Norway challenges the world to game of chess

Nov. 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM   |   Comments

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A Norwegian newspaper is celebrating chess player Magnus Carlsen's world championship bid by challenging the world to face Norway in the game.

Aftenposten said the game, being played this week on the Internet Chess Club, allows those with Norwegian Internet addresses to vote on moves for the white pieces and those with addresses from outside the country vote on the moves for the black pieces, The Local.no reported Tuesday.

Lars Raaum, who set up the game for Aftenposten, said the initial start of the game Monday featured some erratic moves from the black team, leading to accusations of sabotage from inside of Norway.

"We have had some sabotage of 'The World's Team' during the day, so we'll probably start up again tomorrow as we can add some security measures," Raaum said Monday.

He said about 4,000 people had taken part in the game Monday, but he could not confirm whether any grandmasters were among them.

"We know that several Grandmasters are a part of the Internet Chess Club network, but we are not sure who exactly is taking part. We expect more serious players to join as the game heats up!" he said.

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