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My thoughts about the recent Olympiad 2012

Hi all

I don’t know about you lot, but I really enjoyed the last Olympiad just gone. Some brilliant play from Aronian, Kramnik, Ivanchuk and others as expected. The race was tense until the very final round, where China on the verge of winning the event, had to face the mighty Ukraine team – and losing this match meant that Ukraine came 3rd, and China 4th.

Really I would like to go over some key interesting games from the Women’s Olympiad soon as well.

There is so much instructive and fun chess material in these games, to yet explore, and I hope to continue my explorations in the coming days and weeks.

Best wishes
K

Olympiad 2012 Reddit Post Digest of Videos

Hi all

Lots of Olympiad 2012 videos on my channel recently – been focusing on this and not doing blitz the past few days. Here is the list reverse chronological order: (Note also includes some historical Tal Olympiad videos)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlIsyBaunRs #Chess Olympiad 2012: Armenia vs Netherlands Rd10 – GM Giri vs GM Aronian – Wolf in Sheep’s clothing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ektObDXOeQ #Chess Olympiad 2012: China vs USA Rd 10 – GM Ding vs GM Onishuk – Queens Gambit Declined

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro25_lsaznE #Chess Olympiad 2012: USA vs Lithuania Rd2 – GM Nakamura vs GM Malisauskas – Sicilian Najdorf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KX6dhk3EMg #Chess Olympiad 2012: USA vs Turkey Rd 7 – GM Nakamura vs GM Solak – Kings Indian Attack system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82rKt_2_PQ0 #Chess Olympiad 2012: Russia vs USA Rd 9 – GM Grischuk vs GM Kamsky – Alekhine defence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7G1_KMVm5g #Chess Olympiad 2012: USA vs Russia Rd 9 – GM Nakamura vs GM Kramnik – Reti Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YfB3QrdlUM #Chess Olympiad 2012: Azerbaijan vs China Rd 8 – GM Mamedyarov vs GM Wang, Yue – Slav Defence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI7ME07rGUU #Chess Olympiad 2012: England vs Phillipines – GM Short vs GM Torre – Nimzo Indian Defence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqlHV1Dhpi4 #Chess Olympiad 2012: Background on a Chess Legend – GM Eugene Torre – Karpov vs Torre 1976

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efQubM3Q2Kg #Chess World.net: Kingscrusher’s 27 Chess Tips Reddit post – see description for the tips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNfAnLc7zpc #Chess Olympiad 2012: Georgia vs England Rd 7 – GM Pantsulaia vs GM Short – Zukertort opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7y9edvRmZI #Chess Olympiad 2012: Russia vs China, Rd 4 – GM Yue Wang vs GM Alexander Grischuk – English Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yom1u2DT_S0 #Chess Olympiad 2012: Armenia vs China Rd 7 – GM Movsesian, Sergei vs GM Wang, Yue – English Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_X9qaYOnLo #Chess World.net: Tal with the Black pieces at the 1966 Havana Olympiad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMBiCbwAuGk #Chess Olympiad 2012: China vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina Rd6 – GM Wang, Yue vs GM Didzdarevic, Emir

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lNiLCNnHuQ #Chess Olympiad 2012: Armenia vs Russia Rd 6 – GM Movsesian vs GM Grischuk – Kings Indian Defence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqDFOmgo5xo #Chess Olympiad 2012: Russia vs Armenia – GM Kramnik vs GM Aronian – Amazing Combination!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xf5ZWmIyB0 #Chess Olympiad 2012: Latvia vs Guatemala Rd 5 – GM Shirov vs FM Quinonez – Petroff Defence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7qMxH1c69Y #Chess Olympiad 2012: Hungary vs Switzerland, Rd3 – GM Judit Polgar vs IM Oliver Kurmann

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmiXdjXpkWQ #Chess Olympiad 2012: Armenia vs Phillipines – Rd 4 – GM Sargissian vs IM Dimakiling – Indian Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMYHrTwkp6Y #Chess Olympiad 2012 : Armenia vs Bangladesh – Rd 2 – GM Aronian vs GM Rahman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LTTSg3D-K0 #Chess OIympiad 2012: Armenia vs Ukraine – Rd5 – GM Aronian vs GM Ivanchuk – Queens Indian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HNTl5jrD84 #Chess Olympiad 2012: USA vs India, Rd 4 – GM Nakamura vs GM Sasikiran – Scotch Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhYX1u06qvI #Chess Olympiad 2012: Ukraine vs Poland Rd3 – GM Ivanchuk vs GM Wojtaszek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeJ_1633jMg #Chess Olympiad 2012 – Armenia vs Spain Rd3 – GM Aronian vs GM Vallejo Pons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmQy4UU9QKs #Chess Olympiad 2012: France vs Bulgaria – GM Lagrave vs GM Topalov – Kings Indian Fianchetto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBPYkDLHnS8 #Chess Olympiad 2012 – Super GM Ivanchuk plays an almighty blunder against Qatar’s Board 1 GM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2POrGNtjw #Chess Olympiad 2012: England vs Brazil – Rd2 – Bd3 – GM Short vs GM Fier – Sicilian Grand Prix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2iYVaYza8Y #Chess Olympiad 2012 – England vs Cuba Rd3 – GM Adams vs GM Dominguez – Super GMs Clash!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwoiRHBUsk8 #Chess World.net: GM Mikhail Tal with White at the 1966 Havana Olympiad

Hope some of these are interesting and instructive!

Cheers, K

The Immortal Kasparov Octopus Knight Game!

The Immortal Kasparov Gambit Game!

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[Event "World championship"]
[Site "Moscow URS"]
[Date "1985.10.15"]
[Round "16"]
[White "Karpov"]
[Black "Kasparov"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Nf6 7. N1c3 a6 8.
Na3 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. exd5 Nb4 11. Be2 Bc5 12. O-O O-O 13. Bf3 Bf5 14.
Bg5 Re8 15. Qd2 b5 16. Rad1 Nd3 17. Nab1 h6 18. Bh4 b4 19. Na4 Bd6 20. Bg3
Rc8 21. b3 g5 22. Bxd6 Qxd6 23. g3 Nd7 24. Bg2 Qf6 25. a3 a5 26. axb4 axb4
27. Qa2 Bg6 28. d6 g4 29. Qd2 Kg7 30. f3 Qxd6 31. fxg4 Qd4+ 32. Kh1 Nf6 33.
Rf4 Ne4 34. Qxd3 Nf2+ 35. Rxf2 Bxd3 36. Rfd2 Qe3 37. Rxd3 Rc1 38. Nb2 Qf2
39. Nd2 Rxd1+ 40. Nxd1 Re1+ 0-1

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Final Chess Olympiad 2012 Standings

Final standings after Round 11

Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = – TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 3 Armenia ARM 11 9 1 1 19 397.0 29.0 155.00
2 1 Russia RUS 11 9 1 1 19 388.5 28.5 157.00
3 2 Ukraine UKR 11 9 0 2 18 363.0 29.5 147.00
4 6 China CHN 11 8 1 2 17 390.5 29.5 157.00
5 5 USA USA 11 7 3 1 17 361.0 30.0 142.00
6 9 Netherlands NED 11 8 0 3 16 329.0 29.0 133.00
7 27 Vietnam VIE 11 6 4 1 16 313.5 29.0 126.00
8 25 Romania ROU 11 8 0 3 16 310.0 29.0 128.00
9 4 Hungary HUN 11 7 1 3 15 368.0 28.0 151.00
10 7 Azerbaijan AZE 11 6 3 2 15 344.0 29.0 144.00