team (added 22nd August)
Unfortunately Women's team board one wim Sue Maroroa
has encountered problems with the processing of her travel documentation in the
UK and is not in a position to be certain about her arrival in Istanbul for the
Olympiad. This is naturally very disappointing for Sue and for NZCF but
fortunately first reserve wim Marany Meyer was able to confirm her
participation as a replacement at short notice . Marany will now join the team
in Istanbul playing on board five. Her previous Olympiad experience has been
with the South African Women's Team. The team is now: wfm Helen Milligan, Judy
Gao, wfm Nicole Tsoi, wfm Natasha Fairley, wim Marany Meyer.
|Allocated hotels (added
The organisers have published a list of allocated
hotels. NZ is in 'WOW Hotels' which refers to a pair of hotels, one 4-star and
one 5-star. We don't know which one we are in yet.
See full details here (pdf
|Board order for revised Open
team (added 6th July)
Following the withdrawal of IM Puchen Wang (board 1)
from the NZ Open Team for the Istanbul Olympiad and his replacement by IM Paul
Garbett, NZCF has announced a revised board order for the team. This will be:
1. IM Russell Dive; 2. FM Nic Croad; 3. FM Mike Steadman; 4. IM Paul Garbett;
5. Luke Li.
|Ali Nihat Yazici refuses to
reinstate arbiters (added 26th June)
In an interview with ChessVibes, Yazici states that
the ban on arbiters will not be rescinded, despite the protests. See
for details and links. He has also resigned as a FIDE Vice-President; his
statement is available here (pdf
Some federations have been exempted from paying the
100 euros per person registration fee. Unfortunately New Zealand is not among
|Russian Chess Federation protests
the banning of arbiters (added 15th June/updated 25th)
"The Russian Chess Federation has published an
extremely forceful response to Turkish Chess Federation President Ali Nihat
Yazicis recent statement refusing to accept the participation of arbiters
from 7 federations in the upcoming Olympiad in Istanbul. Yazici justified that
refusal by the legal costs FIDE had incurred due to court cases pursued by
those federations. The RCF statement defends the universal right to take legal
action, asks for clarification of whether FIDE supports Yazicis position
and ends by calling for the statement to be disavowed followed by an apology
'to the chess federations and all chess fans across the world'." For the full
story and text, see http://www.whychess.org/en/node/2030.
Tough words also from IM Malcolm Pein:
|Banning of arbiters by Turkish Chess
Federation (added 8th June)
The Turkish Chess Federation, organisers of the
Olympiad, has taken the unusual step of banning the appointment of arbiters
from the following countries: England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine,
Georgia, USA. Read the full
announcement here (pdf document). It remains to be seen whether this will
have repercussions. NZCF will be discussing the issue at the next Council
|Open letter from ECU President
Danailov (added 7th June)
Some of the problematic issues that NZ and other
federations are facing at this Olympiad have been highlighted in an Open Letter
by the European Chess Union president, Silvio Danailov.
Interesting reading here (pdf
Announced (added 29th May)
NZCF has confirmed that the Open Team replacement for
IM Puchen Wang will be IM Paul Garbett of Auckland. Paul will bring significant
previous Olympiad and international experience to the team. The final board
order for the revised team will be announced after NZCF has received advice
from selectors and it has been confirmed by NZCF council.
|Withdrawal from NZ Open Olympiad
Team (added 28th May)
NZCF has announced that it has received notice of the
withdrawal of IM Puchen Wang from the Olympiad Open team for Istanbul. Puchen
has been accepted for a job at the completion of his university studies in the
U.S. which will unfortunately prevent him from taking his place on board one in
the NZ team. An announcement will be made as soon as possible regarding his
|FAQ from organisers
(added 11th May)
The organisers have published a FAQ of 'useful'
information on their website. Note the (unreasonably) strict rules for room
share/splitting. Note also there is a dress code (though presumably not the
strict one that the European Chess Union uses - frankly I'm not aware of any
official FIDE dress code).
Question: What conditions are provided by the Turkish
Chess Federation regarding accommodation?
Answer: We provide 3 double rooms
(full board) for each delegation. Please refer to the tournament regulations.
Question: Is it possible to change one of the 3 double rooms into 2
single rooms as it was common in previous Olympiads?
Answer: As this
question especially concerns women teams with male captains the following
solutions can be provided:
1. The male captain could share a room with a
captain from another federation
2. The remaining 5th woman player could
share a room with a woman from another federation
3. Upgrade one double
into 2 singles under the given conditions
4. If one person in a double room
upgraded to a single room, remaining person in double room will be given by
organisers a room mate from another federation.
Question: How much is
the fee to upgrade a double room into 2 single rooms?
Answer: The fee is
Question: If only one of the 2 sharing persons
wants to upgrade to a single room, do we only need to pay 100 for that
particular person while the other person will remain in the official double
room by himself?
Answer: The remaining person would then need to share the
room with someone else.
Question: Why is the upgrade fee higher than in
Answer: Istanbul is a very modern metropole and in general
more expensive than other cities (Khanty Mansisk). The region of the venue is
one of the best and safest ones and therefore more expensive.
Can the federations freely choose between the official listed hotels on the web
Answer: The following official hotels of the Olympiad will be used
for the accommodation of the participants. Hotels will be given by respecting
to last Olympiad Ranking. Most of the hotels are 5 stars and ranked respecting
to distance to venue.
Question a) Is a federation forced to choose one
of the offical hotels?
Answer: Please refer to the tournament regulations.
Question b) How about parents, private trainers and others?!
Answer: All participants have to make registration by their federations.
Organizers will provide accommodation for all teams according to attached
classification. The federations who want to upgrade rooms from double to single
or much more room for extra persons should take under consideration that
organizers may change the hotels due to such requests Whoever, who wants to
enter the venue of Olympiad with any privilege (player, coach, delegate, VIP,
doctor, journalist, etc.) should make accreditation through TCF.
Question: Is it allowed to bring drinks or food into the playing hall?
Answer: Yes it is.
Question: Is there any required dress code?
Answer: Yes there is! This is a FIDE event. Please check out their
Question: How can the participants get to the playing
Answer: We provide buses for each of the official hotels.
Question: What has been done by the organizer to secure the safety of
Answer: There will be security check at the
Question: When is the deadline for registration?
The deadline for each delegation ends by 10 June 2012.
etc (added 9th May)
The details of hotels and costs are now available on
the official website: download the pdf file
here. Details to note are the restriction to three double rooms per team
(regardless of the gender of the players/captain) and the imposition of a fee
per person of 100 euros (for accreditation, transportation, etc etc) in
addition to the entry fee per team of 270 euros. The cost to split a double
room into two singles is 100 euros per person per night. Costs for accompanying
persons (if we have any) are also given.
received (added 4th May)
We have received the official invitation to the
Olympiad, which gives information on venue and hotels. Download the letter here (pdf document). The venue is
the Istanbul World Trade Centre (halls 9, 10 and 11). The hotels listed
are WOW Hotels (presumably the WOW Istanbul, 5 star, and the WOW Airport, 4
star), Radisson Blu Airport (5 star), Holiday Inn Airport Hotel (5 star), Green
Park Merter Hotel (5 star), Courtyard Marriott Hotel (4 star), Ataköy
Marina Hotel (4 star), Adela Hotel (4 star), Titanic Airport Hotel (5 star),
and Polat Renaissance Hotel (5 star). More details are promised for the
official website http://istanbul2012.tsf.org.tr/en/
on May 8th.
|Teams and captains
announced (added 30th April)
Open team (in board order):
IM Puchen Wang,
FM Nic Croad, IM Russell Dive, FM Mike Steadman, Luke Li
Women's team (in board
wim Sue Maroroa, wfm Helen Milligan, Judy Gao, wfm Nicole Tsoi, wfm
According to the official FIDE Olympiad regulations,
we should by now have received a formal invitation to play in the Olympiad, and
we should have been asked to register our intention to play. In fact we have
received no invitation as yet and there are no facilities for registration on
the official website. Nor is there any information about the venue or
accommodation (or costs for accompanying persons). We will keep you updated,
here and on ChessChat and Facebook, whenever anything relevant turns
|Doping control (added
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned
substances can be downloaded
here (pdf document). If you are taking any of these for medical reasons,
then you need a letter from your doctor, to present to the FIDE medical team if
you are selected for dope testing. Pseudoephedrine (a component of many cold
& flu remedies, outside NZ) is no longer a banned substance (except in huge
doses). The official WADA rules for the sampling procedure are
available here (pdf document). (Note
that FIDE doesn't take blood samples). FIDE has not, in the past, applied these
guidelines in full.
|List of applicants (added
Names are given in alphabetical
Hilton Bennett, Peter Hulshof
FM Nic Croad, IM Russell Dive, IM Paul Garbett, Daniel Han,
Antonio Krstev, Luke Li, FM Stephen Lukey, Noel Pinic, FM Bob Smith, FM Mike
Steadman (automatic place), IM Puchen Wang.
Natasha Fairley, Judy Gao, Sacha Gilmore, wim Sue Maroroa, wim Marany Meyer,
wfm Helen Milligan, Joy Shu Yan Qin, wfm Nicole Tsoi.
|Official website now open for
business (added 4th April)
The dates and location of the Olympiad are confirmed
by the Turkish Chess Federation: see
|Applications are now
closed. (added 1st April)
|Request for Applications from
Captains (added 20th February)
NZCF is inviting applications for the the roles of
Open Team Captain and Womens Team Captain for the 2012 Istanbul Chess
Olympiad. These are non-paid roles and Team Captains will be responsible for
their own travel costs and arrangements in the same way as players. They will
receive free, full board for the duration of the Olympiad on a share twin
basis. They will also receive a share of any contributions and fund-raising
towards travel expenses on the same basis as players.
Applications close on the 31st March 2012. The
completed Application for Team Captain
form (Word document) must be received by NZCF, either by post or email, on
or before this date. All applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.
The Team Captains for Istanbul will be announced on the 20th April.
For any further information or details relating to
these roles please contact NZCF Olympiad Coordinator Hilton Bennett (email:
|Request for Applications from
Players (added 19th February)
Applications are now open for the New Zealand Open and
Womens Teams to the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiad, which is scheduled to
take place between 27th August and 10th September 2012 in Istanbul Turkey.
To apply you must:
1.. Complete the
Application for Selection form (Word
document) and return it either by email or post to NZCF by the 31st March.
2.. Read the Player Agreement and Code of
Conduct (link, and pdf download) and sign and return the Player Acceptance
form (last page of Player Agreement), either scanned and emailed, or by post by
the 31st March.
To return forms by post please send to: New Zealand Chess
Federation, P.O. Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland 1010.
for selection must have both forms completed and returned by the closing date.
Receipt of your application documentation will be confirmed by email.
Selections (including up to three non-travelling reserves) will be
announced on or before the 20th April.
The Application for Selection provides information
necessary for both selecting and registering players. This is your opportunity
as an applicant to show why you believe that you should represent New Zealand
at this event. NZCF is also attempting to improve its processes and bring them
into line with good practice in other sporting organisations. To this end the
Player Agreement has been introduced for this Olympiad. It is based on a format
used by the NZOC, and endeavours to outline the responsibilities and roles of
both the player as a NZ representative, and the NZCF. It is intended to provide
greater clarity for both parties.
The final dates and location of the Olympiad are
always at the discretion of FIDE and the Olympiad organisers. Although no
Olympiad website or accommodation details are yet available, NZCF is proceeding
with Olympiad organisation on the basis of the information received so far and
confirmed at the last FIDE quarterly Presidential Board meeting. If you would
like further information or clarification on any point please contact Hilton
Bennett by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Guaranteed Olympiad team
places (added 8th February)
FM Mike Steadman guaranteed himself a place in the
Open team by winning the NZ Championship outright at the Queenstown Chess
Classic. Nobody claimed the place on offer in the Women's team.
As far as I am aware, the contract between FIDE and
the Turkish Chess Federation still hasn't been signed, and the Olympiad (venue
and dates) remains unconfirmed.
|Request for Expressions of Interest
from Players (added 15th November)
The New Zealand Chess Federation is calling for
'Expressions of Interest' from players and captains for both the Open and
Women's teams for the Chess Olympiad which is scheduled to take place in
Istanbul, Turkey, from 27th August to 10th September 2012. An Expression of
Interest is not an application for selection, but will ensure that those who
are interested in selection will be informed directly about news and
developments related to the Olympiad.
For the Open team, players applying should be 2150+.
For the Women's team, female players over 1400. Anyone can apply to be captain.
Note that you can apply to be a player and a captain; please state which you
prefer, as it is very unlikely that NZCF would appoint a playing captain.
You can submit an Expression of Interest in the 2012
Olympiad by emailing the Olympiad Co-ordinator, Hilton Bennett directly (email@example.com) or by post to NZCF:
New Zealand Chess Federation, P.O. Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland