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Altibox Norway (Blitz) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Sergey Karjakin4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Wesley So4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Fabiano Caruana3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Anish Giri1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Altibox Norway (Blitz) (2017)

Played in Clarion Hotel Air, Stavanger, Norway 5 June 2017, as a warm-up and drawing of colors for Altibox Norway (2017).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs Aronian ½-½252017Altibox Norway (Blitz)C50 Giuoco Piano
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian  ½-½392017Altibox Norway (Blitz)C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
3. Karjakin vs A Giri 1-0442017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Kramnik vs Carlsen  ½-½722017Altibox Norway (Blitz)B08 Pirc, Classical
5. Nakamura vs Caruana 1-0592017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
6. A Giri vs W So 0-1492017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A14 English
7. Aronian vs Karjakin 1-0392017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
8. Anand vs Kramnik 0-1442017Altibox Norway (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0502017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand 1-0342017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
11. Caruana vs Anand 0-1522017Altibox Norway (Blitz)C50 Giuoco Piano
12. W So vs Nakamura 0-1602017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
13. Nakamura vs Anand  ½-½322017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A08 King's Indian Attack
14. Kramnik vs Karjakin  1-0222017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A28 English
15. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Giri  1-0252017Altibox Norway (Blitz)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. W So vs Carlsen 0-1442017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
17. Aronian vs Kramnik  ½-½472017Altibox Norway (Blitz)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. A Giri vs Nakamura  0-1452017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Anand vs W So  ½-½262017Altibox Norway (Blitz)C07 French, Tarrasch
20. Karjakin vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-0572017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0262017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Caruana vs W So 0-1612017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A13 English
23. Kramnik vs Nakamura  ½-½612017Altibox Norway (Blitz)B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. Aronian vs A Giri  1-0452017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
25. W So vs Karjakin  1-0402017Altibox Norway (Blitz)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-05-17  JPi: It's only a blitz tournament but one can say that Magnus Carlsen really dominated it. Not only by the results but also by the nature of the games. He was seldomly in difficulty and knew how to convert his slight positional advantage to a real winnable ending. Very impressive. Congrats!
Jun-05-17  JimNorCal: Not only that, but Blitz winners chose their pairing numbers. Thus will have one more game with the white pieces in the classic tourney.
Jun-05-17  scholes: Carlsen is angry and Girl is calm. Some very interesting things Carlsen said in press conference. Chess.com report on press conference is worth reading.
Jun-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: <<JPi>: It's only a blitz tournament but one can say that Magnus Carlsen really dominated it.>

Domination is a word not strong enough to desctibe his dominance in this blitz tournament. :-)

Maybe Fischer like dominance?

Jun-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: didn't Tal or Fischer win one of these blitz super tournaments by 4 points? Magnus isn't quite that far over his peers in blitz.

I'd like to see them play a one minute (bullet) tournament, just for fun, no ratings.

Jun-06-17  not not: 1.Nc3 Best in jest!
Jun-06-17  ozmikey: This 1.d4/2.Bf4 thing is very much the new black, innit?
Jun-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Boomie: <HeMateMe: didn't Tal or Fischer win one of these blitz super tournaments by 4 points?>

At Herceg Novi 1970, Fischer scored 19/22 = 86% against top competition. Here Carlsen scored 83%, which is a comparable performance. Fischer didn't use more than 2 1/2 minutes on any game. Clearly, he was in a zone in 1970.

Jun-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: 3/2 is a very different game from 5/0.
Jun-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  siamesedream: <NORWAY CHESS 2017 BLITZ KICK-OFF

This year Norway Chess is important for many reasons. Already celebrating the 5th edition, Norway Chess has become a main feature on the elite chess calendar. The more than impressive line-up with the Top 10 players on the February 2017 rating list (in June all still within top 12), undoubtedly makes it the strongest tournament this year. After the World Championship match I’ve ended 2nd or 3rd in all events. While not bad, it is not the standard by which I judge myself.

Coach Peter Heine, my father and I arrived in Stavanger by car from Oslo Saturday after a successful evening stop in Sirdal to watch Real Madrid win the 3rd CL trophy since 2014.

Most of the event takes place in the Clarion Energy hotel outside Stavanger city this time. It is a nice hotel in a nice location albeit outside walking distance to the city center.

The other participants are all regular elite players that I’ve met many times in the past; So, Kramnik, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Anand, Nakamura, Karjakin and Giri.

Norway Chess initial press conferences are unusually good, and today was no exception. The Blitz tournament was as always great fun, and I reached the same good result as last year, 7.5/9 points and clear first. I knew I was in reasonable shape after the training camp last week, but I must admit both the result and the overall quality of my play was a pleasant surprise. After two initial draws, it went very smoothly throughout the rest of my games, and it was great to feel the adrenaline flow again.

I picked start number three this year, and face Wesley So in round 1 tomorrow at 4 pm (3pm GMT). Wesley So has had a tremendous last 10 months, and he is now number two on the FIDE rating list. His Blitz form was not impressive, but he will as usual be a difficult opponent to beat in classical chess. The games are broadcast live on TV2.

Magnus Carlsen, Stavanger, June 5th, 2017>

https://www.arctic.com/secno/magnus...

Jun-06-17  stst: Both Tal & Fish are in the G-class, along with favs like Capa, Morph, Alek. Blitz or Blind, they did it all. The class may admit also MC today.
Jun-06-17  wallytherhino: The biggest surprise here comes with the results from Viswanathan Anand (2789 rapid, 2766 blitz). He goes 1-2 in the first three games and then draws out the rest. (+1 -2 =6) will get the job done in a long round robin as he can record wins against opponents who are mentally dulled in the late rounds, but this is a Blitz tournament and playing safe is not a great strategy (FOR A BLITZ TOURNAMENT)
Jun-06-17  1971: What did Magnus say about Wesley finishing in the bottom half of the table?
Jun-07-17  The Rocket: Are people like Seirawan and Maurice Ashley still deluded about Nakamuras blitz prowess? Do they still submit that he is the greatest blitz player of all time?
Jun-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SirRuthless: With increments Carlen is the best blitz player but without them he himself said Nakamura is better at bullet and admitting that fact didn't seem to bother him at all.

Why does it bother you that others agree with Carlsen in that assessment?

Seek help. I did and it improved my life dramatically.

Jun-07-17  The Rocket: <With increments Carlen is the best blitz player but without them he himself said Nakamura is better at bullet and admitting that fact didn't seem to bother him at all. Why does it bother you that others agree with Carlsen in that assessment?

Seek help. I did and it improved my life dramatically. >

Bullet and blitz are two different things.

Jun-08-17  The Kings Domain: Good and consistent play by Carlsen on a decent tournament.
Jun-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: <lost in space: <<JPi>: It's only a blitz tournament but one can say that Magnus Carlsen really dominated it.>

Domination is a word not strong enough to desctibe his dominance in this blitz tournament. :-)>

He dominated a group of players suffering from jet lag...that's more like it.

Jun-08-17  Whitehat1963: I thought So was supposed to be a blitz machine. Alas, quite mortal in this crowd.
Jun-09-17  Scarborough shoal: I want to see blindfold chess. I think it is much better than blitz as a spectator sport.
Jun-17-17  QueentakesKing: To be a world champion, one has to be a very good blitz player also. Sorry Wesley fans, I hope I am mistaken.
Jun-17-17  Pulo y Gata: I hope you're not
Jun-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: <Sorry Wesley fans, I hope I am mistaken.>

Yes... you are mistaken. Wesley will be a world champion.

<To be a world champion, one has to be a very good blitz player also.>

True...So true...but you are misinformed. Wesley is a very good blitz player when rested well. On this tourney, Magnus had the upper hand again as usual...he didn't have to travel a thousand miles to face 9 players. He was in the comfy of his little aquarium waiting to be served with jet lagged, out of sync, energy drained, fatigued bodies, dehydrated individuals.

The results in Norway Classic tell you the real story. Once rested, every one in the group except Caruana (who had a rough time adjusting to his usual self) was a mile ahead of Magnus.

Can you see the difference?

Now on the current rapid tourney, Magnus is on the same playing field....tired, jetlagged like the rest of the field. Current result reveals Magnus and Wesley are tied for first...Naka and others are very close behind. What could be the reason be??? You tell me.

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