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Team Events Chess

Team tournaments, like the olympiad, can be extremely interesting for two reasons. First, the players fight with some kind of patriotic zeal as they represent their countries. Second, a team tournament allows them to absorb the pressure collectively. Here the highly individualistic chess master is seen in the role of a team member. National pride becomes an important issue.

But things have been diluted a bit since the break-up of the former Soviet Union. There has been a chessic diaspora with the Soviet players taking permanent residence in many countries. As the Soviet Union was the biggest manufacturing plant of chess masters, a large number of players were found moving out immediately after the collapse of the monolith.

Today quite a few European countries have players from the former Soviet Union on regular boards. The transformation has been so great that some of the players have changed their names as well. For example, Alexander Nenashev, a grandmaster from Uzbekistan, is playing the German first board with a new name! GM Artur Yusupov and GM Dautov are also playing for Germany. Latvian Grandmaster Alexi Shirov is playing for Spain, and GM Tibiakov for Holland. So when Victor Korchnoi sought political asylum in Switzerland in 1976, it was news. But now the exception has become the rule!

As for the American team, Russian players occupy much of the space in it. And the same is true about the Israeli team.

The break-up doesn't however help the other countries finish high in the final list of standings. In 1978, Hungary won the olympiad when the Soviets had the strongest team in the world. England might have done it in Dubai but for an unexpected loss to the Spaniards in a crucial match. The point was that they had to fight against only one team, but now the situation is different. All the components of the former Soviet Union have very strong teams capable of playing for the top honours. So in chess the disintegration of the socialist country has not led to creation of a unipolar world. Rather, there are too many superpowers in it today!

The following game was played by IM Enamul Hossain Rajib, one of our leading players, at the Bled Olympiad.

White-Enamul Hossain
Black-Richard Forster [B90]
Bled, 2002

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 00 10.000 Qc7 11.g4 Rc8 12.g5 Nh5 13.Kb1 Nd7 14.Qf2 b5 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.exd5 Rcb8 17.Bh3 Nb6 18.Na5 Nf4 19.Bxf4 exf4 20.Rhg1 Re8 21.Qd4 g6 22.Rd3 Bf8 23.Qxf4 Bg7 24.Nc6 Re2 25.Rgd1 Nc4 26.Bf1 Rf2 27.Qh4 Qb6 28.Nd4 Bxd4 29.Rxd4 Ne3 30.Qxf2 Nxd1 31.Qd2 Re8 32.c3 Ne3 33.Bd3 a5 34.a3 Qc5 35.Qe2 Re5 36.Re4 b4 37.axb4 axb4 38.cxb4 Qb6 39.Rxe5 dxe5 40.Be4 Kf8 41.Qd3 Ke7 42.d6+ Kd7 43.b5 Qc5 44.Qc3 Nc4 45.Bd3 Qg1+ 46.Ka2 Qa7+ 47.Kb3 Na5+ 48.Kb4 Kxd6 49.Be4 Qb6 50.Qa3 Ke6 51.Qxa5 Qd6+ 52.Kb3 Qd1+ 53.Ka2 1-0

Position after 19.Bxf4


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