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Chess Olympiad for amateur players

Dresden, 07/10/2008

During the Chess Olympiad not only grandmasters make their moves on the board. Parallel to the Olympiad matches all chess fans have the opportunity to become part of the event by getting involved in one of the many collateral tournaments. Read more for further information.

Senior Tournament: From 13.11.2008 to 19.11.2008 men born on or before 13.11.1948 and women born on or before 13.11.1958 will go in for a seven round Swiss system tournament according to FIDE rules. The 20 first ranked participants will be rewarded with non-cash prices. All interested players can register online at or via Email to until 1 November 2008. The official invitation is to be found here. 

Tandem Tournament: For a five round Swiss system tournament teams consisting of two players may get on the boards on 14 November 2008. Ranks one to three will receive non-cash prices in the categories „Best Women Team“, „Best Kids Team“, „Best Youth Team“ and „Best Senior Team“. Registration deadline for this event is 12 November 2008 on site or via Email to Further information here.

Tournament for Hearing impaired and Deaf: The Dresden sport association for deaf people organizes another collateral tournament during the Olympiad for members of the German Sports Association for Deaf Peopel and non-members upon proof of hearing impairment on 14 November 2008 starting at 2 pm. After five or seven rounds Swiss System and FIDE rules the ten top-placed players will receive non-cash prices, women will be awarded with special prices. Click here for more information.

Family Tournament: In the family tournament on 16 November 2008 teams consisting of two related players will compete against each other in seven rounds Swiss system in order to make out the “Strongest Playing Family” and win the desired prices. Registration will close on 1 November 2008 and can be undertaken via Email to Additional information can be found here.

Open: From 20.11. until 24.11.2008 chess friends can get together in the ICD to play out the winner of the five round Swiss system FIDE rules Open tournament which awaits with non-cash prices with a total value of 3000 €. For registration please visit The invitation can be downloaded here.

Blitz Tournament: For those who like it the fast way the daily Blitz tournaments are just right. Except on the free days (18 and 24 November 2008) the tournament will be held at the ICD starting 3 pm each day. With a consideration time of five minutes per person and match quick decisions are asked. The three top-ranked players will be awarded with prices. Interested people should report to the playing venue at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning. Pre-registration is not necessary. More information here.

DSJ Youth Camp: A special occasion presents the international youth camp organized by the German Chess Youth. No Olympiad so far had come up with such a unique idea, bringing together 60 adolescents aged 16 to 20 years from Kenya, Russia, the USA, Brazil and other countries from 15 to 22 November 2008 for a workshop and excursions around Dresden. Of course, a visit of the Olympiad will not be missing. The highlight will be a self-organized evening in the world-famous Church of Our Lady.

Deutschland-Cup: The Deutschland-Cup is organized by the German Chess Federation DSB in cooperation with the Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee. The 17 national federations of the DSB have undergone various qualification tournaments to make out the 14 finalist groups until July 2008. All group winners will receive a valuable trophy.