Canada's teams at the 40th Chess Olympiad 2012


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The Chess Olympiad has a storied history, dating back to 1927, when it was first held in London, England. Since that time, it has grown to become a biennial event held under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In 2010, the 39th Chess Olympiad saw 149 teams from 141 countries converge in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia to do battle over the sixty-four squares. Canada was there and made itself known with Mark Bluvshtein's defeat of then-World #2 Veselin Topalov, which was reminiscient of Pascal Charbonneau's victory over then-World #2 Vishy Anand at the same event in 2006.  Do not discount the "impossible" at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey this fall. It is through your generous support that Canada's success on the world stage continues. On behalf of the players, thank you for investing in our country's promising future.

Canada at the 40th Chess Olympiad 2012

National Team
NamePhotoHomeCredits
Bator SambuevMontreal, QCGrandmaster.
2011 Canadian Chess Champion.
Leonid Gerzhoy
Toronto, ONInternational Master.
2006 Canadian Chess Championship - 2nd. 
Nikolay Noritsyn Richmond Hill, ONInternational Master.
2007 Canadian Chess Champion. 
Eric Hansen Calgary, AB

International Master.
2011 Canadian Chess Championship - tied 1st (lost tiebreak). 

Edward Porper Edmonton, ABInternational Master.
2009 Canadian Open Chess Champion. 
CAPTAIN
Victor Plotkin Toronto, ON

FIDE Master.
2011 Toronto Closed Champion. 

Women's Team
Name Photo Home Credits 
Natalia Khoudgarian  Toronto, ONWoman International Master. 
2011 Canadian Women's Chess Champion.
Iulia Lacau-Rodean Toronto, ON2011 Canadian Women's Chess Championship - 2nd.
Alexandra Botez Burnaby, BCWoman Candidate Master.
2011 British Columbia Women's Closed Chess Champion. 
Jackie Peng Richmond Hill, ONWoman Candidate Master.
2011 Canadian Amateur Chess Champion. 
Liza Orlova Toronto, ON

Woman Candidate Master.
2011 Canadian Girls U18 Champion. 

CAPTAIN
Jura Ochkoos Toronto, ONFIDE Master.
2005 Toronto Grand Prix Champion. 
Support
 NamePhoto TITLE Credits 
Henry Peng Head of Delegation 
 Empty Olympic Coordinator 
Yan Teplitsky Selection Committee MemberInternational Master 1996
Vlad Pechenkin Selection Committee MemberFIDE Master 2009
Natalia Khoudgarian Selection Committee AdvisorWoman International Master 1996
Hal BondFundraising ChairmanCanada's representative to FIDE