"Anthony and I are staying with Rowan and his family in Oslo until we fly up to Tromso on 1 August. This is my fourth visit to Norway, so I've seen a reasonable amount of it. It certainly is expensive!!!
I see we are ranked 75th in the Olympiad out of 150 countries, so as long as everyone turns up we'll be playing the bottom ranked team from Tanzania. However, if just one of the bottom half teams doesn't show, then we'll get Russia instead in Round 1!!!
Assuming that everyone turns up, it looks like the Women will get the 3rd ranked Ukraine team in the first round, so a good challenge for [the NZ women] in Round 1...
The provisional teams can be seen here: http://chess-results.com/
BEST WISHES TO THE NZ TEAMS!