Many Olympiad participants were unable to stay away from chess even though it was a rest day. The Arctic experience centre Polaria hosted over 90 players at yesterday’s blitz – and showed off some chess-playing seals!
by Daniel Skog, a Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad volunteer
If you're hooked, you're hooked – and several Olympiad participants and locals attended the chess day at Polaria, just a stone’s throw away from the Olympiad arena.
One of them was Sigurd Rushfeldt, a Norwegian football legend, chess enthusiast and official COT 2014 ambassador.
In the first round, Rushfeldt lost to Israeli GM Victor Mikhalevski. However, he got back on his feet in the second round and won his game against Wendell Meusa from Barbados. In the final standings Rushfeldt ended up with 3/9, while Jahongir Vakhidov from Uzbekistan won the whole event with 8/9, half a point ahead of GM Maxim Turov and FM Ulugbek Tillyaev.
The two chess-playing seals were also quite an attraction – demonstrating amazing chess prowess!