The 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad just finished a few days ago. Armenia (open) and Georgia (women) won Gold. They were greeted as heroes in their home countries.

The U.S. came away with Bronze in both Olympiads! Well done everyone!

The bigger shocker was Russia, in spite of being the #1 seed in both Olympiads, did not finish in the top 3 in either Olympiad. Shocking! Their open team finished 5th and their women’s team finished 4th.

A lot of information can be found on the official website and the full results can be found at

The next big event was supposed to be the Doha Grand Prix. It is now moved to Elista.

In my press conference at the Olympiad, I asked FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov about the World Championship Cycle. That was when he spoke for the first time (he came directly from the FIDE Congress to my press conference) about the new proposal. It can now be found on the FIDE website (

It’s Saturday Open Forum. The forum is yours. What would you like to discuss?

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Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar