Norway Chess to be 1st over-the-board super-tournament since March – chess24

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Altibox Norway Chess today announced thatthis years event will be held in Stavanger, Norway from October 5-16. Thepreviously announced 10-player field has been cut to six, but with MagnusCarlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Alireza Firouzja and AryanTari in action the event aims to be the first undisputed super-tournament to beheld in person since lockdowns began in March.

It was announcedin March that Altibox Norway Chess would be postponed from June untilOctober due to the coronavirus situation. With that still so unpredictableany scheduling for such events is an act of faith, but the organisers believeit can go ahead. Their press release includes:

Firsttop-tournament post corona! The world as we know it has changed and people all over the world are facingchallenging times. Sport events of all types have been cancelled as we togetherhave been distancing ourselves to avoid the spread of the virus. For chess,this has been the case as well, where tournaments all over the world have beencancelled. However, chess online has grown exponentially during this period astournaments and other chess events have been organized online. This hascertainly been positive for chess, as it is a perfect sport to follow online!

The time for chess across the physicalboard is back!

Back in March a 10-player field wasannounced, but since then five players have dropped out Ding Liren, IanNepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.One has been added, however - the worlds top junior, 17-year-old AlirezaFirouzja. The 6-player field consists of players who all have Europeanpassports or residency:

Since the Candidates Tournament had to bestopped halfway through, elite chess has moved online, most notably with the MagnusCarlsen Chess Tour that is just reaching a thrilling conclusion. With thefirst wave of the virus over in most European countries over-the-board chess isgradually coming back, however, with the BielChess Festival the first to witness a group of international top playerscompete at a common venue.

Altibox Norway Chess, with four of theworlds Top 10 and the hottest junior, is a different prospect.Cutting the field to six players means its now going to be a 10-round doubleround-robin, but the twist of Armageddon after each classical draw remains. Thescoring system will be:

The tournament will be broadcastlive with commentary and video of the players on chess24 and Norwegian TV.

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