The Chess Olympiad has a storied history, dating back to 1927, when it was first held in London, England. Since that time, it has grown to become a biennial event held under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE
). In 2010, the 39th Chess Olympiad saw 149 teams from 141 countries converge in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia to do battle over the sixty-four squares. Canada was there and made itself known with Mark Bluvshtein's defeat of then-World #2 Veselin Topalov, which was reminiscient of Pascal Charbonneau's victory over then-World #2 Vishy Anand at the same event in 2006. Do not discount the "impossible" at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey this fall. It is through your generous support that Canada's success on the world stage continues. On behalf of the players, thank you for investing in our country's promising future.