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Norway Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen10.5/16(+6 -1 =9)[games]
Yu Yangyi9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian8.5/16(+3 -2 =11)[games]
Fabiano Caruana8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[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]
Alexander Grischuk5.5/16(+1 -6 =9)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[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: Hi, <Messiah>, Keres, Bronstein - great names from the past. Players who excelled in classical games; players who elevated the game to higher grounds of sparkling creativity. Let's not abuse their good names for temporary ideas. Kholmov, though, is so forgotten that he probably wouldn't mind :-)
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  Count Wedgemore: <Messiah: Thus, we could have Kholmovgeddon, Keresgeddon, Bronsteingeddon, to name a few.>

Then we have Girigeddon. The first player to draw, wins.

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  Count Wedgemore: And for those who remember a certain Bermuda party incident some years ago, we have the so-called Gormallygeddon. The player who throws the first punch at his opponent wins.
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  Diademas: <Count Wedgemore> Ahh. "Gormallygate". When chess was cool and juicy!
According to The Guardian: "probably the best thing to have happened to this much-mocked pastime in a generation."
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  Messiah: I love the Gormally-story. Is it already 13 years old? Time flies.
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  AylerKupp: <<rokko> Let's hope that the winner is at least tied for first in the classical-only cross table ... Otherwise it will be very difficult to take the result seriously.> (part 1 of 2)

It might help you take it seriously if you don't consider this a tournament at Classic time control but rather a tournament at Classic + (Rapid/Blitz) time controls with the latter played by Armageddon/Sudden Death rules. I say (Rapid/Blitz) because the 10 mins for White and 7 mins for Black are roughly the average of the typical Rapid (15 mins/game + increments) and Blitz (5 mins/game + increments)

Just for fun I calculated the average of the players' Rapid and Blitz time controls and ranking for those time controls. The following is a summary of the players' Classic, Rapid, and Blitz ratings and ranking in the Jun-2019 FIDE ratings, sorted in descending average rating order:

Carlsen, Magnus 2875 1 2895 1 2923 1 <2909> <1>

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2779 5 2812 4 2921 2 <2867> <3>

Caruana, Fabiano 2818 2 2817 3 2804 8 <2811> <6>

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2774 8 2810 5 2757 19 <2784> <12>

So, Wesley 2754 14 2806 6 2759 18 <2783> <12>

Ding, Liren 2805 3 2779 9 2773 13 <2776> <11>

Aronian, Levon 2752 16 2695 52 2827 4 <2761> <28>

Grischuk, Alexander 2775 6 2750 20 2744 22 <2747> <21>

Anand, Viswanathan 2767 9 2747 22 2735 26 <2741> <24>

Yu, Yangyi 2738 20 2775 11 2705 32 <2740> <22>

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  AylerKupp: <<rokko> Let's hope that the winner is at least tied for first in the classical-only cross table ... Otherwise it will be very difficult to take the result seriously.> (part 2 of 2)

Then the following through 5 rounds is how the players are performing in the Armageddon/Sudden death games. The second column is the number of Armageddon/Sudden Death games played (not necessarily the same, it depends on whether their Classic time control game was decisive), the number of points scored, and their percentage of score/number of games, sorted in descending percentage:

Yu, Yangyi 3 3.0 100%

Carlsen, Magnus 4 3.5 88%

Anand, Viswanathan 4 2.0 50%

Aronian, Levon 4 2.0 50%

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 3 1.5 50%

Ding, Liren 4 1.5 38%

So, Wesley 4 1.5 38%

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4 1.5 38%

Grischuk, Alexander 3 1.0 33%

Caruana, Fabiano 3 0.5 17%

The (good) surprises are Yangyi, Anand, and Aronian since they are performing better than their Rapid + Blitz rating averages would suggest. The (bad) surprises are So, Vachier-Lagrave, and Caruana since they are performing worse than Rapid + Blitz rating averages would suggest. Carlsen's performance should not be a surprise.

Does this mean anything? Probably not. Not only is this a very crude approximation how the players are expected to perform in the Armageddon/Sudden death games but there are still 4 rounds to play so the players' performance could change dramatically. But I wouldn't bet against Carlsen not winning the tournament.

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  AylerKupp: <<alexmagnus> Found it. It's in the Amazon Web Services licence agreement>

I agree with <Diademas> that's hilarious. I think it's a case of how little larger companies check some of their policies and statements or (hopefully) a case of both the writer of the agreement and the person who reviewed it having a sense of humor.

It reminds me of the time I was looking at my company's job description and I came across the following (and sole) requirement for the job for 2nd and 3rd shift janitors: "Must be able to operate room illumination devices." That is, turn light switches on and off. I wonder how many job applicants failed to meet that requirement?

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  Messiah: 7 decisive classical games out of 30 so far. From the organizers' viewpoint this might be a terrible result.
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  parmetd: Back when I was a technical writer... I would insert stuff like that on purpose for laughs... There was all sorts of star wars jokes and princess bride references.
Jun-10-19  Boomie: The champ was in a world of hurt in the Armor Get It On but he slimed his way out of it.
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After 6 rounds. "Ice-hockey table": win, won tie-break, lost tie-break, loss. (In brackets normal scores, without armageddon.)

1. Carlsen
6 1 5 0 0 9.5 (3.5)

2. Yu
6 1 4 0 1 8.0 (3)

3. Aronian
6 1 3 2 0 7.5 (3.5)

4. So
6 1 2 3 0 6.5 (3.5)

5. Ding
6 1 1 4 0 5.5 (3.5)

5. Anand
6 0 3 2 1 5.5 (2.5)

7. Mamedyarov
6 1 1 3 1 5.0 (3)

7. Caruana
6 1 1 3 1 5.0 (3)

9. Vachier-Lagrave
6 0 2 3 1 4.5 (2.5)

10. Grischuk
6 0 1 3 2 3.0 (2)

Jun-10-19  ewan14: I will go with the normal scores
Jun-10-19  ewan14: thank you soldal
Jun-10-19  BOSTER: My guess that round 8 , when Yu play vs Carlsen, will decide the winner of this tour. But this only guess.
Jun-10-19  nok: It's fair to say the novelties have failed.

This tournament is the Ragnarok that doesn't roll.

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  northernfox: Yes. Thank you Soldal. Though, in spite of your very helpful table, this stupid tournament format remains a dog's breakfast
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  Messiah: I just found that in the top of this page, if you click on the trophy icon, the crosstable disappears. It might help you to sleep better.
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  Messiah: I mean standings.
Jun-10-19  JustAnotherMaster: Some people need a lot of cheese to go with the whining. Appreciate what you have...beggers are not choosers.. If all you complainers pooled your pennies then you can run some game/24 tournament. IMHO it's been new format and exciting... Thx To the organizers for letting me watch this. BTW those fish who complain about the quality of the Arm games remember any of those players would oblterate you if got white and draw odds and 24 hours to their 5 minutes they might need to answer nature or 3 would be plennnnnty
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  keypusher: So, another five draws in classical in round six, and white scored 2-3 in Armageddon. Overall 7 decisive classical games out of 30, and White has scored 10-13 in Armageddon.
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  parmetd: Agreed <northernfox>

<frogbert> yes, agreed, Weds sounds right.

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  keypusher: <soldal >

Thanks, very nice.

<ayler kupp > how can anyone score a half-point in Armageddon?

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  Sokrates: I assume that all players in this tournament accepted and concurred with the format before they said yes to their participation. Knowing the format they planned a coherent strategy both for the classics and the so-called Armageddons, realising the inseperable connection between them. Obviously!

Attempts to exclude the Armageddon from that strategy and equation by counting classics only is neither fair nor true to the conditions of the tournament. We can strongly disagree with these conditions, but 1) players accepted them, 2) players have laid their strategy based upon them.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Messiah,

<I just found that in the top of this page, if you click on the trophy icon, the standings disappears. It might help you to sleep better. >

Great! But I've been awake all night trying to get it back again.

The easiest way to display this format is do without all the points and how they got them and just give the current placings.

At the time of posting.

Carlsen first.
Yu Yangyi 2nd
Aronian 3rd
Wes So 4th=
Ding Liren 4th=


Those interested in how they got there can work it out for themselves.


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