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Norway Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen10.5/16(+6 -1 =9)[games]
Yu Yangyi9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Fabiano Caruana8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian8.5/16(+3 -2 =11)[games]
Wesley So8.5/17(+2 -2 =13)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8/17(+2 -3 =12)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/17(+2 -4 =11)[games]
Ding Liren7.5/16(+3 -4 =9)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[games]
Alexander Grischuk5.5/16(+1 -6 =9)[games] Chess Event Description
Norway Chess (2019)

The 7th edition of Altibox Norway Chess was a 10-player round-robin featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and six more of the world's Top 10 players. It took place from 3-15 June in the Clarion Energy Hotel (Rounds 1-6) and Stavanger Concert Hall (Rounds 7-9) in Stavanger. Classical games were worth 2 points for a win, but in case of a draw players got half a point and played an Armageddon game for the remaining point. Players received 2 hours for each classical game, with a 10-second increment only after move 40. No draw offers were allowed until move 30. In the Armageddon games White had 10 minutes to Black's 7, with a 3-second increment from move 61. In case of a draw the player with Black got the full point. If there was a tie for first at the end of the tournament a 3+2 blitz playoff would take place. (1)

Magnus Carlsen won with 13,5 points, ahead of Levon Aronian and Yu Yangyi.

Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 So-B Euros 1 Carlsen 2875 ** ˝1 2- ˝0 ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 2- 13˝ 75000 2 Aronian 2752 ˝0 ** ˝1 0- ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 ˝0 2- ˝1 10˝ 48 32500 3 Yu Yangyi 2738 0- ˝0 ** ˝1 0- ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 2- 2- 10˝ 45.5 32500 4 Caruana 2819 ˝1 2- ˝0 ** ˝0 0- ˝1 2- ˝0 ˝1 10 45.5 19000 5 So 2754 ˝0 ˝0 2- ˝1 ** ˝0 ˝0 ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 10 39.5 19000 6 Ding Liren 2805 ˝0 ˝0 ˝0 2- ˝1 ** ˝0 ˝0 2- ˝0 8˝ 17000 7 Anand 2767 ˝0 ˝0 ˝0 ˝0 ˝1 ˝1 ** ˝1 0- ˝1 8 32 15000 8 Vachier-Lagrave 2779 ˝0 ˝1 ˝0 0- ˝0 ˝1 ˝0 ** ˝1 ˝1 8 30 15000 9 Mamedyarov 2774 ˝0 0- 0- ˝1 ˝0 0- 2- ˝0 ** ˝0 5˝ 18 12500 10 Grischuk 2775 0- ˝0 0- ˝0 ˝0 ˝1 ˝0 ˝0 ˝1 ** 5˝ 14 12500

Category: XXII (2784). Chief arbiter: Anemone Kulczak.

Official site: ChessBase: TWIC:

Previous edition: Norway Chess (2018). Opening Blitz tournament: Norway Chess (Blitz) (2019)


 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 79  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs W So 1-0352019Norway ChessD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Aronian vs Grischuk 1-0502019Norway ChessA20 English
3. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Yangyi 0-1392019Norway ChessA28 English
4. Mamedyarov vs Caruana 1-0712019Norway ChessA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0432019Norway ChessA21 English
6. Aronian vs Grischuk  ½-½352019Norway ChessA36 English
7. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½432019Norway ChessC42 Petrov Defense
8. Ding Liren vs W So  ½-½352019Norway ChessE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. Mamedyarov vs Caruana  ½-½322019Norway ChessA28 English
10. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½582019Norway ChessD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. Grischuk vs W So ½-½552019Norway ChessA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Yu Yangyi vs Ding Liren 1-0562019Norway ChessE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Grischuk vs W So  ½-½152019Norway ChessC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0602019Norway ChessB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Yu Yangyi vs Ding Liren  ½-½442019Norway ChessE00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Anand vs Mamedyarov 0-1342019Norway ChessB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½682019Norway ChessB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1432019Norway ChessB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand  ½-½402019Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
20. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand  ½-½322019Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Ding Liren vs Caruana 1-0772019Norway ChessA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. W So vs Yu Yangyi 1-0662019Norway ChessC42 Petrov Defense
23. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-0342019Norway ChessD85 Grunfeld
24. Mamedyarov vs Aronian 0-1312019Norway ChessA28 English
25. Anand vs Ding Liren 1-0272019Norway ChessC50 Giuoco Piano
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  Sokrates: <nok> I hope you found the video by searching the word Armageddon on YouTube and not in your personal playlist :-)
Jun-09-19  nok: It's an acquired taste, but that s--t has historical significance. First thing to happen to those frozen lands since Edvard Grieg.
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  Diademas: <Count Wedgemore: Speaking of Old Norse. Armageddon games in Norway Chess should be called Ragnarok.

Good point!
These are the regulations as given by the article.
<Brothers will fight
and kill each other,
sisters' children
will defile kinship.
It is harsh in the world,
whoredom rife
—an axe age, a sword age
—shields are riven—
a wind age, a wolf age—
before the world goes headlong.
No man will have
mercy on another>

FIDE should just adopt it verbatim.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

The alternative would be to call it something mundane like 'tie break blitz'.

Who invented and named it? we could name it after them. Hopefully it's someone called Smith. 'Smith Blitz'.


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  Count Wedgemore: <Diademas> I think guys like Fischer and Korchnoi would have approved of the "Ragnarok regulations". Today's players, not so much. They're way too nice :)
Jun-09-19  LameJokes:

When you play like a 'Don who is happy using the arms', you play Armageddon.

The initial word was Arm-gay-don.

Over the years, it changed into Armageddon.

Jun-09-19  Knightcarver: Utter nonsense. Armageddon is derived from the valley of Megiddo, site of decisive battles in ancient times. I think the use of the term in chess comes from Armageddon being the "last" battle between good and evil in Revelation, although good and evil are too strong a contrast for chess players.
Jun-09-19  Junbalansag: I observe that has not observed the scoring system of Norway Chess 2019. In the tournament, Wesley places second to Carlsen, but the former won only a game. So it will soon happen that a winner of the tournament loses FIDE points.
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  Sokrates: <Knightcarver: Utter nonsense. Armageddon is derived from the valley of Megiddo, site of decisive battles in ancient times. >

You have thought about the alias name LJ, right? Could be meant as a joke - just suggesting.

Otherwise, Armageddon is from Hebrew Harmagedon and refers indeed (as I wrote) to the Revelation of John, 16, 12-16 where an escatological battle between the armies of God and Satan takes place. Megiddo is rather the name of a mountain, since Harmagedon is Hebrew for "Megiddo's Mountain". The whole incident is only mentioned once in the New Testament, but the Revelation seems to be an endless source for vivid and wild imaginations.

Said by me, an atheist. :-) Anyway, and to repeat: a pompeous word for a chessgame, even at a metaphorical level.

Jun-09-19  BOSTER: After round 5 Carlsen has 8 points with only one win in "classical". Maybe this new system FIDE will invite in World Champ.
Jun-09-19  gokusano: <BOSTER: After round 5 Carlsen has 8 points with only one win in "classical". Maybe this new system FIDE will invite in World Champ.>

If they failed to win in the regular game, they have to face the consequence of Armaggedon. Indeed, chess is hard and the Altibox makes it more hard.

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  keypusher: OK, zero wins in classical in Round 5, and White scored 1-4 in Armageddon. So overall, 7 decisive classical games out of 25, and White has scored 8-10 in Armageddon/Ragnarok.
Jun-09-19  frogbert: <certainly not a Monday/Tuesday puzzle>

Certainly not more than Wednesday. The c4-fork is an obvious motif, and it comes with a mate-threat as well. If given as a puzzle, you know there's something there. You basically need to stop the c5-c4 defence, and then the rest is elimination. It's a forced 4-move combo, <parmetd> - winning a rook.

Jun-09-19  Boomie: Scores after round 5

1 Carlsen, Magnus 8pts
2 Yu, Yangyi 6.5pts
3 Aronian, Levon 6pts
4 So, Wesley 6pts
5 Ding, Liren 5pts
6 Anand, Viswanathan 5pts
7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 4.5pts
8 Caruana, Fabiano 3.5pts
9 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3pts
10 Grischuk, Alexander 2.5pts

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How would you identify an Armageddon draw and therefore a Black win? I can't come up with anything better than "1/2-1/2 (0-1 A)," in the manner of football's "1-1 (5-6 aet)," when the away team wins on penalty kicks. What would you suggest?
Jun-10-19  jphamlore: It's interesting how the Chinese can basically train any of their top players to be respectable even at the super GM level in rapid or blitz play when the time is right for them to make whatever run they can in chess around age 24. Now it is Yu Yangyi's turn.

When it is Wei Yi's turn, I suspect he will suddenly be 2800+ rapid and blitz.

This format is somewhat a nightmare for Caruana, but Caruana is still my favorite to win Candidates and possibly defeat an inexplicably tired Carlsen in the rematch. Not that I would be a fan of this outcome, as I think it is good for the world champion to be the fastest thinker.

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  MrMelad: I think the Armageddon format suits Carlsen’s style.

First of all just to draw him in classical can already exhaust his opponent.

Then I think the Armageddon match favors him with any color, if he is white it is basically a blitz game with a big time advantage for him as he rarely draws games in blitz, playing very sharp. And I’m pretty sure Carlsen can draw with black easily against any opponent if he is given even 5 minutes for the game, regardless of how much time his opponent have.

So overall I’m not extremely surprised with the results so far.

Jun-10-19  rokko: Let's hope that the winner is at least tied for first in the classical-only cross table (currently Carlsen is on +1 like So, Ding and Aronian). Otherwise it will be very difficult to take the result seriously.
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  wordfunph: Wishing GM Aronian the best of luck.
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  diceman: <Sally Simpson: ***

The alternative would be to call it something mundane like 'tie break blitz'.

Who invented and named it?>

It comes from the phrase:

"I'm a geddon tired of draws!"

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  alexmagnus: <FIDE should just adopt it verbatim.>

Reminded me of the fact that some of Amazon's products has, in its license agreement, a clause concerning the validity and scope of the license in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

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  alexmagnus: <Reminded me of the fact that some of Amazon's products has, in its license agreement, a clause concerning the validity and scope of the license in the event of a zombie apocalypse.>

Found it. It's in the Amazon Web Services licence agreement:

<The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.>

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  Diademas: <alexmagnus>
That's actually hilarious.
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  Messiah: Although I don't like anything that is faster than classical, it would be nice to see multiple armageddon formats, named after well-known chess history personalities. Thus, we could have Kholmovgeddon, Keresgeddon, Bronsteingeddon, to name a few. In this case I could laugh my a** off during watching this nonsensical time control, no matter how low is the quality of the games.
Jun-10-19  LameJokes:

<Knightcarver: Utter nonsense. Armageddon is derived from the valley of Megiddo, site of decisive battles in ancient times. >

<Sokrates: You have thought about the alias name LJ, right? Could be meant as a joke - just suggesting.>

You are right, of course. I was just joking.

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