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    2020 Chess Olympiad

    Dear all,

    The 2020 Chess Olympiad has been moved from Khanty Mansiysk to Moscow which makes connections much more easier for everyone.

    The 1st ever Para-Olympiad, however, will still be held in Khanty Mansiysk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost View Post
    Dear all,

    The 2020 Chess Olympiad has been moved from Khanty Mansiysk to Moscow which makes connections much more easier for everyone.
    Personally I find this a relief. Small cities that are challenging to get to are becoming more and more problematic because of the size of the event. Even for Batumi airfares went up rapidly months out from the event as flights were booked out by teams.

    Report here: https://ruchess.ru/en/news/all/world...sk_to_moscow_/

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    maybe they will win it for the 3rd time too after 1956 (as USSR) and 1994 (as Russia)



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    Good for team Australia - cheaper to travel to Moscow not to mention that unlike Khanta, Moscow has a lot of places of interest to visit and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Good for team Australia - cheaper to travel to Moscow not to mention that unlike Khanta, Moscow has a lot of places of interest to visit and enjoy.
    Only problem is that the Russians have made it very difficult (lots of red tape) for Australians to obtain visa. That's of course if things have changed since two years
    ago, when I wanted to visit. I will try this time too since I will be in Europe around that time. Yes in terms of cultural, historic and of course chess value in particular
    where Moscow can easily classify as the capital of the world! Well Lening oops St Petersburg might raise some objections on this but hey! За здоровье!
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    According to Chess-News, The opening ceremony is planned to remain at Hanty...while the actual event is to take place in Moscow...so on that Russian based forum..everyone is discussing how it could be made possible and how ridiculous that is
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    To answer one particular question:

    Will it be difficult to get a visa to Russia? Now regardless of whether the event is in Moscow or Khanty, as a countries team is travelling there for a stated purpose, getting the visa 'should' be quite a bit easier, especially for the Olympiad. Those events come with letters of invitation from the organising team and can be shown, if asked at either in Australia for getting the visa, or when arriving in Russia.

    Russia does not provide visas on arrival, so this needs to be organised in advance.

    Furthermore, it is likely that how difficult it is to get a visa will depend on which country you are from, but Australia has a strong passport and whilst there will be red tape, travelling there for an event that will be a big deal for them, the Olympiad, should make getting the visa easier.

    I would strongly advise that countries do not leave getting the visa to the last minute.

    The idea of holding the delegates meeting and the Olympiad in two separate locations at the same time in the same country is absurd and should be killed off as fast as it was thought off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator View Post
    To answer one particular question:

    Will it be difficult to get a visa to Russia? Now regardless of whether the event is in Moscow or Khanty, as a countries team is travelling there for a stated purpose, getting the visa 'should' be quite a bit easier, especially for the Olympiad. Those events come with letters of invitation from the organising team and can be shown, if asked at either in Australia for getting the visa, or when arriving in Russia.

    Russia does not provide visas on arrival, so this needs to be organised in advance.

    Furthermore, it is likely that how difficult it is to get a visa will depend on which country you are from, but Australia has a strong passport and whilst there will be red tape, travelling there for an event that will be a big deal for them, the Olympiad, should make getting the visa easier.

    I would strongly advise that countries do not leave getting the visa to the last minute.

    The idea of holding the delegates meeting and the Olympiad in two separate locations at the same time in the same country is absurd and should be killed off as fast as it was thought off.
    Makes no sense to us..but perfect sense to ''Russians'' - it is all about getting more money from the Government towards organisation of the event to play with .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Makes no sense to us..but perfect sense to ''Russians'' - it is all about getting more money from the Government towards organisation of the event to play with .
    Dear all,

    A news announcement about the Candidates and Olympiad on FIDE website:

    https://fide.com/news/200

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    Posts moved

    Posts at least mainly dealing with the 2020 Para-Olympics or 2020 Congress have now been moved to dedicated threads. Feel free to discuss scheduling issues related to any of these events on whichever thread it is at least vaguely relevant to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Makes no sense to us..but perfect sense to ''Russians'' - it is all about getting more money from the Government towards organisation of the event to play with .
    You are no doubt right, Michael. Nevertheless, it is ridiculous, if one is a member of either a men's or women's team for the main Olympiad, to have to arrange travel to Khanty just for an opening ceremony. I suspect that if possible many players will not do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    You are no doubt right, Michael. Nevertheless, it is ridiculous, if one is a member of either a men's or women's team for the main Olympiad, to have to arrange travel to Khanty just for an opening ceremony. I suspect that if possible many players will not do so.
    Well, the entire Russian government infrastructure is ridiculous....but it does not mean they do not like it this way . If government funding is involved...the more they can receive for running the Ollympiad - the more is there for them to steal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    You are no doubt right, Michael. Nevertheless, it is ridiculous, if one is a member of either a men's or women's team for the main Olympiad, to have to arrange travel to Khanty just for an opening ceremony. I suspect that if possible many players will not do so.
    It looks like you didn't read the announcement correctly.
    The opening in Khanty is for those going to Khanty.
    The opening for the Olympiad in Moscow is in Moscow.
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    Note that the dates on the FIDE announcement changed some time after it was first put up, by one day.

    The currently showing dates are:

    July 29 (Khanty-Mansiysk)

    The opening ceremony of the Chess Olympiad

    July 30 – August 4 (Khanty-Mansiysk)

    Chess Paralympiad, FIDE Congress and General Assembly

    August 5 (Moscow)

    The opening ceremony of the Moscow leg of the Chess Olympiad

    August 6-17 (Moscow)

    Main competition

    August 17 (Moscow)

    The closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos View Post
    It looks like you didn't read the announcement correctly.
    The opening in Khanty is for those going to Khanty.
    The opening for the Olympiad in Moscow is in Moscow.
    Thanks for that, Bill. Much more sensible!
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