There's been plenty of hooplah surrounding the 2018 Chess Olympiad in Georgia. Fortunately, Fool's Mate Magazine is keeping a close eye on the action. In our first Batumi Exclusive, we give you a glimpse of the extravagant opening ceremony. We were particularly inspired by an epic performance of the Batumi National Anthem :


With an opening ceremony like that, its impossible to deny that this year's Olypiad will be an exciting and emotional event. Now if you will indulge us, we will take a brief look at some of the many interesting teams that will be vying for Olympiad glory:

Azerbaijan : "Scary Azeri's"

Led by World #3 Shak Mamedyarov, these Azeris are 'as scary' as a heart attack.

(..and in case you missed it, here's an exclusive Fool's Mate interview with one of Shak's many dismayed former opponents:)

Armenia : "Ar -Mania"

Led by top 10 Super GM Lev Aronian, this powerful team has whipped fans into a frenzy known as Ar - Mania.

Canada : "Brahs Before Draws"

Will Canada's agressive team strategy of 'Brahs before Draws' payoff? .

China : "Art of War"

This team is so strong, the only way to make it stronger would be to make Sun Tzu the coach.

Germany : "Kraut Out"

Jan Gustafsson's defection to team Netherlands is a major coup for Germany

Netherlands : "Starting Five"

Gustafsson's NBA style coaching could give the Netherlands a decisive emotional edge.

United States : "Four Horsemen"

Vietnam : "For the Nguyen"

By acquiring two Nguyens before the Olympiad has even started, Vietnam has the potential to end the event with more 'wins' than a Vietnamese phone book.


Now that the Olympiad has come to a close, we wrap things up with another episode of "Dishonorable Mentions", hosted by the most colorful color commentator in all of chess, Deep Red. Enjoy: