The Reading / Listening - Chess - Level 1

The gold medal for the 44th Chess Olympiad went to India and Russia. The Olympiad happens every two years. This year was online for the first time because of coronavirus. Some games in the final came to an end when two Indian players lost their Internet connection. Officials said they had to award the gold medal to the two countries because it was fair. The Indian players lost time when their Internet connection failed.



This year's competition had teams from over 160 countries. The final was the second time teams had problems. A player from Armenia was disconnected during a match. Officials rejected his appeal so Armenia went home in protest. Officials said there were "unprecedented circumstances" in the final. They said a, "global Internet outage severely affected" two of the Indian players in the final. They added that the lost connection happened, "when the outcome of the match was still unclear".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Chess - Level 0 Chess - Level 2   or  Chess - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53965748
  • https://news.sky.com/story/chess-olympiad-ends-with-joint-winners-after-Internet-outage-12059942
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8679543/India-Russia-gold-medals-chess-championship.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Olympiad happens
  2. This year was
  3. because of
  4. came to
  5. players lost their Internet
  6. award the
  7. The Indian players lost
  8. their Internet connection
  1. coronavirus
  2. failed
  3. online
  4. gold medal
  5. time
  6. connection
  7. every two years
  8. an end

Paragraph 2

  1. The final was
  2. Officials rejected
  3. went home in
  4. unprecedented
  5. a global Internet
  6. two of the Indian players
  7. the lost
  8. the outcome of the match
  1. in the final
  2. circumstances
  3. was still unclear
  4. his appeal
  5. connection
  6. the second time
  7. outage
  8. protest

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ the 44th Chess Olympiad went to India and Russia. The Olympiad happens                                    (2) ___________________. This year was online for the first time because of coronavirus. Some games (3) ___________________ came to (4) ___________________ two Indian players lost their Internet connection. Officials said they (5) ___________________ the gold medal to the two countries because it was fair. The Indian players (6) ___________________ their Internet connection failed.

This year's competition had (7) ___________________ 160 countries. The final (8) ___________________ time teams had problems. A player from Armenia was disconnected during a match. Officials (9) ___________________ so Armenia went home in protest. Officials said there were "unprecedented circumstances" in the final. They said a, "global Internet outage (10) ___________________ of the Indian players in the final. They added that (11) ___________________ happened, "when the outcome of the match (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thegoldmedalforthe44thChessOlympiadwenttoIndiaandRussia.The
Olympiadhappenseverytwoyears.Thisyearwasonlineforthefirsttime
becauseofcoronavirus.Somegamesinthefinalcametoanendwhentwo
IndianplayerslosttheirInternetconnection.Officialssaidtheyhadtoaw
ardthegoldmedaltothetwocountriesbecauseitwasfair.TheIndianplay
erslosttimewhentheirInternetconnectionfailed.Thisyear'scompetiti
onhadteamsfromover160countries.Thefinalwasthesecondtimetea
mshadproblems.AplayerfromArmeniawasdisconnectedduringamat
ch.OfficialsrejectedhisappealsoArmeniawenthomeinprotest.Official
ssaidtherewere"unprecedentedcircumstances"inthefinal.Theysaida
,"globalInternetoutageseverelyaffected"twooftheIndianplayersinth
efinal.Theyaddedthatthelostconnectionhappened,"whentheoutcom
eofthematchwasstillunclear".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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