Batumi Olympiad

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David Sedgwick
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:38 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:02 am
There's always something that goes wrong. In this case presumably no-one tipped off local airlines about the nature of the extra demand this weekend and that those travelling for the Olympiad were near 100% certain to show up.
Turkish Airlines are the official airline for the Olympiad, so they should have known and understood.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:09 pm

when do we know our minnows, er, opponents in the first round? Nick Pert fans will be especially eager to know 8)

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Nick Burrows » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:16 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:09 pm
when do we know our minnows, er, opponents in the first round? Nick Pert fans will be especially eager to know 8)
Dunno about the draw, but the opening Ceremony is at 6pm. It seems play begins at noon tomorrow.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Alex Holowczak » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:34 pm

Nick Burrows wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:16 pm
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:09 pm
when do we know our minnows, er, opponents in the first round? Nick Pert fans will be especially eager to know 8)
Dunno about the draw, but the opening Ceremony is at 6pm. It seems play begins at noon tomorrow.
TAP is meeting at 2200 to begin work on the Round 1 pairings. In Baku, they were completed by about 0230. That appears to have been thought undesirable - so the team pairings will be published in the morning at 0800 tomorrow, rather than the middle of the night. The publication for individual pairings for Round 1 is set at 1100.

All times are local time, the time difference is 3 hours.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Brian Towers » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:01 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:44 am
On my way to my hotel, there was a stark contrast of a man standing on his balcony hanging his washing up on a clothes peg, with a newly built 5* hotel in his eyeline about 30 yards away.
So, just like the Costa del Sol?
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:50 pm

The Batumi organisers really did a great job for the opening ceremony.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Nick Burrows » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:53 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:50 pm
The Batumi organisers really did a great job for the opening ceremony.
Each to their own, but I think they should be outlawed. Does anybody really watch these things?

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:47 am

I don't. I prefer to watch the closing ceremony and events after that because you are more likely to see a punch-up in those, especially if jealous English GMs are present.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:08 am

Nick & Mark, look away now as Nigel Short tweets:

"Best opening ceremony I can recall at an olympiad, and I have been to them all since 1982. @BatumiChess2018 well done! Loved the absolutely brilliant Georgian dancing, and the closing "My Way", with a nod to Sid Vicious, made me smile."

Malcolm Pein:

"Many players and officials said it was the greatest opening ceremony they have ever seen"

Opening ceremonies and/or massive fireworks displays at major events are really a chance for a city or country to up the tourist trade and seem to have become de rigeur these days. In this case, Azmai who is the main driving force, is a Georgian minister so it suits his political needs as well.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:14 am

I do believe we are playing Angola in the first round.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Nick Burrows » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:40 am

The Indian team had 3 training camps, the US hold them.

Do England?

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:40 am

And Wales play Spain, Scotland-Togo and Ireland- South Sudan.


Top pairings are USA - Panama
Uganda - Russia
China - Morocco
India - El Salvador
Zambia - Ukraine
France - Yemen
Japan - Armenia

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:27 am

"And Wales play Spain, Scotland-Togo and Ireland- South Sudan."

and Guernsey play Algeria, Jersey play Venezuela.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:57 am

John Moore wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:40 am
Top pairings are USA - Panama
Uganda - Russia
China - Morocco
India - El Salvador
Zambia - Ukraine
France - Yemen
Japan - Armenia
IPCA-Azerbaijan is also a top pairing, would be #4 if not on a fixed board.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:08 am

I've probably lived a rather modest life, but this is the first time I have ever had a hotel room with its own sauna.

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