Hamilton Chess Club Members To Attend Chess Olympiad

Posted: 02/07/2012 by Ian in Club News

The 40th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to take place in the Turkish metropole of Istanbul, from August 27 to September 10th, 2012. The Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams from all over the world compete against each other, it can be seen as the unofficial world team championship. The event is organised by FIDE, which selects the host nation. The previous Olympiad was held in 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the next will be in Tromsø, Norway. The first was held in Paris, France, in 1924, with 16 nations participating. The last Olympiad had 143 nations, 1294 competitors, and included no fewer than 254 grandmasters, 65 WGMs, 159 IMs, and 90 WIMs. This time the organisers are expecting even more.

We are pleased to report that two members of the Hamilton Chess Club will be attending this years Olympiad: Hilton Bennett as captain of the men’s team, and Peter Hulshof as captain of the Women’s team.

Open team (in possible board order):
FM Nic Croad, IM Russell Dive, IM Paul Garbett, FM Mike Steadman, Luke Li
Captain: Hilton Bennett
Women’s team (in board order):
wim Sue Maroroa, wfm Helen Milligan, Judy Gao, wfm Nicole Tsoi, wfm Natasha Fairley
Captain: Peter Hulshof

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