Aug 242012
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Some of you may have been wondering where your webmaster has been for the last few weeks. No posts, all quiet on the website. What’s going on?

Well now I can reveal that I’ve been very busy on a new project that I hope many of you will be interested in. Caught up in the grip of Olympic fever I decided to try and do something interesting around the Chess Olympiad which starts in Istanbul on Tuesday. Along with the Yorkshire Chess Association’s web master, Matty Webb, I have launched the Fantasy Chess Olympiad.

You can go and check it out for yourself but the idea is simple. Pick a team of 5 players from the Open Section and another 5 from the Women’s Section. Your players score points every time they appear based on their performance. We are running two competitions one is “Free to Play” the other is “Winner Takes All” where you pay an entry fee of £5 and all fees go towards the prize pot.

If you aren’t quite sure that you can tell the difference between your Kramnik’s and your Kosteniuk’s then don’t worry, we’ve posted useful links and downloads to help you select your team.

Alongside the league table updates that we plan to post daily there will also be some recollections of classic Olympiad encounters from days gone by and an exclusive Olympiad diary from Yorkshire’s own Rupert Jones who will be representing Papua New Guinea at this year’s competition.

I hope that some of you will come along and take part. I’ll try and post some updates on Calderdale participants on these pages during the next couple of weeks and there will also be some updates on the Calderdale League fixture list as we start our new season on the 10th of September.

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