120 players and more than 500 juniors
Schakklubben av 1911 is a chess club in Oslo with players ranging from 8 to 82 years old. “1911” has grown a lot in the last 15 years. Back in 1993, there were about 20 members in the club, today it has about 120 players, which makes it one of the biggest clubs in Norway. It has many strong players such as IM Torstein Bae, IM Torbjorn R Hansen, WFM Silje Bjerke, the very talented 14-year-old Frode Urkedal. Last season (2006-2007) the club managed to get the fifth place in the national division.
Schakklubben av 1911 has a special division for children, “Schakklubben av 1911s Ungdom”. The number of kids playing there is more than 500! The club members from Korsvoll school have won the Norwegian team championship for schools the last three years. In 2007 “Schakklubben av 1911s Ungdom” also won their first championship for junior teams (U20). There are several children who have won national championships – Marianne Wold Haug, Odd Martin Guttulsrud and Tor Botheim.
More information about Schakklubben av 1911
Club president: Mr. Johs. R. Kjeken, former general secretary of the Norwegian Chess Federation
Strongest player: IM Torstein Bae, “1911” Tournament Director, “1911U” Vice President, FIDE Zonal President and FIDE Verfication Commission member
Schakklubben av 1911 website: http://sk1911.no
Schakklubben av 1911 club championship