Istanbul was not prepared for this event, but being such a large city with such vast resources available at such low prices, they were able to fix everything after just a few days.
However, a serious problem arose during the last two days regarding the press room. On November 11, which was a free day for the players but a meeting day for the General Assembly, they closed the press room at 4:00 PM which was the same time that the meeting finished. Therefore, I and the other journalists present could not transmit our reports on the meetings.
This caused outrage on the part of Leontxo Garcia, a journalist from the Spanish newspaper El Pais, and Arvind Aaron of the Hindu Times, both of whom had not finished their reports for their respective newspapers.
The organizers failed to understand that the most important report of the Olympiad is the last report where the final results are provided.
As a result, I was unable to finish and put out my reports on the last two days of play and the last three days of meetings. I typed this in an Internet cafe in Istanbul.
Please bear with me. I will do these reports when I can finally get a good location.
The only thing I was able to get done on the final two days is I added a few photos to my beauty contest of FIDE girls, which I realize that nobody will be interested in.
The press room people were not able to get a list of prize winners, so here is my list based upon my handwritten notes.
Board One - Men
Utut Adiano - Indonesia - Gold Medal
Amon Simutowe - Zambia - Silver Medal
Rustam Kasimdzhanov - Uzbekistan - Bronze Medal
Board two men
Ruslan Ponomariov - Ukraine - Gold Medal
Kevin Spraggett - Canada - Silver Medal
Alexander Morozevic - Russia - Bronze Medal
Board Three men
Dragoljub Jacimovic - Macedonia - Gold Medal
Oswaldo Zambrana - Bolivia - Silver Medal
Rustem Dautov - Germany - Bronze Medal
Board Four men
Ashot Anastasian - Armenia - Gold Medal
Marcel Mannhart - Leichtenstein - Silver Medal
Bartosz Socko - Poland - Bronze Medal
First Reserve Men
Taleb Moussa - United Arab Emirates - Gold Medal
Hameed Kadhi - Yemen - Silver Medal
Zulzaga Byambaa - Mongolia - Bronze Medal
Second Reserve Men
Alexei Barsov - Uzbekistan - Gold Medal
Dawit Wondimu - Ethiopia - Silver Medal
Alexander Grischuk - Russia - Bronze Medal
Board One Women
Viktorija Cmilyte - Lithuania - Gold Medal
Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi - India - Silver
Medal Xie Jun - China - Bronze Medal
Board Two Women
Zhu Chen - China - Gold Medal
Eman Al-Rufei - Iraq - Silver Medal
Nana Ioseliani - Georgia - Bronze Medal
Board Three Women
Nino Khurtsidze - Georgia - Gold Medal
Wang Lei - China - Silver Medal
Rocio Vasquez Ramirez - Ecuador - Bronze medal
Zahira El Ghaby - Morocco - Gold Medal
Laura Moylan - Australia - Silver Medal
Zaynab Mammadyarove - Azrebaijan - Bronze Medal
Best performance rating men Alexander Morozevich - Russia
Best performance rating women Zhu Chen - China
Missing from this list was the player who had the best result of the entire event: Judit Polgar who scored 10 points from 13 games against an all-grandmaster field.
Leontxo Garcia of Spain had calculated that Polgar had won the silver medal for board three, but apparently she was beaten out by players who scored 7 out of 9 against a much weaker field.
I believe that only nine games is enough to be eligible for a board prize on boards one through four, which is awarded on the basis of percentage score, not the total number of points. Seven games are required to be eligible for a prize for reserve player.
Also, Polgar was counted as a man for purposes of this event so she could not win the prize for best performance rating among women and she was beaten by a fraction of a point by Alexander Morozevich for the best performance rating among the men.
John Donaldson reports:
Alexander Morozevich, who played board two for Russia, turned in the best result of the event with a performance rating of 2804 by virtue of his 7.5/10 score versus an average rating of 2611. Right behind him were Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria (PR 2797), 17-year-old Ruslan Ponomariov (PR 2785) of Ukraine, the German duo of Artur Yusupov (PR 2782) and Rustem Dautov (PR 2776) and Judit Polgar of Hungary (2772). Polgar's result was particularly impressive as she scored 10 points from 13 games. The Olympiad goes 14 rounds and it is very rare to have a player on a contending team participate in more than 10 rounds. She was truly the Ironwoman of the event!
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