The Reading / Listening - Chess - Level 2

The gold medal for the 44th Chess Olympiad went to India and Russia. This happened because of an Internet glitch. The Olympiad happens every two years to find the best chess-playing nation in the world. This year it was online for the first time because of coronavirus. Some games in the final came to an end after two Indian players lost their Internet connection. Officials at the tournament 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 Chess Olympiad had teams from over 160 countries take part. The final was the second time teams had technical problems. A player from Armenia was disconnected during a quarter-final match. Officials rejected his appeal for more time so Armenia withdrew from the competition 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".

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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. because of an Internet
  2. The Olympiad happens
  3. the best chess-
  4. This year it was online
  5. because of
  6. Some games in the final
  7. they had to award
  8. The Indian players
  1. came to an end
  2. lost time
  3. for the first time
  4. the gold medal
  5. glitch
  6. every two years
  7. playing nation
  8. coronavirus

Paragraph 2

  1. teams from over 160 countries
  2. during a quarter-
  3. Officials rejected his appeal
  4. unprecedented
  5. a, global Internet
  6. the Indian players
  7. the lost
  8. the outcome of the match
  1. outage
  2. connection
  3. take part
  4. was still unclear
  5. final match
  6. circumstances
  7. in the final
  8. for more time

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The gold medal for the 44th Chess Olympiad (1) ___________________ and Russia. This happened because of an Internet glitch. The Olympiad (2) ___________________ years to find the best chess-(3) ___________________ the world. This year it was online for the first time because of coronavirus. Some games in the final came (4) ___________________ after two Indian players lost their Internet connection. Officials at the tournament 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 Chess Olympiad (7) ___________________ over 160 countries take part. The final was the second time teams (8) ___________________. A player from Armenia was disconnected during a quarter-final match. Officials (9) ___________________ for more time so Armenia withdrew from the (10) ___________________. Officials said there were "unprecedented circumstances" in the final. They said a, "global Internet (11) ___________________" two of the Indian players in the final. They added that the lost connection happened, "when the outcome of the match (12) ___________________ ".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thegoldmedalforthe44thChessOlympiadwenttoIndiaandRussia.Thi
shappenedbecauseofanInternetglitch.TheOlympiadhappensevery
twoyearstofindthebestchess-playingnationintheworld.Thisyearitwa
sonlineforthefirsttimebecauseofcoronavirus.Somegamesinthefinalc
ametoanendaftertwoIndianplayerslosttheirInternetconnection.Offi
cialsatthetournamentsaidtheyhadtoawardthegoldmedaltothetwoco
untriesbecauseitwasfair.TheIndianplayerslosttimewhentheirIntern
etconnectionfailed.Thisyear'sChessOlympiadhadteamsfromover16
0countriestakepart.Thefinalwasthesecondtimeteamshadtechnicalp
roblems.AplayerfromArmeniawasdisconnectedduringaquarter-fi
nalmatch.OfficialsrejectedhisappealformoretimesoArmeniawithdre
wfromthecompetitioninprotest.Officialssaidtherewere"unprecedent
edcircumstances"inthefinal.Theysaida,"globalInternetoutagesever
elyaffected"twooftheIndianplayersinthefinal.Theyaddedthatthelost
connectionhappened,"whentheoutcomeofthematchwasstillunclear"
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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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Free writing

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Answers

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