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Saturday, 18 Sep 2021 10:56
Magnus Carlsen wins Norway Chess 2021

Magnus Carlsen came out as the winner of the Norway Chess 2021. It is his third straight title in his home tournament and fourth overall.

The 6-player double round-robin took place at the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger, Norway, from  September 7-17. Each round consisted of a classical game where a win was worth 3 points and a loss - 0. In case of a draw, the players played an Armageddon game, where the winner scored 1½ points, and the loser got just 1 point.

The World Champion had a slow start but picked up steam in the second part of the event and, after scoring three victories in a row, grabbed the lead in the penultimate round. On the last day, Magnus beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in Armageddon and clinched the title.

Alireza Firouzja turned in a very solid performance (+16 rating points) and finished second. Despite losing to Carlsen, he won three micro-matches, and after beating Richard Rapport in a sharp final-round battle, he leapfrogged him in the final standings.

Richard Rapport was in the lead for most of the tournament distance but ended on a low note and had to settle for third place. Nevertheless, the Hungarian put up a strong showing and earned 10 rating points along the way.

Final standings:

1

Magnus Carlsen

2855

19½

2

Alireza Firouzja

2754

18

3

Richard Rapport

2760

16½

4

Ian Nepomniachtchi

2792

12

5

Sergey Karjakin

2758

10

6

Aryan Tari

2642

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Official website: norwaychess.no