Tuesday 9 December 2008

Olympiad Data

While Olimpbase is the best place to get historical data about the Olympiad, there is another useful source for the 2008 Olympiad. You can download the swiss pairing data from chess-results.com and if you have a up to date (and registered) copy of Swiss Manager, load the data into that.
Then you can discover your own wonderful statistics, such as the fact that in the Open Olympiad there were 5 players who received GM norms (including Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant) and 9 players who scored IM norms. It also turns out that 244 GM's took part in the Open, but only 135 IM's.
As for game results White was favoured with 1220 wins over 1010 for Black. There were 865 draws and an astonishing 109 forfeits.
Of course the other use for the data is to analyse whether the changes to the pairing/scoring/format produced a better or worse set of results, but this will probably take me a couple of weeks to plow through. But when I do I'll post my conclusions.

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