11th Norway Chess 2023 R5: Nakamura now world no. 2

by Shahid Ahmed
6/5/2023 – He drew the Classical game against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) in Round 5 of 11th Norway Chess 2023, and then was completely winning the Armageddon against the former World Rapid champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov (2731). However, Gukesh decided to repeat moves as draw with Black, which won him the match. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) and Hikaru Nakamura (USA) scored the only two Classical wins of the round against the tournament leader Fabiano Caruana (USA) and birthday boy Aryan Tari (NOR). The 'Speed King' Nakamura is now World no.2 again. Magnus Carlsen defeated Anish Giri in the Armageddon to win the match.

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Abdusattorov - Gukesh: 1-1.5

The third Classical game of 2023 between D Gukesh (2732) and Nodirbek Abdusattorov (2731) ended in a draw. The former World Rapid champion brought a new move which put Gukesh in a think tank. However, the game did not have any fireworks, as their previous encounters have displayed, and it ended in a draw.

Gukesh was winning the Armageddon against Abdusattorov. However, he decided to repeat moves as he was playing with the black pieces which means a draw was enough to win the Armageddon and the match too. [Click on moves for a replay board] 

Gukesh claims the threefold repetition in the Armageddon

Carlsen - Giri: 1.5-1

Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2853) will have to wait a little longer to beat Anish Giri (NED, 2768) in a Classical game as their Classical encounter at this event ended in a draw. The world no.1 won the must-win Armageddon to clinch the match.

Carlsen beat over Giri was exactly a year and a day ago at the same event on 3rd June

Caruana - Mamedyarov: 0-3

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2738) hasn't beaten Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2764) in a Classical rated game since Superbet Chess Classic in June 2021. That certainly gave him the confidence to bring Caruana's great momentum to a halt.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was happy after beating the seemingly invincible Fabiano Caruana

Nakamur - Tari: 3-0

Hikaru Nakamura defeated Aryan Tari to become World no. 2 again.

Hikaru Nakamura is World no.2 again | Source: 2700chess.com

Wesley So (USA) - Alireza Firouzja (FRA): 1-1.5

Replay all games from Round five

Results of Round five

Standings after five rounds

Link: Tournament page of Norway Chess

Shahid Ahmed is the senior coordinator and editor of ChessBase India. He enjoys covering chess tournaments and also likes to play in chess events from time to time.