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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    Yes, that is the right decision.

    Disappointing China are not sending teams, in the womens they probably would be favourites.

    MVL and Firouzja not playing for France is a bit disappointing.

    Armenia is nowhere near as strong as they used to be as well
    Not sure why China is not participating but my guess is - it is covid related.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Not sure why China is not participating but my guess is - it is covid related.
    Ding said in an interview after his last round victory in the candidates that he was planning to play the Olympiad and then China decided not to put in teams. The Chinese government is making it hard for anyone to leave China

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    Are anyone from the Olympiad teams playing any tournaments before the Olympiad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Not sure why China is not participating but my guess is - it is covid related.
    Also not sure why Vietnam is not fielding an Open team either. Here is the chess-results link to what I am saying:

    https://chess-results.com/tnr653632....art=33&flag=30

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    Seeded 29th and having a young ambicious team - I feel that finishing inside top 20 may be realistic! Could be (hopefully!) one of Australia's best result ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Seeded 29th and having a young ambicious team - I feel that finishing inside top 20 may be realistic! Could be (hopefully!) one of Australia's best result ever.
    A top 20 performance would be a brilliant result. Australia has finished twice in the top 20, 15th in 1970 and 17th in 1976.

    Our best semi recent results are 28th in 1996 and 29th in 2006.

    Our team has certainly got stronger since 2006 so hopefully a better performance will follow.

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    Seems not so long ago Australia used to be seeded 50th or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    A top 20 performance would be a brilliant result. Australia has finished twice in the top 20, 15th in 1970 and 17th in 1976.

    Our best semi recent results are 28th in 1996 and 29th in 2006.

    Our team has certainly got stronger since 2006 so hopefully a better performance will follow.
    I can imagine what an amazing result it was back in the 1970. 1976 - many top teams were missing as the event was held in Israel and they boytcotted.
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    I hope all of players and the captains and whoever else is heading to the Olympiad has a safe and smooth trip there.

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    Some photos already made it to facebook. At least some are having a great time!
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    Another interesting fact: our very own Jamie Kenmure is team captain for Gambia.
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    The pairings for the first round are out.

    The Womens team play Timor Leste

    The Open team play Libya

    Both teams should be aiming for 4-0 results

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    The pairings for the first round are out.

    The Womens team play Timor Leste

    The Open team play Libya

    Both teams should be aiming for 4-0 results
    Indeed, comfortable start. Should also be noted that team India (home team) is put ''unconditionally'' on ''board 1'' - something that has not been done for the host nations before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Indeed, comfortable start. Should also be noted that team India (home team) is put ''unconditionally'' on ''board 1'' - something that has not been done for the host nations before.
    I recall though that the home team has previously been unconditionally on a fixed board for the convenience of local media. India will most likely be on a high board anyway so it won't make any real difference.

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