National team of Ukraine: “We all have been waiting for this success”

The men’s team of Ukraine tore the victory from their main opponent – Russian team. The President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Viktor Kapustin, the team’s captain Vladimir Tukmakov and players Pavel Eljanov, Zahar Efimenko and Alexander Moiseenko told us about how it feels to be the new Olympiad gold medalists. Read more »

Sinisa Drazic: “There was no sensation”

The captain of the Serbian team Sinisa Drazic, the reserve player of the women team Jovana Eric, and the press-officer of the Serbian chess federation Snezana Stojanovic discuss the results of the Olympiad and share their chess development plans. Read more »

Michal Konopka: “Czech Republic produces a new chess genius every 20 years”

The players from Czech Republic prepared for the Olympiad quite seriously. Women had a 3-day training session, men participated in individual training. This information was revealed by the captain of the Czech team Michal Konopka and his reserve player Vlastimil Babula. Read more »

Bella Igla: “This is my fourth Olympiad, and it is organized better than the previous ones”

The Israeli women team came to the Olympiad trying to prove that they can compete for the top places. Below you can find the press-conference of their captain Vitaly Golod and Bella Igla, who plays on the second board.   Read more »

Israel Gelfer: “We have to pray for such organizers”

The Honorary FIDE Vice-President, FIDE Advisor, responsible for the organization of the Olympiad, personally visited Khanty-Mansiysk several times during the year before the beginning of the “Nations Tournament”. He shared his impressions and kept on thanking Ugra for the great organization of the Chess Olympiad. Read more »

The agreement on creation of Afro-Asian Chess Association was signed in Khanty-Mansiysk

The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Continental President for Asia Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nehyan and the Continental President for Africa Lakhdar Mazouz have signed an agreement on the creation of Afro-Asian Chess Association. Read more »


Michael Adams is one of the few people who are not offended by their nicknames – "Spiderman", it fully reflects the style of the Grandmaster. Despite his fame, he remains a simple and responsive guy. But it is only in life, and at the board his creed is one hundred percent calmness. Read more »

Golden Autumn of Russian women chess players

The women’s team Russia-1 in its complete composition with Tatiana Kosintseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Alisa Galliamova and Valentina Gunina as well as their captain Yury Dohoyan and their coaches Alexey Korotylev and Alexander Chernin shared their impressions on the great Olympic victory with us. Read more »

Alexander Grischuk: “I was happy when Svidler drew his game”

Alexander Grischuk became a hero of the 10th round in the open section. Grischuk won the decisive game in Russia-1-China, giving his team a 2,5-1,5 victory as well as a chance to catch the Ukrainians in the final round. Read more »

Pavel Tregubov: "Nobody is expecting miracles from us”

The captain of the women's team "Russia-2" Pavel Tregubov sincerely believes in the great potential of his team, they are all very young, but already managed to assert themselves. The team’s second board Olga Girya feels the same way. Read more »