Chess Olympiad forced into bankruptcy

Norway’s Chess Olympiad, which played out in the northern city of Tromsø last August, faced several problems including legal challenges from the international chess federation, a rowdy federation election and the deaths of two players, apparently from stress. Norwegian Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen didn’t perform well, either, and now the organization behind the event is being […]

Carlsen’s decision stirs new debate

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen’s decision on Sunday to defend his chess world championship title against Vishy Anand in Sochi, Russia in November wasn’t entirely well-received in Norway. Some say Carlsen conceded too much to the Russian power brokers behind the tournament, and has too much at stake, while others called it “a good day for chess.” After […]

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 […]

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 […]

New death hits Chess Olympiad

Police in Tromsø reported Friday that another person connected to the Chess Olympiad, which concluded in the northern Norwegian city on Thursday, was found dead in a local hotel room. Details were sketchy, but police said there was no sign of criminal activity. Jarle Heitmann, communications chief for the Chess Olympiad, confirmed to state broadcaster NRK Friday […]

Chess Olympiad ends with player’s death

A member of the chess team from the Seychelles collapsed and died on the last day of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Thursday. A moment of silence was held during the closing ceremonies that otherwise marked the first victory by a country outside Europe and the US. The player from the Seychelles suddenly seemed to suffer […]

Carlsen calls it quits in Tromsø

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One day after suffering his second loss at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen decided to skip the last day of the tournament and head home to the Oslo area. Carlsen, who complained on Tuesday that his famous brain “wasn’t functioning,” reportedly needs to rest before his next tournament in 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 […]

Chess federation re-elects controversial leader

The international chess federation FIDE re-elected its Russian leader at a boisterous, some said “wild,” meeting during the Chess Olympiad now going on in Norway’s northern city of Tromsø. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov beat challenger and former chess champion Garry Kasparov. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that 110 nations that are members of FIDE voted for Ilyumzhinov while 61 voted for […]