Thursday, November 27, 2008

The End Of the Russian Supremacy ?

As everyone have already know, Armenia won the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. They successfully defend the title that they won for the first time in Turin Olympiad 2006 .

The top seed and the long time chess power house - Russian ( before known as Soviet Union) once again failed to win back the title - for the third time in a row. They lost this biennial event since Calvia 2004 ( won by Ukraine) and Turin 2006 ( won by Armenia).

Russian sometimes nickname as the Russian bear has not failed to win the Chess Olympiad from 1952 to 2002 - except in 1978 when they lost narrowly to Hungary. However, the Russian successfully claim back the title in the next edition.
This time they have lost it for the third in a row although they are the highest rated team with "vice" World Champion - Kramnik playing 1st board, they even didn't get into the top three -since Turin 2006!. Does it mean that the Russian chess supremacy has come into the end?

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