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Batumi Olympiad 2018

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Olympiad Appeal

The members of the New Zealand Olympiad squad are responsible for their own travel costs to Batumi, and any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to the New Zealand Chess Federation Inc, ANZ Bank 01 0535 0073257 00 (or cheques to PO Box 216, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140). Funds received will be shared equally amongst the squad. An email to NZCF Treasurer Winsome Stretch – - to advise of the donation would be appreciated. Donors may be credited on the NZCF website (unless requested otherwise).

Olympiad Updates

43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi

The NZCF selectors have chosen the New Zealand squads for the Batumi Olympiad, September 23rd – October 7th. In provisional board order they are:

Open Team

1. IM Russell Dive
2. FM Ben Hague
3. FM Alexei Kulashko
4. IM Anthony Ker
5. FM Daniel Gong

Women’s Team

1. CM Helen Milligan
2. WCM Vyanla Punsalan
3. WFM Jasmine Zhang
4. WCM Joy Qin
5. WCM Nicole Qin

The teams are chosen from a list of players who have confirmed themselves available. Head of Delegation is Hilton Bennett. The Open Team Captain/Coach is Bulgarian Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov, while the Women’s Team Captain is yet to be confirmed.

n.b. NZCF retains the option of reopening applications if it considers it necessary.
Player Agreement (December 2017)

The Player Agreement from the 2014 Olympiad is available here (pdf document) for your information. There may be some further changes to the wording before it is finalised. Players will be asked to sign this, when they are invited to be members of the team. Please be aware that breaking the Player Agreement will mean that your participation in future team events for New Zealand will be discussed by the NZCF Council.

Doping control (for reference)

The Olympiad is a FIDE event where dope-testing may take place. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances can be downloaded here (pdf document; 2017 version). FIDE's rules regarding Anti-Doping can be downloaded here (pdf document; dated 1/1/2015). If you are taking any medications on the banned list (for example, steroids in asthma inhalers, or amphetamines in ADHD treatments) then it is possible that you will need a Therapeutic Use Exemption certificate (see section 4.4 of the FIDE document). This is something you should discuss with the Team Manager well before the event. Note also restrictions on various over-the-counter and prescription drugs in Georgia.


23rd September to 7th October 2018 - 43rd World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, GEORGIA.
Teams of four players, one reserve, and one captain, in the Open and Women's sections. Selection criteria will be advertised in due course. There is no 'activity rule' but selectors will take proven current form into account.
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