The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams representing nations of the world compete. FIDE organises the tournament and selects the host nation.
The use of the name “Chess Olympiad” for FIDE’s team championship is of historical and implies no connection with the Olympic Games.
Birth of the Olympiad
The first Olympiad was unofficial. For the 1924 Olympics an attempt was made to include chess in the Olympic Games but this failed because of problems with distinguishing between amateur and professional players. While the 1924 Summer Olympics was taking place in Paris, the 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad also took place in Paris. FIDE was formed on Sunday, July 20, 1924, the closing day of the 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad.
FIDE organised the first Official Olympiad in 1927 which took place in London. The Olympiads were occasionally held annually and at irregular intervals until World War II; since 1950 they have been held regularly every two years.
The FIDE Online Olympiad, a major online chess event for national teams, will run from July 25-August 30 on the Chess.com server. With 163 teams and over 1,500 participants from all over the world, the tournament will be a truly global team event destined to captivate chess fans throughout the summer.
While the over-the-board Olympiad has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus, this unique, online edition will unite the chess world over the course of five weeks. Between July 25 and August 23, teams will play on Chess.com in separate divisions, in a competition that leads up to a playoff phase held August 27-30.
FORMAT OF OLYMPIAD
Each team consists of six main players, including at least two women, at least one player who is 20 or younger, and at least one girl who is 20 or younger. Each team may have up to six reserves: two players in each of the first two categories and one player in each of the latter categories.
The time control for all matches will be 15 minutes for the game and five seconds increment per move, starting from move one. Each pool is played within three days, three rounds per day.
The line-up of teams are Russia as the top seed, followed by China, USA, and Armenia. A total of 223 grandmasters have signed up among over 1,000 titled players in total. Some of the biggest names participating include GMs Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, and Wesley
First, the Base Division takes off with the lowest-ranked teams, based on the combined results in the open and women’s sections at the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018. The top 12 teams from the Base Division qualify for Division 4, which will also have 38 seeded teams. 50 teams are divided into five pools and each pool plays a round-robin of nine rounds.
The top three teams of each pool qualify for Division 3, which also has 35 seeded teams. Again, 50 teams will be divided into five pools for another round-robin of nine rounds each. The top three teams of each pool qualify for Division 2, joined by 35 seeded teams for, again, a round-robin of nine rounds.
The top three first teams of each pool qualify for the Top Division, which will also have five seeded teams (based on the 2018 Gaprindashvili Cup final standings) and five nominated teams for each of the four continents. In this phase, 40 teams are divided into four pools where each pool plays a round robin of nine rounds.
The top three teams of each pool qualify for the playoffs where 12 teams start with a knockout tournament, followed by quarterfinals, semi-finals, and finals.
The Chess Olympiad is one of the oldest traditions in chess and one of the most prestigious sporting gatherings in the world,” said FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. “They are a celebration of chess, but also an example of how people from all the countries in the world join together, play together, and then they go back to their respective countries with an important message: that all peoples in the world are just part of one big family.
“Such gathering is not physically possible under the current circumstances. But the Online Olympiad will serve the purpose of reminding us of these important concepts: the celebration of diversity, the exchange of ideas, the sportsmanship, and the mutual respect between people and culture.”
“We’re delighted to team up with FIDE and the sponsors Gazprom and Ugra for this historic event,” said Nick Barton, Chess.com’s Director of Business Development, Strategy, and Growth. “Having the opportunity to bring together over a thousand players from around the world is the perfect way to showcase the inclusive powers of chess during a difficult time.”
The Online Olympiad is the third major cooperation between FIDE and Chess.com in 2020. It comes shortly after the Women’s Speed Chess Championship, a competition for female players held between June 18 and July 20, 2020, won by Ukrainian GM Anna Ushenina. The Online Nations Cup was a team competition held from May 5-10, 2020, won by China and also featuring Russia, USA, Europe, India, and a team representing the “Rest of the World.”
After an opening ceremony on July 24, the Online Olympiad takes off on July 25. All matches can be followed on Chess.com/live and Chess.com/events and will have expert commentary on Chess.com/tv.
Bhuwan Chauhan:First Indian to qualify for men’s physique olympia.
Men’s physique was officially recognized as a new sport discipline by IFBB Executive Council and IFBB Congress on November 11, 2012. The men’s physique division is aimed at men who prefer to develop a less muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique. Now, this sport seems to be growing. Some might think How these guys get more muscular and remain so fit? It’s their will power which makes them strong. Indians also take part in this sport, but unfortunately, no one is able to win. For the first time any Indian is able to qualify for Mr. Olympia in Men’s physique Division. A proud moment for all Indians! Can you guess the name of that Indian? No, I will tell you, he is Bhuwan Chauhan.
Bhuwan Chauhan is the first Indian to win IFBB Pro show and the first Indian to qualify for Mr. Olympia in men’s physique division. He was born and brought up in India, but went to Canada in 2011 for completing his undergraduate studies in Petroleum Engineering and there he passed with distinction in 2015. He immediately started working at a big oil and gas company. But he decided to compete for Mr. Olympia in 2016. It takes too much courage to quit a job and to enter in some other profession. But if you think you can do it then don’t look back!
He quit his job in May 2018 to fulfill his passion. It would take a lot of time and many hurdles to turn your passion into a profession, but not impossible. Isn’t it? Bhuwan Chauhan ultimately started his coaching company “Bhuwan Chauhan Fitness” aka “Team Bhuwan.” A very impressive thought!
Bhuwan Chauhan’s main goal is to help and improve people’s physique, through optimal training and nutrition. In today’s era where everyone is in catch of various diseases, fitness and health is a must. So, it’s all about getting better;physically, emotionally, and mentally. He not only develops his company to help athletes but also for people who want to improve their health and wellness.
“Nothing is impossible on this earth. Even the impossible word contains ‘I am possible.’ If you put your heart into it and have proper guidance you can achieve anything.”
● In 2011, Bhuwan Chauhan went to University of Alberta on 75% scholarship in academics, sports and leadership merit from high school.
● In 2014, he got a job in one of the biggest companies, only after a year of graduation.
● In 2015, he graduated from UofA as a first class distinction student with 3.7 GPA.
● In 2016, he completed and won his first Men’s Physique show.
● In 2017, won the Ben Weider Cup and obtained his pro card, first Indian citizen in Men’s physique to win IFBB pro card.
● In 2018, quit his job to pursue his passion and established his coaching company, that too in Alberta.
● In 2019, won the Vancouver pro show.
And after that qualified for Olympia men’s physique. Such an immense achievement and qualifying achievement is above all other achievements. Every year he climbed the stairs of success. Bhuwan Chauhan has made India proud. Everyone should get inspiration from him.
Sadly, this news is not shown in any news channels. It’s very sad as for the first time India has qualified in men’s physique Olympia, an entirely new sport for all. It is immensely important to showcase this news on all news channels, so that everyone who is not aware, could get aware.
Gavaskar trolling Anushka: Know the reality behind the drama
But now Anushka took stand for herself replying to the joke made on her by Gavaskar saying that, “Mr. Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love you to explain why you thought of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her of her husband’s game? I’m sure over the years you have respected the private lives of every cricketer while commentating on the game. Don’t you think you should have equal amounts of respect for me and us? I’m sure you can have many other words and sentences in your mind to use to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process? Its 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements? Respected Mr. Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this,” wrote Anushka. Thereafter twitter was flooded with tweets supporting Anushka Sharma for being trolled by Mr Gavaskar. Many famous names have joined this trend in support of Anushka. Defending his statement Gavaskar says, “I’ve not made any sexist comment. Neither have I blamed Anushka for anything. I would urge people to re-visit the clip,”
But it was found that Mr. Gavaskar was talking about the video where the couple was seen playing cricket in the building preview and was unknowingly shot on camera by a neighbour.
He referred anushka bowling virat in the same video.
Another commentator also added that there privacy should be respected.
RCB wins last night,Ishan kishan won hearts
Mumbai Indians “man for all seasons” Kieron Pollard’s scintillating strokeplay found its match in maverick Ishan Kishan as they nearly pulled off a Houdini Act before Navdeep Saini’s spectacular Super Over saw Royal Challengers Bangalore win an IPL humdinger on Monday. The small built Kishan put up a powerhouse performance scoring 99 off 58 balls with nine sixes while Pollard’s 60 off 24 saw them match RCB’s total of 201.
After 402 runs scored in an IPL game, it took a Super Over to decide the winner between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Monday.
Chasing a steep target of 202, Mumbai Indians captained by Rohit Sharma didn’t look in the hunt before Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan stepped up and produced an incredible 119-run fifth-wicket partnership off 51 balls that levelled the scores at the end of the 20 overs. The duo’s scintillating batting display helped MI score 89 in the last five overs.
While Pollard blasted 60 off 24, it was wicketkeeper-batsman Kishan’s 99 off 58 balls that got everyone on their feet.
Just before the two teams were headed for the thrilling Super Over, Kishan was snapped in the dugout, looking visibly tired and distraught that he couldn’t get his team over the finishing line.
Bowling the Super Over for RCB, Navdeep Saini gave nothing away to Pollard and Hardik Pandya as MI could only manage 7 off the Super Over. Virat Kohli after three bad matches did the needful as Jasprit Bumrah couldn’t defend a seven-run target with India captain winning it with a last-ball boundary.
After the loss, Rohit Sharma revealed that a physically drained Ishan Kishan struggled to come out to bat again against RCB. “He (Kishan) was drained out and was not comfortable. We thought we could send him but he was not feeling fresh,” Rohit Sharma said.
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