Altibox Norway Chess: Live!

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10/16/2020 – World numbers one and two are both present at the over-the-board Altibox Norway Chess tournament taking place on October 5-16. Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are joined by Armenian star Levon Aronian, Polish number one Jan-Krzysztof Duda, wunderkind Alireza Firouzja and local representative Aryan Tari. All rounds start at 15:00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 ET). Read the full report on Round 9. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Round 10

Instead of the usual single round-robin with ten participants, this year the Altibox Norway Chess tournament is a six-player double round-robin. The organizers have decided to use the innovative format they put in place last year, with Armageddon deciders following each game that finishes in a draw.

A couple of modifications have been made to the regulations though. Unlike last year, when each player received two hours for the whole game without increments, a 10-second increment is being used after move 40 in this year’s edition. The scoring system has been altered as well:

  • 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 

In the Armageddon decider Black gets 7 minutes to White’s 10, with an increment of 1 second per move starting from move 41. Black gets draw odds.

October 9 and October 14 are rest days.

Previous reports:

Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7 | Round 8  | Round 9 

Live games and commentary


Commentary by GMs Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik

Standings after Round 9

1. Carlsen 19.5
2. Firouzja 15.5
3. Aronian 14.5
4. Caruana  14
5. Duda 9.5
6. Tari 2.5

Round 10 pairings

Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian
Fabiano Caruana – Aryan Tari
Alireza Firouzja – Jan-Krzysztof Duda


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maxharmonist maxharmonist 10/16/2020 07:38
"Notice the Tal streaks haVe a much higher winning percentage"

And notice that Tal didn't play a single opponent ranked in the top ten during his record streak.
Rational Rational 10/15/2020 06:17
Notice the Tal streaks haVe a much higher winning percentage
jakaiden jakaiden 10/15/2020 06:16
I can't wait for Magnus to beat Firouzja and see him whine and cry like a big baby!
RobertaArdenzi17 RobertaArdenzi17 10/13/2020 03:29
I totally agree with dumkof, Tiviakov's streak has no sense.
dumkof dumkof 10/13/2020 12:17
It's not Sergei Tiviakov himself, who's considered as a "lesser rated player", but it's the opposition he has played against. The average rating of the players in Tiviakov's 110 game streak, is significantly lower. It's probably 300 elo points lower than the opposition Carlsen has faced in his 125 game streak.
nirvana1963 nirvana1963 10/12/2020 11:59
@praddy06 An interesting list, thanks for sharing! I think you are aware of the unbeaten strike of Dutchman Sergei Tiviakov who played 110 consecutive tournament games at classical time controls without losing between October 2004 and September 2005. Maybe you consider him as a 'lesser rated player'. That might be true although his rating during his unbeaten strike peaked at almost 2700 (he reached nr. 20 in the FIDE rating list of October 2005): not bad in those days!
GR2 GR2 10/12/2020 12:17
Tal and Capablanca streaks are the most impressive with very good winning ratios.
praddy06 praddy06 10/11/2020 06:29
Elite players unbeaten streaks (excludes streaks of lesser rated players)

1.Magnus Carlsen 2018-20 - 125 games (42 wins & 83 draws)
2.Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 100 games (21 wins & 79 draws)
3.Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games (46 wins & 49 draws)
4.Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 86 games (47 wins & 39 draws)
5.Wang Yue in 2008 - 85 games (30 wins & 55 draws)
6. Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games
7. Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games (25 wins & 42 draws)
8. Vachier Lagrave in 2015-16 - 67 games (27 wins & 40 draws)
9. Capablanca during 1916-24 - 63 games (40 wins & 23 draws)
10. Garry Kasparov during 2000-03 - 62 games
tom_70 tom_70 10/11/2020 01:08
Carlsen met his Buster Douglas.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 10/11/2020 12:01
Carlsen's streak has concluded!
Heron Santos 10 Heron Santos 10 10/7/2020 11:27
Carlsen é realmente fenomenal desde sempre!
Álvaro Pereira Álvaro Pereira 10/6/2020 04:28
Judit and Kramnik: what a fantastic pair!