings and are eighth on the African continent. They are behind Egypt (48), Algeria (82), South Africa (83), Zimbabwe (84), Tunisia (86), Angola (94), and Uganda (101). Namibia will be playing in the Category 5/E.

Batkhuyag Munguntuul

Media in Mongolia inform about Mongontuul

Mainstream media in Mongolia are happy that the country’s strongest women player will participate at the Chess Olympiad. “Mongolia’s top ranked chess player B.Mongontuul and winner of the World University Championship will compete in the 39th Chess Olympiad to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk city, Russia from September 19 until October 4, 2010. In addition after the chess Olympiad B.Mongontuul will take part in the FIDE Women Grand Prix to run in Chile between October 27 and November 9, 2010.”

The Mongolia women team: 1 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2412,
2 Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar 2206,
3 Enkhtuul Altanulzii 2122,
4 WIM Ankhchimeg Bayanmunh 2153,
5 WCM Otgonjargal Sengeravdan 2143.

Mongolia men team: 1 Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan 2460,
2 FM Battulga Namkhai 2421,
3 Erdene Ganzorig 2330,
4 IM Batchuluun Tsegmed 2422,
5 GM Khatanbaatar Bazar 2392.

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