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Carlsen returns to OTB at Altibox Norway Chess 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/10/2020

The entire chess universe is craving for some over-the-board action. For the first time since July, an over-the-board super tournament, eighth edition of Altibox Norway Chess will start from 5th October. The most interesting thing about this tournament is every game will have a winner. All draws will be decided in Armageddon. Defending champion of the event, World Champion Carlsen will be seen in action along with Aronian, Caruana, Duda, Firouzja and Aryan Tari. Carlsen has only won this tournament two times out of all seven editions. The other winners are Karjakin (twice), Topalov, Aronian and Caruana. Will Carlsen win this tournament for the second year in-a-row and also for the third time? Catch all the action of Round 1 tonight from 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Norway Chess

Home field advantage for Carlsen?

Over-the-board chess returns today in Altibox Norway Chess 2020. It will take place between 5th and 16th October in Stavanger, Norway. Total 1810000 NOK or ₹1.4 Crore (approx. €166474) prize fund is up grabs with the first prize being 700000 NOK (€64.3K or ₹5527936 approx.). World Champion Carlsen will be back to defend his Altibox Norway title and as always he is the favorite to win the event. There will be two rest days after every four rounds on Friday 9th October and Wednesday 14th October. The tournament will be played in Double Round-Robin format. There are total 10 Rounds which will start everyday at 8:30 p.m. IST.

World Champion Carlsen is the defending champion and as always the favorite to win the event | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Norway Chess

Pairings and Schedule

Round 1 – October 5th:

Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen

Aryan Tari – Fabiano Caruana

Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Alireza Firouzja

Players are standing according to Round 1 pairings | Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni / Norway Chess

Round 2 – October 6th:

Magnus Carlsen – Alireza Firouzja

Fabiano Caruana – Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Levon Aronian – Aryan Tari


Round 3 – October 7th:

Aryan Tari – Magnus Carlsen

Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Levon Aronian

Alireza Firouzja – Fabiano Caruana


Round 4 – October 8th:

Magnus Carlsen – Fabiano Caruana

Levon Aronian – Alireza Firouzja

Aryan Tari – Jan-Krzysztof Duda


First Rest Day - October 9th


Round 5 – October 10th:

Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Magnus Carlsen

Alireza Firouzja – Aryan Tari

Fabiano Caruana – Levon Aronian


Round 6 – October 11th:

Magnus Carlsen – Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Aryan Tari – Alireza Firouzja

Levon Aronian – Fabiano Caruana


Round 7 – October 12th:

Fabiano Caruana – Magnus Carlsen

Alireza Firouzja – Levon Aronian

Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Aryan Tari


Round 8 – October 13th:

Magnus Carlsen – Aryan Tari

Levon Aronian – Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Fabiano Caruana – Alireza Firouzja


Second Rest Day - October 14th


Round 9 – October 15th:

Alireza Firouzja – Magnus Carlsen

Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Fabiano Caruana

Aryan Tari – Levon Aronian


Round 10 – October 16th:

Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian

Fabiano Caruana – Aryan Tari

Alireza Firouzja – Jan-Krzysztof Duda


All games will start at 8:30 p.m. IST


• Players will get following points per round:

Victory in main game: 3 points

Loss in main game: 0 points

Draw in main game & victory Armageddon: 1.5 points

Draw in main game & loss Armageddon: 1 point

Technical Meeting in progress | Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni / Norway Chess

Armageddon Rules

• If there is a draw in the classical game then the players will move on to Armageddon within 20 minutes after the draw.

• White pieces will continue with white in Armageddon. With this, there will be a winner in each game due to the fact that black pieces will win if the game ends in a draw.

Time Control

• Time control main game: Each player will have 120 minutes on the clock with an increment of 10 seconds after move 40. Participant is obliged to record the moves on the score sheet starting from the first move. A player can stop recording the moves when he has less than 5 minutes.

• Time control Armageddon game: white has 10 minutes and black has 7 minutes with an increment of 1 second per move, starting from move 41.

• Players are not allowed to agree on a draw until after move 30.


• In case of shared first place, there will be a blitz play-off to decide the winner. If two players share first place, there will be a 2-game match with 3 min. + 2 sec increment for each move. If this match ends in a tie, there will be an Armageddon game where white has 5 minutes and black has 4 minutes with an increment of 3 seconds per move, starting from move 61 with draw odds. If more than two players share first place, there will be a double round-robin with the following tiebreaks:

A: Sonneborn-Berger points.

B: Most wins.

C: Most wins with the black pieces.

D: Drawing of lots.

• Tiebreak for the main tournament.

A: Sonneborn-Berger points.

B: Most wins.

C: Most wins with the black pieces.


Rank Prize
1st 700000
2nd 370000
3rd 230000
4th 180000
5th 170000
6th 160000

Total Prize fund is NOK 1810000.


The tournament has a very good mixture of World's best top and youth players - World Champion Magnus Carlsen, World no.2 Fabiano Caruana, two-time World Cup winner and World no.9 Levon Aronian, Poland no.1 and World no.16 Jan Krzysztof Duda, World no.22 Alireza Firouzja and Norway no.2 Aryan Tari will be seen in action.

Greatest Woman chess player of all time Judit Polgar and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik will be the Official Commentators of the event | Photo: Norway Chess

What is the World Champion up to lately?

Carlsen was seen signing chess boards
Before that, he was enjoying football a few days ago


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