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39th Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 (2)

Round 2 Olympiad Games now up

England lost 2.5-1.5 in Round 2 against BIH Adams lost the only decisive game against Ivan Sokolov. Photo © 2010 Albran.

England lost 2.5-1.5 in Round 2 against BIH Adams lost the only decisive game against Ivan Sokolov. Photo © 2010 Albran. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

The games for Rounds 1 and 2 are now up. Men's Games in PGN and Women's Games in PGN contain the games from the first two rounds. I've done a lot of work on a new method of outputting games and there will be improvements throughout the Olympiad. Almost certainly this will be the last round these files aren't zipped. The idea is to upload games to a database and to dynamically update the results as the rounds progress. Hopefully from tomorrow I can start reporting on the actual play. Comments on the new experimental format of PGN are welcome as are any corrections. I did arrive at an insight that a pair of tags for the White and Black FIDE Code for the players would have made the TWIC archive of games hugely more useful.

Although it has to be said that the bulletins for the official site at the end of play seem quite good with a correction made I knew about (I quibble with some naming conventions, that will be the next thing to change and there seem to be some games from the first 5 or 6 matches of the women's section from round 1 which I have added).

The major story seemed to be that the Yemeni team was returning home after being drawn against Israel. They didn't turn up for their Round 1 match against Isreal and played round 2 against Cameroon. Last night it seemed they had been ordered home by their Government but they turned up to play Brazil in Round 3. So the Yemen Government seems to have been reacting to seeing moves on the board in the live coverage which turned out to be from England's match. Aviv Bushinsky, chairman of the Israel Chess Federation is reported to be sending letter to the world chess governing body demanding the Yemen team be disqualified from the competition because it decided to "play politics instead of chess."

An internet report states that:

"Yemeni Sports Minister Hamud Mohammed Ubad has sacked the country's chess governing body after the national team played in a tournament against Israel in Belarus, press reports said on Wednesday."

The minister also banned the Yemeni players who played against the Israelis in Minsk from representing their country again in the future.

"This was an individual action contrary to the policy of Yemen, which refuses any normalisation with Israel," Ubad said, adding that players of any sport must withdraw if they are drawn against Israelis.

Ubad said the Yemeni players had now withdrawn from the tournament and were returning home.

The Yemeni committee against normalisation with Israel expressed indignation that the team had been drawn against the Jewish state.

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