chess24 Mar 1, 2014 | 5:04 PMby GM Jan Gustafsson

The Chess Olympiad and chess24 join forces


chess24 is proud to announce we're hosting the official website of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway!

chess24 and the Chess Olympiad

The site opens its doors today, on March 1st, exactly five months before the tournament starts. So in case you were wondering what the logo is doing in our menu bar please feel free to hover over or click on it to learn more. Or you can follow this direct link: https://chess24.com/en/olympiad2014 

The Olympiad is not only the biggest chess event of the year, typically seeing 150 national teams engage each other in combat, but also the world's fourth-largest sporting event - if you consider chess a sport, that is.

No matter where you stand on that issue it's great timing that this year's event is taking place in Norway, arguably the most chess-crazy country in the world.

The Carlsen effect

Thanks to the success of a certain Magnus Carlsen our game has really hit the mainstream here (I'm writing this from Oslo). Chessboards have been sold out all over the country for months now and there's more than a little media coverage...

Norwegian newspaper headlines on a random day... | photo: Ellisiv Reppen

It's no understatement to say that Norwegians are pretty used to finding Magnus in the papers and on TV by now. However, certain family members still seem to be a little starstruck.

Carlsen's everywhere! | photo: Ellisiv Reppen

Getting ready for the Olympiad

Chess in Norway is not all about Carlsen, though. Preparations for the event are in full swing everywhere. Of course the host nation has big ambitions for their team, which has been training with a high degree of focus and motivation for months.     

Secret national team training session at the OSS chess club | photo: anonymous

Tromsø 

The chess house in Tromsø | photo: Thomas Robertsen

But preparations are not just happening in the capital city of Oslo. Chess fever has definitely reached the host city of Tromsø as well. Some inhabitants have gone to extreme lengths to make their own preparations, as we can see on the left. 

And that's not all Tromsø has to offer. The surrounding landscape should provide a fantastic backdrop for what looks set to be a great chess event!

Tromsø city, providing the setting for "a compact Chess Olympiad" | photo: tromso2014.no

The transport from the airport to the hotels is already in place! (worried participants may want to check out the info pages such as this one) | photo: Vibeke Gronn

In closing, we're looking forward to a great Chess Olympiad! For details about the tournament, news, how to get there and much more look no further than the Olympiad logo in our menu bar.  See you in Tromsø!


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