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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Is chess getting closer to being in the Olympics?

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Hi everyone, 

The London Organizing Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games has invited Grandmaster Le Quang Liem to run about 300 meters in the 70-day torch procession that will visit more than 1,000 cities and towns in the UK prior to the official opening ceremony on July 27 in London.

Liem, who will join 100 other outstanding individuals in the torch relay. On January 22, Liem will fly to the UK to compete in the Gibraltar Chess Festival, which takes place from January 23 to February 2. The young grandmaster, ranked 29th in the world on the Fide rating list, has a packed chess schedule for the year. He would be going to Russia for the Aeroflot Open 2012, from February 6 to 18, the Asian Championships in May, and the world team chess championship in August.

Chess players would certainly like to see the sport included in the Olympics at some time in the future. You can read the full post here about how Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk feels that chess should be part of the bigger Olympic movement:

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