Norway Chess lineup announced: Carlsen, Naka and Gukesh in the mix

by ChessBase
3/14/2023 – The 11th edition of the Norway Chess Tournament is scheduled to take place from May 29 to June 9 in Stavanger. A rejuvenated lineup will see Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Dommaraju Gukesh making their debuts at the Norwegian super-tournament. Magnus Carlsen, who remarkably won the event five times, will also be present, alongside the likes of Alireza Firouzja, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So.

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A rejuvenated lineup

Press release by Norway Chess

We are pleased to announce the field of players for the upcoming Norway Chess tournament, which will take place on May 29 – June 9. This year’s tournament promises to be a highly competitive and exciting event, featuring some of the world’s most talented chess players.

Returning to the tournament this year are elite GMs Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Aryan Tari.

Additionally, we are excited to welcome two new young talents to the tournament: 18-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov from Uzbekistan, and 16-year-old Dommaraju Gukesh from India.

Complete player list

  • Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  • Alireza Firouzja (France)
  • Anish Giri (Netherlands)
  • Wesley So (USA)
  • Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
  • Fabiano Caruana (USA)
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
  • Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan)
  • Dommaraju Gukesh (India)
  • Aryan Tari (Norway)

Nodirbek Abdusattorov, ranked number 17 in the world, is an Uzbek grandmaster who won the 2021 World Rapid Championship and played on the first board for team Uzbekistan, winners at the 44th Chess Olympiad. He achieved both victories as a 17-year-old. Abdusattorov noted:

I was very happy when I got invited to the tournament. I’m truly very excited to play in this tournament and looking forward to playing entertaining chess.

Dommaraju Gukesh, currently ranked number 18 in the world, has been described as a chess prodigy. He is the third-youngest person in history to qualify for the title of grandmaster. In 2022, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to defeat current world champion Magnus Carlsen, when he beat Carlsen in a game in the Aimchess Rapid online tournament. Also in 2022, Gukesh became the third-youngest player to cross the 2700 rating, and became the youngest Indian player to break into the world’s top 100.

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen won five of the tournament’s ten editions, including the last four! | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Norway Chess 2022


The Norway Chess is played as a single round-robin with Armageddon for every drawn game. The tournament starts on Monday, May 29, with a blitz tournament. Rounds 1-9 of the main event will be played on May 29 – June 9. There will be two free days: June 2, when the Norway Chess Games will take place, and June 7.

Time control: Each player will get 120 minutes on the clock, with an increment of 10 seconds after move 40. In the Armageddon deciders, White will get 10 minutes to Black’s 7, with an increment 1 second per move for both players, starting from move 41; Black gets draw odds.

Prize fund: The total prize fund of the Tournament is 2 500 000 NOK (~ 237 000 USD), to be distributed as follows.

  • 1st place: NOK 750,000
  • 2nd place: NOK 400,000
  • 3rd place: NOK 250,000
  • 4th place: NOK 200,000
  • 5th place: NOK 180,000
  • 6th place: NOK 170,000
  • 7th place: NOK 160,000
  • 8th place: NOK 140,000
  • 9th place: NOK 130,000
  • 10th place: NOK 120,000

We are excited to witness these highly skilled chess players in action. We look forward to hosting an unforgettable tournament!

You can watch the tournament live at the venue in Stavanger (Finansparken) or to enjoy it online and on TV with commentary provided by (English) or TV 2 Sport2 / Play (Norwegian).

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