News & Reports Aug 4, 2014 | 10:54 AMby GM Jonathan Tisdall

Surprising sides

Wesley So won the Art Museum of Northern Norway blitz event (pictured), while Georg Meier won the Tromsø Kommune Blitz | photo: Astri Edvardsen, COT

There is more on display in Tromsø than the bounty of chess taking place in the Olympiad itself. A series of blitz tournaments is being held 2-10 August before the rounds of the main event. There is prize money in each tournament and two prizes for best overall score in the series in the categories 'Master' and 'Candidate'.

What makes these side events even more exciting is that they have attracted a handful of titled players, and even the USA coach - current world number 12 Wesley So - has made an appearance. A few of the Olympiad teams have also chosen to warm up for the day's play, and try to pick up some spending money, by competing in these events.

The second event was a good example of what to expect, with over a dozen nations represented – two GMs, 4 IMs ... and one Norwegian MP in the field. So far it seems that IM Vladimir Poley from Belarus, and Russian GM Maxim Turov, currently living and training juniors in Norway, are making a serious bid for the prizes for the overall series, having turned up for all the blitz tournaments to date.

An artistic shot from the Art Museum of Northern Norway blitz | photo: Astri Edvardsen, COT

Visitors should also note that there is a weekender during the Olympiad. Details about the University of Tromsø Arctic University Challenge, 11-13th of August, can be found in the first link below.

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