The team of Armenia is getting ready for the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. “All the members actively participate in the team practice sessions, with trainings held twice a day,” the coach Petrosian told Panarmenian.net, adding that all the players showed good results in international tournaments this year.
Petrosian added, “We will do the utmost to have successful performance. The event will bring together a number of strong teams, with Russia, the U.S., Azerbaijan, Ukraine, France, Israel among them,” he said.
Armenia won their first medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila 1992, where they finished after Uzbekistan and Russia. They failed to score a top 3 position during their home Chess Olympiad in Yerevan in 1996, but got two more bronze medals from the Chess Olympiad in Bled 2002 and the Chess Olympiad in Calvia 2004.
The 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin and the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden were dominated by Armenia, where they got 2 gold medals.
With 2 golds and 3 bronze medals Armenia is on 6th position in the all time Olympiad medal winners table.