Norway Chess begins

by Johannes Fischer
4/18/2016 – Magnus Carlsen fans can be happy - only a few more hours and the World Champion will play again. Today, the Altibox Norway Tournament starts with a blitz tournament at 5.30 pm Central European time. Tomorrow, 4 pm CET, the first round of the 10-player round-robin with top players such as Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave or Pavel Eljanov will begin..

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As the tournament banner on the website of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament indicates Magnus Carlsen is the center of attention and favorite to win the event. But the field is strong. Five of the ten participants are currently top ten players, nine of the participants are among the top twenty and only wild card GM Niels Grandelius from Sweden who won the Norway Chess Qualifier has less than 2700 elo.

List of participants

World Ranking Name Elo (March 2016)
1 Magnus Carlsen 2851
2 Vladimir Kramnik 2801
4 Anish Giri 2790
5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2788
7 Levon Aronian 2784
12 Pavel Eljanov 2765
13 Pentala Harikrishna 2763
15 Li Chao 2755
16 Veselin Topalov 2754
112 Niels Grandelius 2649

Looking back...

Favorite and World Champion or not, in the three previous editions of the tournament Carlsen always had trouble on home-turf. In 2013 he finished second behind Sergey Karjakin...

Norway Chess 2013

...and 2014 was not much different:

Norway Chess 2014

In 2015 Karjakin did not play but things did not improve for Carlsen. lAfter losing on time in a winning position against Veselin Topalov in round 1 because he was not aware of the time-limit Carlsen could not fully recover and finished seventh with 3.5/9 - and of his worst results in years.

Norway Chess 2015

But Carlsen seems to be in splendid shape again. In December 2015 he won the Qatar Open in Doha convincingly. Soon after he celebrated the start of 2016 with his fifth win of the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk in Zee. The question is whether the World Champion will be able to show the same form in Norway, at home. The next days will tell.

 

Schedule of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament 2016

All ordinary rounds start at 4pm CET

Date

Day

Round No.

Place

19.04.2016

Tuesday

Round 1

Blitz Chess (Scandic Stavanger City)

20.04.2016

Wednesday

Round 2

Stavanger Forum

21.04.2016

Thursday

Round 3

Stavanger Forum

22.04.2016

Friday

Round 4

Stavanger Forum

23.04.2016

Saturday

Free

 

24.04.2016

Sunday

Round 5

Stavanger Forum

25.04.2016

Monday

Round 6

Stavanger Forum

26.04.2016

Tuesday

Free

 

27.04.2016

Wednesday

Round 7

Stavanger Concert Hall

28.04.2016

Thursday

Round 8

Stavanger Concert Hall

29.04.2016

Friday

Round 9

Stavanger Concert Hall

30.04.2016 Saturdary Awards Ceremony  

There will be a blitz match and rapid chess Friday April 29 after Round 9 if two players share first place.
If there are more than 2 players sharing first place a new match will take place Saturday 30.
  

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Commentary schedule on playchess.com

Date

Day

Round No.

English

Deutsch

19.04.2016

Tuesday

Round 1

Simon Williams

Klaus Bischoff

20.04.2016

Wednesday

Round 2

Daniel King

Klaus Bischoff

21.04.2016

Thursday

Round 3

Yannick Pelletier

Klaus Bischoff

22.04.2016

Friday

Round 4

Daniel King

Oliver Reeh

23.04.2016

Saturday

Free

 

 

24.04.2016

Sunday

Round 5

Simon Williams

Thomas Luther

25.04.2016

Monday

Round 6

Yannick Pelletier

Thomas Luther

26.04.2016

Tuesday

Free

 

 

27.04.2016

Wednesday

Round 7

Simon Williams

Klaus Bischoff

28.04.2016

Thursday

Round 8

Yannick Pelletier

Klaus Bischoff

29.04.2016

Friday

Round 9

Daniel King

Klaus Bischoff   

 

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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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