Olympiad Turin: Where to find the videos

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5/27/2006 – The Chess Olympiad in Turin is being broadcast extensively on the Playchess server, with GM Yasser Seirawan providing live commentary. Even the Turkish Chess Federation is doing its own Playchess show. If you are unable to catch these shows at the time of broadcast you can watch them later, in our Olympiad archives.

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Turin 2006: Live video broadcast

The main attraction of the Playchess multimedia coverage is of course the live game annotations, with GM Yasser Seirawan showing spectators from all over the world the highlighs of the day's play. He does this in clear, well-articulated English, explaining the ideas behind the moves and manoeuvres, not just variations and alternate lines.

Apart from the commentary Yasser also does interviews with interesting players, typically just after they have won a game, and walkarounds of the playing hall. Instructions on how to follow the broadcasts are to be found here.

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Multimedia archives

If you are unable to watch the original shows, possibly because the live broadcasts are at some unearthly hour in your part of the world, you can catch up later and follow the action at a more convenient time. Here's how:

  • Log into the Playchess server, go to the "Chess Media System" room, there to "Events and Reports – Olympiad Torino 2006".

  • Click "Games" in the main list window. The archive games will be displayed.

  • Note that viewing the broadcasts costs two ducats each. That is about 20 Euro cents (less than 30 US cents). The first few minutes are shown to you for free. How to get ducats is also explained here.

Broadcasts by the Turkish Chess Federation

The Turkish Chess Federation and its President Ali Nihat Yazici is also broadcasting interviews and discussions on the Playchess Server. This is done from the Right Move campaign stand in the Olympiad playing hall. A list of the videos can be found on the web site of the TCF ("Video Galeri").

Here are some highlights from the TCF/Right Move Olympiad broadcasts. Note that in some cases the file size is quite large (around 27 MB), but definitely worth viewing. You can click the link and wait until the video appears in your media player, or you can right-click it and use "Save link as" to save it to your hard disk first.


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