Altibox Norway Chess has in only a matter of a few years grown to be one of the world’s biggest chess tournaments. Altibox Norway Chess has proven from the start to be a world-class event and is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2017. Altibox Norway Chess have had top ranked players and prominent guests such as chess-legend, Garry Kasparov visiting the tournament in Stavanger.

Altibox Norway Chess is further committed to bring chess to the world, especially to children and youth. See our School program for more.


The Altibox Norway Chess Board


Kjell Madland

Kjell Madland is District Manager at GK inneklima (GK indoor climate). He has been in the private business sector many years, including as General Manager of Jadarhus Gjesdal, Regional Manager of Norema, and General Manager of Bryne soccer club, whereas 4 years in the top league. He was 22-years old when he first became an entrepreneur and founded his own construction company and through that learned a lot about how to run, develop and do business marketing. He has also been on numerous boards of directors. During his time in the soccer industry he built a large network both regionally, nationally and partly internationally. Experiences, leadership and networks from different industries have provided a good starting point when the strategy and concept of Norway Chess was developed and implemented. Kjell is the founder and chairman of Altibox Norway Chess and has worked hard to make the project evolve from the beginning to become the world’s strongest chess tournament. He is also the founder and chairman of the Norway Summit conference, which is an exciting, newly developed business conference, which is part of Altibox Norway Chess. He developed his interest in chess through his son Kristoffer, who has achieved great results in chess in Norway and in the Nordic region.

Jøran Aulin-Jansson

Jøran Aulin-Jansson is former President of the Norwegian Chess Association in the period 2007 to 2015. He is one of three people in Norway that holds the title IO “International Organizer” from FIDE, the World Chess Federation. He has been a candidate for Vice President of the European Chess Federation. He was in FIDE’s Control Committee for four years in the period 2010 to 2014. He has a large network in the chess world, both nationally and internationally. Has been playing chess since he was nine years old and is still an eager player! He holds a FIDE master title. He has worked in the graphic industry for many years, and has been chairman of NHO Grafisk Øst for three years. He holds positions on several boards of executives and is rarely bored.

Frode Sømme

Frode Sømme is the owner and manager of Global Office, a company that sets up and operates IT solutions for companies. He has many years of experience within the field. He started his IT career in Saga Petroleum in 1995, where he was responsible for the development and operation of home office solutions for the entire company. When Saga was sold, he continued with IT operations in Global Office / Network Specialist. The company was later merged with Alliance and then Evry. After years of responsibility for IT operations for several companies in many industries, he has gained a broad knowledge and understanding of the subject. Frode is responsible for the technical solution of Altibox Norway Chess, that delivers all images to international broadcast and national television. Frode has been part of Norway Chess almost since the very start. He is also a board member at Norway Summit and some other companies.

Benedicte Westre Skog

Benedicte Westre Skog is a social entrepreneur and holds an Master of Science in International Development. Benedicte has studied in a number of countries, including Canada, India, Mexico and the Netherlands. She has experience from project work from various organizations and now has her own non-profit organization named Argan Care. She spends a lot of her free time on this organization, which has been the driving force of initiating the planting of thousands of Argan trees in Morocco. The planting of trees has long-term effects for the locals, creating jobs and opportunities the locals otherwise would not have. She returned to Norway in 2012 after many years abroad. She is committed to humanitarian work and sustainable development besides her daily work in the private sector. Her experience in organizational work and her deep understanding of different cultures and countries led her to Norway Chess a few months before the 2015 tournament. She joined the board and has since January 2016 also been working full time for Altibox Norway Chess. She is also the Managing Director of Norway Summit and has a great influence on building the concept.