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Norwegian Chess Federation Centenary

As arrangements for the Chess Olympiad
in Tromsø fall into place, Norway Post
is celebrating the Norwegian Chess
Federation (NSF) with a new stamp issue.
NSF turns 100 in 2014, and those celebrating
will enjoy the growing interest in
the sport of chess nationwide. The membership
of 2,500 people from 105 clubs
in 16 chess circles could well grow following
Magnus Carlsen’s victory at the
World Chess Championship last winter. If
he retains his position as the world’s foremost
chess player, we can expect even
more media coverage of chess in future.

The Norwegian Chess Federation was
founded on 20 July 1914 in Oslo (then Kristiania).
The sport and its fans were later
divided into two federations, and in fact
the Workers’ Federation of Sports had
more chess members than the Chess
Federation. After the Second World War,
a period of sports strikes and no chess
activities, the parties met in 1946 and
both the chess and sporting environments
were given their own association. NSF was
renamed the Norwegian Chess Federation,
and work began immediately on organising
tournaments for both novices and more
practised players.

Magnus Carlsen’s achievements have been
a strong shot of adrenaline for the sport
of chess in Norway, and the Federation
has expanded its administration to deal
with the increasing interest. When the
41st Chess Olympiad moves to Tromsø on
1 August, it will be four years since the city
won the Norwegian competition to host
the event. In 2010, the general assembly of
the World Chess Federation chose Tromsø
to organise the 41st “Chess Olympiad
2014”. This has resulted in lots of publicity
for the sport, and sales of both chessboards
and chess pieces in Norway have
increased substantially. The Norwegian
Chess Federation is an extremely vigorous
centenarian that can expect strong
growth in the years to come.