Tromso R5 Preview

by Alejandro Ramirez
8/6/2014 – The fifth round is under way in Tromso with many magnificent games, several of which are 2700+ in their average rating... one of them is even over 2800! Russia plays Bulgaria on the second board while Armenia plays Norway in the third. Additionally, we bring you several bite-size interviews, and a view of the live action from Norway!

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Round Five Preview

Round five has smoking hot games in the Open section. In the top board Azerbaijan will face Serbia, theoretically the match should go to the Azerbaijanis but anything can happen. On board two Russia faces Bulgaria... which means it is Kramnik vs. Topalov! Right next to them is Aronian-Carlsen in the Armenia vs. Norway match.

The Women's section has a very close match in Russia vs. Georgia, two traditional chess powerhouses. However the top two boards will be China vs. Indonesia, with the top seed trying to stop the surprising Indonesian team. Hou Yifan will face Irene Sukandar in the first board. Speaking of teams that are on a rampage, the Iranian team will be trying to keep their tempo in their match against Hungary.

Kasparov has been busy signing his books... so many they had to start giving out the Spanish version!

Yours truly and Kema Goryaeva, the person that makes things work around here

E. S. Jacobsen (Norway 3) and Qiyu Zhou (Canada) are only 13 and 14, respectively!

There are many top level games today. Gelfand-Dominguez is one of them!

And in the Women's there is Lagno-Dzagnidze

Adams-Le Quang Liem is another of the 2700+ games

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And, of course, the 2800+ average game: Aronian vs. Carlsen going on right now

Photos by Alejandro Ramirez


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During the games we have live broadcast by expert commentators,
with post-game interviews and analysis directly from the venue.

Three of our live game commentators: Yasser Seirawan, Simon Williams, Chris Ward

Live postgame interviews by Daniel King, above chatting with Alexei Shirov...

... and analysing a game with Nigel Short

Interviewing Indian IM Tania Sachdev immediately after her game

Danny King's daily midnight wrapup on Youtube – recorded in the midnight dusk of Tromsø

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All you need to know about the Olympiad

  • Full information on the games, the venue, the atmosphere and what's happening on and off the chessboard – 68 pages in PDF, 45 MB in size.
  • All practical details you need to know before and after your arrival, including information about money, the climate, arriving at Oslo and Tromsø Airports, lost or delayed luggage, check-in at the hotels, the accreditation desk, information offices and the opening ceremony.

All ChessBase reports on the 2014 Olympiad in Tromsø




Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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