The team arrives in good spirit (but hungry after hours of travel 🙂
The Trinidad & Tobago Olympiad teams arrived in Tromso just after 3pm on Emancipation day (Trinidad time). The players were very happy and are really gelling as a team. IM Merijn Van Delft (coach for the men’s team) and IM Stefan Kuipers (coach of the women’s team) were very excited and believed that after weeks of working with teams “the best is yet to come”. Yesterday after the entire delegation had dinner together the coaches met with their respective teams to discuss plans and clarify the goals and objectives of the Olympiad campaign.
Today the women’s team play Lithuania while the men’s team play the all-Grandmaster team, Brazil.
Of course there is no real value in going to the Olympiad and never getting to play super strong players (whatever the result); we simply need to play better players in order to improve. However I am personally looking out for upsets starting today.
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