“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”
“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year,” wrote Emily Dickinson (in perfect iambic heptameter). This is a Norway November for sure, as Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defends his World Champion title in Sochi, Russia, November 7 to 28. His challenger is the previous World Champion, India’s Vishwanathan Anand, whom Carlsen defeated in a title match last November.
Since November, Norway played host to the 2014 Chess Olympiad, which saw China take first place in the Open section and Russia in the Women’s. And the country seems to have caught the chess bug, as local media coverage enjoyed high ratings.
Meanwhile in Tøronto, the ACC Norway Swiss takes place November 10 to December 8. It’s a five-round regular club Swiss tournament, divided in three sections by CFC rating: Crown (minimum 1800), Under-1900 (minimum 1400), and Under-1500. The time cøntrol is game in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment each move from move 1, which makes for a 3- or 4-hour game. Games are CFC-rated, and the Crown section is also FIDE-rated. Rounds are Monday nights at 7:30 at the ACC clubhouse, 918 Bathurst.
– Um…now look…now look, mate, I’ve definitely ’ad enough of this. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not ’alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.
– Well, he’s…he’s, ah…probably pining for the fjords.