FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship

Verdens første offisielle VM i Fischer Random Chess aThe world's first official World Cup in Fischer Random Chess is organized at Høvikodden.

27. October–2. November 2019

In 2018 Magnus Carlsen challenged and defeated Hikaru Nakamura in an unofficial World Championship in Fischer Random Chess. This year we are ready for the first official World Championship. With the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter as the venue, the championship is organized by Dund AS. Please find more information here.

How can I buy tickets?
The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter will release a limited number of tickets for the matches to be played 27. October through 2. November. Tickets will be released at Ticketmaster 12. September.

What is Fischer Random?
Fischer Random was invented by Bobby Fischer in 1996. The game uses the same boards and pieces as standard chess, but the starting position of the officer pieces on the first and last row is the result of a draw and is therefore placed randomly. Such a starting point limits the ability to memorize opening moves in many combinations and requires a greater degree of improvisation, presence and creativity.

Why chess at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter?
In 2018, the art center displayed a retrospective exhibition with the Norwegian photographer Dag Alveng, who in addition to being an artist also is a capable chess player. His latest photo series in the exhibition shows the tombstones of great chess legends, and Alveng's dream was to activate his photographs with an active match. The result was an unofficial World Championship inside the exhibition. In collaboration with the Municipality of Bærum, Henie Onstad will now present the world's first official World Championship in Fischer Random Chess.

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Magnus Carlsen vs. Hikaru Nakamura at Høvikodden in 2018. Photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

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