was my first Olympiad. As the freshly baked Australian Champion I was given a berth despite me low rating. It was a less than spectacular debut.
The Phillippines had a change of President in 1992 and both the former Corazon Aquino and the incoming, Fidel Ramos graced us with their presence.
The “Brilliancy prize” was an eye-opener
to the world of FIDE and politics. Kasparov and Gufeld lobbied the judges to choose one of Kasparov's games. Timman wrote about the incident as did others. Ian Rogers got silver. Can you guess Ian's next move?
Tanks in the street.
My own score was as bad as it gets. After winning my first game against an unrated lad from Botswana, I lost my next five games.
The stuff of legend.
Solomon, Steven – Williams, Leighton
I remember little about the Olympiad in Istanbul. Germany won Silver which was a bit of a sensation but most of my memories are not chess related. Istanbul is a wonderful, ancient city with many wonders and a few dangers. Two are
Everywhere you go you will be met by aggressive shoe-shiners. Either wear thongs/sandals or make sure you shine your shoes before you leave the Hotel. Otherwise you could have an experience like GM Joe Gallagher. Joe got intimidated into getting his clean shoes shined and then got virtually mugged. His shine cost him about $50.
2. Hotel-phone charges.
Whatever you do, do not use your Hotel-phone for anything. Not for a really quick call to give your number, not for receiving outside calls, nothing. Don't pick it up under any circumstances. Lots of countries reported laughable rippoffs including our own Leonid Sandler. His ex-soviet negotiation skills mitigated the rip somewhat.
All thought it was fun and for once the players got all their travel expenses refunded. Next Olympiad we were offered the same sponsorship but a decisionmaker (don't remember who) thought that it was not appropriate to have chess associated with safe sex. So now we are back to begging the chess community for donations.... speaking of which...... ahem..... http://www.acfappeal.aunz.org/
Gormally incident at the Bermuda Party
Who will forget Turin! Armenia, led by rising star Levon Aronian, won the Olympiad convincingly, I had my only good result but what a result. 7/8 with a 2649 performance rating, the best ever by an Australian according to Peter Parr. This is my favourite game. An original opening idea followed by unusually good technique from me.
All this was of little interest to the press of course. But when English GM Danny Gormally punched GM Levon Aronian at the Bermuda party because he was dancing with our own WIM Arianne Caoili, all the world wanted to know every detail and where there was none to be found.....
Just google “Gormallygate” if you feel like reading some entertaining rubbish.
Thanks for indulging me in my stroll down Olympiad Memory Lane. I will be bringing you daily updates from Istanbul 2012 right here :)
Have a nice day <3