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FIDE organised the first Official Olympiad in 1927 which took place in London.
The Olympiads were occasionally held annually and at irregular intervals until World War II; since 1950 they have been held regularly every two years.
The total number of participants is 1,736, with 937 in the Open and 800 in the Women's event. The number of registered teams is 188 from 186 nations in the Open section and 162 from 160 nations in the Women's section.
Both sections set team participation records. The main venue of the Chess Olympiad is the convention centre at the Four Points by Sheraton, while the opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The Chief Arbiter of the event is France's International Arbiter Laurent Freyd.
You can see this years Logo above and read the introductory information in the following paragraph:
Teams are ranked according to the match points won in every round. In case of same number of match points by two or more teams, the tie-breaker is decided by applying: 1. The Sonneborn-Berger system; 2. Total game points scored; 3. Sum of the match points of the opponents, excluding the lowest one