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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Carlsen ambassador for Norway's 1st super chess tournament in 2013

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Hello everyone,

According to the NorwayChess website, World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen is going to play and be the ambassador for a brand new high-profile chess event in Norway from 2013 to be held in Stavanger.  

The site reads: Norway Chess is pleased to announce that our super star andNo. 1 ranked chess player Magnus Carlsen be an ambassador for Norway Chess Tournament. This of course means a lot of interest in the tournament. Carlsen, both will play the tournament and help to market the tournament to other top players in the world. Thus, a major event is in place for the Chess in Norway.

You can also read a nice report in ChessVibes who covered the press conference held on Tuesday.

"I always try to win when I play tournaments, but it would be really special to win at home," said Carlsen.

Chess is big in Norway, and it's getting even bigger. The FIDE World Cup 2013 will be held in Tromsø, and a year later the Olympiad will be held there as well.

On Tuesday night a press conference was held in a hotel in the city of Sandnes, which was attended by about 30 journalists of all the major Norwegian media. Present were the World Chess No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, his manager Espen Agdestein, Jeanette Nygård, representative for the Stavanger region, Siv Kristin Heriksytad, webmaster, Kjell Madland, managing director of Jadarhus and Jørn Holmen, marketing manager.

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