2012 Chess Olympiad

The 40th World Chess Olympiad will take place on 27 August to 10 September 2012, in Istanbul Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey.  The Venue of the opening will be at WOW Convention Center.  A record breaking 162 nations have registered for the competition with more than 1700 players and captains.


The Chess Olympiad is a biennial tournament wherein national teams from all over the world represented by respective country’s chess federation competes.  It is organized by FIDE that also selects the host country.  The first unofficial Olympiad could be traced back in 1924, in Paris, France. The 1st Olympiad (Official) was held in 1927 in London, United Kingdom while the last, in 2010, the 39th Olympiad was in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.  The 41st Olympiad scheduled in 2014 will be in Tromso, Norway.

The Schedule of  Games/Activities are as follows:

27 August 2012 : Arrival, Captains’ meeting (20.00), Opening (21.30)
28 August 2012 : 15.00  :1st Round
29 August 2012 : 15.00  :2nd Round
30 August 2012 : 15.00  :3rd Round
31 August 2012 : 15.00  :4th Round
1 Sep 2012        :15.00   :5th Round
2 Sep 2012        :     Free Day
3 Sep 2012        :15.00   :6th Round
4 Sep 2012        :15.00   :7th Round
5 Sep 2012        :15.00   :8th Round
6 Sep 2012        :15.00   :9th Round
7 Sep 2012        :15.00   :10th Round
8 Sep 2012        :     Free Day
9 Sep 2012        : 11.00  :11th Round, Closing (20.00)
10 Sep 2012      :  Departure

Team (OPEN) starting rank for the 40th World Chess Olympiad

Team starting rank for the 40th World Chess Olympiad (women)

I’ll be posting daily updates here at chessaccount.com during the duration of the tournament.

Visit us here on a day to day basis or as time permits.

Sonra görüşürüz  (Tran: See you later) …

You could also visit the 2012 World Chess Olympiad Official Website for additional updates.

Everyone, who comes first time to Istanbul, is obliged to see one of the greatest historical monuments Hagia Sophia Museum.

Rumelian Castle  is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452. You can enjoy walking and photo shooting there.

Bosphoros Bridge, which unites European and Asian sides, changes the colors in the night

Walking around Istanbul (see hereat more beautiful & stunning locations with photos)

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Here’s the Links of the following Updates:
A.  Opening Day
B.  Round-1
C.  Round-2
D.  Round-3
E.  Round 4
F.  Round 5
G.  Round 6
H.  Round 7
I.    Round 8
J.   Round 9
K.  Round 10
L.   Round 11
M.  Final Report
N.  Gallery

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