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Gukesh set to battle Carlsen, Nakamura and co. at 11th Norway Chess 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/03/2023

GM D Gukesh has played quite a few super tournaments in the faster time control. However, it was less in the Classical format. After 85th Tata Steel Chess and the inaugural WR Chess Masters last month, the 44th Olympiad individual Gold medalist will be seen in action at 11th Norway Chess from Monday 29th May 2023. The tournament as always starts with a Blitz event to determine the seeding for the main event. The most interesting thing about this event remains the same, every game must have a winner. All draws will be decided in Armageddon. Defending champion of the event, Magnus Carlsen will return to fight for his sixth title at his home. Firouzja, Giri, So, Nakamura, Caruana, Mamedyarov, Abdusattorov and Tari. Photo: Norway Chess

The 2023 Line-up is revealed

We are pleased to announce the official player field for the upcoming Norway Chess tournament, May 29 – June 9. This year’s tournament promises to be a highly competitive and exciting event, featuring some of the world’s most talented chess players.

D Gukesh set to play his third Classical super tournament of the year | Photo: Norway Chess

Returning to the tournament this year are Grandmasters Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Aryan Tari.


Additionally, we are excited to welcome two new young talents to the tournament: 18-year-old Grandmaster, Nodirbek Abdusattorov from Uzbekistan, and 16-year-old Grandmaster, Dommaraju Gukesh from India.

Complete player list

1. GM Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

2. GM Alireza Firouzja (France)

3. GM Anish Giri (Netherlands)

4. GM Wesley So (USA)

5. GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

6. GM Fabiano Caruana (USA)

7. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)

8. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan)

9. GM Dommaraju Gukesh (India)

10. GM Aryan Tari (Norway)


Nodirbek Abdusattorov, ranked number 17 in the world, is an Uzbek grandmaster who won the 2021 World Rapid Championship and played on the first board for team Uzbekistan that won the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad. He did both when 17 years old, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.


“I was very happy when I got invited to the tournament. I’m truly very excited to play in this tournament and looking forward to play entertaining chess” - Abdusattorov.


Dommaraju Gukesh, better known as Gukesh D, currently ranked number 18 in the world, has been described as a chess prodigy. He is the third-youngest person in history to qualify for the title of Grandmaster. In 2022, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to defeat current world champion Magnus Carlsen, when he beat Carlsen in a game in an online chess tournament. Also in 2022, Gukesh became the youngest Indian player to cross the 2700 rating, and became the youngest Indian player to break into World Top 100.


Watch Gukesh’s video greeting below:


The Norway Chess tournament format is round robin with Armageddon. The tournament starts on Monday May 29th with a blitz tournament, with round 1-9 from May 29 – June 9. There will be two free days, June 2nd, which is the day of Norway Chess Games, and June 7th.


In terms of time control, each player will have 120 minutes on the clock with an increment of 10 seconds after move 40. The time control for the Armageddon game white has 10 minutes and black has 7 minutes with an increment for both players of 1 second per move, starting from move 41.

Prize fund

The total prize fund of the Tournament is 2 500 000 NOK. The prize money will be distributed as follows:

1st place: NOK 750000

2nd place: NOK 400000

3rd place: NOK 250000

4th place: NOK 200000

5th place: NOK 180000

6th place: NOK 170000

7th place: NOK 160000

8th place: NOK 140000

9th place: NOK 130000

10th place: NOK 120000


We are excited to witness these highly skilled chess players in action. We look forward to hosting an unforgettable tournament!


You can watch the tournament live at the venue in Stavanger (Finansparken) or enjoy it online and on TV at (English) or TV 2 Sport2 / Play (Norwegian).




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