World Cup Opening Gala: It will be held at Tromsø town center on Saturday, August 10 from 12:00 to 14:00.

There will be simultaneous exhibition and blitz chess with Tromsø 2014 Ambassador Anatoly Karpov. Norwegian legendary GM Simen Agdestein will dazzle the fans with an exciting blindfold game. Susan Polgar will provide live commentary and co-host the show with Jan Sigmund Berglund.

See downtown Tromsø, visit local shops, and explore the historic city. It is optional for the World Cup participants and delegates. However, it is highly recommended if you have never been to Tromsø. Bus transportation will be provided from Scandic Hotel at 11:30. Return trip will be at 14:00 from the Town Hall.

Mandatory players’ meeting: The meeting will be held on Saturday, August 10th at 17:00 at Scandic Hall.

The Opening Reception: The reception will be held at the University of Tromsø on Saturday, August 10th at from 19:30 to 21:00. This is the official opening of the World Cup. Bus transportation from Scandic Hotel and Rica Ishavs Hotel will be provided at 19:00 to the University of Tromsø. Return trip will be at 21:30.

Breakfast is served daily from 06:30 to 09:30 on weekdays (Sat. 07:30 – 10:30 and Sun. 08:00 – 11:00). Breakfast is included with your hotel stay.

Lunch buffet is served daily from 11:00 to 14:00 on weekdays (Sat/Sun. 12:00 – 14:00). The price is 145 NOK per person.

Dinner is served every day at the same time from 17:00 to 22:00. The price is 185 NOK per person.

We also recommend the Live Lounge, located near the playing hall, where you can see the LIVE games on big screen in a relaxing environment.

Side Events: All side events will be held at Scandic Hall.

August 13: Arctic Chess Blitz; August 16-18 Arctic Chess; August 17 Jekta Storsenter Cup; August 19 Arctic Chess Blitz; August 22 Blåmannen Blitz; August 24 Scandic Rapid; August 25 Scandic Blitz; August 28 Tromsdalen Blitz

Leisure Activities: See information desk or see

Social Programs: Fishing trip to Hella, Date and time: To be announced

Trip to the Cable Car for panoramic view of the city, including the midnight sun, Date and time: To be announced

Closing Ceremony: It will be at Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge, on Tuesday September 3 at 19:00. Further information: To be announced

Shopping: Jekta Shopping center is conveniently located right near the Scandic Hotel. The center is within two to three minute walk from the playing venue. The Jekta Shopping center has a large variety of shops, including pharmacy.

Check-out: Please inform the organizers when you decide to departure from the hotel.

Payment: For all matters concerning prize money, please contact FIDE Treasurer, Ms. Danara Shovunova.

We wish you a pleasant stay in Tromsø!

Best regards,
The Organizing Committee

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