News & Reports Aug 1, 2014 | 8:00 AMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

The big kick-off!

The Tromsø 2014 Chess Olympiad will open in spectacular style – with top-shelf Norwegian musicians and an impressive visual show!

Violet Road will leave their mark on the ceremony with great energy and catchy tunes | photo: Daniel Mikkelsen

We’re proud to present a delightful and playful array of musicians with a regional flavour: Violet Road, Hekla Stålstrenga, Inger Biret Gaup and Lisa Stokke, accompanied by a full ensemble of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra. The musical experience will be accompanied by a dazzling light and video show in a darkened hall – providing a thrill for both eye and ear. 

The ceremony also features important events: the flag ceremony, the drawing of lots and a speech by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The Norwegian Minister of Finance, Siv Jensen, will officially open the Chess Olympiad – and the charismatic Mayor of Tromsø, Jens Johan Hjort, will be the host during the festivities.

Hekla Stålstrenga play cheerful folk music characterised by fiddles and singing in a regional dialect | photo: Brynjar Erdahl

Accredited players, captains, trainers and delegates are allowed entry to both the opening and closing ceremonies. Participants are welcome to bring their national flags.

Other spectators can purchase tickets by clicking on the following link:

Seating chart and ticket sales

More details:

Date: Friday, August 1.

Time: 19:30 (please arrive at 19:00). The ceremony will last around one hour.

Location: Skarphallen, Heilovegen 19 (near Scandic Hotel).

Shuttle buses: A free shuttle bus service is provided for participants. The shuttle buses start from Prostneset at 17:15, and the last bus will depart at 19:00. Participants staying at Malangen Brygger, Tromsø Camping and Sydspissen Hotel should see the bus schedules available at your hotels and at the information office located in the Radisson Blu Hotel. 


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