The FIDE Online Chess Olympiad has started

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8/22/2021 – The 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad is taking place from August 20th to September 15th. It is a national teams event in which all federations affiliated to FIDE have the right to participate. Teams consist of six players, with a minimum of three female players and two junior players. Played online on chess.com, the event features two main stages: the Divisions stage, and the Play-offs stage. All games are played with a 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment per move time control.

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Huge participation

Press release by FIDE

Day one of the 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad took place today on the Chess.com’s online servers. A total of 153 teams from all over the world have signed up for the event, meaning that more than 1.000 players will participate over the next three weeks.

The tournament is structured in two stages: the “Divisions stage”, in which teams are seeded into each Round-Robin pool, based on their previous results at the OTB Batumi Chess Olympiad in 2018 and in last year’s Online Olympiad.

The winners of each division advance progressively to the next stage, where they are joined by the stronger teams, until they eventually reach the Top Division, where the best teams in the world are seeded. The top qualifiers will then battle it out in a knock-out Play-Off to decide who will succeed last year’s co-winners India and Russia. The following graphic summarizes the structure of the Division Stage.

FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2021

All games are played on the chess.com game server with a 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment per move time control. The team structure is all-inclusive: each team must have six players, with a minimum of three female players and two junior players.

More specifically, each team must include at least one U-20 player, at least two women and at least one U-20 girl: a huge challenge to meet for many of the smaller federations. Six reserves and a team captain make up the full roster of each squad.

Day 1 of the event featured the first three rounds of each of Division Four’s five pools (12-team Round-Robins). Most of these teams come from smaller federations and therefore some defaults were to be expected: not only fulfilling the team criteria is a big challenge, connection issues also have to be taken into account.

Even so, the turn-out was enormous and more than 400 official Olympiad games were played. The following cool graphic gives a great idea of the event’s international representation.

FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2021

The schedule for this Division is as follows: rounds 1-2-3 are already in the books having been played today, while rounds 4-7 will be disputed tomorrow Saturday 21st. The final four rounds (8-11) will be played on Sunday 22nd. Games start at 08.00 UTC in Pool A and finish at 18.00 UTC in Pool E. The first three teams of each pool plus the best fourth qualifier will advance to Division Three.

About the tournament

Scheduled to take place from August 20th to September 15th, the 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad is a national teams event in which all federations affiliated to FIDE have the right to participate. Teams consist of six players, with a minimum of three female players and two junior players.

Played online on Chess.com, the event features two main stages: the “Divisions stage”, and the Play-offs stage. All games are played with a 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment per move time control.

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Theochessman Theochessman 8/23/2021 02:15
Indeed, I called it "ridiculous" since blitz is not real chess to me. And an Olympiad used to have some serious status. Not so if it's a blitz championship.
Derek McGill Derek McGill 8/23/2021 08:14
Its not "RIDICULOUS" its just not real Chess, A suggestion :- take out the adult player and call it the Woman and Child Olympiad.
junocampo junocampo 8/23/2021 01:44
Yes, I agree with Leavenfish, meaning Theochessman - all online elite tournaments using the rapid time control is RIDICULOUS to you ????
junocampo junocampo 8/23/2021 01:43
Men, you've got the wrong link on the Olympiad web site !!!!
Leavenfish Leavenfish 8/22/2021 11:43
Perhaps it is a bit fast...but the same as last year and after all it IS ONLINE - .not OTB and more for fun/sport than anything else; so I don't think one is going to find many objections. That is to say, "ridiculous" is too strong a word.
Theochessman Theochessman 8/22/2021 07:06
15 5 ??? So it's a blitz olympiad? That's kinda ridiculous.
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