We’re now halfway through the Olympiad, so
we thought we’d find out some of the participants’ impressions of the
tournament and Tromsø so far.
Mini-interviews and photos by Daniel Skog,
COT 2014 volunteer
The questions were as follows:
- What do you think about the Chess Olympiad
- What has made the biggest impression on you
during your stay in Tromsø?
- What are your expectations for the last
week of the Olympiad?
We asked five visitors to Tromsø:
Wendell Meusa (coach of Guyana):
- It’s been a wonderful time so far!
- Norway itself, the beautiful nature and
the nice people we meet here have made the greatest impression.
- I expect the matches will be tougher.
Everyone wants to reach out for the gold medals.
George Kweku Arka-Dadzie (captain, Ghana)
- The rhythm has been found, and I’ve
noticed that there are more teams in the women’s section than there tend to be.
- I’m surprised about how clean Tromsø
is. It’s different from where I come from. I’m not used to daylight around the
- I hope that the last week of the
tournament will be fair and free from political divides.
Harold Wanyama (player, Uganda)
- I think the Chess Olympiad has been
interesting, and that we have been served lots of good food.
- I think the organisation of the
Olympiad is brilliant, and that the city is much different from my home in
- We will try to win our group!
Stephen Ssemmango Kisuze (match arbiter,
- It has been a really great Olympiad so
far, and a good experience to play in Norway.
- My first impression was that it doesn’t
become dark in the evening. 24 hours of daylight is fascinating!
- I expect that the teams will be
stronger, and that they will all go for gold. Of course I hope that the team
from Uganda will win some games.
Patrick Kawuma (player, Uganda)
- I’m very happy with both the organisation
of the Olympiad and my accommodation.
- I like that where we're staying is close to the sea so we have a great view.
- Of course we hope to win in our playing
category. My team also wishes to take a tour around town.