Saturday, May 14, 2016


            IN BAKU, AZERBAIJAN from Sept. 01-14, 2016

         THE VENUE OF THE 2016

THE OLYMPIAD venue, Crystal Hall, situated on the Baku Boulevard, was built in 2012 to host the Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan, and became since then one of the emblematic buildings of the city. Crystal Hall is a very spacious modern complex, with a stunning view on the seaside and the city. The participants can enjoy its surroundings (Baku Boulevard) after their games/meetings.

                Most of the hotels aren’t situated within walking distance from the Crystal Hall, but transportation to and from the Crystal Hall will be provided by the organizers. To check the departure time from hotel to the Crystal Hall, every participant is requested to consult the table available at the hotels, in the Info Bulletin and on the official website. The players are requested to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start of the round to proceed to the security checks. The participants should also leave all non-authorized devices (electronic devices, watches, pens) in theirs.
                Crystal Hall will be the venue for the games, but also for some parallel activities, such as Chess Exhibition, Parallel Tournaments, etc. You can consult the precise schedule of the Parallel Activities in the Informative Bulletin given to the Olympiad participants upon their arrival to Baku.
                All participants of the Olympiad will be accommodated in 5 and 4 stars’ hotels in Baku. The teams will be allocated in hotels according to the decision of the Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee, based on the teams’ performance in the previous Olympiad and informed about the hotel they will be staying in after they have registered to the Olympiad, as they will receive their registration confirmation. All teams (6 persons) will get two free double rooms and two free single rooms with full board. The open and female teams from the same federation will be accommodated in the same Hotel.
                The Delegates to the Congress will be accommodated in the Fairmont Hotel on a full board basis, in single rooms and free of charge, or in their team hotel upon their wish (see the Congress section). Other Congress participants, if they are not part of a team, or have another function entitling them to a free accommodation, should cover by themselves their accommodation cost.
                In each hotel there will be a Help and Information desk for the participants, where they will be able to get accreditation badges and their gifts from the organizers. The organizers ask the team captain only to check in and out the team and to approach the information desk at the hotel to take the accreditation badges and the gifts for his team. If the captain of the team is missing on the arrival day, the team should select one of their members to do the check-in and take the gifts for the whole team instead of him, so as to avoid crowds in front of the help desks.
                A special free number will be also communicated to the participants through which they will be able to get information or help 24/7 during the Olympiad. In all hotels, the participants will benefit from a free Wi-Fi service. The meals will be served as a buffet. The participants are requested to advise the organizers if they have particular dietary requirements.
                During the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, the member countries of Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Palau, Solomon Islands and Guam) have a meeting with the new President Paul Spiller of New Zealand. One of the requests of Palau’s Roberto Hernandez is to have a Grandmaster (GM) coach/trainer for Palau team to 2016 Olympiad. PNG had a GM coach/trainer/team captain in the 2012 Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey but they paid him $1,000 euros and shoulder his airfare (Bulgaria-Istanbul). A GM coach/trainer was offered to Palau for 2012 but they cannot afford it. A Swedish GM offered free coaching/training for Palau team to 2014 WCO in Norway but it was declined by Palau Chess Federation Board Members.
                A Candidate Master (CM) friend of Roberto Is offering to be the coach/trainer/team captain of Palau Chess Team to Azerbaijan with him shouldering his own airfare. He’s a veteran of 3 Olympiads (2002 Bled, Slovenia; 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia and 2014 Tromso, Norway). If he will be hired, Roberto will take care of his pocket money. Hiring him will lessen the load of Dennis Gonzales as player/team captain and his strategy to the game might produce 3 or 4 titled players for Palau.

                Solution to last week’s puzzle No. 4370: 1. … Qxh2+!! 2. Kxh2 Nf3++ 3. Kg3 f4 mate.

                This week’s puzzle No. 4371: Black to move and mates in 3 (Solution next issue)

Sources: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
                   Tia Belau Newspaper
                   Pages 11-13
                   Volume 25
                   Issue 35
                   May 09, 2016

                   Chess and Music (Perfect Combination)
                   The Beginning of Chess in Palau
                   By Roberto Hernandez
                   To be published as a book in the future

                  Music and Me by Roberto Hernandez
                  Tia Belau Newspaper
                  March 15, 2012 -- April 2013
                  April 2013 -- May 09, 2016

                  The History of Chess in Palau 
                  By Roberto Hernandez
                  June 09, 2002 --May 09, 2016   

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