Details are emerging of a new Super-tournament which will be added to the chess calendar next year in Stavanger, Norway.
The inaugural tournament will be called Norway Chess 2013, and the #1 ranked Magnus Carlsen will naturally be taking part. Magnus has also been made an 'ambassador' for the tournament to promote it and attract the world's elite to come and play!
The main sponsors for the tournament are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus, and the budget of 5,000,000 NOK (approx 860,000 USD) should be enough to ensure a worthy field of adversaries for the world #1.
The planned format is a 10 player single round-robin, and it is hoped that the tournament will become a regular annual fixture in the chess calendar. The event will also feature an Open tournament and other competitions for schools and celebrities!
The exact date and venue in Stavanger has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be in June. According to Carlsen, both Hikaru Nakamura and Sergey Karjakin have already responded positively to the possibility of taking part.
The official website (in Norwegian only, for the moment) is here.
Magnus Carlsen at the press conference to launch Norway Chess 2013 (photo: Jarle Aasland)