Guyana ad­vances to penul­ti­mate round of chess Olympiad with more losses than gains – FIDE has a new pres­i­dent

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The Guyana team seek­ing em­i­nence at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Ba­tumi, Ge­or­gia, en­tered the penul­ti­mate round of the com­pe­ti­tion with mixed for­tunes al­beit with more losses than vic­to­ries.

The re­sults so far have been quintessen­tially Guyanese as it is with other Caribbean na­tions. Col­lec­tively, the Caribbean has never been re­garded as a prime chess re­gion. The fur­thest Guyana reached at a Chess Olympiad was in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, when we ob­tained a 53% mark in points. At that Olympiad there was no women’s team. If there had been one, Guyana’s to­tal points would have been higher.

That record of best­ing the Caribbean stood for years. The Broomes broth­ers, Mau­rice and Gor­don, and Edan Warsali were three of the play­ers who rep­re­sented Guyana in Buenos Aires. Guyana at­tended an­other Chess Olympiad in 1980 in Malta and fin­ished with a score of 50%. Our next Olympiad so­journ was in 2014.

Ev­i­dently, the ques­tion arises: Why bother with play­ing chess? The an­swer, in my view, is mul­ti­fac­eted. We gain and achieve from play­ing chess. There is noth­ing to lose. We play at the sep­a­rate Olympiads be­cause the world gath­ers there. For ex­am­ple, at the cur­rent Olympiad, 185 teams are par­tic­i­pants from 183 coun­tries.

Chess is a game or pas­time sim­i­lar to any other. It un­der­lines the prin­ci­ple of in­volve­ment. Pak­istan and Bangladesh had to be­gin some­where in the crick­et­ing arena when they em­braced na­tion­hood. In years hence, the Caribbean may be­come a re­spected chess re­gion. The idea is to per­se­vere and let the chips fall where they may.

The Guyana men’s team en­gaged Ethiopia (No 136) and the women played the In­ter­na­tional Phys­i­cally Dis­abled Chess As­so­ci­a­tion (IPCA) in the penul­ti­mate round. The IPCA is ranked at No 83 for the Olympiad. The Guyanese men are ranked at No 150 while the women are cat­e­go­rized at 129. The lower the num­ber, the more pro­lific the team is.

In in­ter­na­tional news, a for­mer deputy Rus­sian premier, Arkady Dvorkovich, has been elected the new pres­i­dent of the World Chess Fed­er­a­tion (FIDE).

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press (AP), “… the 46-year-old Dvorkovich served more than six years as Rus­sia’s deputy prime min­is­ter over­see­ing en­ergy in­dus­tries”. Dvorkovich is an avid A mem­ber of the Ja­maica women’s na­tional team deep in con­cen­tra­tion over the chess board at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Ba­tumi, Ge­or­gia. (Photo: Am­ruta Mokal) Arkady Dvorkovich, 46, a for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter of Rus­sia, was elected pres­i­dent of the World Chess Fed­er­a­tion (FIDE) at its congress which took place dur­ing the Chess Olympiad in Ba­tumi, Ge­or­gia. Dvorkovich de­feated the in­cum­bent Ge­or­gios Makropou­los by a 103 to 78 vote. Fol­low­ing his vic­tory, Dvorkovich an­nounced an an­nual bud­get of €3 mil­lion for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. (Photo: Chess Base)

chess player and has promised to “take FIDE up to the high­est stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ef­fi­ciency and trans­parency,” ac­cord­ing to AP. Dvorkovich also pledged to pro­mote chess across the world.

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