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cricketfan
October 15, 2004, 10:57 PM
Russia is the defending Champion among men and China among women.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=SPORTS&oid=61612 (Chess Olympiad begins on 16 Oct 2004 in Spain)

Navarene
October 16, 2004, 02:33 PM
Bangladesh have a good start with straight win against San Marino in 36th Chess Olypiad in Calvia, Spain:fanflag:

Bo. 113 San Marino Rtg - 47 Bangladesh Rtg 0 : 4

1 Righi Egio 2129 - GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 0 - 1
2 Volpinari Danilo 2053 - IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 0 - 1
3 Renzi Nicola 2200 - IM Hossain Enamul 2413 0 - 1
4 Grassi Enrico 2104 - FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 0 - 1

Men's Round 1 (http://www.36chessolympiad.com/resultados_men_1.php)

Navarene
October 16, 2004, 03:02 PM
Right now Bangladesh is playing against Czech Republic. You can view LIVE all 4 boards in HERE (http://www.ajedrez21.com/calvia2004/)

Ziaur Rahman and Ahmed Sk Nasir are cornered by the Czech players in their respective boards. Abdullah Al Rakib and Enamul Hossain are giving strong fight though!

Sam
October 16, 2004, 04:06 PM
Thanks Navarene for your update.

Czech Republic 4 Bangladesh 0

mahbubH
October 16, 2004, 04:24 PM
I don't understand ... Rajib seems have nice position .. how can he lose?

Carte Blanche
October 16, 2004, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by sports_fan_bd
I don't understand ... Rajib seems have nice position .. how can he lose?

If you are referring to the ending position in which Rajib resigned, it is a horrible position for him. Those pawns for the knight give black a powerful bishop which will win him the exchange (26. Rd3 Be4! 27. Nf3 Bxd3 28. Bxd3 Kg8 -/+)

As a matter of fact he played a bizarre opening to begin with, and was never comfortable against the accurate play of GM Vlastimil. 22 Nd3?? momentarily pushes away the black Queen, but is actually a blunder as it traps the other knight with no compensation at all. After 22... Qa5! 23. Nxe5 a6 24. a4 axb5 25. axb5 Qc7 26. Nc6 Bxc6 27. bxc6 Bc5 -/+, black is simply winning.

On a brighter note, Zia played a beautiful game in the 1st round to win with the Black pieces. True that his opponent wasn't very strong, but it was still a very nice game by Zia.

Navarene
October 17, 2004, 10:53 AM
Bangladesh vs Wales will begin in an hour at all four boards. You can view the live progress of all four games(link is in another post). Our boys look pretty stronger than Wales in terms of rating:

1 GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 - Evans-Quek Suan-Shiau 2293
2 IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 - Jones Richard S 2297
3 IM Hossain Enamul 2413 - Kett T 2196
4 FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 - Rayner Francis 2212

Hope for the comfortable wins for Zia, Rakib, Enam and Nasir:flag:

mahbubH
October 17, 2004, 12:01 PM
did the game start already?

cricketfan
October 17, 2004, 01:03 PM
In third round, Ukraine(2nd seeds) have blanked Czech(21 st seeds) 4-0.
In BD's match, Abdulla Al Rakib has lost his match.Other three BD players won their matches. Thus BD won 3-1 against Wales.

Other results:
Israel (seed 3) beat Serbia(seed 26) 3-1
Armenia(seed 4) beat Armenia (seed 33) 3-1
India( seed 5) beat Philipines(seed 40) 3-1


Edited on, October 17, 2004, 6:11 PM GMT, by cricketfan.

Navarene
October 17, 2004, 01:08 PM
Not very convincing victory for Bangladesh. Zia, Enamul and Nasir won their respective games! But Rakib lost to Jones. Standing Tally will be updated soon after round 3.

mahbubH
October 18, 2004, 02:32 PM
BD is supposed to play Slovenia today. Does anybody know the result?
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4.23 23 Slovenia FED - 47 Bangladesh FED
1 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2660 SLO : GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 BAN
2 GM Pavasovic Dusko 2581 SLO : IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 BAN
3 GM Sermek Drazen 2547 SLO : IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 BAN
4 IM Borisek Jure 2489 SLO : IM Hossain Enamul 2413 BAN

Sam
October 18, 2004, 03:05 PM
Bangladesh lost to Slovenia by 3 : 1

23 Slovenia Rtg - 47 Bangladesh Rtg 3 : 1

1 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2660 - GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 1 - 0
2 GM Pavasovic Dusko 2581 - IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 1 - 0
3 GM Sermek Drazen 2547 - IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 1 - 0
4 IM Borisek Jure 2489 - IM Hossain Enamul 2413 0 - 1

Sam
October 18, 2004, 03:08 PM
Fourth round result of Bangladesh women's team.

70 IBCA Rtg - 54 Bangladesh Rtg 2 : 1

1 Maeckelberg Mieke 2020 - WIM Hamid Rani 2164 -
2 Stolarczyk Anna 2006 - WFM Parveen Seyda Shabana 2139 -
3 Salas Conchi 0 - WFM Sultana Zakia 2056 1 - 0

Navarene
October 19, 2004, 04:40 PM
Portugal lost to Bangladesh by 1:3

Well done Zia, Reefat and Enam!

GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 - GM Galego Luis 2515 1 - 0
IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462-GM Fernandes Antonio 2431 1 - 0
Hossain Enamul 2413 - IM Rocha Sergio 2431 1 - 0
FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 - FM Vitor Antonio 2319 0 - 1

Bangladesh stands 55 after round 5

:flag:

Zunaid
October 19, 2004, 05:02 PM
It'll be interesting to see what happens v the Swiss in the 6th round. Korchnoi is still around at his age but playing will below his rating. The top 4 boards are all 2500+

1 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2601
2 GM Pelletier Yannick 2589
3 GM Gallagher Joseph G 2543
4 GM Jenni Florian 2503
5 IM Forster Richard 2467
6 FM Papa Severin 2411

Any points salvaged in round 6 would be bonus for us.

Here is an interesting game from rounf 4, Morozevich(2785) v Ivanchuk(2705):

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. f4 e6 5. Nf3 c5 6. Be3 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Ne7 8. Bb5+ Nd7 9. O-O a6 10. Be2 g5 11. g4 gxf4 12. gxf5 Nxf5 13. Nxf5 fxe3 14. Nc3 Rg8+ 15. Kh1 Qg5 16. Bf3 Nxe5 17. Qe2 Qxf5 18. Bxd5 Qh3 19. Bxb7 Ra7 20. Bf3 Bh6 21. Ne4 Ke7 22. Qe1 f5 23. Qb4+ Kf7 24. Qd4 Nxf3 25. Qf6+ Ke8 26. Qxe6+ Kf8 27. Qf6+ Rf7 28. Qd6+ Kg7 29. Rg1+ Kh8 30. Nf6 Black wins 0-1

10..g5 and the rest is history

A fairly aggressive game between these two top players.

mij
October 19, 2004, 07:13 PM
Keep going Bangladesh.. :bravo:

Tintin
October 20, 2004, 12:24 AM
There was someone who became the GM in the late 80s, who was the first GM from the subcontinent. What is his name ? Is he no longer around ?

How old is Rani Hamid ? I remember hearing her name when I was in school.

Edited on, October 20, 2004, 12:26 PM GMT, by Tintin.

Carte Blanche
October 20, 2004, 12:39 AM
Are you talking about Niaz Murshed?

Carte Blanche
October 20, 2004, 12:48 AM
Here is an interesting game from rounf 4, Morozevich(2785) v Ivanchuk(2705):

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. f4 e6 5. Nf3 c5 6. Be3 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Ne7 8. Bb5+ Nd7 9. O-O a6 10. Be2 g5 11. g4 gxf4 12. gxf5 Nxf5 13. Nxf5 fxe3 14. Nc3 Rg8+ 15. Kh1 Qg5 16. Bf3 Nxe5 17. Qe2 Qxf5 18. Bxd5 Qh3 19. Bxb7 Ra7 20. Bf3 Bh6 21. Ne4 Ke7 22. Qe1 f5 23. Qb4+ Kf7 24. Qd4 Nxf3 25. Qf6+ Ke8 26. Qxe6+ Kf8 27. Qf6+ Rf7 28. Qd6+ Kg7 29. Rg1+ Kh8 30. Nf6 Black wins 0-1

10..g5 and the rest is history

A fairly aggressive game between these two top players.



You bet! That was a fantastic game. 10... g5, definitely a brilliant move. It is very refreshing to see black playing a sharp line of the caro-kann (I can't find any instance of this line being played before). May be Leko can learn something from this?

mahbubH
October 20, 2004, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by Tintin
How old is Rani Hamid ? I remember hearing her name when I was in school.

She is 50+ for sure. Her eldest son Kaiser Hamid was a national footballer and its about 4/5 years since he retired from football.

Tintin
October 20, 2004, 12:54 AM
Niaz Murshed. Is he still around ?

Zunaid
October 20, 2004, 12:58 AM
Originally posted by Tintin
Niaz Murshed. Is he still around ?

On and off... He went on a hiatus during his UPenn days and for a while afterwards. He is back again on the circuit but nowhere near his potential.

Niaz Murshed is a central element of my Chess story. I once beat him in a friendly lighting chess game at his home. Of course, he handicapped himself with 1 minute vs my 5. But still :)

Navarene
October 20, 2004, 01:05 AM
Well.. GM Niaz Murshed(2468) is supposed to join the BD team to play from round 6. This is what I read in newspaper a few days back.

Zunaid
October 20, 2004, 01:10 AM
Originally posted by Navarene
Well.. GM Niaz Murshed(2468) is supposed to join the BD team to play from round 6. This is what I read in newspaper a few days back.

Looks like Reefat also joined in late.

Nasif
October 20, 2004, 01:11 AM
Originally posted by Zunaid
Niaz Murshed is a central element of my Chess story. I once beat him in a friendly lighting chess game at his home. Of course, he handicapped himself with 1 minute vs my 5. But still :)

wow, thats great! Once I saw Niaz playing with 12 people at once. They were sitting in a line and he was walking up and down the row making his moves.

He won all 12.

Zunaid
October 20, 2004, 01:21 AM
Nasif, just to add to my chess story. He then went ahead and beat me and a friend playing us simultaneously while blindfolded. This was during my early college days when Niaz was just finishing hgh-school. I moved on to Bridge as I could not afford the amount of time I needed to spend on Chess to become competitive.

This was during the days of when the also rans after Niaz were Younus Hassan, Rezaul Haq, Rezaul Haq and Jamilur Rahman. If memory serves my right, Younus was our first FIDE rated player.

bdmoderator
October 20, 2004, 07:11 AM
I hope Bangladesh will do well there.

Zunaid
October 20, 2004, 10:49 AM
So far a draw in board #4.

1 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2601 - GM Rahman Ziaur 2535
2 GM Gallagher Joseph G 2543 - IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462
3 GM Jenni Florian 2503 - IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474
4 FM Papa Severin 2411 - IM Hossain Enamul 2413 1/2

chinaman
October 20, 2004, 11:04 AM
Oneday, may be on weekend I'll hear details of your story, Dr. Z.

Its not a joke to defeat Niaz, you know.

BTW, anyone play the MSN Zone chess?

Zunaid
October 20, 2004, 11:45 AM
Originally posted by Zunaid
So far a draw in board #4.

1 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2601 - GM Rahman Ziaur 2535
2 GM Gallagher Joseph G 2543 - IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462
3 GM Jenni Florian 2503 - IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474
4 FM Papa Severin 2411 - IM Hossain Enamul 2413 1/2

Reefat and Rakib lost their respective games. I was hoping for a Rakib upset given the rating disparity isn't too much. Zia is still battling with ex-world champ Korchnoi.

mahbubH
October 20, 2004, 11:49 AM
BD lost the game by 3-1. Zia drew with Korchnoi.

Edited on, October 20, 2004, 5:14 PM GMT, by sports_fan_bd.

Carte Blanche
October 20, 2004, 05:06 PM
Originally posted by chinaman
Oneday, may be on weekend I'll hear details of your story, Dr. Z.

Its not a joke to defeat Niaz, you know.

BTW, anyone play the MSN Zone chess?

Out of the free servers, I play at msn, pogo and yahoo. Also paying member at ICC and Playchess. Msn zone's interface sucks though.

Tintin
October 21, 2004, 08:43 AM
http://www.36chessolympiad.com/clasificacion_men_6.php?idioma=en

Does anyone know how Wtgs (weightings, I guess) work out ?

--------

Ignore this post. It is mentioned in the rules section.

Edited on, October 21, 2004, 1:47 PM GMT, by Tintin.

Navarene
October 21, 2004, 11:54 AM
Considering the fact that our boys are going to lose the first Test (if our batters dont make a miracle) against New Zealand, our chess girls had something different in mind while playing against Kiwi girls yesterday. Rani hamid and Parveen Seyda Shabana drew with Charmova Evgenia and Maroroa Sue when Sultana Zakia convincingly outplayed Courtney Helen to seal the overall victory against New Zealand :) Well done, Zakia!

Bangladesh 2 : New zealand 1

Charmova Evgenia 2047 - WIM Hamid Rani 2164 -
Maroroa Sue 0 - WFM Parveen Seyda Shabana 2139 -
Courtney Helen 2050 - WFM Sultana Zakia 2056 0 - 1

Edited on, October 29, 2004, 6:04 AM GMT, by Navarene.

mahbubH
October 22, 2004, 02:51 PM
Bangladesh beat Austria in 7th round of the chess olympiad.

Bo. 47 Bangladesh Rtg - 55 Austria Rtg 2:1
1 GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 - IM Volkmann Friedrich 2454 -
2 IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 - IM Neubauer Martin 2440 -
3 IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 - IM Danner Georg 2436 1 - 0
4 IM Hossain Enamul 2413 - IM Lehner Oliver 2420 -

mahbubH
October 22, 2004, 02:54 PM
Bangladesh women team also won today.

Bo. 77 Guatemala Rtg - 54 Bangladesh Rtg :2
1 Mazariegos Silvia Carolina 0 - WIM Hamid Rani 2164 0 - 1
2 Monterroso Karla Vanessa 0 - WFM Sultana Zakia 2056 0 - 1
3 Castillo Dina Lisette 2043 - Khan Nazrana 1997 -

bourny3
October 23, 2004, 04:13 AM
Originally posted by Navarene
Considering the fact that our boys are going to lose the first Test (if our batters dont make a miracle) against New Zealand, our chess girls had something different in mind while playing against Kiwi girls yesterday. Rani hamid and Parveen Seyda Shabana drew with Charmova Evgenia and Maroroa Sue when Sultana Zakia convincingly outplayed Courtney Helen to seal the overall victory against New Zealand :) Well done, Zakia!

Bangladesh 2 : New zealand 1

Charmova Evgenia 2047 - WIM Hamid Rani 2164 -
Maroroa Sue 0 - WFM Parveen Seyda Shabana 2139 -
Courtney Helen 2050 - WFM Sultana Zakia 2056 0 - 1

Nice to see BD beating NZ in something.

mahbubH
October 23, 2004, 12:26 PM
BD beat Tajikistan today. Rating wise we should do better than this.

Bo. 47 Bangladesh Rtg - 83 Tajikistan Rtg 2.5-1.5
1 IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 - IM Khamdamov Suhrob 2150 1-0
2 IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 - IM Isaev Jamshed 2424 1/2
3 IM Hossain Enamul 2413 - Khouseinov Rashid 2343 1/2
4 FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 - Ziyaev Negmat 2295 1/2

Navarene
October 24, 2004, 11:35 AM
Did someone watch Anand-Morozevich that has just finished? The best game so far I have seen in this tourny! Amazing the way Anand outplayed Moro! It was a gem to watch.

Zunaid
October 25, 2004, 09:15 AM
Originally posted by Navarene
Did someone watch Anand-Morozevich that has just finished? The best game so far I have seen in this tourny! Amazing the way Anand outplayed Moro! It was a gem to watch.

Just looked at it; you are right - a gem of a game.

As for Bangladesh, they lost to Italy (2.5-1.5) in round 9 where most pairs were close in rating.

Bo. 50 Italy Rtg - 47 Bangladesh Rtg 2.5-1.5
1 GM Godena Michele 2550 - GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 1/2
2 IM Braga Fernando 2465 - IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 1-0
3 IM D"Amore Carlo 2448 - IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 1/2
4 IM Borgo Giulio 2388 - FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 1/2

Bangladesh is playing Spain C in round 10. They should win this one based on ratings.

Bo. 47 Bangladesh Rtg - 78 Spain C Rtg
1 GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 - GM Del Rio Angelis Salvador G 2491
2 IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 - FM Mascaro March Pedro 2323
3 IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 - FM Galiana Juan Ramon 2257
4 IM Hossain Enamul 2413 - Ducros Salva Antonio 2204

Navarene
October 26, 2004, 02:30 PM
Our chess team may still have the reason to soothe our wretched mind after day 1 of 2nd Test:

Round 10:

Bangladesh drew with Spain C

GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 - GM Del Rio Salvador G 2491 -

IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 - FM Mascaro Pedro 2323 -

IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 - FM Galiana Juan Ramon 2257 1-0

IM Hossain Enamul 2413 - Ducros Salva Antonio 2204 0 - 1

Round 11

Bangladesh beat Mongolia 3:1:up:

GM Sharavdorj Dashzeveg 2466 - IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 0-1

GM Hatanbaatar Bazar 2427 - IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 1-0

FM Erhembayar Duurenbayar 2332 - IM Hossain Enamul 2413 0-1

FM Byambaa Zulzaga 2299 - FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 0-1

mahbubH
October 26, 2004, 04:08 PM
How does time work in international chess tournament?

Zunaid
October 26, 2004, 05:55 PM
Originally posted by sports_fan_bd
How does time work in international chess tournament?

FIDE has slightly different time controls for different types of tournaments.

For the Olympiad:

The time limit is 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 20 moves in 50 minutes and finally 10 minutes for all remaining moves. From move 1 30 seconds will be added after each move.

Thus there are no adjournments in these tournaments.

Navarene
October 26, 2004, 06:18 PM
Zunaid bhai, I think that the time control is different from what you have mentioned above in this chess olympiad.

Time control

"8.1 The time control is all the moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move."

Rules (http://www.36chessolympiad-daily.com/bases.php?idioma=en&PHPSESSID=e08750fe94d3973881d52a3c821252c7)

Zunaid
October 26, 2004, 06:37 PM
Originally posted by Navarene
Zunaid bhai, I think that the time control is different from what you have mentioned above in this chess olympiad.

Time control

"8.1 The time control is all the moves in 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move."

Rules (http://www.36chessolympiad-daily.com/bases.php?idioma=en&PHPSESSID=e08750fe94d3973881d52a3c821252c7)

The Chess olympiad has different time controls from the FIDE site.

link (http://www.fide.com/official/handbook.asp?level=DD201)

8.5

Time control

The time limit is 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 20 moves in 50 minutes and finally 10 minutes for all remaining moves. From move 1 30 seconds will be added after each move. The games shall be played using the DGT clocks.

I guess they adopted a different version. Interesting.

Edited on, October 26, 2004, 11:38 PM GMT, by Zunaid.

cricketfan
October 28, 2004, 06:44 AM
With just two rounds left, Ukraine(34.5) among men and China (27) among women have almost sealed their titles. Ukraine is 3.5 points clear of their nearest rivals whereas China is 3 points clear of their nearest rivals.

Standings after 12 rounds:

Men:
1. Ukraine 34.5
2. Russia 31.0
3. Armenia 31.0
4. Israel 30.5
5. Cuba 30.0
6. US 29.5
7. India 29.0
8. Georgia 29
9. Bulgaria 28.5
10. Poland 28.5

Women:

1. China 27
2. US 24
3. Georgia 24
4. Russia 23.5
5. France 23
6. India 22.5
7. Hungary 22
8. England 22
9. Slovakia 22
10. Poland 21.5

cricketfan
October 28, 2004, 06:48 AM
(same post twice)

Edited on, October 28, 2004, 11:53 AM GMT, by cricketfan.

Tintin
October 28, 2004, 07:10 AM
India screwed up badly in the 9th and 11th rounds to lose to Cuba and Israel. Even the defeat against Russia could have been avoided. Hopefully, we'll still finish in top 5

bourny3
October 28, 2004, 07:10 AM
Wheres Bangladesh in both of these standings.

Navarene
October 28, 2004, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by bourny3
Wheres Bangladesh in both of these standings.
After round 13:

Bangladesh men's and women's team are ranked 59 and 67 respectively.

Standings (http://www.36chessolympiad.com/clasificaciones.php?idioma=en)

Carte Blanche
October 28, 2004, 08:17 PM
Originally posted by Tintin
India screwed up badly in the 9th and 11th rounds to lose to Cuba and Israel. Even the defeat against Russia could have been avoided. Hopefully, we'll still finish in top 5

Yes I was hoping India would finish within the top 3 before the Olympiad started. Heh I tend to forget that Vishy can win only 1 game per round. He played 2 outstanding games in the last few days though. He crushed Morozevich, and today's game against Macijiea was just another example of what a class act he is. Nimzowitsch would've loved to see him play if he was alive today. Vishy will soon cross the 2800 barrier. So will Kasparov actually (other way around).

cricketfan
October 29, 2004, 12:54 AM
After 13 rounds(one more round to go), Ukraine is 3 points clear of their nearest rival and they are virtually assured of men's title. There is nothing virtual in the women's category though where China have actually won with one round to spare. They have a lead of 3.5 points over their nearest rivals and as such they have won and thus retained their title.

Standing after 13 rounds:

Men:

1. Ukraine 36.5
2. Russia 33.5
3. Armenia 33.0
4. Israel 32.5
5. India 31.5
6. US 31.5
7. Cuba 31.5
8. Bulgaria 31.0
9. Georgia 31.0
10. France 30.5

Women:

1. China 29.0
2. US 25.5
3. Russia 25.5
4. Georgia 25.0
5. France 24.5
6. Hungary 24.0
7. Slovakia 24
8. India 23.5
9. Ukraine 23.0
10. England 23.0

cricketfan
October 29, 2004, 01:09 AM
Indian men with 3 super GMs and the World no. 2 in their ranks are seeded 5 th and it looks like they will just about justify their seeding. They are at present 5th with one round to go and in the last round they face Bulgaria(seeded 20th). If results go according to rankings then India should finish in top 5 with third place a distant possibility.

Indian Women headed by the prodigiously talented Koneru Humpy who owns a men's GM title are seeded 6th and they are also likely to just about live up to their seeding. They will play England(seeded 27 th) in the last round.

Performance of the two Indian teams have been slightly disappointing considering the talent at their disposal in this tournament, but looking at it statistically, this is already the best ever performance by India in any chess olympiad.

mahbubH
October 29, 2004, 05:26 PM
Bangladesh finished the chess olympiad with good note. This year they improve their overall standing.

This year : 41
Last year : 47

As we all are expecting some GM norms from Rifat, Rakib and Rajib but they failed to get any. Bangladesh is also lucky to have a weak team at the last round in Lebanon.

At there are some improvements ....

Zunaid
October 29, 2004, 05:42 PM
Br. Name Elo FED FideID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pkt. Rp
1 GM Rahman Ziaur 2535 BAN 10200037 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 7.0 2539
2 IM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2462 BAN 10200207 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 5.5 2439
3 IM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2474 BAN 10200444 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 6.0 2398
5 IM Hossain Enamul 2413 BAN 10200649 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 7.5 2444
6 FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 2359 BAN 10200525 1 0 1 0 1 0 4.5 2322

Only Zia and Rajib played marginally above their ratings. The others below. Rajib had a great start but lost it at the end.

This was a satisfactor performance.

Bangladesh actually was the best in Asia behind the traditional powerhouses (ex soviet republics of Armenia/Azerbaizan/Uzbekistan/Kazakhstan, India and China).

It's good to see us above some other traditionally strong Asian countries (Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines - the last has fallen since the days of Eugene Torre).

I was also surprised to see Sweden and Croatia so low in the list - At least Pia Cramling made up for it for the Swedish women. I am always a fan of Swedish women.

Carte Blanche
October 29, 2004, 06:23 PM
lol Dr Z. Pia Cramling isn't really a hot cake, compared to most other Swedish Women ;)

cricketfan
October 30, 2004, 01:16 AM
As expected, Ukraine lifted men's title ahead of Russia. China had already won women's title with one round to spare.

Indian men finished 6th and Indian women were 9th. It is their best ever performance in Chess Olympiad but below their seedings.

Indian men though can feel proud of their performance. In this type of meet, draw plays an important role in deciding the final outcome. Indian men team was the only team that had to face as many as 8 out of top ten seeded teams( England were the only top ten team they did not face, India themselves being the remaining top ten team). Other top seeded teams did not have to face more than five or six top ten teams and often got to play against some weak teams. This may have cost them about two points. However, Indian performance against the top ten teams was quite outstanding.