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Field Norway Chess Completed

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 07-05-14 05:27.

On Tuesday the field for the Norway Chess tournament in June was completed with Anish Giri of the Netherlands. He will play together with Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Simen Agdestein, who qualified by beating Jon Ludvig Hammer in a rapid match.

Norway Chess is this year sponsored by Unibet, an online gambling company located in Malta, even though the logo cannot be shown due to legal restrictions.

The second edition of the Norway Chess tournament will be the next super tournament, with many top 10 players playing. The dates are 2-13 June, 2014 and again the Stavanger region is hosting the event. Since the promotion of the region is one of the main ideas behind the tournament, again the players will be moving the pieces in different locations, but not as many as last year. Here's the schedule:

Norway Chess 2014 | Schedule

Day Date Time Event Venue
Monday 02.06.2014 17.00 Blitz Flor & Fjære – closed event
Tuesday 03.06.2014 15.30 1th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Wednesday 04.06.2014 15.30 2nd round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Thursday 05.06.2014 15.30 3rd round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Friday 06.06.2014 15.30 School tournament Vitenfabrikken, Sandnes
Saturday 07.06.2014 15.30 4th round Vågen VGS, Sandnes
Sunday 08.06.2014 15.30 5th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Monday 09.06.2014 15.30 6th round Aarbakke fabrikkhall, Bryne
Tuesday 10.06.2014 15.30 7th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Wednesday 11.06.2014 TBA Celebrety tournament To be announced
Thursday 12.06.2014 15.30 8th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Friday 13.06.2014 15.30 9th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus

The main hotel, where most of the games will be played, has been moved to a place between Sandnes and Stavanger: the Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus. The blitz event will be held on the beautiful Flor & Fjære island, there will be a school tournament in the Vitenfabrikken in Sandnes, the 4th round of the main tournament will be at Vågen VGS and the 6th round at the Aarbakke factory.

More about the venues can be read here. Below is a map:

In November 2013 the second Norway Chess tournament was already confirmed. The main sponsors are Scandic, Stavanger Aftenblad, Altibox, Lyse, Aarbakke og Jadarhus. The five last of these were also sponsors for Norway Chess 2013.

The first players who confirmed their participation were Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler. Mid-February Vladimir Kramnik also said “yes” to the organizers, and about four weeks later his compatriot Alexander Grischuk was added to the list.

Last year, besides Carlsen Norway's honors were defended by Jon Ludvig Hammer, but this time it will be Simen Agdestein. The 46-year-old grandmaster, who represented Norway as a footballer player two decades ago but is now mainly occupied with chess coaching, defeated Hammer in a rapid qualification match on April 27th.

The match, which took place during the Shamkir Chess tournament, was held in the TV2 studio and broadcast live on TV and online. Agdestein won with a score of 3.5-1.5, winning games three and four:

Yesterday, the final player was confirmed: Anish Giri of the Netherlands. Here's the full list of participants:

Norway Chess 2014 | Participants

# Name Country Born Rating World #
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway November 30, 1990 2882 1
2 Levon Aronian Armenia October 6, 1982 2815 2
3 Alexander Grischuk Russia October 31, 1983 2792 3
4 Fabiano Caruana Italy July 30, 1992 2783 5
5 Vladimir Kramnik Russia June 25, 1975 2783 6
6 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria March 15, 1975 2772 8
7 Sergey Karjakin Russia January 12, 1990 2770 9
8 Peter Svidler Russia June 17, 1976 2753 13
9 Anish Giri The Netherlands June 28, 1994 2746 17
10 Simen Agdestein Norway May 15, 1967 2625 161

Alongside the main tournament there will be an open tournament, held 6-9 June at «2020park», a real estate business park at Forus, in short walking distance from the Scandic Forus Hotel. It's a 6-round Swiss in three rating groups.

More information can be found at norwaychess.com.


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  • 4 maanden geleden

    klasse

    "What a beautiful country! Why doesn't my hometown look like this?"

     

    Yes Norway is really beautiful, I have been there several times and it is a fantastic country but very expensive.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Wappinschaw

    Agdestein was once a prodigy himself,don't write him off,of course he wont win,but has enough expierience,and class,to surprise a few people.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    ncmike2011

    The games that come from this awesome collection of the game's elite will be a joy to study.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    HenrikGin

    A great tournament in my hometown :)

  • 5 maanden geleden

    fabelhaft

    "Magnus Carlsen was probably consulted on the invitations because a number of super GMs were either not invited or declined"

    How is that a sign that he was consulted? Anand and Nakamura declined their invitations, while Giri has advanced a lot lately and is 0.6 point from 12th on the live rating list. But Carlsen may well have been asked about what players to invite, I think he was involved a bit in that last time around. Giri is a good pick anyway, and has always played well against Carlsen.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    b2b2

    Magnus Carlsen was probably consulted on the invitations because a number of super GMs were either not invited or declined.  (Per FIDE May rating list)

    Vishy Anand,
    Hikaru Nakamura,
    Dominguez Lernier,
    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov,
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave,
    Boris Gelfand,
    Vassily Ivanchuk,
    Michael Adams

    All the above are higher rated than Anish Giri (who was invited).  Interestingly, of the bunch only Vassily Ivanchuk has beaten Carlsen of late.  (An older prodigy beating a younger prodigy.)

  • 5 maanden geleden

    melvinbluestone

    This should be a terrific tournament!

    We all know where Naka is: He's off playing poker somewhere, Monte Carlo or someplace. Maybe he just can't handle the prospect of chalking up more losses to you-know-who.

    When, oh when, will we hear Naka utter those immortal words spoken by Bobby after his first win over Tal: "Finally he (Carlsen) has not escaped me!"

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Czech_Chess

    Agdestein is gonna win!

  • 5 maanden geleden

    melvinbluestone

    What a beautiful country! Why doesn't my hometown look like this?

    Stavanger, Norway:

  • 5 maanden geleden

    TomHaegin

    I find it fully OK that they include a 2nd local player. Last year Hammer did quite well despite being the underdog and written-off before the start. I'm sure Agdestein is very happy for getting the rare chance to play the world's top guns in a short span of time. Regardless of the results, it is a tremendous learning experience.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    RomyGer

    Jocelasi : please read his handwriting on the sheet  !  It was Hammer who wrote the mistake on the sheet.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    PDubya

    Great lineup... Interesting that Norway felt the need to add a second Norwegian player. I suppose that makes sense, though Agdestein's inclusion drops the event down an entire Ratings Category, from XII (2788) to XI (2772).

    According to a rating's calculator he only needs to score 2.5/9 to play to his rating.

    Magnus, meanwhile needs to score 6/9 not to drop ELO...

  • 5 maanden geleden

    jocelasi

    Mangus was beaten not the world champion Magnus!

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Lawdoginator

    Where's Naka? 

  • 5 maanden geleden

    JustinJ_FairfieldU

    Great field too bad Nakamura isn't playing even if he hasn't been playing well lately he always brings exciting games.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    TomHaegin

    Promises to be an excellent tourney. I just look forward to it and will refrain from uttering meaningless, clueless predictions.

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Practicality

    Wow, candidates match 2014 2.0. What a fantastic lineup... well except I guess Agdestein stands in for Andreikin. But it will be good experience for him I am sure.

    The big difference compared to the candidates is that Carlsen is participating so the players will be gunning for him instead of Aronian. Also Anand won't be able to spoil Aronian in the first match.

    Oh, and Caruana and Grischuk will surely shake things up a bit as well! This might be the most entertaining tournament of top guns for quite some time.

    This will be a big test for the champion. I expect Carlsen to win, but I wouldn't be too terribly suprised if he didn't. Just about anyone else could take it too (the exception being Agdestein). 

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Tory33

    I want Caruana to win he's a good player although Carlsen probably going to win 

  • 5 maanden geleden

    Tyozao

    YEAH! the guy is almost unstopable. but it will be a different tournament.

    1st Carsen

    2ndGrischuk

    3rd Caruana.

     

    what do you guys think??? 

  • 5 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Anand vs Agdestein will be a close match. More interesting than another Carlsen drubbing of Anand.

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