News & Reports Aug 16, 2014 | 4:52 PMby Colin McGourty

Closing chats

We conducted some brief interviews with players, captains and journalists on the final day of the 2014 Olympiad, asking for impressions of the event. Those questioned included Bermudan team captain Nick de Firmian, who wasn’t a fan of Norwegian alcohol prices, and Australia’s Cathy Rogers, who enjoyed the event apart from the FIDE elections.

by Sylvia Johnsen, Women’s FIDE Master and COT 2014 Volunteer

Aseel Faqeeh, Palestine women’s team, board 3

Aseel Faqeeh, Palestine | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

How was the Olympiad?

Very nice and hard. The competition is strong. The organization was good.

Any complaints?

I love Tromsø. Everything was good.

How did your team do?

We are still playing, but we will lose. (they actually defeated Namibia 2.5:1.5)


GM Nick de Firmian, Bermuda team captain

How was the Olympiad?

It was great! A fantastic Olympiad. All we Bermudans had a terrific time.

No complaints?

No… or, well - of course we Bermudans dislike the price of alcohol in Tromsø, but all things considered this was a great Olympiad. Thanks to the organizers.

How did your team do?

We did as expected.


Ilze Berzina, Latvian women's team, board 3

How was the Olympiad?

I played 3rd board and scored 50% and I am not satisfied, but the organization was okay.

Any complaints?

Sometimes in the playing hall it was cold. The temperature varies and over there in the corner we experienced that it was unpleasantly cold.

How did your team do?

We are playing the Iranian women who did well at the beginning of the event. This is an important match for us. It's too early to say. (the match finished 2.5:1.5 to Iran)


Cathy Rogers, Australian journalist and photographer

Cathy's husband Ian was the captain of the Australian women's team in Tromsø | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

How was the Olympiad?

Except for the election it was great. Fantastic. Organizers were efficient and friendly. Staff at the information desk in Radisson Blue were always helpful. It was sad for the arbiters they had to stay far away, but other than that I think this was a good Olympiad.

Any complaints?

No. We were a bit wary because of some of the fuss before the event, but I sat next to the Norwegian player GM Jon Ludvig Hammer on the plane here and he said it would be like this. Good and efficient. He was right.

How did your team do?

I don't play, but of course I root for Australia.

Our 5th board is only 13 years old and he made his third IM norm in the Politiken Cup in Denmark before we came here. All he needed was the rating, and he got it here. This is very positive for Australia.

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