OLYMPIAD

Participation in the Chess Olympiad should be one of the highest aspirations of all chess players, since this allows the player to represent their country on the world stage. To encourage participation and to ensure that the best players are selected to form the Olympiad teams, a rigorous, fair and transparent process is being implemented.

 

Guyana has participated in the last three Olympiads. Here is the performance of the Open team

2014

Placed 160th out of 173 countries

2014

2016

Placed 164th out of 171 countries

2016

2018

Placed 138th out of 185 countries

2018

FIDE Rating for Caribbean Region

Country

Players on FIDE rating List

Population Size

Players per

100,00 population

Players rated

2000 and above

Barbados

142

300,000

4.73

21

Surinam

148

600,000

2.47

12

T&T

216

1,400,000

1.54

25

Jamaica

246

3,000,000

0.82

30

Guyana

35

800,000

0.44

0

TOTAL

787

6,100,000

1.29

88

 

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The Grand Prix System

The Grand Prix system being implemented is meant to ensure that the process of the team selection is publicized and marketed to the chess community and the public well in advance of the Olympiad. However, given the relatively short time before the next Olympiad in August 2020, the period of notification and education efforts to the local chess community is less than what would be desired in ideal circumstances. 

To help to overcome this deficiency the GCF will undertake an aggressive campaign to educate and market the system, in addition for the first four (4) preliminary tournaments, only the best three performances by players will be counted. This will reduce the disadvantage that some players would have otherwise faced if they miss participating in the first Grand Prix tournament.

The Qualification Process

To qualify for selection on the respective teams (Open or Women), regular and consistent participation by those hopeful of making the team will be required. Consistent performers will be rewarded since the aggregate of the players’ performances over the two (2) year cycle will be used. During this shortened period before the 2020 Olympiad (only ten clear months remain), Olympiad Grand Prix points will be awarded based on players’ performances in six (6) tournaments

The tournaments will consist of one (1) set of four (4) ‘preliminary’ tournaments, the 2020 National Qualification tournament and the 2020 National Championships.

Two of the Preliminary tournaments will be played on the weekends and two will be played on weekdays only.

This is to allow for players who may not be able to play on weekends as well as those players who find weekend games more convenient.

For the Preliminary tournaments, players will be credited for their three best performances only. If a player participates in all four tournaments only their three best performances will count.

 

For example if a player plays in all four tournaments and place 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 1st respectively, their performance in the third preliminary tournament where they placed 5th will not count. They will receive Grand prix points for their performance in the 1st, 2nd and 4th tournaments only.

Those qualifying for selection to the teams will be the five (5) players with the highest Gran Prix points accumulated at the end of the 2020 National Championships.

The Defending Champions (Open and Women) will automatically be awarded an additional 30 points since they are not required to participate in the National Qualifiers,

For the Preliminary tournaments, players will be credited for their three best performances only. For clarity if a player participates in all four tournaments only their three best performances will count.

The Grand Prix Points System

 

 

Preliminary Tournaments

National

Qualifiers

2020

National

Championship 2020

GP 1

GP 2

GP 3

GP 4

Fide Rated

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

# of rounds

8

8

8

8

9

9

Time Control

90 min +

30secs per move

90 min +

30secs per move

90 min +

30secs per move

90 min +

30secs per move

90 min +

30secs per move

90 min +

30secs per move

PLACE ACHIEVED

 

POINTS AWARDED

 

 

1st

22

22

22

22

30

40

2nd

17

17

17

17

23

30

3rd

13

13

13

13

18

22

4th

10

10

10

10

15

18

5th

7

7

7

7

12

15

6th

5

5

5

5

9

12

7th

4

4

4

4

7

10

8th

3

3

3

3

5

8

9th

2

2

2

2

4

7

10th

1

1

1

1

2

5

 

84

84

84

84

125

167