Norway Chess, Round 3: Carlsen leads

by Johannes Fischer
6/7/2019 – Magnus Carlsen was close to losing against Levon Aronian in round two of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament, but in round three he appeared to be well-recovered, and won a seemingly effortless game against Alexander Grischuk. With this win Carlsen now leads the field. Aronian also appeared to be well-recovered and defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with Black. Ding Liren won against Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So got the better of Yu Yangyi, and Vishy Anand defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the only match-up that went to Armageddon. Analyses by CONSTANTIN LUPULESCU. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess

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Altibox Norway Chess, Round 3

On Friday, the players are having a rest-day, but before that they showed fighting chess: four of the five classical games in round three had a winner and all four wins were interesting.

Results of Round 3 - Classical
Results of Round 3 - Armageddon

M. Carlsen 2:0 A. Grischuk

Carlsen opened with 1.d4 which Grischuk countered with a Grünfeld. However, he soon was in trouble and in the middlegame Carlsen used his strong pawn centre to launch an attack against Black's king. Grischuk found no defense and lost quickly.

Annotations by GM Constantin Lupulescu

Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Anna Rudolf

Magnus Carlsen analyzing with Judit Polgar (centre) and Anna Rudolf | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Ding Liren 2:0 F. Caruana

Ding Liren played energetically, showed a number of original ideas and converted with good technique.


S. Mamedyarov 0:2 L. Aronian

Levon Aronian easily equalized in the opening and outplayed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov after a tactical sequence which gave Black a queen for two rooks. In principle, two rooks are enough material for the queen but White failed to co-ordinate his pieces and lost.


Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian | Photo: Lennart Ootes

W. So 2:0 Yu Yangyi

A Petroff Defence with 5.c3 gave White a slightly more pleasant position after the opening but after a couple of inaccuracies by Black White got a better endgame which So won after 66 moves.


M. Vachier-Lagrave ½:1½ V. Anand

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave struggled to get an advantage with the white pieces, both in the Classical and in the Armageddon game. In both games Anand equalized comfortably and two easy draws brought him 1½ points.


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Viswanathan Anand

Focused and professional: Vishy Anand | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 3 round-up show

GM Danny King recaps the action from round three

Standings after Round 3

Rk Player Classical Armageddon Pts
1 M. Carlsen 1 2 0 2 0 5
2 Ding Liren 1 2 0 1 1 4
3 L. Aronian 1 2 0 1 1 4
4 W. So 1 2 0 1 1 4
5 S. Mamedyarov 1 1 1 1 0
6 Yu Yangyi 0 2 1 2 0 3
7 F. Caruana 1 1 1 0 1
8 V. Anand 0 2 1 1 1 2
9 A. Grischuk 0 2 1 0 2 1
10 M. Vachier-Lagrave 0 2 1 0 2 1

All games - Classical


All games - Armageddon



Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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VVI VVI 6/8/2019 02:15
I am an Indian American chess player and enthusiast and had the privilege of meeting Anand a couple of times
on one -one basis. Growing up in India , he has been my role model.
IMO, what Anand clearly lacks is the " Killer Instinct" or the "mental toughness" attitude that Fischer, Kasparov and Carlsen have/had in abundance.
Talent wise, he is no less than Kasparov ; also stated by many including Kramnik. His bad record to Kasparov can be attributed to his weak temperament stemming from his initial losses from the 1995 World championship match.
I can see a clear trend of that happening between Anand vs Magnus . Anand`s record has taken a beating off late.
Looking at Anand`s age, there is no way, he can dominate the existing top chess players especially with all the engines around. As an ardent fan, I am quite hurt as well, at his recent performances. But that's life.
I sincerely pray and hope he does well as long as he plays and is able to better his highest classical chess rating before he decides to hang his boots. " He should retire in style".
jsaldea12 jsaldea12 6/8/2019 06:15
It is unfortunate GM So drew his game with Grischuk. This is tournament, not play for fun..
Magic_Knight Magic_Knight 6/8/2019 04:39
Karavamudan = sagar shah in disguise....LOL
tom_70 tom_70 6/8/2019 03:58
Anand never "toyed" with top class opposition. Kasparov always dominated him and decisively crushed him their world championship match. Now he is old and in decline as a player. He might win another super tournament or two, but even that is doubtful given the current strength of world class players.
Hattifnatt Hattifnatt 6/8/2019 01:08
@karavamudan: Simple answer: NO. Anand is an amazing player but he's getting old, and there is no way around it. His results are still great and we might get to see him dominate an event or other based on his form and motivation, but I highly doubt we will get to see him toying with top class opposition on a regular basis. As for the chess enthusiasts declining in India, I doubt this is gonna happen either. There are a lot of upcoming young players in India and who knows, maybe one of them will become world champ and even surpass Anand in the future. So no worries.
fckeres fckeres 6/7/2019 10:05
@karavamudan: your comment is just stupid
karavamudan karavamudan 6/7/2019 04:56
Will happy days of GM Anand toying top class opposition ever return? If Anand's form declines, perhaps chess enthusiasts too may decline in India.