The Olympiad ends with a bang

10/30/2004 – The 36th Chess Olympiad is over, the players are departing, some with medals, all with interesting memories and many exciting games. Before the players all leave Calvià, the beautiful island of Mallorca and the gigantic tournament staged there, we bring you pictorial impressions of the participants at work and at play.

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A group of participants of the Olympiad who are all under 16 years old. Notable absentees in this group: Magnus Carlsen (13), Sergey Karjakin (14), and Kateryna Lahno (14).


The US team with Alexander Shabalov, Gregory Kaidanov and Alexander Onischuk


The Russians: Alexey Dreev, Peter Svidler, Alexander Morozevich


Blind chess players dictate their moves to an assistant


Alisa Maric, board one for Serbia Montenegro, with her captain Susan Maximovich


Natalia Zhukova, whom we at first did not recognise, with her new hairstyle


Anastasia Sorokina, who plays for Australia


Almira Skripchenko, looking good – and telling us what she thinks about our camera


Anna Sharevich, 19, board two for Belarus


Budding photographer Oxana Kosteniuk, younger sister of Alexandra


Curly top Jovanka Houska, WGM playing for England


Viktorija Cmilyte, top board for Lithuania


Top scorer and best performance (2622) at the Olympiad: Susan Polgar


Ruslan Ponomariov visits the commentary room, which is not exactly packed


In the VIP area Ruslan finds a friend he can really relate to


FIDE vice president Ummer Koya about to win on time against the bronze statue


... and gets a taste of the finest Spanish sherry


Iraq vs Libanon in the ladies' section


WIM Anna Muzychuk on board one for Slovenia – she has just turned 14


A laser disco party evening for the players


14-year-old Katryna Lahno takes the floor


... and is challenged by a wild and energetic colleague: Sergey Karjakin (14)


In the chess exposition: a Photoshopped (we assume) magazine cover


Ex world champion and gold medalist in Calvià: Xie Jun


By popular demand: another shot of our dear friend Almira


... and the bright and cheerful Anna Sharevich


The final fireworks to celebrate a successful tournament

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