Kasparov starts to play at the Olympiad

10/28/2002 – Garry Kasparov removed his wristwatch and placed it on his left side. However, it is not like Wijk Aan Zee or Linares, where he can play chess in silence and solemnity. At the 35th Bled Chess Olympiad he is there for the masses – fans who have traveled as far as Africa, South America and Asia to see the world's greatest living player in action. The results of round two are available here.

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The organisers report:

Players of different ages tore themselves away from their boards to get a glimpse of Kasparov deep in thought, or just pacing while waiting for his opponent to move. The right side of the converted hockey rink which was the venue of the Olympiad was filled with spectators and players, all trying to catch Kasparov in action. Some, unsucessfully, tried to take pictures from the stands.

This is the mystique of the Olympiad, which brings together chess plazers around the world every two years. These players or their countries may not win medals, but to forge lifelong acquaintances. These are the players who love chess as deeply as the strongest grandmasters in the world, and for whom the Olympiad is the event to watch out for.

Stars like Ruslan Ponomariov and Judit Polgar are literally an elbow away, and to see them in action in this 14-round event is an unforgettable moment for chess players.

Full information is available on the official coverage page

Selected results from Round 2

2.1 40 Vietnam
1-3
2 Hungary
1 GM Dao Thien Hai 2547
½-½
GM Polgar Judit 2685
2 GM Tu Hoang Thong 2507
0-1
GM Almasi Zoltan 2672
3 GM Nguyen Anh Dung 2540
½-½
GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2596
4 Nguyen Thanh Son 2450
0-1
GM Acs Peter 2591
2.2 42 Philippines
1½-2½
10 United States
1 GM Torre Eugenio 2523
½-½
GM Kaidanov Gregory 2646
2 GM Antonio Rogelio 2507
½-½
GM Gulko Boris 2594
3 GM Villamayor Buenaventura 2503
0-1
GM Benjamin Joel 2609
4 IM Paragua Mark 2476
½-½
GM Ivanov Alexander 2527
2.20 51 Colombia
½-3½
24 India
1 GM Zapata Alonso 2556
0-1
GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2670
2 IM Alzate Dario 2432
0-1
IM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2531
3 Mosquera Miguel 2384
½-½
IM Ramesh R B 2475
4 Uribe Mauricio 2364
0-1
GM Thipsay Praveen M 2460
2.22 1 Russia
3½-½
21 Belarus
1 GM Kasparov Garry 2838
1-0
GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2621
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2702
½-½
GM Fedorov Alexei 2564
3 GM Khalifman Alexander 2690
1-0
GM Kovalev Andrei 2555
4 GM Svidler Peter 2690
1-0
GM Dydyshko Viacheslav 2539
2.23 3 Ukraine
2½-1½
23 Uzbekistan
1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2743
½-½
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2653
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2709
1-0
GM Iuldachev Saidali 2511
3 GM Eingorn Vereslav 2600
½-½
GM Safin Shukhrat 2542
4 GM Neverov Valeriy 2601
½-½
IM Vakhidov Tahir 2545
2.24 25 Switzerland
2-2
4 Israel
1 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2634
1-0
GM Smirin Ilia 2683
2 GM Gallagher Joseph 2540
0-1
GM Sutovsky Emil 2657
3 IM Jenni Florian 2483
1-0
GM Avrukh Boris 2595
4 IM Ekstroem Roland 2478
0-1
GM Huzman Alexander 2595
2.25 31 Lithuania
2-2
6 England
1 GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2563
½-½
GM Adams Michael 2745
2 GM Sulskis Sarunas 2576
0-1
GM Short Nigel 2684
3 GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2530
1-0
GM Speelman Jonathan 2583
4 IM Zagorskis Darius 2481
½-½
GM McShane Luke 2546
2.26 9 Armenia
2½-1½
43 Iceland
1 GM Akopian Vladimir 2689
½-½
GM Stefansson Hannes 2566
2 IM Sargissian Gabriel 2568
0-1
GM Gretarsson Helgi Ass 2508
3 GM Minasian Artashes 2560
1-0
GM Thorhallsson Throstur 2443
4 GM Anastasian Ashot 2555
1-0
IM Kristjansson Stefan 2431
2.29 5 Netherlands
2½-1½
58 Chile
1 GM Van Wely Loek 2681
1-0
IM Valenzuela Luis 2423
2 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2631
½-½
IM Toloza Pablo 2349
3 GM Van Den Doel Erik 2594
1-0
FM Salas Cristian 2356
4 GM Nijboer Friso 2556
0-1
IM Michel Yunis Christian 2326
2.30 41 Norway
1½-2½
8 Germany
1 GM Gausel Einar 2511
½-½
GM Lutz Christopher 2645
2 IM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2534
0-1
GM Hickl Joerg 2605
3 Lie Kjetil A 2421
1-0
GM Bischoff Klaus 2554
4 FM Bae Torstein 2370
0-1
GM Luther Thomas 2538
2.33 7 China
2-2
22 Spain
1 GM Xu Jun 2643
½-½
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2635
2 GM Zhang Zhong 2620
½-½
GM Romero Holmes Alfonso 2524
3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2601
1-0
GM Magem Badals Jordi 2506
4 FM Ni Hua 2545
0-1
IM Arizmendi Julen 2510

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