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Brian_Jones
28-08-2012, 07:32 AM
A colourful opening ceremony was held here in Istanbul tonight.

Oceania Teams include:

Australia
New Zealand
PNG (Open only)
Fiji
Palau (Open only)

I am here in Istanbul as the Zone President and Guam Delegate (Guam want to send a team in 2014).

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Brian_Jones
28-08-2012, 03:48 PM
Pairings and results at http://results.chessolympiadistanbul.com/

Adamski
29-08-2012, 12:00 PM
How did you get Gawain to play for PNG, Brian? LOL

Brian_Jones
29-08-2012, 12:57 PM
How did you get Gawain to play for PNG, Brian? LOL

The organisers in Istanbul cannot keep up with the Joneses! :)

Tony Dowden
29-08-2012, 08:08 PM
We already have a thread with the same name in the NZ area/forum (ca. Sept 2011), so wondering if either this name or the other one can be modified?

Adamski
29-08-2012, 08:55 PM
We already have a thread with the same name in the NZ area/forum (ca. Sept 2011), so wondering if either this name or the other one can be modified?
God point. Seconded.

Denis_Jessop
29-08-2012, 09:12 PM
God point. Seconded.

And to the point :D

DJ

Adamski
29-08-2012, 09:30 PM
And to the point :D

DJ
LOL I did of course mean to say "Good".

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2012, 01:38 AM
We already have a thread with the same name in the NZ area/forum (ca. Sept 2011)

I am taking that to be the NZ-specific Olympiad thread and there is also a general Olympiad thread at http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=13940

I don't think this one is necessary and am leaning towards locking it but if Brian intends it as an Oceania nations other than Aus/NZ thread then I may keep it open retitled, eg there has been a PNG at the Olympiad thread in the past.

Brian_Jones
30-08-2012, 02:19 AM
Yes, this thread is meant to cover all of Oceania, but particularly countries other than Australia and New Zealand.

Today the Fiji Open team won 2.5-1.5 (a win for Sam Goundar!) but PNG and Palau were less successful (as was the Fiji Women's team).

This morning Jamie Kenmure and I attended the IO Seminar presented by Ignatius Leong.

Although I already have the IO title I wanted to learn how to present the course to potential event organisers in the region. :)

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2012, 03:27 AM
Thread renamed and will stay open. Hopefully that will avoid confusion.

Tony Dowden
30-08-2012, 08:00 AM
Thanks Kevin

jashint
31-08-2012, 01:15 AM
Today the Fiji Open team won 2.5-1.5 (a win for Sam Goundar!) but PNG and Palau were less successful (as was the Fiji Women's team).


Hi Brian, just correcting this, Fiji won 3-1 (Calvin Prasad on Board 1 also managed a convert his strong d-pawn finish), this is the earliest match points attained by Fiji at any olympiad in my understanding.

Brian_Jones
31-08-2012, 03:06 AM
Yes Jashint, the Fiji Open team won 3-1 yesterday (my mistake!).

But both Fiji teams lost 0-4 today!

Still there is a long way to go!

jashint
31-08-2012, 10:21 AM
Still there is a long way to go!

Agreed.

Brian_Jones
01-09-2012, 01:44 PM
Fewer mismatches now (Round 4).

Fiji drew 2-2 with South Korea.

PNG went down 1.5-2.5 to Cinese Taipei.

Palau scored 0.5 v Hong Kong.

Good chances of wins for Oceania in Round 5!

Leonid Sandler
01-09-2012, 06:28 PM
:D Palau scored 0.5 v Hong Kong.

Congratulations to Palua Team!

After losing all games to Qatar,Iraq and Hong Kong Team form Palau have scored in their first Olympiad!

Leonid Sandler
02-09-2012, 07:42 AM
Congratulations to Palau on their first ever win!!! :clap: :clap:

US Virgin Islands - Palau 1:2

Massana, Jorge 2186 - Hernandez, Roberto 1875 -
Van Rensselaer, William - Manuel, Elizabeth 1 - 0
Mongiello, Anthony - Garcia, Bernardo 1663 0 - 1
Smith, Michael 1596 - Manuel, Menandro 1922 0 - 1

MichaelBaron
02-09-2012, 10:50 AM
Palau won the match by winning a completely drawn pawn endgame in the final game. It is always fun to watch 1600 rated players playing in the global events, reminds of African skiers at winter Ollympics:owned: .

The real good news is that Australia won! The team applears to be plaing a bit erractically but is doing not so badly overall :clap: beating everyone who is seeded below them and drawing with slightly higher seeded Norway. Loss to Mongolia was a bit sad though, but then again - win against Pakistan was very lucky.

Now its FYROM they are playing next - the best pairing of all of the possible pairings available in this score group. Fyrom is ranked 49th with the next lowest rated team in the upper half of the group being ranked 29th or so. Hopefully Aus will do well!

Adamski
02-09-2012, 03:51 PM
Congratulations to Palau on their first ever win!!! :clap: :clap:

US Virgin Islands - Palau 1:2

Massana, Jorge 2186 - Hernandez, Roberto 1875 -
Van Rensselaer, William - Manuel, Elizabeth 1 - 0
Mongiello, Anthony - Garcia, Bernardo 1663 0 - 1
Smith, Michael 1596 - Manuel, Menandro 1922 0 - 1
Hearty congrats to Palau! Their board one player is a nice guy who I have corresponded with.

Adamski
02-09-2012, 03:53 PM
Palau won the match by winning a completely drawn pawn endgame in the final game. It is always fun to watch 1600 rated players playing in the global events, reminds of African skiers at winter Ollympics:owned: .

The real good news is that Australia won! The team applears to be plaing a bit erractically but is doing not so badly overall :clap: beating everyone who is seeded below them and drawing with slightly higher seeded Norway. Loss to Mongolia was a bit sad though, but then again - win against Pakistan was very lucky.

Now its FYROM they are playing next - the best pairing of all of the possible pairings available in this score group. Fyrom is ranked 49th with the next lowest rated team in the upper half of the group being ranked 29th or so. Hopefully Aus will do well!

in case anyone else like me wondered about FYROM - former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Brian_Jones
02-09-2012, 04:13 PM
Pairings for Round 6 on Monday (Sunday is a a rest day!)

Open

FYROM 7 (13.5) v Australia 7 (11.5)
New Zealand 4 (8) v Faroe Islands 4 (9)
Fiji 3 (6.5) v Andorra 3 (7)
San Marino 2 (4.5) v PNG 2 (6.5)
Bermuda 1 (6) v Palau 2 (3)

Women

Australia 4 (9.5) v Paraquay 4 (8)
New Zealand 3 (7.5) v Yemen 3 (5.5)
Fiji 1 (2) v Pakistan 1 (4)

Brian_Jones
09-09-2012, 03:06 PM
Final round pairings:

OPEN

Slovakia 13 (25) v Australia 13 (22.5)
Zimbabwe 9 (20) v New Zealand 9 (18)
Sao Tome 6 (14) v PNG 6 (13)
San Marino 5 (13) v Palau 5 (11.5)
Burundi 0 (3.5) v Fiji 5 (12.5)

WOMEN

Netherlands 12 (24) v Australia 12 (23)
Paraquay 9 (18.5) v New Zealand 9 (20)
Fiji 6 (13) v Kenya 6 (15)

Round starts early today (in three hours time!)

Adamski
09-09-2012, 03:17 PM
Good luck to all the Oceania teams.

machomortensen
10-09-2012, 06:05 AM
"Palau won the match by winning a completely drawn pawn endgame in the final game. It is always fun to watch 1600 rated players playing in the global events, reminds of African skiers at winter Ollympics"

ROFL...

MichaelBaron
11-09-2012, 10:51 AM
"Palau won the match by winning a completely drawn pawn endgame in the final game. It is always fun to watch 1600 rated players playing in the global events, reminds of African skiers at winter Ollympics"

ROFL...

Thats why its important to get citizenship in the ''right country'' and every 2 years a trip to ollympics will await! Shall I got for Palau or PNG or Fiji? :). Nz appears to be the coolest but given the declining state of my Chess - I will probably start missing the NZ team entry cut after some years but I can play for Palau for as long as I live as long as I still remember how the piece move ;)

lost
11-09-2012, 04:51 PM
Thats why its important to get citizenship in the ''right country'' and every 2 years a trip to ollympics will await! Shall I got for Palau or PNG or Fiji? :). Nz appears to be the coolest but given the declining state of my Chess - I will probably start missing the NZ team entry cut after some years but I can play for Palau for as long as I live as long as I still remember how the piece move ;)

Michael,

You won't be able to play for Palau as such as there is going to be some matters that myself and the Palau Chess Federation are addressing and that is even maybe making some cuts to the team due o other reasons that will be of benefit for the federation.

lost

Tony Dowden
20-09-2012, 10:52 PM
Thats why its important to get citizenship in the ''right country'' and every 2 years a trip to ollympics will await! Shall I got for Palau or PNG or Fiji? :). Nz appears to be the coolest but given the declining state of my Chess - I will probably start missing the NZ team entry cut after some years but I can play for Palau for as long as I live as long as I still remember how the piece move ;)

I made the NZ team twice with a twenty year gap in between (plus the team is close to fielding one or two veterans these days) so, assuming NZ citizenship and occasional activity in NZ, I'm confident you are a cert for the NZ line-up for a while yet ;)