Chess Olympiad in Istanbul – official web site up

4/6/2012 – The 40th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to take place in the Turkish metropole of Istanbul, from August 27 to September 10th, 2012. With just over four months to go the national federations will have to make haste with the arrangements. The official web site, launched this week, provides information on rules, travel and accommodation. Details, contacts, videos.

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The Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams from all over the world compete against each other. The event is organised by FIDE, which selects the host nation. The previous Olympiad was held in 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the next will be in Tromsø, Norway. The first was held in Paris, France, in 1924, with 16 nations participating. The last Olympiad had 143 nations, 1294 competitors, and included no fewer than 254 grandmasters, 65 WGMs, 159 IMs, and 90 WIMs. This time the organisers are expecting even more.

About Istanbul

Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country's cultural and business centre.

It is a city of contrasts, bustling with the cacophony of 21st century life, and is yet achingly beautiful. It is set in a stunning location, surrounded by water, which is the narrow strait of the Bosphorus and the serene sea of Marmara separating Europe from Asia. Istanbul has a foot in each, celebrating the best of both heritages. As Byzantium, Constantinople and finally, Istanbul, it has been the capital of three Empires, each leaving their mark in the form of stunning palaces, castles, mosques, churches and monuments. The legacy of its chequered past can be seen on every turn of the modern city.

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Organization

2012 World Chess Olympiad has been organized under the auspices of Suat Kilic, Minister of Youth and Sports. The previous Minister of Youth and Sports, Faruk Nafiz Ozak, gave his personal support in the name of the Turkish Republic and the cabinet. Now the new Sport Minister took the flag from his colleague to make this eminent organization perfect. He is interested in every phase of this important event closely. Mehmet Baykan, manager of youth and sport, is also ready to back TCF up right from the beginning till the end.

Schedule

27 August 2012 Arrival, Captains' meeting (20.00), Opening (21.30)
28 August 2012 15.00 1st Round
29 August 2012 15.00 2nd Round
30 August 2012 15.00 3rd Round
31 August 2012 15.00 4th Round
1 September 2012 15.00 5th Round
2 September 2012   Free Day
3 September 2012 15.00 6th Round
4 September 2012 15.00 7th Round
5 September 2012 15.00 8th Round
6 September 2012  15.00 9th Round
7 September 2012 15.00 10th Round
8 September 2012   Free Day
9 September 2011 11.00 11th Round, Closing (20.00)
10 September 2011 Departure

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