Countries NOT in the Olympad this year....

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  • Countries NOT in the Olympad this year....

    Laos
    Cambodia
    Eritrea
    Belize
    Congo (Brazzaville)
    Benin
    Burkina Faso
    Chad
    Comoros
    Djibouti
    Equatorial Guinea
    Guinea
    Guinea-Bissau
    Niger
    Bhutan
    North Korea
    Several independent Caribbean islands

    Any others?

    Bulgaria is not listed. Will they be permitted to enter under a neutral flag?

    There is a team from Eswatini. If you're not familiar with that name - it used to be Swaziland.

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    And some players that won't be competing (this list is a month old, so things could change)...

    https://www.chessable.com/blog/2018/...atumi-georgia/

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    • #3
      Magnus isnt playing?? I guess Im not going to watch.

      Wait, Vishy's playing! Im watching after all. and of course Eric Hansen and Team Canada are playing so watching is a must!

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      • #4
        There is also the matter of people who have travelled to Abkhazia or South Ossetia and have had their passports stamped to that effect.

        Originally posted by FIDE website
        IMPORTANT: Furthermore, please note that in case you have travelled to the Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia or The Tskhinvali Region (territory of the former South Ossetia Autonomous Region) and have a stamp in your passport, according to the “LAW OF GEORGIA ON OCCUPIED TERRITORIES”: (Article 4, point 2) “Entry of the occupied territories by foreign citizens and stateless persons shall be prohibited… violation of this requirement shall lead to punishment under the Criminal Law of Georgia”
        https://www.fide.com/component/conte...rocedures.html

        It looks like anyone who has traveled to these regions ... will possibly be arrested. That would make playing chess difficult.
        Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.

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        • #5
          what!?! why is Bulgaria not playing??

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          • #6
            Countries NOT in the Olympiad this year...

            September 21, 2018

            Drop in the standings of the strongest chess nations

            The biggest drop isn't even close. Norway will come to Georgia with only three GMs and without the services of top GMs Magnus Carlsen or Jon Ludvig Hammer. Its young squad consequently falls from #12 to #38.

            Well, you could take issue with the last superlative. In 2016, Bulgaria only played GM Veselin Topalov for five rounds and finished 66th, which was 44 spots lower than its ranking. This time around, it won't even place after its federation was banned from FIDE (you won't even find Bulgaria on the "top country" list).

            https://www.chess.com/news/view/ches...an-streak-ends

            Bulgaria’s chess federation has been banned from Fide for allegedly breaking its code of ethics meaning all its international activity has been suspended.

            https://www.chessable.com/blog/2018/...atumi-georgia/

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