“Ymosodiad Dewr; Amddyffyniad Sicr”


2008 Olympiad Dresden

Round 1 Report

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Summary

Final reflections

We are all now back home, having come to the end of yet another Olympiad. Olympiads are wonderful occasions consisting of competition between nations, participation of the best players in the world, ‘lesser’ players trying to achieve the best for their country and themselves, and, of course, renewing old acquaintances and making new friendships with people from far and wide.

Amongst those I met was Sunil Weeramantry (non-playing captain of Sri Lanka), a friend from weekend tournaments way back, who subsequently moved to America. He is now the stepfather of US GM Hikaru Nakamura and I, and others, enjoyed chatting with this young superstar.

Having played in Wales’ 1st Olympiad in 1972, and when lastly available, in 1990, I am not sure I ever expected to go to one again, but if you can’t go as a player, then non-playing captain is the next best thing, and I had a great time (but enough about me !).

Men’s summary

Played 11, Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 5

Seeded 98th, finished equal 64th, or 81st on the tie break system used (which was to remove the lowest finishing opponent, then multiply the match points with the game points for all other opponents). If the tie break was purely on game points, we would have finished another 5 places higher, but whichever way, an excellent achievement.

Individually:

81. Wales (WLS / RtgAvg:2263, Captain: Hutchings, Stuart / TB1: 11 / TB2: 158)

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Pts.

Games

Rp

w

we

w-we

K

rtg+/-

1

FM

Jones Richard S

2307

WLS

1

0

?

 

?

1

?

?

?

1

?

6,0

10

2328

6

4,88

1,12

15

16,8

2

CM

Rees Ioan

2297

WLS

1

?

0

1

 

1

?

0

?

1

1

6,5

10

2301

5,5

4,62

0,88

15

13,2

3

 

Kett Tim

2272

WLS

1

 

0

1

0

?

0

 

1

?

1

5,0

9

2161

4

4,57

-0,57

15

-8,6

4

 

Blackburn Jonathan

2175

WLS

1

0

 

1

0

0

 

0

 

0

 

2,0

7

1787

1

2,58

-1,58

15

-23,7

5

 

Spice Alan

2173

WLS

 

0

0

?

0

 

?

1

0

 

0

2,0

8

1996

1,5

2,40

-0,90

15

-13,5

Of particular note are:

(a) Richard losing only once on board 1, being the one pressing for more in a number of the drawn games, and beating another GM.

(b) Ioan, at one stage on course for an IM norm, but in the end having to settle for a rating increase which will see him get an FM title (a list which is still surprisingly short in Wales). Well done to him.

Ladies summary

A very creditable performance, I will leave it to Susan to summarise in due course.

FIDE Congress

This was attended by our delegate David James, and one really important issue that cropped up was about only accepting federations at future Olympiads which were represented at the Olympic Games. This would have affected about 30 federations, including Wales (part of GB at the Olympics), so before David arrived, Tim, especially, and myself, talked to whoever would listen to stress the impact of this motion (in our case, literally saving Wales from extinction !). The good work may well have paid off, for the motion was rejected. I will leave it for David, in due course, to say more about this and other things such as a drug testing programme (!), future tournament locations etc.   

Photos

Welsh Ladies Team minus Megan Owens

Welsh Men’s Team minus Jonathan.

Stuart Hutchings


My thanks to:

1. My fellow captain, Susan, and both the Men’s and Ladies squads (6 of whom I had never met before !) for all their efforts and their excellent company.

2. Tim, for all the organising beforehand, and for letting me regularly commandeer (!) his laptop to write the reports.

3. Mark, for putting the reports on the website, and adding games, tables etc to make them more readable.

4. Gary, for stepping in when Mark was unavailable.

And finally an apology for all the spelling and grammatical errors I have noticed whilst reading through the reports today. I put it down to a different keyboard, and a stuffy and noisy internet room, but there again ..... (!). Regardless, I hope the reports have added something to your enjoyment of this Olympiad.

Stuart Hutchings,
Captain, Wales Men