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Posts Tagged ‘Chess Olympiad’

Round 1 Olympiad Coverage

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Dennis Monokroussos predicted the usual problems with live game transmissions… and may have been right.  When I first checked  into the TWIC site at about 6:30 AM local (2 1/2 hrs. into round 1) their live coverage simply had a note that the live relays were either offline or ultra slow.

But then I found that the Official Site has a live game relay of what they consider the top sixteen live games.  The link is http://games.ugra-chess.com/ and I was fairly impressed with it.  It seemed to be reaosnably up-to-date.  It also interspersed Rybka 4 analysis… not sure if I liked that, as anyone can download Arena and Stockfish and get analysis just as good (at least for those of us below the GM level.)  But the interface itself was very clean, as was switching between the different games in progress.

I don’t know if it was just me, but it seemed like a lot of the top 16 games had already been decided by the time I checked it out.

Results-wise, it looks like most teams finished with 3.5 or 4.0 scores.  (Or conversely zero or one-half point.)  The USA did very well in round 1 in both divisions, open and women’s.  There were quite a few QP and Sicilians flying around on the 16 boards, a few other openings, but I saw no Ruys or Italians.  (Not surprising, but nothing that leaps to mind as a “Wow!” game.  Kamsky’s draw was interesting…)

Possibly more later, depending on how much time my correspondence games take up in time.

Olympiad Time! And Collegiate Clubs

Monday, September 20th, 2010

No, not the Olympics…. The 39th Chess Olympiad. Games begin in Khanty-Mansiysk in Western Siberia tomorrow morning. (Actually, it’s already morning there!) The games begin at 15:00 local time there, which is 4:00 AM Central (Chicago/Illinois) time. Unlike the World Championship, I don’t think I’ll be getting up quite that early. ;)

But when I do get up, I think I’ll slide on over to The Week In Chess‘ live games coverage ( http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/live ) and see what’s going on so far….

(Previously I’ve used the Free Internet Chess Server to observe games… may try to do that also. TWIC uses Microsoft Silverlight to display their games, and I have a strong objection to proprietary broadcasting formats / non-GPL/free software for such things… but that’s for another blogpost someday.   OTOH, I haven’t checked out FICS to see what-if-any coverage they are offering.)

Also, I may see if Chess.Fm is streaming anything live for free in those hours.

Despite the turmoil in the FIDE Presidency race and organizational problems (flights, questions about accomodations, etc.) that other blogs have been covering, it will be nice to see some world class chess action. (Literally!)

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From the International to the Local scene…

In other news, we now have a National Master / FIDE Candidate Master attending classes at ISU. He has Monday evening classes, but is good enough to come on by the club afterwards. (!)

He is interested in forming a Chess Club at ISU (or possibly an intra-collegiate organization.) If you’re a post-secondary student in the Bloomington-Normal Illinois area, you can get his contact information at his blog, http://nmpetek.blogspot.com/ . He would like to hear from you!  And mention that LaughingVulcan passed along the word (OK, better make that Darren from Twin City Chess passed along the word!)