Susan Polgar Named Ambassador of Norway’s 2014 Chess Olympiad Bid

Chess celebrity joins others to bring the chess world’s largest event to Tromsø.

Written by Cory Chandler

The director of Texas Tech University’s Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence and coach of Texas Tech’s Knight Raiders chess team signed on as an official ambassador for Norway’s bid for the 41st Chess Olympiad to be held in 2014.

Susan Polgar joins the world’s top-rated chess player, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, and reigning World Chess Federation (FIDE) women’s Chess World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, to bring the chess world’s largest event to Tromsø.

“I can announce with great pride that the chess ambassador program for the Tromsø bid now also includes Grandmaster Susan Polgar,” said Jøran Aulin-Jansson, vice chairman of the board for Tromsø 2014 and Norwegian Chess Federation President. “A journalist, organizer and promoter of the game, as well as a famous player, Susan brings an impressive range of experience to the team.”

Organizers noted Polgar’s career credentials, which include winning four Women’s World Championships and earning 10 overall medals as a five-time Women’s Olympic Champion. Polgar has never lost a game in a Chess Olympiad, they said, and still holds a record 56-game scoring streak on board 1. Susan was the first woman to earn the men’s Grandmaster title in regular competition.

In addition to being an award-winning chess journalist, the Hungarian-American Grandmaster is founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a non-profit corporation supported by charitable donations that aims to promote chess and its educational benefits throughout the United States for young people – especially girls.

“It is a great honor to have the most famous female chess player and personality in the world as part of our team and we are looking forward to developing this cooperation into a successful partnership for the 2014 Chess Olympiad,” said Morten Sand, international advisor for Tromsø 2014.

Polgar said she looks forward to the task of bringing the Chess Olympiad to Norway.

“I have visited Tromsø and can personally say Tromsø is a beautiful city, well equipped to be an excellent choice for the Chess Olympiad 2014,” Polgar said.

CONTACT:Paul Truong, director of marketing, SPICE, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-7742, or paul.truong@ttu.edu, Morten Sand, international advisor, Tromsø 2014, +47-90561288, or morten@advokat-sand.no, Jøran Aulin-Jansson, vice chairman of the board, Tromsø 2014, +47-91332242, or jj@jbpapir.com