The idea behind No Logo Norway Chess was not only to arrange one of the strongest tournaments in the world, but also to show the world our beautiful country and region. A traditional chess tournament is normally held in a fairly neutral venue, where the game and the players are in focus. We will of course also focus on the players, but we will give the event a edge by showing beautiful and unique surroundings while playing chess.
The event got a lot of positive feedback from the viewers and spectators from around the world last year. Not the least from the players and their seconds and families. We will of course bring this feedback with us in No Logo Norway Chess 2014. Another important element here is of course our partners, which in various ways benefits from this from of organizing the tournament.
Starting with sea view
This year we bring players, audience and press out on the beautiful island where we find Flor & Fjære. This year the tournament is opened with sea view and beautiful flowers outside the windows during the a blitz games. This was the favourite venue for Sergey Karjakin who won the tournament last year. Now we’ll see if it gives him good fortune to start the event there this year.
One of the most exciting tournament venues last year was the Aarbakke AS factory at Bryne. Also the players were very pleased with this venue. Here they could sit behind a glass wall, without any noice from the spectators. The audience could follow both from a tribune, just a few meters from the stars, or from screens situated in different places in the building. As we all know a chess game can take some time to finish, and during the games at the Aarbakke factory the spectators used the opportunity to look around the hall and study the techniques and products. We are very happy that Inge Brigt Aarbakke is a sponsor and partner also this year, and will again open his great factory hall for players and spectators.
New shool building
Vågen Videregående Skole, a high school located in a modern building in the center of Sandnes, is a new venue this year. Cooperation with Vågen Videregående fits well with our focus on young talents and chess for the future. Increased interest in chess in all age groups is very positive in many ways, and such cooperation with the educational institution is very important. We look forward to seeing many young chess fans at Vågen Videregående in June.
Scandic Hotel Stavanger Forus is this year’s main arena, and several of the rounds will be held there. All though the players will be staying at the brand new Scandic Stavanger City hotel which opened its doors in May. Again this year we have cooperation with Bavaria and we look forward to transporting the chess players to the playing venues with great chess cars. The cooperation with Scandic is excellent and they have promised chess surprises for all their guests during the tournament.
Norway Chess school tournament will be played this year at Vitenfabrikken (The Science Factory). We believe this is the perfect place to gather students to play chess. Around 160 students will fight over the chess boards here the 6th of June.