Zimbabwean national chess team is in the second edition of the virtual international online chess olympiad from August 13 to September 15.The country relatively named a strong three-member team for this year’s FIDE online rapid World Cup chess tournament to be held next month.
Reports from CHENNAI indicate the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2021 will be held between August 13 to September 15, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) announced. Each national federation intending to take part in the Online Olympiad shall confirm its participation by July 31, it said.
The first FIDE Online Olympiad held last year was jointly won by India and Russia.
According to FIDE, the event will follow a format similar to one used last year, with member Federations being represented by their best players and top juniors.
The national teams will compete in rapid chess matches played on six boards.
Chess.com will be again the hosting platform for this event, which, on its inaugural edition, became one of the highlights of 2020.
“With more than 1,500 participants representing 163 national teams, it was a truly global competition, very much in the spirit of the traditional chess Olympiads. It helped our big chess family to unite around a wonderful event at a time of crisis, when it was most needed,” FIDE said.
The second edition of the Online Olympiad will receive the support and sponsorship of the Shenzhen authorities, which include the Shenzhen Longgang District Culture and Sports Bureau, the Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, the Shenzhen Chess Academy, and the Shenzhen Pengcheng Chess Club.
The selection stage will be held between August 1 and 20, which will be a 10-round Swiss event, and the finals stage will be played as a knockout event from August 26-31.
An important development for chess was the growth of internet chess over the past year and a half as the world is fighting one of its toughest battles ever against Covid-19 and humanity has had to adjust to the current situation.
The World chess body (FIDE) this year is hosting a tournament for youth and cadets between 10 and 18 years.
Zimbabwe have three players that registered to take part in this event, with Jordan Gweshe set to represent the Under-10s as Carol Ndlovu will play in the Under-14 age-group while Tinotenda Gadza will play in the Under-18s section.
The Zimbabwe Chess Federation secretary-general, Todd Mapingire, said taking part in the tournaments will broaden the junior players’ horizons.
“Taking part in such events will undoubtedly broaden the junior chess players’ horizons in their quest to chess mastery. I would like to thank the parents that encourage and support their children through and through when such opportunities arise.
“I wish them the best of luck in their games”, said Mapingire.
Zimbabwe will after the selection stage have the top three in each section join the top five highest rated players in each category for the finals.
All the games can be viewed on Tornelo.com for all those keen to watch and support our flag bearers.
Russian wholesale online store Simaland, the sponsor of the Candidates tournament 2020-21, will also be a partner for the Online Olympiad 2021.
Once again, the event will consist of two stages: the “Divisions stage”, and the Play-offs stage with the top eight teams qualified from Stage 1 battling in knockout format.
The qualifying events will kick off on August 13. The Top Division, featuring the strongest 25 seeded and 15 qualified teams, will begin on September 8.
The decisive play-off stage is scheduled for September 13-15. Like last year, each team will consist of six players, including at least two women, at least one player U-20 (born in 2001 or later), and at least one girl U-20 (born in 2001 or later).
The time control will be 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1.