Joining Magnus Carlsen and Alexandra Kosteniuk in the mission
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, as Official Ambassadors for Norway’s bid for the 41st Chess Olympiad to be held in 2014.
Susan Polgar’s remarkable career includes winning four Women’s World Championships and earning 10 overall medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, and 1 Bronze) as a five-time Women’s Olympic Champion. She has never lost a game in a Chess Olympiad, and still holds a record 56 consecutive 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 the head of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) at Texas Tech University, and founded 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 of all ages, especially girls.
Jøran Aulin-Jansson, Tromsø 2014, Vice Chairman of the Board, Norwegian Chess Federation President:
“I can announce with great pride that the Chess Ambassador program for the Tromsø bid now also includes Grandmaster Susan Polgar. A journalist, organizer and promoter of the game, as well as a famous player, Susan brings an impressive range of experience to the team.”
Morten Sand, Tromsø 2014, International Advisor:
“It is a great honour 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.”
Susan Polgar, five-time Olympic Champion and four-time Women’s World Chess Champion:
“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.”
For further information, please contact:
Morten Sand: firstname.lastname@example.org +47-90561288
Jøran Aulin-Jansson: email@example.com +47-91332242