Norway Chess 2023: Carlsen vs the Young Wild Ones

by André Schulz
5/27/2023 – Norway Chess 2023 begins in Stavanger on Whit Monday (29 May), with Magnus Carlsen having warmed up in Warsaw, but now facing strong, young and hungry opponents in his homeland, including Firouzja, Abdusattorov and Gukesh.

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Stavanger will once again host the Norway Chess Tournament from 29 May to 9 June. Magnus Carlsen's "home tournament" was organised for the first time in 2013 and has taken place every year since - always with Magnus Carlsen as the World Champion superstar. Now, for the first time in many years, Magnus Carlsen is taking part without the World Champion title, which will do no harm to his status as a chess pop star, especially at home.

Around Carlsen the organisers have put together a very interesting field, including some new faces. Besides the regulars Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri, Alireza Firouzja has been invited. Carlsen would have loved to play the Frenchman again as the best representative of the new generation. Unfortunately, Firouzja didn't show his full strength in the Candidates Tournament and seemed to have lost his ease. Something must have gone wrong in his preparation for this tournament. It will not have been Firouzja's last Candidates Tournament. But a comparison with Carlsen in a World Championship match will probably not be possible again. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and the Norwegian grandmaster Aryan Tari have also played in Stavanger on several occasions.

Hikaru Nakamura, one of the world's most interesting top players, will be playing again. In the past, Nakamura has often taken long breaks from the tournament circuit to concentrate on his online activities. Now he is back in the real tournament world.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov and young D. Gukesh complete the field. Both players are sure to establish themselves among the world's best. At 16, Gukesh from India, the youngest player in the top 20, is already one rating point better than Nodirbek Abdusattorov from Uzbekistan, who is two years older. Top tournaments like Norway Chess and comparisons with the current world's best players will bring the youngsters even faster forward. Incidentally, Gukesh will be celebrating his 17th birthday on the opening day of the Norway Chess tournament.

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The participants

Magnus Carlsen - Norway
Alireza Firouzja - France
Hikaru Nakamura - USA
Anish Giri - Netherlands
Fabiano Caruana - USA
Wesley So - USA
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - Azerbaijan
Nodirbek Abdusattorov - Uzbekistan
Gukesh D. - India
Aryan Tari - Norway

The tournament traditionally starts with a Blitz tournament on the opening day, 29 May, Whit Monday. The placings will determine the draw numbers for the Classic Tournament.

Schedule Blitz Tournament, 29.05.2023

19:00 Round 1
19:20 Round 2
19:40 Round 3
20:00 Round 4
20:20 Round 5
20:40 Round 6
21:00 Round 7
21:20 Round 8
21:40 Round 9

The classical tournament begins the following day. In the Norway Chess tournamant, a draw is followed by an Armegeddon game, in which players can improve their score by half a point.

Schedule Classical Tournament

30.05.2023 17:00 Round 1
31.05.2023 17:00 Round 2
01.06.2023 17:00 Round 3
02.06.2023 Rest day
03.06.2023 17:00 Round 4
04.06.2023 17:00 Round 5
05.06.2023 17:00 Round 6
06.06.2023 17:00 Round 7
07.06.2023 Rest day
08.06.2023 17:00 Round 8
09.06.2023 17:00 Round 9

In the event of a tie at the end of the tournament, a play-off will be held to determine the winner.

The Chess Festival also includes other tournaments and an extensive supporting programme.

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.