Carlsen caught up in chess politics

Magnus Carlsen is suddenly caught up in conflict over a world championship rematch in Sochi, that's loaded with political overtones. PHOTO: Berglund

A political drama continued to swirl around Norway’s international chess star, Magnus Carlsen, as he tried to concentrate at a tournament in Missouri. Some say the conflict over whether he’ll play at a new world championship match in Russia this fall threatens to once again split the international world of chess into eastern and western camps, just […]

Hagen rolls into new team

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Edvald Boasson Hagen, the Norwegian cyclist who’s most recently been pedaling for Team Sky, is now joining a South African team after opting against a Russian one. “I think it’s the right decision for me now,” Hagen told reporters after agreeing to sign on with MTN Qhubeka. It’s a second-level team, meaning it needs invitations to […]

Young football comet poses dilemma

Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard, the 15-year-old Norwegian football comet, failed to score in his first match for the national team, but did well enough to impress coach Per-Mathias Høgmo. Now Høgmo faces a dilemma over whether to let Ødegaard play in two important upcoming matches as well. Ødegaard got good reviews from Norwegian sports commentators on Thursday after Wednesday’s […]

Olympic support sinks to new low


Two new independent public opinion polls indicate that support for hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 in Oslo has sunk to new lows. A poll conducted for newspaper Bergens Tidende shows that only 26 percent of those questioned are keen on hosting an Olympics, while a poll for newspaper VG showed 30 percent. The new numbers […]

Carlsen pressured to defend title

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Russian officials are threatening to effectively strip chess world champion Magnus Carlsen of his title if he fails to defend it in Sochi in November. Carlsen, exhausted after this month’s Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, is already on his way to another tournament in the US and hasn’t committed to play in a new world championship as […]

Norway gets three spots in cycling championships

Norway’s top cyclists are vying for one of the three spots granted the country in the upcoming world championships in Spain next month. Norway ranks 15th in the world, resulting in the three spots that Alexander Kristoff, Thor Hushovd, Lars Petter Norhaug and Edvald Boasson Hagen all want. Only Kristoff, fresh from his latest victory in […]

All eyes on new football darling

Martin Ødegaard

As Norway’s national football team underwent its latest generation shift this week, the media was captivated by its new youngest member ever. Martin Ødegaard, just 15 years old, seemed mature beyond his age, though, as he patiently answered questions and seemed entirely void of youthful bravado. Many teenagers selected to play on their country’s national […]

Northug aims to ‘ski fast’ again

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UPDATED: Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug, aiming for a comeback after a poor season that ended in a drunk driving scandal, has managed to retain large Norwegian grocery store owner Coop as his main sponsor. He lost Audi Norge, however, after crashing the expensive Audi he was driving while intoxicated and then leaving an injured passenger at the […]

Russians’ legal claim rejected

An attempt by the Russian chess organization to try to claim compensation from the organizers of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø was rejected by a local court on Tuesday. The Russians had sued the organizers for nearly NOK 1.3 million, over alleged costs related to their women’s team’s failure to file their Olympiad application to […]

Croatia beat Carlsen in new OL surprise

Prime Minister Erna Solberg made the first move for Norway's chess champion Magnus Carlsen as he faced off against Ivan Saric from Croatia. PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

UPDATED: Norwegian chess star Magnus Carlsen attracted even more attention at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Tuesday, including that of the country’s prime minister. Erna Solberg was among those huddled around Carlsen’s chess board, and even made his first move, but he surprisingly went on to lose. It’s not the first time Solberg has […]