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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