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35th Chess Olympiad

Official logo of the Olympiad

The 35th Chess Olympiad, organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs and comprising an open and women's tournament, took place between October 25 and November 11, 2002, in Bled, Slovenia. There were 135 teams in the open event and 90 in the women's event.

Both tournament sections were officiated by international arbiter Geurt Gijssen (Netherlands). Teams were paired across the 14 rounds of competition according to the Swiss system. The open division was played over four boards per round, whilst the women's was played over three. In the event of a draw, the tie-break was decided by 1. The Buchholz system; and 2. Match points.

The time control for each game permitted each player 90 minutes for all their moves, with an additional 30 seconds increment for each player after each move, beginning with the first.

In addition to the overall medal winners, the teams were divided into seeding groups, with the top finishers in each group receiving special prizes.

Open event

The playing hall in Bled

The open division was contested by 135 teams representing 130 nations. Slovenia, as hosts, fielded three teams, whilst the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA), the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA), and the International Committee of Silent Chess (ICSC) each provided one squad. Sudan were signed up but never arrived.

Both reigning world champions, Vladimir Kramnik (classical) and Viswanathan Anand (FIDE), were absent from the tournament. Meanwhile, the Russian team with two ex-champions, Kasparov and Khalifman, won their sixth consecutive title. Hungary and Armenia took silver and bronze, respectively.

Open event
# Country Players Average
rating
Points Buchholz
1 Russia Kasparov, Grischuk, Khalifman, Morozevich, Svidler, Rublevsky 2734 38½
2 Hungary Lékó, Polgár, Almási, Gyimesi, Ruck, Ács 2674 37½
3 Armenia Akopian, Lputian, Asrian, Sargissian, Minasian, Anastasian 2620 35
4 Georgia Azmaiparashvili, Sturua, Mchedlishvili, Jobava, Izoria, Gagunashvili 2590 34
5 China Ye Jiangchuan, Xu Jun, Zhang Zhong, Bu Xiangzhi, Ni Hua, Zhang Pengxiang 2633 33½ 456.5
6 Netherlands Van Wely, Sokolov, Tiviakov, Van den Doel, Nijboer, Ernst 2648 33½ 454.5
7 England Adams, Short, Speelman, McShane, Conquest, Emms 2640 33½ 450.5
8 Slovakia Movsesian, Ftáčnik, Timoščenko, Markoš, Maník, Plachetka 2561 33 445.0
9 Israel Gelfand, Smirin, Sutovsky, Psakhis, Avrukh, Huzman 2660 33 439.5
10 Yugoslavia Ljubojević, Damljanović, Ivanišević, Kovačević, Ilinčić, Pikula 2548 33 436.0
# Country Average
rating
Points Buchholz MP
11 Macedonia 2543 33 430.5
12 Switzerland 2561 33 427.5
13 Poland 2600 32½ 451.0
14 Ukraine 2665 32½ 459.5
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2576 32½ 447.5
16 Germany 2626 32½ 446.5
17 Belarus 2570 32½ 442.0
18 Czech Republic 2578 32½ 438.5
19 Spain 2567 32½ 433.5
20 Uzbekistan 2566 32½ 431.0
21 Lithuania 2548 32 435.0
22 Iceland 2498 32 422.0
23 Croatia 2558 31½ 445.0
24 France 2610 31½ 441.5
25 Greece 2540 31½ 433.5
26 Denmark 2554 31½ 425.5
27 Bulgaria 2545 31½ 421.5
28 Romania 2590 31 448.5
29 India 2561 31 441.0
30 Azerbaijan 2575 31 436.0
31 Moldova 2543 31 431.0
32 Sweden 2583 31 430.0
33 Canada 2492 31 423.5
34 Bangladesh 2453 31 414.5
35 Brazil 2561 31 411.0
36 Ireland 2458 31 408.0
37 Cuba 2576 30½ 433.0
38 Italy 2470 30½ 426.0 17
39 Philippines 2502 30½ 426.0 14
40 Slovenia 2591 30½ 425.0
41 United States 2620 30½ 422.0
42 Latvia 2540 30½ 416.5
43 Estonia 2530 30½ 414.5
44 Belgium 2425 30½ 414.0
45 Finland 2442 30½ 411.0
46 Kazakhstan 2516 30 428.5
47 Vietnam 2513 30 415.0
48 Norway 2511 30 412.5
49 Scotland 2491 30 412.0
50 Indonesia 2425 30 409.5
51 Mexico 2420 30 399.5
52 Colombia 2452 29½ 408.5
53 Australia 2482 29½ 407.0
54 Egypt 2403 29½ 402.0
55 Qatar 2367 29½ 399.0
56 Iraq 2310 29½ 394.5
57 Portugal 2459 29½ 389.5
58 Tajikistan 2421 29½ 337.0
59 Peru 2430 29 406.5
60 Chile 2419 29 394.0 14
61 Iran 2429 29 394.0 11
62 Slovenia "B" 2351 29 390.0
63 Argentina 2534 28½ 421.5
64 Austria 2391 28½ 411.5
65 Venezuela 2373 28½ 401.0
66 Paraguay 2405 28½ 397.0
67 Ecuador 2386 28½ 396.0
68 Luxembourg 2273 28½ 394.5
69 Turkmenistan 2402 28 418.5
70 Costa Rica 2380 28 394.0
71 Andorra 2339 28 390.5
72 Kyrgyzstan 2404 28 387.5
73 Albania 2411 28 384.0
74 Lebanon 2282 28 383.0
75 Malaysia 2224 27½ 390.0 15
76 Turkey 2348 27½ 390.0 13
77 Bolivia 2325 27½ 389.5
78 Cyprus 2304 27½ 383.0
79 Singapore 2399 27½ 373.5
80 Slovenia "C" 2416 27 399.5
81 Wales 2280 27 393.0
82 Zambia 2303 27 390.5
83 Dominican Republic 2336 27 385.0
84 Mongolia 2372 27 381.0
85 Uruguay 2309 27 380.5
86 ICSC 2371 27 376.5
87 IBCA 2296 27 368.0
88 New Zealand 2335 27 366.5
89 Angola 2247 26½ 387.0
90 Thailand 2227 26½ 372.0
91 Ethiopia 2067 26½ 350.0
92 United Arab Emirates 2289 26 386.0
93 Faroe Islands 2304 26 383.0
94 Algeria 2290 26 382.0
95 IPCA 2336 26 381.5
96 Yemen 2148 26 357.0
97 Nigeria 2125 26 326.5
98 Trinidad and Tobago 2210 25½ 361.0
99 Liechtenstein 2065 25½ 350.0
100 Tunisia 2323 25 382.0
101 Sri Lanka 2213 25 368.5
102 Zimbabwe 2049 25 367.5
103 South Africa 2303 25 366.0
104 Barbados 2227 25 357.0
105 Libya 2054 25 347.5
106 Malta 2184 25 345.0
107 Bahrain 2122 25 344.0
108 Monaco 2220 24½ 364.0
109 Japan 2037 24½ 351.5
110 Netherlands Antilles 2089 24½ 326.5
111 Botswana 2146 24 368.0
112 Mauritania 2034 24 346.5
113 Suriname 2203 24 345.5
114 Jamaica 2230 23½ 361.5
115 Uganda 2069 23½ 360.5
116 Palestine 2136 23½ 351.5
117 Jersey 2086 23½ 332.5
118 Nicaragua 2225 23 354.5
119 Honduras 2014 23 347.5
120 Namibia 2059 23 340.5 13
121 Hong Kong 2043 23 340.5 11
122 Panama 2017 23 317.0
123 Kenya 2054 23 300.0
124 Afghanistan 2000 23 278.0
125 Brunei 2000 22½ 327.5
126 Aruba 2000 22½ 323.5
127 San Marino 2024 22½ 275.5
128 British Virgin Islands 2005 22
129 Somalia 2000 21½ 302.0
130 Papua New Guinea 2044 21½ 287.5
131 Macau 2179 21½ 282.5
133 Bermuda 2007 17½
133 Guernsey 2048 17
134 Rwanda 2000 15½
135 United States Virgin Islands 2000 11½

Individual medals

Gwaze is one of two players to have recorded the "highest" perfect score at an Olympiad with 9 points in 9 games (the other was Alexander Alekhine in 1930).

Women's results

Women's match: China v Russia

The women's division was contested by 90 teams representing 85 nations. Slovenia, as hosts, fielded three teams, whilst the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA), the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA), and the International Committee of Silent Chess (ICSC) each provided one squad. Afghanistan and Tunisia were signed up but never arrived.

China were only narrow favourites on rating this time but still won their third consecutive title, led by reigning world champion Zhu Chen and future champion Xu Yuhua. Russia and Poland took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

# Country Players Average
rating
Points Buchholz
1 China Zhu Chen, Xu Yuhua, Wang Pin, Zhao Xue 2485 29½
2 Russia Kovalevskaya, Matveeva, Kosteniuk, T. Kosintseva 2462 29
3 Poland Radziewicz, Dworakowska, Soćko, Kądziołka 2388 28
4 Georgia Chiburdanidze, Ioseliani, Khurtsidze, Arakhamia-Grant 2481 27½
5 Hungary Vajda, Dembo, Lakos, Gara 2363 25½ 343.0
6 Ukraine Zhukova, Vasylevich, Zatonskih, Gaponenko 2424 25½ 334.5
7 Yugoslavia Bojković, Prudnikova, Chelushkina, Benderać 2403 25½ 334.0
8 Azerbaijan Velikhanli, Shukurova, Z. Mamedyarova, T. Mamedyarova 2269 25½ 317.0
9 United States Krush, Baginskaite, Shahade, Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya 2381 25 349.0
10 Czech Republic Jacková, Krupková, Sikorová, Ptáčníková 2316 25 341.0
# Country Average
rating
Points Buchholz MP
11 Bulgaria 2412 24½ 348.5
12 Vietnam 2357 24½ 346.5
13 Israel 2283 24½ 309.5
14 Romania 2404 24 347.5
15 Armenia 2345 24 335.0
16 Germany 2382 24 334.0
17 Slovakia 2310 24 332.5
18 England 2364 24 318.5
19 India 2325 23½ 338.5
20 Netherlands 2353 23½ 317.5
21 Iran 2176 23½ 307.0
22 Turkmenistan 2214 23½ 297.5
23 Greece 2302 23 335.0
24 France 2396 23 328.5
25 Croatia 2233 23 322.0
26 Argentina 2218 23 309.0
27 Spain 2273 23 302.0
28 Sweden 2172 23 301.0
29 Kazakhstan 2239 22½ 328.0
30 Cuba 2304 22½ 313.5
31 Belarus 2264 22½ 312.0
32 Moldova 2344 22½ 311.0 15
33 Mongolia 2248 22½ 311.0 14
34 Lithuania 2202 22½ 309.5
35 Australia 2191 22½ 301.5
36 Uzbekistan 2213 22 310.5
37 Switzerland 2195 22 301.0
38 Slovenia 2245 22 296.5
39 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2147 21½ 310.5
40 Ecuador 2270 21½ 298.5
41 Bangladesh 2100 21½ 291.5
42 Finland 2171 21 304.0
43 Estonia 2207 21 303.5
44 Norway 2098 21 296.0
45 Slovenia "C" 2122 21 297.0
46 Colombia 2032 21 293.5
47 Mexico 2091 21 290.0
48 Singapore 2052 21 286.5
49 Kyrgyzstan 2108 21 285.5 16
50 Austria 2112 21 285.5 14
51 Turkey 2080 21 283.0
52 Denmark 2155 20½ 305.0
53 Venezuela 2185 20½ 289.5 14
54 Slovenia "B" 2169 20½ 289.5 13
55 Scotland 2079 20½ 287.5
56 Brazil 2092 20½ 282.5
57 Peru 1986 20 301.5
58 Canada 2132 20 300.5
59 Macedonia 2127 20 293.0
60 IBCA 2046 20 291.0
61 Wales 2023 20 280.5
62 Malaysia 1995 20 276.5
63 Albania 1800 20 272.0
64 Philippines 2174 19½ 293.5
65 Sri Lanka 1800 19½ 271.5
66 Iceland 2016 19 282.5
67 Algeria 1981 19 277.0
68 Barbados 1873 19 234.0
69 South Africa 1800 18½ 285.0
70 Iraq 1903 18½ 263.0
71 Italy 2055 18 271.5
72 Dominican Republic 1932 18 270.0
73 IPCA 2165 18 267.0
74 Costa Rica 1800 18 260.5
75 Lebanon 1901 18 253.5
76 Ireland 2047 18 246.5
77 Puerto Rico 1800 18 242.5
78 Jamaica 1800 18 240.0
79 Luxembourg 1899 17½ 269.0
80 ICSC 1800 17½ 258.5
81 Brunei 1800 17½ 242.0
82 Chile 2019 17 249.5
83 Zimbabwe 1800 17 225.5
84 Nigeria 1881 16½
85 Botswana 1963 15½
86 New Zealand 1873 15
87 Japan 1956 14 233.0
88 Angola 1800 14 231.5
89 Zambia 1800 13
90 Yemen 1800 8

Individual medals

Overall title

The Nona Gaprindashvili Trophy is awarded to the nation that has the best average rank in the open and women's divisions. Where two or more teams are tied, they are ordered by best single finish in either division and then by total number of points scored.

The trophy, named after the former women's world champion (1961-78), was created by FIDE in 1997.

# Team Open
division
Women's
division
Average
1 Russia 1 2
2 China 5 1 3
3 Hungary 2 5

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