The Chess Olympiad has sparked “chess fever” in Tromsø
– and several of those we spoke with think that the game of chess has become
trendier as a result of the Chess Olympiad!
We asked a group of local Tromsø residents the
following three questions:
your perception of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø?
- Are you
following the tournament?
- Has the
Olympiad contributed to you becoming more interested in chess?
Lisbet Myrvold (28), milieu therapist
- I think the Chess Olympiad is awesome! You notice that
there are many visitors in the city and it’s cool with the Olympiad art that is
- Yes, I've actually seen several broadcasts on NRK –
and it’s surprisingly exciting! I have become more interested in chess as a result
of the Olympiad in Tromsø.
- I’m no chess player, but I certainly believe that
chess has become cooler because of the Olympiad.
Yngve Myrmo (48), IT consultant and Gerd Vassbotn
(55), dental assistant
- We have just returned home from holiday and are not
really up to date. But you see that the city has been decorated for the event –
and that’s awesome!
- We haven’t got round to that yet.
- We find chess too difficult to understand, but the
Olympiad will probably make more people keener to try.
Marja Bål Nango (25), producer
- I notice that there are more people in the city than
usual, particularly chess players. You also notice the chess banners and art. I
think it’s fantastic really.
- No, I’m not following that closely, but I hear how
it’s going on the news particularly with respect to the Norwegian teams.
- I’m not going to start playing, but many people think
that chess is cooler because of this – and I think that’s good.
Yngve Ravn Benum (19), upper secondary school pupil
- I’m not particularly interested in chess, so I have
mostly noticed that the Chess Olympiad is in the city because of the banners.
Maybe I would have been more interested in the event if chess had a higher media
- No, I haven’t followed the tournament that closely.
- Personally, I haven’t become more interested in chess,
but I’m sure that’s the case for some people.
Christine Leiksett (30), adviser at Stamina
- I certainly notice that something is happening. One of
my friends is a volunteer so she updates me about what’s going on. And I think
the FIDE presidential election is interesting!
- I’m not following the tournament live but I read some
results in the newspaper. I catch up with how Magnus Carlsen is getting on.
- I haven’t been more
interested in playing, but my daughter is very keen on the chess pieces that
are located around the city. Maybe she is a future chess player?