Chess Olympiad 2014

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The Chess Olympiad 2014 is a team tournament in chess that to 14 August 2014 in the first Tromso , Norway was discharged.


It was the 41st  Chess Olympiad of the World Chess Federation FIDE . The Bulgarian city of Albena had also applied to host the event . In February 2010, FIDE awarded the Olympiad to Norway with a 95-47 decision. For the opening ceremony in the Skarphalle, the producer Hasse Lindmo and the Gyro company were commissioned. The venue for the competitions was Mackhallen , a former brewery building.

11 rounds were played according to the Swiss system , the days without play were August 7th and 13th. The time to think about it was 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds per move from the start of the game. The main judge was Panagiotis Nikolopoulos from Greece.

Problems before the Olympics

In May 2014 it was announced that the budget for the Chess Olympiad had a funding gap of NOK 15 million . In order to bring the Chess Olympiad to Tromsø, the 2013 World Chess Cup had to be held there. Its costs of 2 million euros were not taken into account when applying for funding. The Norwegian government initially refused to provide additional funds on top of the NOK 75 million that had already been spent. At the beginning of June the Norwegian Parliament approved NOK 12 million, after which the organizers confirmed that the Chess Olympiad would take place.

On July 7, 2014, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumschinow complained in an open letter to the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg that some teams had difficulties obtaining visas to enter the country. As there is not a Norwegian embassy in every country, participants had to travel to other countries to collect the required biometric data.

On July 16, 2014, the Organizing Committee announced that several teams would be banned from participating because they had not submitted their team roster by the June 1 deadline. It was the teams from Gabon , Ivory Coast , Cambodia , Oman , Pakistan , Senegal and Central African Republic in the open section and Afghanistan and Russia in the women. The organizers argued that the regulation regarding the registration deadlines applies to all teams and that exceptions cannot be allowed. On the other hand, the teams in question cited the fact that a significantly later period was provided for line-up changes for an additional fee.

In particular, the exclusion of the Russian women's team, which was the defending champion, caused a stir. The late report was attributed in the chess press to the fact that Kateryna Lahnos had to wait for the change of federation from Ukraine to Russia. Lahno's use gained momentum after Nadezhda and Tatjana Kossinzewa announced their withdrawal from the national team. The organizers' announcement that several teams would not be allowed to participate was sharply criticized by FIDE. Vice-President Israel Gelfer believed that the final decision on team admission rests with Kirsan Ilyumschinov. Legal action against the organizers will be examined. After Ilyumschinov had issued an ultimatum, the organizers announced on July 21 that all teams would now be admitted.

Participating teams

With 172 teams in the open tournament and 134 teams in the women, new participation records were achieved. Nine countries competed in a Chess Olympiad for the first time: Bhutan, Ivory Coast, Guam, Lesotho, Oman, the Solomon Islands, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland and Tanzania. The women's team from Burundi did not start in the 6th and 7th round and was then excluded from the tournament.

With an Elo average of 2671, the German men's team was ranked 12th. The rating favorite was the Russian team with an average rating of 2773. In the women's category, Germany also took 12th place on the starting list with an average rating of 2379; the nominal favorite was China with 2549 points.


The Gaprindashvili Cup for the best combined result of the men's and women's teams was won by China, ahead of Russia and Ukraine.

A total of 6704 games were played at the Chess Olympiad (2719 white wins, 1520 draws, 2368 black wins and 97 games without a fight).

List of medal winners

Open tournament

1st place - China
number player Points Lots
1 Wang Yue 4th 9
2 Ding Liren 10
3 Yu Yangyi 11
4th Ni Hua 9
5 Wei Yi 4th 5
2nd place - Hungary
number player Points Lots
1 Péter Lékó 5 10
2 Csaba Balogh 7th 9
3 Zoltán Almási 7th 10
4th Richárd Rapport 9
5 Judit Polgár 6th
3rd place - India
number player Points Lots
1 Parimarjan Negi 10
2 SP Sethuraman 10
3 K. Sasikiran 10
4th B. Adhiban 7th 11
5 Babu MR Lalith 2 3

Women tournament

1st place - Russia
number player Points Lots
1 Kateryna Lagno 6th 10
2 Valentina Gunina 8th 10
3 Alexandra Kostenjuk 9
4th Olga Girya 5 8th
5 Natalia Pogonina 7th
2nd place - China
number player Points Lots
1 Hou Yifan 7th 9
2 Ju Wenjun 8th 11
3 Zhao Xue 5 7th
4th Tan Zhongyi 6th 9
5 Guo Qi 8th
3rd place - Ukraine
number player Points Lots
1 Anna Musychuk 6th 10
2 Maria Musychuk 6th 10
3 Anna Uschenina 9
4th Natalia Schukova 10
5 Inna Janovskaya 5

German teams

The teams of the German Chess Federation entered the race with the aim of reaching the top ten.

Open tournament

The men remained undefeated until the penultimate round. They each reached a draw against several of the extended favorites (England, USA, Cuba, Uzbekistan). The victory of Arkadij Naiditsch against the current world champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway caused a particular sensation . Due to the defeat against third-placed India and the final draw against outsider Australia, the DSB selection only came in 30th.

number player Points Lots
1 Arkadij Naiditsch 9
2 Georg Meier 9
3 Daniel Fridman 8th
4th Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 10
5 David Baramidze 8th

Women tournament

After 10 rounds, the German women still had a chance to win a medal with eight wins and two defeats. They had only lost against the outstanding tournament winner from Russia and against France. In the final round they lost 4-0 to Georgia and ended up in 9th place.

number player Points Lots
1 Elisabeth Pähtz 10
2 Zoya Schleining 6th
3 Tatiana Melamed 4th 9
4th Melanie Ohme 9
5 Sarah Hoolt 7th 10

Board winner

At the Chess Olympiads, the best players on each board and the best "reserve" player are honored individually. The winners are determined according to Elo performance with a minimum of eight games.

Open tournament

board player team Points Lots Elo performance
1 Wesselin Topalow BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria 9 2872
2 Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn VietnamVietnam Vietnam 10 2843
3 Yu Yangyi China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China 11 2912
4th Nikola Sedlak SerbiaSerbia Serbia 8th 2773
5 Samuel Shankland United StatesUnited States United States 9 10 2831

Women tournament

board player team Points Lots Elo performance
1 Nana Dzagnidze GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia 8th 9 2719
2 Valentina Gunina RussiaRussia Russia 8th 10 2651
3 Alexandra Kostenjuk RussiaRussia Russia 9 2639
4th Natalia Schukova UkraineUkraine Ukraine 10 2512
5 Rout Padmini IndiaIndia India 8th 2584

FIDE Congress

During the Chess Olympiad, the 85th FIDE Congress took place and the President was elected. Each of the 181 chess federations that are members of FIDE has one vote. The challenger to the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumschinow was the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov . In the run-up to the congress, Kasparov accused the FIDE administration of manipulating the list of eligible delegates to his disadvantage. Ilyumschinov was re-elected with 110-61 votes. The German Herbert Bastian was elected as one of its vice-presidents . New President of the European Chess Union was Zurab Azmaiparashvili of Georgia.


The tournament was overshadowed by the death of the 45-year-old Uzbek Alisher Anarkulov , who played for the World Chess Federation of the Deaf (ICCD) , who died after the last round in the hotel. In addition, the 67-year-old Swiss Kurt Meier-Boudane, who played for the Seychelles , died during the game of the 11th round against Alain Niyibizi from Rwanda.

Team lineups

Web links

Commons : Chess Olympiad 2014  - collection of images

Individual evidence

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  6. Peter Doggers: Tromsø Olympiad Saved, Receives Extra State Funding ,, June 5, 2014
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  11. Burundi players exit Olympiad ,, August 10, 2014
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  13. Delegate Issues Deepen for FIDE Elections ,, July 18, 2014
  14. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov re-elected as FIDE President , (English)
  15. Results of FIDE elections , August 16, 2014
  16. ^ First Ever Gold for China at Olympiad, Russia Wins Women's Section
  17. Seychelles loses Chess player at Tromsø Olympiad - sudden death mourned by Chess community
  18. 2014 Chess Olympiad: Round # 11 (English)