Dresden to host the 2008 Olympiad

10/29/2004 – At the FIDE General Assembly there were two countries bidding for the 2008 Chess Olympiad: Estonia, represented by the Minister of Interior and super-model Carmen Kass; and Germany, who put up the Lord Mayor of Dresden and the Prince of Saxony. The latter won 69:29. Picture and video report.

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On the agenda of the 75th FIDE Congress in Calvià, Mallorca, was the nomination of the host city for the 2008 Olympiad (in 2006 it will be held in Turin, Italy). The two bidders were Tallinn in Estonia, the home of the legendary Paul Keres, and Dresden, the rising technology center of eastern Germany. Both cities sent high-ranking representatives to put their case to the delegates.


The cabinet minister of Estonia addressing the delegates of the General Assembly


Carmen Kass, the president of the Estonian Chess Federation, presenting an eloquent case for "David against Goliath"


The German representatives: Prince Alexander of Saxony, Horst Metzing (Director of the German Chess Federation) and the Lord Mayor of Dresden Ingo Rossberg


The delegates from member nations listen to the presentation


The winners pose in triumph after the 69:29 result has been announced


Charming in defeat: Carmen Kass, super-model and chess dignitary

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