37th Chess Olympiad

Hi Readers,

Sorry for the delay in posting. Things have been hectic after the British as I had sent my passport (as well as Gawain’s) of to the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) to apply for my spousal visa, luckily I’ve gotten confirmation that Gawain’s passport has been dispatched today and so will be with us in the next day or so. Unfortunately for me, my application is still being looked at and I had to pull out of the New Zealand’s Women’s team. This will be the first Olympiad I have missed since 2002 (Bled) and I’m very sad not to be representing New Zealand. I hope that I’ll be able to sort out my biometrics and fly out to the tournament at a later date but I’m doubtful that will happen.

The UKBA have not been very helpful and even spelt my name wrong on the biometrics letter which I need to do for them to proceed with my application. Due to this mistake, my application is further delay as they need to post me another letter.

I’m very sorry to let down my team and wish them all the luck and I’d also like to thank our reserve WIM Marany Meyer for being able to confirm at such short notice. Things are also left on a sour note for myself as this would’ve been my last Olympiad playing for New Zealand as I’m switching to my husband’s federation, England.

I’ll be updating the website in the UK but hope to be able to hit the ground as soon as I get my lovely passport!


Here I am with my team at the Dresden Olympiad 🙂


4 Responses to “37th Chess Olympiad”

  1. Peter
    August 23, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Hello Both,

    That’s sad Sue.

    I love chess not because I’m any good at it I’m about average. I love chess because I see it as a means to an end rather than an end in itself.

    The human component of our planet is a ‘Tower of Babel’. All the genetic evidence we have tells us we are all very closely related, ‘All men are cousins, not brothers’. The colossal amount of resources our species wastes on armaments, is a crime in terms of the number of us who have insufficient food and a lack of clean sanitation and water.

    The biggest cause of human suffering, is the emotion of ingroup and outgroup this is a primal emotion. Them and us feelings, seemingly enable us to mistreat our cousins.

    The wonder of chess is, it is a great leveler and a universal language, that is far easier to learn than conventional language. What the human race needs is, the concept of global citizenship mandated by a democratically elected UN with real teeth to protect the environment and human rights.

    The beautiful thing about the Olympics is it promotes universal humanity and reminds us how alike we all are, but the normal Olympics does not really promote our intellectual abilities in terms of nerve, concentration, memory and all the ingredients that are required by a good chess player. The other big thing going for chess is, it needs hardly any expense, you can make a chess set and board out of virtually anything. This means poor people have a way out of their poverty, if they take the chess route. I find it exciting that this is starting to happen in Africa. This story I found very heartening http://susanpolgar.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/lifeline-of-14-year-old-prodigy.html

    Good luck to you both



    • Sue
      August 29, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Dear Peter,
      I have no news yet about my passport, so I guess I have bad news. I’m hoping I’ll receive more information today and fingers crossed. If so, I hope to be out there later this week, snapping pictures and updating the website from a “spectator” perspective which is very strange for me, as I’ve just played previously! 🙂


  2. Bagger Vance
    August 28, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Interesting comments Peter, I’ll bet you’re a barrel of laughs at dinner parties 🙂

    Good luck at the Olympiad Gawain. Hope you win every game in style.

    Go for it dude, hammer them!



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