Vårt Team

Møt våre bidragsytere som er med på å gjøre Norway Chess 2021-utgaven til et fantastisk arrangement. I løpet av turneringen samler vi folk som er eksperter innen sine respektive felt, og forsikrer oss om at alle aspekter «bak kulissene» i turneringen blir tatt vare på.

Kjell Madland

Gründer og styreleder, Norway Chess
Gründer og styremedlem Norway Summit

Kjell er gründeren av Norway Chess og har jobbet med det fra idé stadiet til hva det er i dag: verdens sterkeste 10-manns turnering anerkjent over hele verden. Kjell er unikt kreativ og har evnen til alltid å kunne tenke utenfor boksen.  

Han har en lang erfaring fra næringslivet. Kjell startet sitt eget byggefirma som 22 åring og har siden det hatt lederstillinger i flere selskaper, blant annet som distriktssjef i GK inneklima, daglig leder i Jadarhus Gjesdal, regionsjef for Norema og som daglig leder i Bryne FK i hele 10 år, derav 4 år i Tippeligaen.  Kjell er like involvert i Norway Chess og alt som følger med som han har vært fra han fikk idéen. I tillegg er han også gründer og styremedlem i Norway Summit. 

Benedicte Westre Skog

Prosjektleder, Norway Chess
Daglig leder, Norway Summit 

Benedicte er prosjektleder i Norway Chess. Hun har vært med siden 2015 og har bidratt til en stor del av utviklingen av Norway Chess merkevaren. Benedicte har også hatt  stor innflytelse på å utvikle konseptet Norway Summit helt fra idé stadiet. Hun har i tillegg til oppgavene som daglig leder i Norway Summit, ansvar for programmet, bidragsytere, markedsføring og gjennomføring.

Benedicte har en MSc grad i International Development fra Nederland og har studert i en rekke andre land, blant annet, Canada (BA Honors), India og Mexico.

Benedicte driver også sin egen NGO, Argan Care, som planter trær i den utrydningstruede Argan skogen i Marokko og som bidrar til arbeidsplasser og inntekter til lokalbefolkningen, spesielt kvinner.

Jasmine Larsson

Sales & Event, Norway Chess
Sales & Event, Norway Summit 

Jasmine ble en del av Norway Chess teamet i 2021 etter mange år som prosjektleder i events bransjen der hun var ansvarlig for å selge og prosjekt lede små og store arrangement og konferanser både nasjonalt og internasjonalt.

Jasmine har en internasjonal bakgrunn, og har en BA grad i Europeisk Markedsføring og moderne språk (Fransk og Spansk) fra Roehampton Universitet i London (BA Honors) som inkluderte studier på NEGOCIA (Paris, Frankrike) og Universitat de Vic (Vic, Spania).

Hun er halvt svensk og halvt norsk og har studert på Roehampton Universitet på 4 ulike språk.  Hun liker derfor å jobbe med ulike kulturer og språk, skape engasjement og bygge relasjoner.  Kvalitet er viktig for Jasmine og hun arbeider derfor etter mottoet «the devil is in the details».

Anastasia Sorokina

Dommer

Anastasia Sorokina is Woman International Master (2001), International Arbiter (2002), FIDE Trainer (2005), International Organizer (2018). She was born on 26 January 1980 in Minsk, Belarus.
In 2003 Anastasia moved to Australia and worked as a chess coach in the Queensland School of Chess, and then in Chess Kids in Melbourne. She now lives in Riga.

In 2018 Anastasia Sorokina  was elected as FIDE Vice-President.
Anastasia Sorokina has been Chief and Deputy Arbiter at several World Chess Olympiads, a number of FIDE Grand Prix events, as well as numerous other major FIDE tournaments. This will be here third time arbitrating in Norway Chess.

Shohreh Bayat

Dommer

Shohreh Bayat is a Category-A International Arbiter, FIDE Lecturer, Woman FIDE Master and councillor of the FIDE Arbiters Commission.

She was Chief Arbiter of the Women’s World Championship Final and The list of FIDE events at which she has officiated includes World Olympiads 2014, 2016 & 2018, Women’s World Championship 2017 & 2018, 2020 FIDE Women’s Candidate 2020, FIDE World Cadet Rapid & Blitz Championship 2018, World Junior Championships 2017 , World Senior Team Championships 2017, World Youth Championships  2015, as well as online events like Online Chess Olympiad 2020, Online World University Games 2020 and Online World Youth Chess Championship 2020.

As a player, she has been a participant of the Iranian national team which won the 3rd Women’s World Islamic Games (2001), also achieved 5th rank in the Asian Girls U18 Championship (2004). She has won numerous Iranian tournaments such as the Iranian woman chess festival championship, the Iranian woman blitz championship, the Iranian Junior championship and the Iranian Universities chess championship.

Shohreh has a Master’s degree in Natural Resources engineering and she has published three articles in international journals.

Arild Rimestad

Arbiter

Arild Rimestad is an International Arbiter at the highest level as well as an International Organiser, and also a School Chess Teacher.

Arbiter

Arild was born in Time, Rogaland, Norway. He has lived in Denmark most of his life, but also nine years on the Faroes.

He has been the President of a company chess club, the President of the former Faroese chess club in Copenhagen, as well as the President of the Nordic Chess Federation. He has also been the Youth Leader of Copenhagen Chess Union and organised more than a hundred cadet and youth tournaments. Since 2018, he has been the Female, Youth and Online Chess Manager of the Danish Chess Federation, and organised Danish and Nordic youth and girls’ championships, as well as around 40 online tournaments since then.

Besides being an arbiter for more than 25 years in a hundred and some tournaments, including Altibox Norway Chess 2013, 2019 and 2020, and working with logistics and leadership for two decades, he has also done some filming and been acting in movies and series for more than 15 years. In addition, he also writes English poetry.

Lennart Ootes

Offisiell fotograf, sjakkbrett mester og sosiale medier

Lennart Ootes is a creative chess professional from the Netherlands. He works for numerous tournaments as a DGT operator, video broadcaster, photographer or web designer. Since 2017 he is involved with Norway Chess as a DGT board operator and photographer. Lennart was awarded as best photographer of 2018 in the photo contest of the Russian Chess Federation.

Anastasiya Karlovich

Press relations & social media 

Anastasiya Karlovich is a Chess Grandmaster (WGM) Chess promoter and journalist.

Anastasiya has been involved in chess since early childhood. As a player, she has been a winner and medallist in the Ukrainian and European Youth Championships. In 2003 she was awarded the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM).

In 2008 Anastasiya became active in journalism and chess photography. Since 2010 she has been responsible for co-ordinating the press centers of the strongest FIDE events worldwide, including World Chess Championship Matches (Anand-Gelfand in Moscow 2012, Carlsen-Anand in Chennai 2013 and Sochi 2014, Carlsen-Karjakin in New York 2016), the FIDE Candidates Tournaments (London 2013, Khanty-Mansiysk 2014, Berlin 2018), World Chess Olympiads (Istanbul 2012, Baku 2016), Women World Championships (2010 – 2017), etc. Her interviews with organizers, sponsors, top players from all these events are countless, including hundreds of hours analyzing live chess games! Her articles, reports and photographs have been published in numerous chess magazines and websites.

Anastasiya also holds a Master degree in law from the National Law Academy of Ukraine. Her legal background has been very useful in resolving various issues regarding media rights of FIDE events, keeping players, organizers and sponsors happy.

This will be her second time as one of the team members of Norway Chess.