I have seen our new ICCF-president is writing in
that Japan is the new CC-dominator in the zone
I will accordance to this have to say a few
words: Norway is the leading
Chess Nation of the World! An I will argue
in this way ......
garantuee for 96% for security that Norway will
have the next CC Worldchamp.
He is interviewed in this number of ICCF AMICI
and his name is Ivar Bern.
He is first in the ongoing
and only one draw
opponent Borioslav Vukcevic is probably enough
for Bern to win.
A little bit
history........ I remember a cold afternoon in
Prague Airport I was waiting for the check-in to
eastern in the
Czech Republic, the place for the ICCF Congress
I saw a typical Englishman walking ( sorry Iain!
) around in the waitinghall
with his suitcase. He must be more than a
chessplayer, a CC-player!, I
I took contact and we gave each other a short
presentation. And quite true I was right:
We had just played against each other in the
First North Sea Team Tournament.
My new friend was Scotsman Iain Mackintosh and
he told me he was on his
way to Ostrava too. His was heading for this
year ICCF congress to try to rerise
his ICCF webserver Project. Which nothing had
been done with since Rimini 2001.
Sitting at the airport in amusing friendlyship
we caught sight of a ( new )
man stressing at both sides. I thought he was
not a typical Englishman!,
but he has to be a chessplayer, I was sure.
contact and sure I was right, he was a
chessplayer, and also the
editor of the CC-magazine Chess Mail. his name
was Tim Harding.
He took place by our table and we where talking
about much, most chess.
After a while
I mentioned we in Norway has a very great talent
named Magnus Carlsen 12 yaers old. I don’t know
if Iain and Tim did
believe me?! Perhaps my both friends thought I
was a bit out of mind telling
them about a little young boy from Norway.
The rest is
history. Magnus has showed his great talent: He
youngest GM at a time when he was 13. Nobody has
reached so long in
World Cup as him, both Fisher and Kasparov was
Magnus is now
back from the World Cup in Sibir being number
10, and among
the qualified in the candidates matches 2006.
Magnus can perhaps be the next
World Champ. Perhaps then Norway will have two
Albeit we aren't the best chess nation in the
then we have to be better than Sweden !!
One last thing; Magnus have now started to play
He is now playing for Norway in our celebration
/ friendly match against Sweden
Anyway I will
use the opportunity to wish you all a Happy new
Enjoy the reading !.........
wishes & Amici Sumus!