Well done!

Text: Altibox Norway Chess

The Altibox Norway Chess 2016 tournament is over and things are starting to get back to normal. With this we would like to thank everyone being part of making the tournament a success. It was two weeks of exciting chess games and lots of fun activities going on besides the main event. THANK YOU!

Here’s a short summary of some of the main events from April. For more pictures, check out our gallery.

Norwegian victory for the first time in Altibox Norway Chess’ history

It was the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who won the super tournament after nine rounds of tough competition from the other opponents. Although Carlsen was doing good from the first round the fight was real until the end. At the beginning of the last game, round 9,  7 out of 10 players had a chance to win!

Winner of Altibox Norway Chess 2016, Magnus Carlsen

Winner of Altibox Norway Chess 2016, Magnus Carlsen. Photo: Joachim Steinbru

 

Pavel Eljanov

Pavel Eljanov

Nils Grandelius in studio

Nils Grandelius in studio

Levon Aronian getting ready for his next game

Levon Aronian getting ready for his next game

Veselin Topalov getting interviewed

Veselin Topalov getting interviewed

Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

The Chess Cars

The Chess Cars

Li Chao all smiles

Li Chao all smiles

Magnus Carlsen in studio

Magnus Carlsen in studio

Pentala Harikrishna

Pentala Harikrishna

Anish Giri

Anish Giri

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

Altibox Norway Chess Games

This year we did something different for the players on one of their rest days. In collaboration with Sandnes hall, Stavanger Fencing Club and Gjesdalbuane (archery club), we had informal competitions among the players and some other lucky participants in activities such as bubble football, fencing and archery. The players was lead to explore unfamiliar terrain and secede from deep concentration and sitting still by the chessboard.

Bubble Football. Photo: Tom Haga

Bubble Football. Photo: Tom Haga

Kramnik vs. Harikrishna. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni

Kramnik vs. Harikrishna. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni

Group shot! Photo: Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam

Group shot! Photo: Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam

Altibox Norway Chess School Tournament 2016

The School Tournament was another success this year with hundreds of kids gathered to play at the Science Factory in Sandnes. The players from the super tournament stopped by to say hi to the kids and to sign autographs.

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Norway Summit

The Norway Summit Conference 2016 was held at the Clarion Hotel Energy on April 29 and was a successful event. This is a collaboration between Altibox Norway Chess, Espen Agdestein and Conventor.

The conference had a strong focus on creating dialogue in the audience and there was good energy and a lot of opinions were discussed between guests around round tables and the Keynotes on stage.

Keynote Speakers were Aaron Gershenberg and Gerald Brady of Silicon Valley Bank, Wesley Chan from Felicis Ventures, known as the brain behind Google Analytics and Google Voice and Rami Beracha from Pitango Ventures in Israel and Thomas Bull from EY.

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Panel discussion. Photos by Joachim Steinbru

Panel discussion. Photos by Joachim Steinbru

Wesley Chan from Felicis Ventures

Wesley Chan from Felicis Ventures

Rami Beracha from Pitango

Rami Beracha from Pitango

Participants

Participants

Aaron Gershenberg from Silicon Valley Bank Capital

Aaron Gershenberg from Silicon Valley Bank Capital

A special thank you to all sponsors, supporters and volunteers who have made it possible for us to arrange one of the strongest chess tournament once again!

Thanks to Stavanger Forum and Stavanger Concert for having opened the doors for us and for Scandic Stavanger City for fabulous entertainment and service in two weeks where we “took over” the hotel.

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