44th Chess Olympiad
The 44th Chess Olympiad organised by the International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation (FIDE) and comprising open and women's tournaments, as well as several events designed to promote the game of chess, will be held in Chennai, India from 28 July to 10 August 2022.
This will be the first Chess Olympiad to take place in India. The event was initially supposed to take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, along with the Chess World Cup 2019, but was moved to Moscow and scheduled for the period from 5 to 17 August 2020. However, it was postponed as a result of the growing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and finally relocated to Chennai following Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The total number of participants will be 1,736, with 937 in the Open and 799 in the Women's event. The number of registered teams is 188 from 186 nations in the Open section and 162 from 160 nations in the Women's section. Both sections will expectedly set team participation records. The Chief Arbiter of the event will be France's International Arbiter Laurent Freyd.
The venue of the Chess Olympiad will be the convention Centre at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mahabalipuram near Chennai. Where as the opening ceremony will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
For the first time, a torch relay ceremony is conducted for the Chess Olympiads. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, who in turn handed it over to Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. The torch will be taken to 75 cities in 40 days before reaching Chennai.
Logo and mascot
In a ceremony held at Ripon Building on 9 June 2022, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. K. Stalin launched the official logo and mascot for the 44th Chess Olympiad. The mascot is 'Thambi' ,a Chess Knight dressed in the traditional Tamil male attire Vēṭṭi with a white shirt and is seen with folded hands, apparently extending the Tamil greeting 'Vanakkam'.
On 20 July 2022, a postage stamp dedicated to the 44th Chess Olympiad was unveiled during a ceremony celebrating the International Chess Day held in New Delhi
Chennai Chess Olympiad closing ceremony:
44th Chess Olympiad 2022 concluded on july 9 in Chennai with the Closing
with the team Winners and medalists of the Chess Olympiad 2022, the best
individual players per boards received special prizes and medals
Overview about winners:
wins gold, Armenia silver, India B bronze.
Uzbekistan won the Open event and Ukraine
claimed gold of the Women’s tournament.
Uzbekistan defeated Netherlands in the last round with a
narrow 2.5-1.5 victory, while Armenia took a victory over Spain to join them on
the top with 19 match points. Tiebreaks criteria determined Uzbekistan as the
Winner, and Armenia came silver. India 2 clinched bronze
with 18 match points.
Individual gold medals for D. Gukesh and Nihal Sarin, silver
to Arjun Erigiasi and bronze to R. Praggnanandhaa underlined the phenomenal
display of this teen-quartet in the premier competition
tense last round of the Women’s Chess Olympiad, India lost to USA dropping to
the third place in the final rankings. Ukraine won their match against Poland
with a convincing 3-1 result, while Georgia took a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan
to tie with Ukraine for the first place with 18 match points. Ukraine won the event with better tiebreak criteria,
and Georgia came silver. India won bronze.
Gaprindashvili cup came
to the federation with the best sum of the results of the open and women’s
teams and it was India with 34 match points and
best additional tiebreaks that lifted the trophy.
The best Board 1 player of the Women’s section according to
the rating performance is legendary Swedish GM Pia Cramling with
9.5/11 points and 2532 rating performance.
GM Nino Batsiashvili was
the best player of the second board with 7.5/10 points and performance of
WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa won
the gold medal as the best player of the third board with 9.5/11 points and
2565 rating performance.
WCM Bat-Erdene Mungunzul was
the best fourth board with performance of 2460 and 8.5/11 points.
WGM Jana Schneider was
the best individual reserve player (5th board) with 9/10 points and a
performance of 2414.
GM Gukesh D won
gold medal as the best individual Board 1 player with 9/11 points and 2867
rating performance in Open section.
GM Nihal Sarin was
the best player of the Board 2 with 7.5/10 points and performance of 2774.
GM David Howell scored
7.5/8 points and played with the performance of 2898 to win gold as the best
individual player of the 3rd board.
GM Jakhongir Vakhidov,
the hero of the Uzbekistan team, is the best player of the Board 4 with 6.5/8
points and performance of 2813.
GM Mateusz Bartel was
the best reserve (5th board player) of the Open section with 8.5/10 points and
2778 rating performance.
The next edition of the FIDE Chess Olympiad will be held in
Budapest in Hungary from 10 to 23 September 2024.