The 40th Chess Olympiad takes place in Istanbul, Turkey 27th August (Opening 28th R1) to 9th September 2012. Play starts 15:00 local time, 13:00 BST. Elo favourites Russia haven’t won the title since 2002, defending champions Ukraine and Armenia are all close to full strength. World number 1 Magnus Carlsen will not be playing and rather shockingly the 2014 hosts Norway can’t find the money to field an any way representative team. England with Adams, Jones and Short are about as strong as could be expected given that McShane is only a part time player. http://fantasychessteam.com/ is a prediction competition and Yorkshire Chess have a handy Olympiad Preview

Source: The Week in Chess