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Some interesting facts and titbits…

Some interesting facts and titbits…
Two days until start

Germany has become the chess center of the world in recent months. A few weeks ago, Bonn hosted a very successful World Chess Championship match between the defending World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and the former World Champion and current Challenger Vladimir Kramnik (Russia). The tiger from Madras Anand soundly defeated his opponent by the score of 6.5 – 4.5 to retain the title.

Tonight the official opening ceremony of the 2008 Chess Olympiad will take place with an expected 2169 participants (including Coaches, Captains, and Officials, etc.) A record 156 teams from 152 nations will be represented.

There will be four major changes at the Dresden Chess Olympiad.

1.        Each team will have four main players and one reserve player in both sections. In previous years, the “Men’s” Olympiads would have 4 players plus two reserves while in the Women’s section would only have three players plus one reserve.

2.        A new scoring system will be introduced in this Olympiad. It will be similar to soccer where match points will be tallied instead of totalling up the individual scores of team members. A team will earn 2 points for a match win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 for a loss.

3.        All players will need to be seated at their boards by 15:00 (Dresden time) on game day when Chess Olympiad Chief Arbiter Ignatius Leong will sound the “gong” at the start of each round. If a player is not present at his / her board at that time, he / she will lose the game by forfeit!

4.        Last but not least, unlike in most chess tournaments, no draw agreement by the players will be allowed before move 30. This is done to ensure a strong fighting spirit in all games.


28 of the world’s 32 2700+ rated elite players will be present in Dresden.

The organizer with the help of 166 dedicated volunteers have already set up 17,600 chess pieces, with another 16,000 more to go before the start of the first game of the Olympiad. That makes it 33,600 chess pieces on 1050 chessboards!

Chess fans from all over the world will be able to view all the games LIVE via the internet at www.38chessolympiad.com

The festivities of the Olympiad will include a series of side events for children, seniors, and families, etc. There will also be numerous chess exhibitions, including one commemorating the 300 years of European porcelain which was discovered in Germany.

The Mayor’s reception and Opening Ceremony will be held at the Freiberger Arena which typically is used for hockey. It will be totally transformed to accommodate the festivities of the 2008 Chess Olympiad on Wednesday night.

Author: Susan Polgar



Pressekontakt: Redakteur der Schacholympiade Klaus Jörg Lais, Telefon +49-163-61 66 437, E-Mail: presse@dresden2008.org - Infos zur Schacholympiade unter www.38chessolympiad.com