The Norwegian Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt congratulates the City of Tromsø which was awarded the 41st Chess Olympiad in 2014.

“ I am very pleased that the general assembly of the international chess association, FIDE, choose the City of Tromsø as host for the Chess Olympiad in 2014”, says the Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt.

“Chess is one of the biggest sports in the world”, says the Minister of Culture. The prestige of being awarded this event is huge and it is a great recognition of the work and effort the City of Tromsø and the city’s bidding company Sjakk Tromsø 2014 AS has put in to this campaign. I am interested of the effects which the Chess Olympiad event can have regarding extensiveness for the game of chess especially in Norway, the positive influence chess can have on people’s ability to learn and develop intellectually. I also believe that being a host for the Chess Olympiad will lead to positive effects for the city, the region and Norway regarding areas of tourism, the export industry and reputation in general”, says the Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt.

The Chess Olympiad in Norway, Tromsø 2014 is backed by the Norwegian Parliament allocating 70 million NOK (€ 8, 8 million) to the event.

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