Chess Olympiad 2018 Batumi

The Chess Olympiads are a kind of World Team Championship, in which nearly all member federations of FIDE participate. Similar to the Olympic Games, players from all over the world come together in a festive international extravaganza.

The history of the World Chess Federation is closely linked to the Olympic ideal. On the margins of the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, the "Fédération Internationale des Échecs" (FIDE) was founded alongside a chess tournament. The first chess Chess Olympiad was in London in 1927. Initially, the event was held irregularly, but since 1950, it has taken place every two years.

This year the Georgian Chess Federation hosts the 43rd Chess Olympiad from September 25th to October 5th in the port city of Batumi on the Black Sea.

185 federations have registered for the open section and 151 federations for the parallel women's tournament. The competition's rounds are played as a match of four boards. Most teams travel with a fifth player / alternate. Around 1,600 players participate in all, making the Chess Olympiad one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

In 2018 the open tournament has as rating favourites the USA, Russia and China. In the Women's Olympiad, it is Russia, Ukraine and China.

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View into the hall of the Sports Palace | Photo: David Llada

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