The 38th Chess Olympiad
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, organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs
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and comprising an open and women's tournament
A chess tournament is a series of chess games played competitively to determine a winning individual or team. Since the first international chess tournament in London, 1851, chess tournaments have become the standard form of chess competition among serious players.Today, the most recognized chess...
, as well as several events designed to promote the game of chess
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, took place between 12–25 November 2008, in Dresden
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, Germany and was won by Armenia.
The 2010 Olympiad
The 39th Chess Olympiad, organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs and comprising an open and women's tournament, as well as several events designed to promote the game of chess, took place in 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, on to...
is expected to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk
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2012 Olympiad will be in Istanbul
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(Turkey), who won over Budva
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Compared to the last edition of the Olympiad, the tournament, while still a Swiss system, was reduced from 13 to 11 rounds, with accelerated pairings. No draws by agreement
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are permitted before 30 moves have been completed.
Yet there were games drawn as soon as in 16th move – formally drawn by repetition which there is no rule against.
In addition, players who are not present at the board at the commencement of a round are forfeited, the latter rule was made to align chess with other sports events. In both the open section and women's section, the team matches are played over four boards. Each team may have five players, one for each board plus an alternate.
146 teams (including three of the host nation, Germany) participated in the open section, while 111 teams played in the women's section.
- Armenia Armenia
- Israel Israel
- United States USA
- Georgia (country) Georgia
- Ukraine Ukraine
- United States USA
Top Performance Ratings:
- Gabriel Sargissian Armenia Armenia
- Peter Leko
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- Boris Gelfand
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Top Performance Ratings:
- Maia Chiburdanidze
Maia Chiburdanidze is a Georgian chess grandmaster, and the seventh Women's World Chess Champion. She is the only chess player in history who has won nine Chess Olympiads....
Georgia (country) Georgia
- Joanna Majdan
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- Martha Lorena Fierro-Baquero
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