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Norway Chess Women 2024 R8: Vaishali wins Armageddon against Anna, Wenjun leaps to the top

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/06/2024

Anna Muzychuk (UKR) drew against Vaishali in the Classical game of Round 8 at Norway Chess Women 2024. Vaishali mentioned in the Confession booth that she went all out in Jobava London as she suffered two consecutive Classical losses before this. Vaishali won the back and forth Armageddon on time. The position on the board was equal in a double rook endgame. Reigning Women's World Champion, Wenjun Ju (CHN) scored three points as she defeated Pia Cramling (SWE) in the Classical. Wenjun is the new sole leader 14.5/24, closely followed by Anna 13/24 and then Vaishali 11.5/24. Tingjie Lei (CHN) scored her first Classical victory of the event against Koneru Humpy. She also moved her score to 11.5/24. Today is the last rest day. Round 9 starts tomorrow Thursday from 5 p.m. CET, 8:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Abhyudaya Ram

A shake up in the standings

Vaishali ended Anna Muzychuk's (UKR) four match winning streak

Vaishali - Anna: 1.5-1

After losing her last two games in the Classical, Vaishali (2489) mentioned in the Confession booth that she went all out by playing Jobava London against Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2505). The game eventually petered out to a draw in a double rook and knight endgame. Anna lost Armageddon on time in an equal rook endgame after a back and forth battle.

Vaishali vs Anna Muzychuk, Armageddon, Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Wenjun - Pia: 3-0

Wenjun Ju (CHN, 2558) got the better of Pia Cramling (SWE, 2447) when she incorrectly captured a pawn with her king instead of knight. This win allowed the reigning Women's World Champion to emerge as the new sole leader and surpass Anna.

Wenjun Ju (CHN) defeated Pia Cramling (SWE) to gain sole lead 14.5/24

Tingjie - Humpy: 3-0

A mistake in the rook and bishop endgame cost Koneru Humpy (2545) dearly against Tingjie Lei (CHN, 2548).

Position after 39.Rxd6+

39...Ke7 40.Rxb6 Rc2 41.Bd3 Rxh2 would have kept the fight going. The obvious 39...Be6? allows White to gain the decisive advantage 40.Rxb6 hxg4 41.Bxg4 Rc4+ 42.Kf3 and White eventually won the game.

Tingjie Lei scored her first Classical victory of the event

Round 8 in progress

Magnus Carlsen's best friends Askild and Odin broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Chess Marathon by playing blitz games for 61 consecutive hours.

Replay live stream

Replay Norway Chess 2024 Round 8 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 8 games

Round 8 results

Vaishali R - Anna Muzychuk: 1.5-1

Wenjun Ju - Pia Cramling: 3-0

Tingjie Lei - Koneru Humpy: 3-0

Standings after Round 8

Wenjun Ju - 14.5/24

Anna Muzychuk - 13/24

Vaishali - 11.5/24

Tingjie Lei - 11.5/24

Koneru Humpy - 8/24

Pia Cramling - 5.5/24

Round 9 pairings

Round 9 pairings | Photo: Norway Chess


6 players will take part in the Tournament.

The Tournament is a double-round event with Armageddon.

The Tournament consists of 10 rounds.

Time Control

Each player will have 120 minutes on the clock with an increment of 10 seconds starting from move 41. 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.

Draw by Mutual Agreement

Players are not allowed to agree to a draw until at least 30 moves have been made by each player. This rule does not apply to Armageddon games.


If the classical game is drawn, an Armageddon game will be played. It shall start within 20 minutes of the conclusion of the classical game. The player with White pieces will continue with White in Armageddon. If the Armageddon game is drawn, black will win.


Players will get the following points per round:

Win in the classical game: 3 points

Loss in the classical game: 0 points

Draw in the classical game & win Armageddon: 1½ points

Draw in the classical game & loss Armageddon: 1 point


From 27th May to 7th June, every day game starts at 5 p.m. local time and 8:30 p.m. IST. Rest days are on Friday 31st May and Wednesday 5th June.

Prize money

Prize Money The total prize fund of the Tournament is 1690000 NOK. Distribution of Prize money occurs as followed:

1st - NOK 700000

2nd - NOK 350000

3rd - NOK 200000

4th - NOK 170000

5th - NOK 150000

6th - NOK 120000

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Children: 100 NOK

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