3rd Telechess Olympiad: 1989/1990

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Basic data

3rd Telechess Olympiad
(see all-time tournament summary)
Dates: July 1989 - Septeember 1990
City: played by telex and the phone
Managed by: ICCF
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 10
Players participating: approx. 70 (incl. 10 GMs, 17 IMs, 14 FMs, 4 WIMs and 1 WFM)
Games played: 56
Competition format: Eight board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Board count; 2. Elimination rule (how it works?)
Time control: 50 moves in 2 hours, then 25 moves in 1 hour
Websites: Report by GM Ian Rogers,
discussion on chesschat.org forum
Downloadable game file: 90telex.zip

Tournament review

There were 10 teams registered for 3rd Telechess Olympiad of which just 8 showed up. While East Germany beat Austria in the semifinal the other semifinal was subject to controversy. The Soviet Union vs Australia saw three games adjourned whole the Soviets led 4½ to ½ effectively making adjudication assessment meaningless. The USSR claimed 6-2 victory but Australia filed written complaint to ICCF claiming sever rule violation: the Soviet took illegal one hour break meanwhile and on some boards USSR captain awarded more time to the players than the rules allowed (!). Also, the player's order was not correct.

The following day the Soviet Union (who could be certain of their victory v Australia regardless of adjudication verdict) lost the final match v East Germany on tie-break. However, Australia's protest was examined positively following months by ICCS authorities and the match result was set as 8-0 in favour of Australia. The final Australia-GDR was never played or even scheduled. The Berlin Wall fell and East Germany ceased to exist on October 3rd, 1990 on a reunification day. Although East German Chess Federation did actually continue their activity for a couple of months (e.g. there were two German teams parrticipating at the Novi Sad Olympiad in November 1990) they obviously saw their victory - even if annulled - over USSR as a great finish of DDR-era and were simply not interested in rescheduling the final anymore. In early 1991 the massive Telechess Olympiad trophy was granted to the Australians.

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