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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 preview

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/07/2022

The 44th edition of the Chess Olympiad is the biggest Olympiad in the history, less than 24 hours away now. It is also the biggest sporting spectacle to ever take place in India. A total of 350 teams, 1736 players are taking part from 189 countries across the world. The host nation India is going to have six teams and 30 players taking part, which is the highest ever for a single edition of this extravaganza. Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen will play in the Olympiad for the first time since 2016. The legend who inspired the nation and beyond, Vishy Anand is the mentor for the Indian teams. Round 1 starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

30 Indians will play in six teams

The final addition among the six Indian teams is in the Women's section. India 3 Women will comprise - IM Eesha Karavade, WIM Sahithi Varshini M, WGM Pratyusha Bodda, WGM Nandhidhaa P V and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala. The team will be captained by GM Dibyendu Barua.

All six Indian teams along with the sponsors and officials at Good Luck Team India event | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

44th Chess Olympiad 2022 Official logo | Photo: Official site

India 1 Open (L to R) - GM Vaibhav Suri, GM Vidit Gujrathi, GM S L Narayanan, GM Arjun Erigaisi, GM Krishnan Sasikiran, GM Sankalp Gupta and GM Srinath Narayanan | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India 1 Women (L to R) - GM Swayams Mishra, IM Vaishali R, IM Bhakti Kulkarni, IM Tania Sachdev, GM Koneru Humpy, GM Shyam Sundar M and GM Abhijit Kunte | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India 2 Open (L to R) - GM Stany G A, GM B Adhiban, GM Raunak Sadhwani, Bharat Singh Chauhan, GM Nihal Sarin, GM D Gukesh, GM Arjun Kalyan, GM R B Ramesh | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India 2 Women (L to R) - GM Swapnil Dhopade, WGM Divya Deshmukh, IM Padmini Rout, WGM Vantika Agrawal, WGM Mary Ann Gomes, IM Soumya Swaminathan and GM Akash Ganesan | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India 3 Open (L to R) - GM Abhimanyu Puranik, GM Karthikeyan Murali, GM Sethuraman S P, GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and GM Tejas Bakre | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India 3 Women (L to R) - WGM Pratyusha Bodda, WGM Nandhidhaa P V, GM Dibyendu Barua, WIM Sahithi Varshini and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted his best wishes for the Indian team

What is the special arrangement that is made for team India at the Chess Olympiad 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Press Conference

L to R - Bharat Singh Chauhan, Chess Olympiad Tournament Director and AICF Hony. Secretary, Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, FIDE President and GM Judit Polgar, Official Commentator and Greatest female chess player of all time | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Press Conference in progress | Photo: FIDE/Madelene Belinki

GM Srinath Narayanan answers a question of the audience | Photo: FIDE/Steve Bonhage
Captain GM Srinath Narayanan on India 2 being perceived as a bigger threat by the World Champion | Video: ChessBase India
Judit Polgar on attending her 12th Chess Olympiad | Video: ChessBase India
Carlsen never asked for a format change in the middle of a World Championship Cycle - Dvorkovich | Video: ChessBase India

Stats and facts

• Open teams - 188, Players - 937

• Women teams - 162, Players - 799

• Total teams - 350, Players - 1736

• Open - 233 GMs, 111 IMs, 3 WGMs and a WIM are taking part from 186 countries.

• Women - 15 GMs, 46 IMs, 51 GMs and 98 WIMs are taking part from 160 countries.

• Teams having 4 players and no reserves - Open: Comoros Islands, Laos and Nicaragua. Women: Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Fiji, Gabon, Guatemala, Indonesia, Laos, Nicaragua, Sao Tome and Principe, Timor-leste and Chinese Taipei.

• Both Open and Women's team top seeds - Magnus Carlsen and Koneru Humpy are yet to win a medal at Chess Olympiad event. This is also Carlsen's first Olympiad since 2016.

• 13 Women are playing in the Open section.

• Youngest participant of the event is Randa Seder of Palestine. She is just eight years old.

Opening Ceremony

Chess Olympiad 2022 Opening Ceremony | Video: ChessBase India

Schedule

Everyday round starts at 3 p.m. IST from 29th July to 8th August 2022. The final round on 9th August starts 10 a.m. IST. Rest day is on 4th August 2022.

Open teams list

No. FEDTeamRtgAvgCaptain
1
USAUnited States of America2771Donaldson, John
2
INDIndia2696Narayanan, Srinath
3
NORNorway2692Haarr, Jon Kristian
4
ESPSpain2687Magem Badals, Jordi
5
POLPoland2683Bartel, Mateusz
6
AZEAzerbaijan2680Abasov, Nijat
7
NEDNetherlands2672Smeets, Jan
8
UKRUkraine2666Sulypa, Oleksandr
9
GERGermany2664Gustafsson, Jan
10
ENGEngland2662Pein, Malcolm
11
INDIndia 22649Ramesh, R B
12
ARMArmenia2642Pashikian, Arman
13
IRIIran2636Pourramezanali, Amirreza
14
UZBUzbekistan2625Sokolov, Ivan
15
FRAFrance2621Maze, Sebastien
16
INDIndia 32619Bakre, Tejas
17
CROCroatia2611Kozul, Zdenko
18
CZECzech Republic2608Simacek, Pavel
19
HUNHungary2607Acs, Peter
20
ROURomania2605Miron, Lucian-Costin
21
TURTurkey2602Kanmazalp, Ogulcan
22
ISRIsrael2598Glaz, Ilana David
23
SRBSerbia2595Perunovic, Miodrag
24
GEOGeorgia2580Sturua, Zurab
25
GREGreece2575Nikolaidis, Ioannis

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Women teams list

No. FEDTeamRtgAvgCaptain
1
INDIndia2486Kunte, Abhijit
2
UKRUkraine2478Brodsky, Michail
3
GEOGeorgia2475Jojua, Davit
4
POLPoland2423Dziuba, Marcin
5
FRAFrance2400Gozzoli, Yannick
6
AZEAzerbaijan2399Mamedov, Nidjat
7
USAUnited States of America2390Khachiyan, Melikset
8
GERGermany2383Yakovich, Yuri
9
ARMArmenia2367Andriasian, Zaven
10
KAZKazakhstan2365Kotsur, Pavel
11
IND2India 22351Swapnil, S. Dhopade
12
HUNHungary2342Papp, Gabor
13
ESPSpain2327Martinez Martin, David
14
CUBCuba2324Alvarez Pedraza, Aramis
15
BULBulgaria2319Arnaudov, G. Petar
16
IND3India 32318Barua, Dibyendu
17
NEDNetherlands2312Bosch, Jeroen
18
SRBSerbia2312Chelushkina, Irina
19
ISRIsrael2287Botvinnik, Ilia
20
ROURomania2283Szabo, Gergely-Andras-Gyula
21
ENGEngland2274D'Costa, Lorin
22
SVKSlovakia2265Stohl, Igor
23
CZECzech Republic2260Polak, Tomas
24
VIEVietnam2259Nguyen, Minh Thang
25
ITAItaly2251Bellia, Fabrizio

Details

Links

Official site

Tournament Regulations

 

Stats and facts - Chess-results and FIDE


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