It's 4AM and I'm up in the my hotel room watching the live broadcast from the Olympiad. But that's if I can get the official site up in my browser at all! Did I say that these organisers are in the third world or what?
Right now I've got the live games page up and running but who knows for how long? Before it keels over, I should say that Australia has already had a first round result courtesy of men's board one, GM Smerdon. His Bahraini opposition was totally out of his depth and the Aussie finished with a neat tactic.
Smerdon, by the way, is on the ground and also blogging from all that action. Make sure to drop in on him over at www.davidsmerdon.com.
And man oh man, how about Vietnamese super GM Quang Le? He just lost his first round game to unknown Kheto Phemelo of Botswana. That's right: Botswana! Here are the moves courtesy of ChessDom.com.
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. b3 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. Bb2 Bf5 6. c3 e6 7. Be2 cxd4 8. exd4 Bd6 9. O-O Ne4 10. Nbd2 Qf6 11. c4 Qh6 12. cxd5 Nxd2 13. Qxd2 Bxh2+ 14. Nxh2 Qxd2 15. dxc6 Qxe2 16. cxb7 Rb8 17. Ba3 Qa6 18. Bc5 f6 19. Rfe1 Kf7 20. a4 Qxb7 21. b4 h5 22. a5 a6 23. Re3 h4 24. Nf3 h3 25. g3 h2+ 26. Nxh2 Rxh2 27. Kxh2 Rh8+ 0-1