Fantasy Chess Olympiad… it’s finally here!

News Release

Yorkshire Chess today announces the launch of the Fantasy Chess Olympiad 201which gives chess fans around the world the chance to pick their dream team for the forth coming Olympiad in Tromsø.

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The Fantasy Chess Olympiad (FCO)was first conceived in 2012 when an inaugural edition took place during the Istanbul Olympiad. Players have to select a team of ten Tromsø participants and score points based on their performance. Entrants also score points for the accuracy of predictions they will make about results in Tromsø. FCO 2014 is free to play. However, participants may make a donation to a chess development fund. Building on the 2012 competition, the organisers’ ambition is to transform FCO into a fundraising project. Dave Shapland from Yorkshire Chess explains:

“Our main aim is to provide chess fans with a fun and exciting way of getting involved with the action in Tromsø. “We want FCO to play a part in bringing together the global chess community to celebrate the game we love playing and watching. That’s why, instead of charging an entry fee for FCO 2014, we’re asking players to help us support chess development and education projects by making a donation to the FCO fund.”

The UK based charity, Chess in Schools and Communities, is the first project to partner the FCO. They have agreed to manage the fund on behalf of Yorkshire Chess.

An online entry form is available for players to submit their teams. There is also a “Hints and Tips” page, including links to a number of useful websites, to help players select their teams. The website will be posting daily league table updates during the course of the Olympiad. The closing date for entries is 12.00 (GMT) on Saturday the 2nd of August.
A number of partners have already committed to donate prizes for the various competitions. Further details about prizes and competition formats will be given on the website and via twitter (#FCO2014) in the run up to and during the course of the Olympiad.
Get involved
There’s always room for more companies and organisations to get involved in FCO. Any organisation that would like to contribute prizes, make a cash donation to the chess development fund, or be considered to become a beneficiary of the fund should contact the organisers as soon as possible.
Press Enquiries
Dave Shapland
Tel: 0044 7734 937 241
Twitter: @Fantasy_Chess #FCO2014


2 Responses to “Fantasy Chess Olympiad… it’s finally here!”

  1. Petter

    Aug 02. 2014

    Is it possible to get an overview of your FCO Team without having to check the results player for player? A setup where one could log in with the registered email adress and see the team and how many points each player has scored for you would be nice. :)

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    • Matt

      Aug 04. 2014

      You should be able to view the overview of the teams by selecting the search icon next to each team: View Results

      Let me know if you have any issues.

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