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A record 1,370 players from 157 countries

World Chess Olympics to kick off in Siberia
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Sep 19, 2010 13:38 Moscow Time
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A record 1,370 players from 157 countries are taking part in the 39th World Chess Olympics opening today the Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiisk.

Russia is represented by two men's and as many women's teams.

The event will also see the election of a new FIDE president to run the federation in the next four years.

Vying for the post are current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov, put forward by the US and French national chess federations.

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