I am glad that Khanty-Mansiysk hosts the Olympiad again
Only four cities in the world have been awarded such an honour in the entire history of the Olympiad. “At the Olympiad 2010 I played for Russian team for the first time. I still remember that tournament with great warmth; it is justifiably called one of the best ones in terms of the organization quality. I am very glad that Khanty-Mansiysk hosts the largest tournament of chess calendar again after ten years,” the international grandmaster says.
“As for the upcoming World Chess Olympiad,” the sportswoman continued, “certainly, any chess player is happy and proud to play for their country at the competitions of such level and much work is being done to play successfully for the team. The host country usually has three teams. Therefore, it is highly likely that I will take part in the Olympiad 2020.”
According to Olga Girya, there are many high-level chess players in Russia who are worthy of playing for the team, but the decision on athlete's participation is made by the coaches according to the current rating, the results of recent games of the player and their specific form for the team tournament.
«It is not enough to have talent or play a thousand chess games to become the best in the field; you must work every day between tournaments»
“It is not enough to have talent or play a thousand chess games to become the best in the field; you must work every day between tournaments. Participation in the Olympiad is very exciting and demanding; usually the tension grows by the end of the tournament, when the price of a mistake becomes exorbitant. Then adrenaline "boils" in the blood. Actually, everyone plays chess for the sake of such moments,” the international grandmaster said, adding that the main opponents of Russian national team are traditionally the teams from China, Georgia and Ukraine and about ten other countries with a strong composition of players.
About 190 countries will take part in the Olympiad 2020 – the largest tournament in terms of the scale and intensity of emotions is expected. The best players of the planet will determine the strongest on the 64 cells of a chessboard. District centre prepares to host more than 3,000 participants, officials and guests. Thousands of people around the world will follow intellectual battles of the best chess players in the world.
Olga Girya was born in the city of Langepas of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District. She is an international grandmaster. She is also the winner of the Russian Cup in 2014, the silver (2015) and bronze (2013) winner of the world championships as a member of the national team, silver winner of the European Team Championship 2013, the champion of Europe in the team in 2017, world champion in the team in 2017 in Khanty-Mansiysk, the champion of the Olympiad 2014, the silver medalist of the Championship of Russia 2018.