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A record 127 teams are competing in the biennial Chess Olympiad from Oct 28-Nov 12. The women's event also has a record 85 teams, meaning that the chess world is growing.

With two training camps at Kozhikode under GM Vladimirov and another in Bangalore under GM Salov, the Indian team left with hope of improving the 10th placing, the best ever achieved at 1990 in Novi Sad with V.Anand on top board.

India has two debutants, P.Harikrishna and S.S.Ganguly. With a mix of 2500 rating and 14 years, Harikrishna promises a lot and is one of the young hopes in India and his career is going to get notice in the Olympiad.

India won a medal in 1980 at Malta from Rafique Khan of Bhopal and in 1990 from Barua. So, 2000 should be the right time for another medal. This is the first time that three grandmasters are competing in the team and there is plenty of hope.

S.Vijayalakshmi is now vastly improved and will provide tough opposition to most opponents on the top board. Along with her debutant sister S.Meenakshi and experienced hands of Saheli Barua and Pallavi Shah the team is chasing to improve the Luzerne 1982 ninth placing achieved by the Khalilkar sisters of Bombay for India.

The First Six Rounds with plenty of images
Seventh Round: Men Lost, Women Win
Round Eight: Follow Indians At The Board

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