Total prizes of NOK 120.000,-

30th of Sept – 6th Oct 2016

Fornebu, Oslo


About the event

Oslo Chess Festival will have a price money budget of approx. 120 000 NOK and will consist of a 9 round Open International Tournament, a team blitz tournament as well as a rapid Challenge Tournament. We also aim to take a lead when it comes to number of live chess tables, video feed, commentaries and reports. In addition to that, it will be two Masterclasses by some high ranked GMs also with live feed. A social program in the evenings will make sure this will be an event worth being part of for any chess lover able to attend.

To top it of, the Festival will close with a formal dinner included in the starting fee, entertainment and prize giving. We look forward to welcome you to play in what aims to be the biggest open tournament in Oslo of all times.

Oslo Chess Festival is created by Chess fans. For Chess fans



The prizes is planned to be as listed below;

  • 1st prize: 25 000 NOK
  • 2nd prize: 15 000 NOK
  • 3rd prize: 10 000 NOK
  • 4th prize: 7 500 NOK
  • 5th prize: 5 000 NOK

  • Best player under 2250: 5000 NOK
  • Best player under 2000: 5000 NOK
  • Best player under 1750: 2500 NOK
  • Best player under 1500: 2500 NOK

  • Best female player above 2000: 7500 NOK
  • Best female player under 2000: 5000 NOK
  • Best female player under 1500: 2500 NOK

  • Most beautiful game: 1000 NOK each round

Starting fee is 1500 NOK (including formal dinner at closing sermony). GMs plays for free. IMs pay half prize.

The prize budget is depending on 140 players but will increase going above this target. More info will follow.

By Chess fans. For Chess fans

The Schedule

Preliminary program Oslo Chess Festival

  • 5:00 pm

    OCF Round 1

    The first round starts

  • 9:00 am

    OCF Rapid Challenge

    5 rounds Rapid Challenge

  • 3:00 pm

    OCF Round 2

    Round 2 starts

  • 9:00 pm

    OCF Team Blitz and/or Movietime

    You decide, either Team Blitz or watch a movie as you prefer.

  • 2:00 pm

    OCF Round 3

    Round 3 starts

  • 9:00 pm

    Masterclass GM Aryan Tari

    A lecture by GM Aryan Tari

  • 10:00 am

    OCF Round 4

    Round 4 starts

  • 5:00 pm

    OCF Round 5

    Round 5 starts

  • 2:00 pm

    OCF Round 6

    Round 6 starts

  • 9:00 pm

    Masterclass GM Surprise!

    A lecture by a GM

  • 10:00 am

    OCF Round 7

    Round 7 starts

  • 5:00 pm

    OCF Round 8

    Round 8 starts

  • 1:00 pm

    OCF Round 9

    Round 9 starts

  • 7:00 pm

    Festival dinner with entertainment & prizegiving

    Festival dinner with entertainment & prizegiving

  • 11:00 am

    Checkout - End of OCF 2016

  • 4:00 pm

    Grand Prix tournament at the Chessclub SK1911 in Oslo

    4 full time and 3 rapid games

Event Admins and Hosts

Some of the people making this years event possible


Pål Nordquelle

Event admin and organizer

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Kimiya Sajjadi

Event reporter

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Øyvind Malin

Head of Livefeed and broadcast

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Henrik Sjøl

Chief Arbiter

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Questions and answers about the event

  • Is the Festival dinner really included in the starting fee?

    Yes it is! What ever is left of the income from sponsors and starting fee, will be allocated to make a prize giving dinner for all participants. Included in the Festival dinner will be some entertainment and of cause the prize giving ceremony for all the winners.

    Other that has not participated in the tournament, can buy a meal coupon from the organizer for this event. The prize to do so is not ready for publishing but will be affordable. Please indicate your attention to do so when you register at the event.

  • When do I have to register?

    Registration at the playing venue will be friday the 30th of September from 1PM. Latest registration is one hour before 1st round. In case you have problem meeting this deadline, contact the organizer at +47 9222 3443.

  • How much is the starting fee?

    The starting fee is 1500 NOK (approx. Euro 160) for all players and include Festival dinner etc. Late registration (after 31st of August) will increase the starting fee to 1650 NOK.

  • When do I have to pay starting fee?

    The payment info will be sent out in medio August and is due end of the month, 31st of August. Late payment will come with a late payment cost of 150 NOK. All necessary information will be submitted in due time.

  • What is the starting fee used for?

    The largest share of the starting fee is allocated to prizes. And due to the wide variety of prizes everyone has a real opportunity to win. Beside prizes we are allocating a huge percentage to offer all participants a festival dinner. Rest is used to pay for leasing of liveboard, arbiters, FIDE rating costs and the cost of inviting some good GMs and pay for the publishing of the whole event. No money will be pocketed :-) All will be used for fun!

  • Is it possible to have a walk over round?

    Yes you can have walkover any round except last, as long as this is communicated to the Chief Arbiter in due time of pairing. You will get 1/2 point for any walkover round you may take.

  • Who is organizers of Oslo Chess Festival?

    We are a group of chess fans with no official attachement to any chessclub or chess association in regards to the organizing of this event. OCF is created merely to enrich the international chess community with a tournament in the hometown of World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the capital of Norway. And to make it interesting for all the up and coming new stars of chess, the main tournament will be open for all registered chess players.

    However, the people behind OCF is experienced players, chess arbiters and technical experts within chess online technology. Together we will make this event special!

  • Will it be other tournaments included in Oslo Chess Festival?

    Sure it wille. We have so far planned a 5 or 7 round rapid tournament on saturday the 1st of October and a team blitz tournament later in the Festival. Furthermore we hope to have a youth tournament included as well. It would be great to offer the kids to play a tournament in the same surroundings as all the GMs etc is playing.

    More info and how to enroll in this side tournaments will be published at a later stage.

  • What else can I do at Fornebu except playing chess?

    The hotel has a training facility and we have access to a grass field for football as well. You can take a bus leaving every 6 minute to get to the city or you can take boat that will take you to Oslo City / Aker Brygge in some few minutes. More will be added here as time allow.

  • Will it be organized football playing?

    Oh yes it will! Right outside of the hotel we have access to a nice grass field, so make sure to bring some shoes suitable for this. More infor to follow.

  • Will Oslo Chess Festival be repeated next year?

    We are a group of entusiast and truly believe this first OCF will be a success. And if we are right, we will be sure to make it double as big and double as fun next year. So help us to make this first Festival the success we are aiming for, and we will be happy to invite you back next year :-)

  • What is the timelimit per game and tiebreak rules?

    1,5 hour + 30 seconds additional from first move.

    Tiebreak rules;

    1) Score + expected score from free rounds

    2) Busholz, no removals

    3) Median Bucholz 1

    4) Sonnenborn - Berger


Recommended hotel packages for your stay during the event


Full pension - single

kr 990 / night

Full board - includes a room with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price per night. Single room.

To book, send an email to and use the the reference "Oslo Chess Festival 2016" to claim your discount.

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Full pension - double

kr 730 / night

Full board - includes a room with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price per night per person in a double room.

To book, send an email to and use the the reference "Oslo Chess Festival 2016" to claim your discount.

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Full pension - triple

kr 697 / night

Full board - includes a room with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Price per night per person in a 3-bed room.

To book, send an email to and use the the reference "Oslo Chess Festival 2016" to claim your discount.

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The Venue Location

Oslo Chess Festival 2016 - Scandic Hotel Fornebu

+47 92223443

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Meet Pål Nordquelle

Pål is the driving force behind this event. He has a passion for chess, and wants to see Norway growing as a chess nation. Especially now in the in the wake of our World Champion. Mr. Nordquelle has a background in headhunting, and wishes anyone with a passion for chess welcome for a talk about opportunities.

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Meet Øyvind Malin

Øyvind is a dedicated tech nerd which loves new technologies, any technical challenges and chess! He has previously set up live feed with boards and camera, so this years OCF event will be a walk in the park for Øyvind!

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Meet Henrik Sjøl

The keywords that sum-up Henrik is according to him selves as following;
- Chief Tournament Director Norwegian Chess Federation
- International Arbiter (IA) in FIDE
- Match Arbiter in Tromsø olympiad 2014
- Played chess since 1972
- Master of Science in computer science from University of Oslo

Those of us who has the pleasure of knowing him, knows him as a very likeable, hardworking and knowledgeable Chess Arbiter, with a passion for Chess. Summarized; the perfect man to be the OCF Chief Arbiter.

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Meet Kimiya Sajjadi

Kimya is one of Norways best chess players under 18 years. She is famous for her good mood and direct approach to getting answers.

She is the obvious perfect choice for OCF as a reporter for this years event.