Olympiad 2014: Tromso, Norway: 1-15 August


Expressions of interest, together with details of previous experience and/or other qualifications, are invited for one or other of the two posts – by 22 April to Howard Williams – Chairmanselectors@welshchessunion.org.uk.


  1. The event is an eleven-round Swiss held at a rate of one round per day over four boards (though, like other teams, we will endeavour to send squads of five plus a non-playing captain). Unlike the European Team Championships there will be plenty of teams weaker than Wales taking part and we do not expect to be outclassed in many matches.
  2. The event website is: https://chess24.com/en/olympiad2014/olympiad-news
  3. The organisers will be supplying full board gratis for each team and its captain in 2 single and 2 double rooms. The WCU team captains will each be entitled to one of these single rooms.     
  4. The WCU will pay the team’s entry fee to FIDE but each participant (including the captain) will have to find the cost of transport to and from Tromso (which is in northern Norway, north of the Arctic Circle).  The WCU will meet any ‘registration’ payment required by the organisers from each member of the party.  Above transport costs participation should not cost a great deal though the WCU is not in a position to offer captains a fee.
  5. The Selection Committee will meet at the end of April to choose the team, the captain and the reserves to be approached in order if members of the team turn out not to be able to accept their invitation.



  1. Input (via the Chairman of Selectors) on team board order (which is finalised for all teams on arrival in Tromso).
  2. Dealing with team administration from the point when the party is finalised to their return from Tromso. This includes the duties and responsibilites set out in 6.3.9 of the FIDE Olympiad Regulations.  Captains will also be expected to help as required with preparation for each game (for example by researching the openings played by likely opponents).


Manager’s Objectives

To ensure

    1. that the team does as well as possible in relation to its seeding;
    2. that individual players do as well as possible in relation to their expected score (based on ratings);
    3. that they learn as much as possible from the experience.