Ever wanted to be an Olympiad Team captain? But didn't have the inside track your Federation? Well now your problems are over with Fantasy Chess Olympiad. Like similar 'Fantasy Football' competitions, you can select 2 teams of players (Open and Womens) for the upcoming Olympiad, aiming to score the highest number of points. Of course their are restrictions on who you can pick (one player per country on each team), as well as a scoring system that isn't just 1 1/2 or 0. I know the competition involving AFL is pretty popular over at www.ozchess.com.au so I would not be surprised if there is a big Australian entry into the comp. (NB For fairly obvious reasons I won't be entering!)
The competition is being organised in association with the Yorkshire Chess Association, who will also have their own blogger on the ground in Istanbul. PNG player Rupert Jones will be doing coverage of the event from the 'inside', and has already published his first article, describing how he got to the Olympiad (1986) in the first place.