An incredibly strong event is taking place in Norway right now, featuring 8 of FIDE’s current top 10 players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and US player Hikaru Nakamura.
- Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
- Viswanathan Anand (India)
- Levon Aronian (Armenia)
- Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria)
- Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
- Fabiano Caruana (Italy)
- Alexander Grischuk (Russia)
- Anish Giri (Netherlands)
- Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
- Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway)
The pairings for the event were determined by a one day Blitz tournament, which was won by Vachier-Lagrave. His only loss was to Nakamura, who finished 2nd. Nakamura suffered two losses – one from his nemesis, Carlsen, and the other from Alexander Grischuk.
Today was the first round, and with 4 decisive results the tournament promises to be one for the books.
CLICK HERE to replay all the games. Spoiler alert – Carlsen lost to Topalov! (ok, he lost on time, but still…)