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Batumi Reports

24th September 2018

Round 1

24/9/2018 It was a case of all dressed up and no-one to play when round 1 started today – typically late and typically missing quite a few teams who had flight problems, our Open team’s opponents Togo a case in point, a 4-0 walkover the unfortunate outcome, though at least in our favour. A big match tomorrow up on board 6 awaits, with the highly-rated Netherlands sitting opposite.

The women’s team fared better, only poor Monica having an early bath when Gabon’s board 4 didn’t appear (apparently left at home for reasons unknown). Keti, Ali and Rosie all did the business against the remaining youngsters – not the toughest of matches perhaps, but a very professional 4-0 to start the campaign…the reward in round 2 being…England!


Scotland in Batumi

The Black Sea delights of Batumi will be home for Scotland’s Olympiad teams for the next 12 days or so, and all but one of our squad have arrived for the 43rd Chess Olympiad as I write this at 3am on the morning of the first round – debut boy Clement Sreeves on his way to join us, though likely sitting out the first round due to his late arrival.

Several of the squad managed to meet up 3 days early in Georgia, chess, fun and games on the schedule as we took over the top floor of a typical Batumi home, our hosts delightful, the mosquitoes less so.

The experienced members are balanced out somewhat by the newbies – current Scottish Champion Murad, along with Clement and Caitlin, providing some youthfulness to the teams, with Monica, the youngest, having played in Baku last time out.

Our two teams will be led from the front by IM Andrew Greet for the Open team and GM Keti Arakhamia Grant for the Women’s team, but before the chess there was the small matter of the Opening Ceremony, held at the Black Sea Arena, Alan Tate describing it as “the best one I’ve seen” and others in agreement.

As the FIDE site reported: ‘The ceremony started with a play re-enacting the legend of the invention of chess and the famous "wheat and chessboard problem" and then the Goodwill Ambassadors of the 43rd Chess Olympiad addressed the guests through video messages.

Speeches by Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili and various officials were followed by the Georgian and FIDE anthems, and then ‘’the defile of flags, the trademark Georgian polyphonic songs, traditional dances, a DJ performance, a rock band, State Symphony Orchestra and Georgian National Ballet, all coupled with impressive choreography and visual effects’.

The 43rd Chess Olympiad was opened with a solemn but highly entertaining ceremony, held at the Black Sea Arena, attended by the players, captains and officials of the 185 participating countries. The ceremony started with a play re-enacting the legend of the invention of chess and the famous "wheat ...

Myself and Neil Berry will be providing daily (or nightly) reports along the way, all the games will be broadcast live, and Douglas Bryson has provided more team info, Olympiad history and useful links than you can shake a stick at.

Everyone here is looking forward to the chess kicking off this afternoon. Feel free to follow us online and post comments and messages (supportive of course;) on the forum along the way. We’ll all do our very best to make Scotland proud!

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Batumi Olympiad

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Inverness Congress 2018 – results

19th September 2018

Grand Prix update – after Inverness Congress

19th September 2018

UK Open Blitz 2018

9th September 2018

FIDE Rating List – September 2018

1st September 2018

Bridge of Allan 2018 – results

31st August 2018

Chess Scotland 100 Club

29th August 2018

Euro Youth 2018

20th August 2018


31st July 2018

British Championship 2018

28th July 2018

Grand Prix Winners 2018

24th July 2018

World Senior Individual Championships 2018, Bled, Slovenia, 17-30 November

22nd July 2018

2018 Batumi Olympiad update

22nd July 2018

Glorney Feedback

21st July 2018

Glorney Results

19th July 2018

Glorney Festival – A Thank you from the TD

18th July 2018

Glorney Appeal

18th July 2018

Glorney Live Games

18th July 2018