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Norway Blitz Tournament

Magnus Carlsen7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
Anish Giri6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna4/9(+4 -5 =0)[games]
Veselin Topalov3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Li Chao2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Nils Grandelius2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Norway Blitz (2016)

Background

The Norway Blitz is played immediately prior to the main event, Norway Chess (2016), basically to determine who gets five starts as White and four starts as Black.

When

Monday 18 April 2016.

Where

Scandic Stavanger City in Norway.

Format

Round robin event, nine rounds.

Time Control

3 min + 2 sec increment for each move.

Tie Breaks

1. Sonnenborn Berger
2. Most wins
3. Most wins with the black
4. Drawing of lots

Comments

Carlsen had 7.5/8 leading into the final round. He overplayed his game in an attempt to win and lost to Giri. However, he still won the event and lifted his blitz rating to over 2900.

Official site

http://norwaychess.no/

Regulations

http://norwaychess.no/en/reglement/

Previous event

Norway Chess (Blitz) (2015)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eljanov vs Aronian  ½-½232016Norway BlitzE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1432016Norway BlitzD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. A Giri vs Topalov  ½-½422016Norway BlitzB30 Sicilian
4. Kramnik vs Li Chao  1-0292016Norway BlitzA48 King's Indian
5. Topalov vs Aronian  ½-½242016Norway BlitzD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. Li Chao vs Harikrishna  0-1562016Norway BlitzD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. N Grandelius vs A Giri 0-1412016Norway BlitzA20 English
8. Carlsen vs Kramnik 1-0352016Norway BlitzD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Eljanov 1-0362016Norway BlitzA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. Eljanov vs Li Chao  ½-½622016Norway BlitzA48 King's Indian
11. Eljanov vs N Grandelius  1-0472016Norway BlitzA48 King's Indian
12. Harikrishna vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1432016Norway BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Li Chao vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1452016Norway BlitzA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Harikrishna vs Topalov  1-0432016Norway BlitzD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Giri vs Carlsen 1-0232016Norway BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Kramnik vs N Grandelius  ½-½462016Norway BlitzA48 King's Indian
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kramnik  ½-½702016Norway BlitzC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Topalov vs Eljanov  ½-½612016Norway BlitzA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. N Grandelius vs Harikrishna  0-1372016Norway BlitzA13 English
20. Carlsen vs Li Chao 1-0532016Norway BlitzD75 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
21. Aronian vs A Giri ½-½122016Norway BlitzE60 King's Indian Defense
22. Aronian vs N Grandelius  ½-½652016Norway BlitzA48 King's Indian
23. A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1572016Norway BlitzB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Harikrishna vs Kramnik  0-1392016Norway BlitzA13 English
25. Li Chao vs Topalov  1-0402016Norway BlitzE01 Catalan, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Damn, Aronian played 7(!) draws in 9 blitz games.

Norway Blitz (2016)/Levon Aronian

Apr-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I thought Giri would be the one with the most draws...

Anyway, Carlsen, Giri, MVL, Kramnik and Aronian finish in the top half of the tournament, so they'll get white in their R1 game.

Harikrishna with no draws.

Apr-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Congratulations to the Champ! Good show.
Apr-19-16  john barleycorn: wow, Carlsen now rated at 2915 in blitz.
Apr-21-16  scholes: Carlsen now Nor 1 in all formats of the game
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