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Norway Chess (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]
Nils Grandelius2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
Li Chao2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Pavel Eljanov2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Norway Chess (Blitz) (2016)


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


Monday 18 April 2016.


Scandic Stavanger City Hotel, Stavanger, Norway.


Round robin, nine rounds.

Time Control

3 min, + 2 sec increment for each move.

Tie Breaks

1. Sonneborn-Berger
2. Most wins
3. Most wins with black
4. Drawing of lots


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.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Carlsen 2890 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 2 Giri 2793 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 6 3 Vachier-Lagrave 2872 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 6 4 Kramnik 2817 0 * 1 1 1 1 6 5 Aronian 2814 0 * 1 4 6 Harikrishna 2774 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 4 7 Topalov 2647 0 1 0 0 * 0 3 8 Grandelius 2604 0 0 0 * 0 2 9 Li Chao 2633 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2 10 Eljanov 2679 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2

ChessBase report:

Previous edition: Norway Chess (Blitz) (2015). Next: Norway Chess (Blitz) (2017). Main event: Norway Chess (2016)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eljanov vs Aronian  ½-½232016Norway Chess (Blitz)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1432016Norway Chess (Blitz)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. A Giri vs Topalov  ½-½422016Norway Chess (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
4. Kramnik vs Li Chao  1-0292016Norway Chess (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
5. Topalov vs Aronian  ½-½242016Norway Chess (Blitz)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. Li Chao vs Harikrishna  0-1562016Norway Chess (Blitz)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. N Grandelius vs A Giri 0-1412016Norway Chess (Blitz)A20 English
8. Carlsen vs Kramnik 1-0352016Norway Chess (Blitz)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Eljanov 1-0362016Norway Chess (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. Eljanov vs Li Chao  ½-½622016Norway Chess (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
11. Eljanov vs N Grandelius  1-0472016Norway Chess (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
12. Harikrishna vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1432016Norway Chess (Blitz)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Li Chao vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1452016Norway Chess (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Harikrishna vs Topalov  1-0432016Norway Chess (Blitz)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Giri vs Carlsen 1-0232016Norway Chess (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Kramnik vs N Grandelius  ½-½462016Norway Chess (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
17. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kramnik  ½-½702016Norway Chess (Blitz)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. Topalov vs Eljanov  ½-½612016Norway Chess (Blitz)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. N Grandelius vs Harikrishna  0-1372016Norway Chess (Blitz)A13 English
20. Carlsen vs Li Chao 1-0532016Norway Chess (Blitz)D75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
21. Aronian vs A Giri ½-½122016Norway Chess (Blitz)E60 King's Indian Defense
22. Aronian vs N Grandelius  ½-½652016Norway Chess (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
23. A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1572016Norway Chess (Blitz)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Harikrishna vs Kramnik  0-1392016Norway Chess (Blitz)A13 English
25. Li Chao vs Topalov  1-0402016Norway Chess (Blitz)E01 Catalan, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-19-16  notyetagm: Damn, Aronian played 7(!) draws in 9 blitz games.

Norway Blitz (2016)/Levon Aronian

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.

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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