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Before the Beginning
IMG_0764As best players from all over the world are getting ready to compete in the 40th Chess Olympiad today, the stage is also set for young talents under-16.  The number of teams might be less than those participating in the main olympiad, however taking the energy and competitiveness of the young players into account it is absolutely granted that the tournament will be scene to many fierce and hard-fought battles.  So it is strongly advised to have a look at this olympiad of young and rising stars too!

Taking a look at the team compositions before the start, perhaps not so unexpectedly, Russia seems to be the clear favourite by rating this year, followed by Iran, India, Armenia,Serbia and other teams who are also ready to compete for the top spot.  The hosts are participating with five different teams –among them two teams consisting of girls- which once again show the importance put in the development of young players in Turkey. Other countries with more than one teams are Australia (3), Slovakia(2) and South Africa(2).  
Before the start of the olympiad with tomorrow’s round at 16.30 we wish success, lots of fun and unforgettable memories in Istanbul to all young players and a big and warm welcome to Istanbul, Turkey!
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