Altibox Norway Chess with Carlsen and Caruana returns in October

by ChessBase
8/27/2020 – Besides the Biel Triathlon played in July, no elite over-the-board tournament has been organized after the coronavirus crisis prompted the chess world to focus on online events. In a little over a month, however, we will get to see a strong field fighting over the board. The Altibox Norway Chess Tournament with Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja and Aryan Tari kicks off October 5! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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A six-player double round-robin

Press release

The world as we know it has changed and people all over the world are facing challenging times. Sport events of all types have been cancelled as we together have been distancing ourselves to avoid the spread of the virus. For chess, this has been the case as well, where tournaments all over the world have been cancelled. However, online chess has grown exponentially during this period as tournaments and other chess events have been organized on different online platforms. This has certainly been positive for chess, as it is a perfect sport to follow online!

The time for chess across the physical board is back!

Magnus CarlsenThis year’s Altibox Norway Chess tournament will be different, but nothing short of exciting! It will be a double round-robin tournament with six players:

  • Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  • Fabiano Caruana (USA)
  • Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  • Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland)
  • Alireza Firouzja (FIDE) and
  • Aryan Tari (Norway)

The first round starts October 5 and the tournament ends on October 16. There are two free days (October 9 and 14).

We can’t wait to bring these incredible chess players back together for some exciting chess matches! The Armageddon games that we introduced last year will continue as they turned out to be a major success.

Players will get the following points per round:

  • Victory in the main game: 3 points
  • Loss in the main game: 0 points
  • Draw in the main game & victory in Armageddon: 1½ points
  • Draw in the main game & loss in Armageddon: 1 point

The team of the Altibox Norway Chess have ensured that the tournament will be safe for players, teams and other crew members.

[Magns Carlsen’s photo: Lennart Ootes]

Duda replaces Giri

[Originally, the lineup included Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri. On August 25, it was announced that Jan-Krzysztof Duda would replace him.]

Anish Giri decided to withdraw due to growing concerns around the Covid-19 situation in the Netherlands.

Now, the Altibox Norway Chess team is thrilled to announce that Polish Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda has accepted the invitation to play in this historic edition of the tournament. It will be Duda’s first time playing in Altibox Norway Chess. Duda is a very interesting player and will be a great addition to the tournament.

Duda noted:

I must admit that I was surprised by the proposal to play in the tournament in Stavanger, which I got on my way to Ustroń for the MOKATE tournament. However, I did not even think about declining this offer for a moment. Extremely interesting and, for me, a strong line-up of the tournament promises great emotions, and for me it will be another opportunity to test myself with the best chess players in the world. For my part, I promise what I’m known for – courage, uncompromising play and fight to the very end. I intend to use the possible quarantine for broadening my knowledge about Norway and preparing for the tournament.

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