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Altibox Norway Chess R6: Carlsen avenges his loss

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/10/2020

Less than 24 hours after a fantastic day for Poland sports, Duda faced Carlsen in their rematch. Of course the rematch was according to the pairings only. Carlsen decimated Duda in just 26 moves as the Pole kept changing his plans and landed himself in deep trouble. Meanwhile Caruana also avenged his loss of the previous round against Aronian after the Armenian was unable to continue the attack which had promises to be devastating. Firouzja continues his fantastic form as he defeated Tari once again with a beautiful finish to take sole lead with 13.0/18. Catch all the action of Round 7 today 12th October from 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess

Firouzja takes sole lead

For the second consecutive round, Altibox Norway Chess witnessed zero draws. All three games had decisive results. Carlsen faced Duda less than 24 hours after losing to him. Of course after a loss, he is that much more fierce which was evident as he defeated Duda without any difficulty in just 26 moves. With this win the world champion jumped to the sole second position with 12.0/18. Caruana managed to turn things around against Aronian as it was the Armenian who launched an attack initially but he could not continue it. Aronian is now at third position with 11.0/18, followed by Caruana at fourth with 10.0/18. Firouzja scored another fantastic victory over Tari with a beautiful finish. He takes the sole lead with 13.0/18

Carlsen avenges his loss | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Norway Chess

Carlsen - Duda 3-0

Less than 24 hours after Duda ended Carlsen's 125-game unbeaten streak, their rematch took place and the game got over in just 26 moves. It was short and almost one-sided.

Position after 10.Ng3

Carlsen in a post-match interview said, "I knew the position after 10.Ng3, basically all the way up till that point I was thinking, I know Ng3, how am I going to respond to c5? I couldn't see anything other than this pawn sacrifice. So I was just hoping that it would be good." He also mentioned that losing the streak wasn't that big a deal as it had to happen at some point.

Position after 19...Rc8

Like the world champion said, Duda kept changing plans and pieces are also not well placed, so things went south very quickly for the Pole and the game ended in another seven moves.

Carlsen beat Duda convincingly | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess

Aronian - Caruana 0-3

Aronian got a fantastic attack in the middle game but he somehow misplayed and allowed his opponent Caruana to make a comeback.

Position after 22...f5

White is obviously having a fantastic position. Find out what is the best way for white to continue the attack.

Position after 28.Qd2

What is the best way for black to continue the attack?

Caruana beat Aronian in two consecutive games | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess

Tari - Firouzja 0-3

Firouzja scored another fantastic win over Tari to take the sole lead with 13.0/18

Position after 22.g3

The f4-bishop does not have any good square it can go to. So what should black do here?

Position after 32.Qxe4

Find out the beautiful finish for black after 32.Qxe4

Firouzja scored a fantastic win and took the lead | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess

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Round 6 also witnessed no Armageddon | Photo: chess24


Firouzja takes sole lead for the first time after Round 6 | Photo: chess24


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

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.


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

Total Prize fund is NOK 1810000.

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