The northern city of Tromsø emerged Tuesday as Norway’s candidate to host the World Chess Olympics in 2014.
Tromsø also wants to host the Winter Olympics, but at least may get a chance to hold a Chess Olympiad.
Tromsø beat out the rival cities of Lillehammer, Tønsberg and Oslo in its bid to bring the international chess competition to Norway. The Norwegian chess association (Norges Sjakkforbund) said Tromsø displayed “an incredible enthusiasm” for the event.
“Tromsø has also shown that it can provide the economic framework that’s needed to arrange the event,” said Dag Danielsen, secretary general of the chess association.
If Tromsø succeeds in the international competition to host the event, it will bring around 3,500 people to the city, including around 2,000 chess players, from some 150 countries. The event runs over two weeks in August 2014.