2018 Canadian Olympiad Teams and Board Order

2018 Canadian Olympiad Teams and Board Order

The line-up and board orders for the Canadian Olympiad teams have been updated:

Open

  1. GM Eric Hansen
  2. GM Razvan Preotu
  3. IM Nikolay Noritsyn
  4. GM Evgeny Bareev
  5. GM Aman Hambleton

Captain: FM Victor Plotkin

Women

  1. WIM Agnieska Matras-Clement
  2. WGM Qiyu Zhou
  3. WIM Maili-Jade Ouellet
  4. WFM Svitlana Demchenko
  5. Lali Agbabishvilli

Captain: GM Gergely Szabo


Notes:

  • GM Alexandre LeSiege was originally on the team, but had to withdraw due to a family emergency. The next eligible player, IM Raja Panjwani, was unable to substitute at such short notice. GM Bareev agreed to replace LeSiege; the fact that he has played little since scoring +3 =3 -4 as Canada's board 1 at the 2016 Baku Olympiad probably explains why he will be board 4, even though his FIDE rating is the highest in Canada.
  • GM Anton Kovalyov, who won the silver medal on board 2 at the 2016 Olympiad, declined to play in the Olympiad as it is organized by the thuggish Zurab Azmaiparashvili. (more here)
  • WIM Yuanling Yuan, Canada's #1 FIDE-rated woman,  was not eligible as she had not played enough games prior to the selection period. She does still play, including events in London'17 and Biel'18, and may well return to the team for more Olympiads.
  • This will be the first Olympiad for Razvan, Agnieska, and Svitlana.
  • The Women's team is in their exact FIDE-rating order. 
  • All the players on the women's team speak English as a second, or third, or fourth language:
    1. Polish
    2. Chinese
    3. French
    4. Russian
    5. Georgian

2018 Chess Olympiad: Batumi, Georgia

The Chess Olympiad is an 11 round Swiss-system 4-player team tournaments, held in two sections: Women and Open. It is held every two years and is the largest elite level tournament on the chess calendar. In 2016 a total of 304 teams were entered in the two sections, with the USA taking the Open and China winning the Women's.

The 43rd Chess Olympiad will be held in Batumi, Georgia -- on the east coast of the Black Sea, just north of Turkey -- September 23 - October 7, 2018.

Links

Olympiad Homepage

Canada's Top FIDE ratings

Live Coverage

the ChessBrah twitch channel will feature free live commentary by GMs Yasser Seirawan and Robin van Kampen, and will have links to Vlogs from GMs Hansen and Hambleton.