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Norway Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi8.5/17(+5 -5 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin8/15(+5 -4 =6)[games]
Alireza Firouzja7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport7/14(+4 -4 =6)[games]
Aryan Tari3/14(+1 -9 =4)[games]

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Norway Chess (2021)

The 9th Norway Chess was a 6-player double round robin held from 7-17 September 2021 in Stavanger, Norway. Originally scheduled for May (Clarion Hotel Energy), the event was moved to September (Clarion Hotel Stavanger) because of Corona problems. Rest day: 11 September. Time control: 120 minutes for the whole game with 10 seconds added per move after move 40. The players were not allowed to agree on a draw until after move 30. If there was a draw in the Classical game the players moved on to Armageddon: 10 minutes for white and 7 minutes for black, with 1 second added per move after move 40. In case of a shared first place there would be a blitz playoff to decide the winner. In addition to Norwegians Carlsen and Tari, four players from the world top 20 were invited: Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin, Rapport and Firouzja. Ian Nepomniachtchi experienced visum problems and his first round game vs Karjakin was played on 11 September. There was no opening Blitz tournament. Tournament category: XXI (2760). Chief arbiter: Anemone Kulczak. The scoring system was as follows:

Outcome Pts Classical win (3) 3 Classical draw, Armageddon win (½, 1) 1½ Classical draw, Armageddon loss (½, ½) 1 Classical loss (0) 0

World Champion Magnus Carlsen won with 19.5 points:

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Carlsen 2855 ** ** 1½ 3 1½ 3 1½ 1½ 0 3 1½ 3 19½ 2 Firouzja 2754 1 0 ** ** 0 3 1 3 1 3 3 3 18 3 Rapport 2760 1 0 3 0 ** ** 1 1 1½ 3 3 3 16½ 4 Nepomniachtchi 2792 1 1 1½ 0 1½ 1½ ** ** 3 1 1½ 0 12 5 Karjakin 2758 3 0 1½ 0 1 0 0 1½ ** ** 1½ 1½ 10 6 Tari 2642 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 ** ** 7

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Wikipedia article: Norway Chess#2021

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Tari vs Rapport  0-1552021Norway ChessC01 French, Exchange
2. Firouzja vs Carlsen  ½-½392021Norway ChessB30 Sicilian
3. Firouzja vs Carlsen  ½-½572021Norway ChessB30 Sicilian
4. Karjakin vs Rapport  ½-½472021Norway ChessB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. Carlsen vs A Tari ½-½462021Norway ChessC53 Giuoco Piano
6. Carlsen vs A Tari 1-0472021Norway ChessC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Nepomniachtchi vs Firouzja 1-0252021Norway ChessC34 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Karjakin vs Rapport  ½-½672021Norway ChessB01 Scandinavian
9. Nepomniachtchi vs Firouzja  ½-½312021Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Rapport vs Carlsen  ½-½182021Norway ChessE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
11. A Tari vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½322021Norway ChessB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Firouzja vs Karjakin  ½-½372021Norway ChessC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Firouzja vs Karjakin 0-1622021Norway ChessA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
14. Rapport vs Carlsen  ½-½422021Norway ChessA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Tari vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1312021Norway ChessB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. A Tari vs Karjakin ½-½302021Norway ChessC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Rapport vs Firouzja 1-0552021Norway ChessD90 Grunfeld
18. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0412021Norway ChessA04 Reti Opening
19. A Tari vs Karjakin  0-1552021Norway ChessC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½392021Norway ChessC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Nepomniachtchi vs Karjakin 1-0372021Norway ChessC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Nepomniachtchi vs Rapport 1-0692021Norway ChessB01 Scandinavian
23. Firouzja vs A Tari  1-0362021Norway ChessC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Nepomniachtchi vs Rapport  ½-½362021Norway ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Karjakin vs Carlsen 1-0542021Norway ChessB33 Sicilian
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Sep-17-21  metatron2: <fabelhaft: a mystery how he could win from the position he had around move 20-30>

Carlsen played pretty amazing from 30, despite being in serious time trouble, and under a heavy pressure against his king.

His 30. Ra6 move was a brave decision, especially in time pressure: Instead of trying to play for a draw with passive defense like 30. Rae1, Carlsen shifts his rook far away from his king defense, attacking black's weak Q-side, and asking Karjakin to show him what he's got.

I'm not sure how many players (if any, other than Carlsen), would have been able to defend such position against Karjakin with <4 minutes without increments> on the clock, since after the 30.. e4 response, and the surprising 32.. Bh3 move, there were so many ways for white to gone wrong, that its simply amazing that Carlsen could find such an accurate defense with no time.

Its not surprising that Carlsen's superb defense confused Karjakin, and he lost confidence and started to go astray, and lost what seems like a holdable position.

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: <I'm not sure how many players (if any, other than Carlsen), would have been able to defend such position against Karjakin with <4 minutes without increments> on the clock, since after the 30.. e4 response, and the surprising 32.. Bh3 move, there were so many ways for white to gone wrong, that its simply amazing that Carlsen could find such an accurate defense with no time>

Indeed, he had <very> little time left and quite a difficult position to play. Karjakin had much more time left and a much easier position to play. Carlsen said he won because Karjakin is completely off form, but you do have to play some exact moves to do it. Carlsen blitzed out a long line of engine moves towards the end.

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: May Justin FAIL HORRIBLY in the last round
Sep-17-21  Ifanivan: Go king MC!!!!
Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: GO BILL! Make him CRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep-17-21  nok: <...defend such position against Karjakin with <4 minutes without increments> on the clock, since after the 30.. e4 response, and the surprising 32.. Bh3>

I think it's the classic play for the clock situation where you get transfixed by your opp's zeitnot and play highly speculative moves to "soft flag".

30...e4 ?!? is not in Karjakin's style. Paradoxically I think he'd have won if Carlsen had more time.

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Big congrats to Magnus.
Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Firouzja looks like he's going to win again. Quite a tournament for him.

Credit to Rapport for going on a tear in classical and (I think) making everyone else make more of an effort in classical too.

And congrats to Magnus!

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: Not often someone finishes an event with seven straight decisive, including four wins at the end.
Sep-17-21  nok: Magnus playing dirty again w/ the takeback in the last game
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Sep-17-21  fisayo123: Its pretty amazing that Firouzja tied Carlsen in the Classical portion in both editions of the supertournament in 2020 and 2021.

Exciting times in the world of chess!

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: Carlsen has won 41 quite strong tournaments in classical

2007: Biel
2008: Aerosvit, Baku, Wijk aan Zee
2009: London, Nanjing
2010: Bazna, London, Nanjing, Wijk aan Zee

2011: Bazna, Biel, Bilbao, Tal Memorial
2012: Bilbao, London, Tal Memorial
2013: S:t Louis, Wijk aan Zee, World Championship Candidates 2014: Shamkir, Zurich
2015: Wijk aan Zee, Shamkir, Grenke, London, Qatar

2016: Wijk aan Zee, Norway, Bilbao
2017: Isle of Man
2018: Wijk aan Zee, Shamkir, S:t Louis
2019: Wijk aan Zee, Shamkir, Grenke, Norway Chess, Zagreb

2020: Norway Chess
2021: Norway Chess

Then of course a bunch of matches, speed chess events and online tournaments.

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: <fabelhaft: Carlsen has won 41 quite strong tournaments in classical

2007: Biel
2008: Aerosvit, Baku, Wijk aan Zee
2009: London, Nanjing
2010: Bazna, London, Nanjing, Wijk aan Zee

2011: Bazna, Biel, Bilbao, Tal Memorial
2012: Bilbao, London, Tal Memorial
2013: S:t Louis, Wijk aan Zee, World Championship Candidates 2014: Shamkir, Zurich 2015: Wijk aan Zee, Shamkir, Grenke, London, Qatar

2016: Wijk aan Zee, Norway, Bilbao
2017: Isle of Man
2018: Wijk aan Zee, Shamkir, S:t Louis
2019: Wijk aan Zee, Shamkir, Grenke, Norway Chess, Zagreb

2020: Norway Chess
2021: Norway Chess

Then of course a bunch of matches, speed chess events and online tournaments.>

It's time to retire then.

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <nok: Magnus playing dirty again w/ the takeback in the last game>

Do you have a youtube link for that? I loved watching that famous Kasparov take back where he pretends to be thinking about the move still after obviously letting go of the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5a...

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: The players this far ready for the Candidates are #12, #15 and #18 at the moment, it remains to be seen how many players in the top ten that will qualify this time. There are no players picked by rating, and the remaining qualifiers could include some sensations given the formats.
Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: Surprising in such a strong field that most of the classical games were decisive.
Sep-17-21  thebully99: These would have been the scores if Armageddon was not counted if im not mistakenL

**2020**
Carlsen: 6.5/10
Firouzja: 6.5/10
Aronian: 6.5/10
Caruana: 5.5/10
Duda: 3.5/10
Tari: 1.5/10

**2021**
Carlsen: 6.5/10
Firouzja: 6.5/10
Rapport: 6/10
Nepo: 5/10
Karjakin: 3.5/10
Tari: 3/10

So Carlsen and Firouzja had the same ranking and score as last year in terms of classical, and Tari improved. There were 16 decisive wins this year compared to 18 from last year.

I still object to the Armageddon format and believe the current method of lowering the classical time control and inviting newer/younger players suffice. Firouzja was potentially robbed of two chances to win a supertournament ahead of the champion by playing a tiebreak playoff with him.

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  0ZeR0: Congratulations to Magnus!

This turned out to be quite the tournament, and I also especially enjoyed seeing Rapport come into his own, the young Firouzja’s fearlessness, and some fine technical play by Nepo.

Sep-17-21  nok: <CIO: <Magnus playing dirty again w/ the takeback in the last game> Do you have a youtube link for that?>

Seems he didn't release the piece but it looks jerky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQO...

Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: He was just toying with Nepo.
Sep-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < nok: <CIO: <Magnus playing dirty again w/ the takeback in the last game> Do you have a youtube link for that?> Seems he didn't release the piece but it looks jerky>

Good of you to post the link, because it makes you look, well, jerky.

Sep-18-21  JustAnotherMaster: Another Magnus Miracle, so so for a while then when the pressure rises so does the cream of the crop. Great tournament, great analysts, Judith and David thx. The players were exhausted at the end, everyone gave their all. Nepo even got snippy with Anastasia, you will pay for that, MC will be smashing him but should be exciting for a while
Sep-18-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Magnus won in t'end ;-). Maybe this is the scoring system of the future - the games are entertaining all right.
Sep-18-21  nok: <everyone gave their all.>

Especially the Score Computation Team.

Not that anyone will know if the final standings are wrong.

Sep-18-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: <JustAnotherMaster: Another Magnus Miracle>

U mean Justin Jeopardy?

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