Norway Chess, Round 3: Caruana extends lead, Firouzja beats Abdusattorov

by André Schulz
6/2/2023 – Fabiano Caruana and Alireza Firouzja (photo) won straight games against Aryan Tari and Nodirbek Abdusattorov in round 3 of the Norway Chess Tournament. Magnus Carlsen, D. Gukesh and Anish Giri picked up an extra half point in Armageddon after their draws. Caruana leads the field. | Photo: Norway Chess/ Lennart Ootes

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In the third round of the Norway Chess Tournament Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen, who have played countless rapid and blitz games in many online tournaments in the past, met.

The two top players played a classical game for the first time in four years and had time for a long game, but didn't use it.

The two grandmasters followed the moves of a line of the Spanish Marshall Attack, which they had both played before. There was a small innovation on move 20, but on move 31, after ten minutes of play, it was over. A draw. In the ensuing Armageddon, Nakamura tried to surprise Carlsen with the King's Gambit. He did not succeed. Carlsen knew what to do and won a lively game in which he quickly gained the upper hand.

Win or lose, Hikaru Nakamura comments his games at the Norway Chess Tournament on his stream GMHikaru. Here is what he had to say about his choice of the King's Gambit:

The game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarv and D. Gukeshalso also ended in a draw, but the two players needed a little more time to reach this result than Nakamura and Carlsen.

The Armageddon game was complicated and tense, with ups and downs, but in the end Gukesh forced Mamedyarov to give a perpetual, which was enough for Gukesh to win the game as he had Black.

The encounter between Wesley So and Anish Giri also ended without a winner, leading to an Armageddon game. Anish Giri won with the black pieces by holding So to a draw.

Fabiano Caruana celebrated a clear victory over Aryan Tari. Caruana had White and in a line of the Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation he soon put his Norwegian opponent under pressure, which he gradually increased to win with a nice combination.

In the duel of the youngsters, Alireza Firouzja won against Nodirbek Abdusattorov. Firouzja, who was black, opted for the Queen's Indian and for a long time the position was even. But then Firouzja went on the attack and outplayed his opponent.




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