Chess Olympiad Begins!

This is an exciting time for chessplayers. First the big Anand-Kramnik match, which certianly exceeded expectations. Possibly a Kamsky-Topalov match later this month. And now the big olympiad in Dresden, Germany. The U.S. is represented by a strong team consisting of Onischuk, Shulman, Nakamura, Kamsky, and Akobian. A serious medal threat. And, indeed, today we won our first round match against Iceland.

Ramesh Balasubramanian (who beat me in the first round of the World Open two years ago. Grrrrr) has some interesting thoughts on the subject. Also check out Mig Greengard here.

Comments

  1. #1 Ha-Yon
    November 19, 2008

    Wow, I never knew there were such things as INTERNATIONAL CHESS competitions. However, it’s an amazing idea, having different countries across the globe competeting against each other in a game of strategy and stealth. None of the countries that are part of this olympiad have no significant sort of advantage over others, so this competition is very fair. I can’t really play chess; my father taught me how once, but that was around 10 years ago. I’d love to learn again, though!