Thursday 16 July 2020

2020 FIDE Online Olympiad

The 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad is almost ready to start, although a little later than first thought. Today is the last day for Federations to register, but it looks like there will only be enough teams for 4 divisions, rather than the planned for 5.
My federation, Papua New Guinea, is one such federation who isn't taking part. The main issue is that we don't have enough female or junior players to fulfil he entry criteria. This is entirely our fault, as over the years junior development has been sporadic, while female chess programs have been non existent.
However, I am still involved in the tournament, as an arbiter. I'm not sure what my exact role is at this stage, but if it is similar to the Asian Online Junior, I expect it will be supervising players via zoom.
The Tournament is supposed to start on the 22nd of July 2020 and finish on the 30th of August. However if the bottom division does not go ahead, then July 29th will be the actual start date.

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