All-time Olympic records (Men’s Olympiad)

* Most Olympic appearances: 20 – Portisch; 19 – Torre, Westerinen; 17 – Hook, Kortschnoj; 16 – Andersson, Bouaziz. Torre (57 years old), Andersson (57, Bouaziz (58), Hook (83) and Kortschnoj (77) are still active players. Eugenio Torre participated in 19 consecutive Olympiads but was not in the team in 2008.

* Biggest gap between first and last appearance at the Olympiads: 48 years – Kortschnoj (1960-2008); 44 years – Portisch (1956-2000) and Westerinen (1962-2006); 42 – Camilleri (1960-2002); 41 – Fairhurst (1933-1974), Najdorf (1935-1976) and Yanofsky (1939-1980); 40 – Dunkelblum (1928-1968), Robatsch (1954-1994), Pustina (1960-2000) and Bouaziz (1966-2006); 39 – Enevoldsen (1933-1972). Ylvi Pustina of Albania was the non-playing captain in 2008 to widen his Olympic gap to 48 years in the player-captain category.

* Most points scored: 176½ – Portisch; 145 – Najdorf; 142½ – Gligorić; 141½ – Torre; 141 – Kortschnoj; 140 – Hook; 133½ – Westerinen. 23 players scored at least 100 points total at the Olympiads. Player to have scored nothing from most games: M. Ioannidis (Cyprus) – 0/24.

* Most games played: 260 – Portisch; 238 – Westerinen; 236 – Torre; 235 – Hook; 223 – Gligorić; 222 – Najdorf; 214 – Gheorghiu; 211 – Kortschnoj; 206 – Unzicker and Bouaziz; 200 – Ståhlberg.

* Most wins: 121 – Portisch; 117 – Hook; 93 – Najdorf, Kortschnoj and Westerinen; 88 – Gligorić; 86 – Torre; 85 – Keres. Craig Skehan of Papua New Guinea played 52 games between 1986 and 2008 without scoring a single game win – fortunately for him he won by forfeit the last round’s game in Dresden to hold +1=10-42 record as for 2008. A.Luga of PNG has scored 7 draws and 23 loses and is the only one to play at least 30 games in the Olympiad and not taste the sweetness of the win.

* Most draws: 125 – Gheorghiu; 119 – Andersson; 111 – Portisch and Torre; 110 – Unzicker; 109 – Gligorić; 104 – Najdorf and Filip. Biggest draw percentage (min. 50 games played): 69.6% (48/69) – Gelfand; 66.7% (64/96) – Sosonko; 64.9% (50/77) – Parma. Most games without scoring a single draw: Z.Asefi (Afghanistan) – 37 (19 wins and 18 loses).

* Least loses: 95 players have no game loss in their record. Players who played most games without conceding any one: 47 – Kramnik; 19 – Ács; 18 – Minić; 16 – Capablanca, Balshan, Engels; 15 – Roiz, Kuzmin. Other impressive records: Petrosian – 1 loss from 129 games; Bronstein – 1/49; Spassky – 2/135; Smyslov – 2/113; Tal – 2/101; Alekhine – 2/72; Karpov – 2/68; Kasparov – 3/82; Sosonko – 4/96, Plfeger 4/80.

* Most loses: 82 loses in 9 appearances – Pickering (British Virgin Islands); 80/8 – Kleopas (Cyprus); 72/13 – Camilleri (Malta); 72/17 – Hook (Virgin Islands); 64/11 – Philippe (Luxembourg); 64/19 – Westerinen (Finland); 61/14 – Stull (Luxembourg); 60/8 – Süer (Turkey).

* The 100% record: Twenty players hold the perfect 100% Olympic record, a.o.: Imed (Tunisia) 4/4; Pogáts (Hungary) and Mir (Pakistan) 3/3.

* Best percentage performance (min. 50 games): 81.2% – Tal; 80.1% – Karpov; 79.8% – Petrosian; 79.7% – Kashdan and Smyslov; 78.7% – Kasparov; 78.5% – Alekhine; 76.9% – Matulović; 75.9% – Keres; 75.7% – Geller; 75.5% – Tarjan and Horowitz; 75.4% – Fischer… (last with >0 score) … 3.1% – Kremer; 2.9% – Jerolim (both Luxembourg).

* Most team medals: 11 – Gligorić (1-6-5); 10 – Petrosian (9-1-0) and Ivkov (0-6-4); 9 – Smyslov (9-0-0) and Matanović (0-5-4); 8 – Kasparov, Tal (8-0-0 both) and Keres (7-0-1).

* Most individual medals: 11 – Kasparov (7-2-2); 8 – Smyslov (4-2-2); 7 – Tal (5-2-0), Keres (5-1-1) and Kortschnoj (4-0-3).

Source: http://www.olimpbase.org/index.html?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.olimpbase.org%2Farticles%2Ftrivia.html

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