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World Chess Olympiad kicks off today

Trans. by D.SERGELEN

The 41st World Chess Olympiad kicks off today in Tromso, Norway.
The chess Olympiad is organized once every two years. Mongolian chess players first attend the Chess Olympiad in 1956 in Moscow, Russia. Since then, Mongolian male chess players attended 23 Olympiads and female chess players participated in 16th competitions. The Olympiad will continue for two weeks.
This time, the Mongolian team will be led by Ch.Chuluunbaatar, sport master and vice president of the Mongolian Chess Federation. Ch.Chuluunbat will train the women’s team and coach of the National team and Grand Master D.Sharavdorj will train the men’s team.

Mongolian National Chess team team

Men
1. Grand Master (GM) Ts.Batchuluun – Aldar Sports Committee, Century Chess Club
2. GM B.Gundavaa – Shunkhlai Group
3. International Master (IM) G.Munkhgal – Uvurkhangai Province
4. IM N.Battulga – Khangarid Sports Club
5. GM B.Khatanbaatar – Zavkhan Province
Women
1. GM B.Munguntuul – Aldar Sport Committee
2. GM T.Batchimeg – Monchess lub, Suld Sports Committee
3. FIDE master (FM) U.Lkhamsuren- Khan Altai Chess Club
4. IM B.Ankhchimeg- Mobicom Group
5. Sport master B.Bayarmaa- New Progress Group
The following are the results of Mongolian chess players in previous Olympiads.
- In 1960, Leipzig, Germany – IM L.Myagmarsuren – golden medal
- In 1964, Tal Aviv, Israel – IM T.Uitumen – golden medal
- In1970, Siegen, German – IM T.Uitumen – silver medal
- In 1992, Manila, Philippines – GM B.Khatanbaatar – bronze medal
- In 2000, Istanbul, Turkey – FM Z.Byambaa – bronze medal
- In 2002, Bled, Slovenia – FM Z.Byambaa – silver medal
- In 2004, Palma, Spain – GM B.Khatanbaatar – bronze medal
- In 2004, Palma, Spain – IM T.Battsetseg – bronze medal

Through team points, the Mongolian men’s team ranked 16th in the 13th World Chess Olympiad in 1970, held in Siegen, Germany and the women chess team ranked 13th in the 29th Chess Olympiad in 1990, held in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.

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