Carlsen Leads Convincingly After 3 Rounds at Norway Chess

So far at Norway Chess, Magnus Carlsen is looking like his peak self. After only 3 rounds, he's gained a convincing full point lead on the field, winning two games while no other player has achieved a result higher than a draw. Watch as the World Champion effortlessly drums up a winning attack against Levon Aronian:
[pgn][Event "Altibox Norway"]
[Site "0:31:33-0:01:33"]
[Date "2018.05.30"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Levon Aronian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C67"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r2q2k1/1ppb1pnp/3p2p1/p2P4/P2Q4/4RN1P/1PP2PP1/5BK1 w - - 0 23"]
[PlyCount "17"]
[EventDate "2018.05.27"]23. g4 $5 c6 24. c4 Ne8 25. Qf4 Kg7 26. Rb3 Rb8 27. Ng5 Nf6 28. Rf3 h6 29. Ne4
Nxe4 30. Qxf7+ Kh8 31. Qxg6 {and, because of Carlsen's duo threats of Rf7 and
regaining his knight to have a 2 pawn advantage, Aronian resigned.} 1-0[/pgn]
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Can the world's top GMs cook?

In a unique rest day activity, the players competed in a Master Chef style cook off, teaming up to prepare the best fish dish. The competition took place in the kitchen of the playing venue, Clarion Hotel Air.
The Teams
Team 1:

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave & Levon Aronian

Team 2:

Shahriyar Mamedyarov & Hikaru Nakamura

Nakamura looks like he's done this before. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess
Team 3:

Ding Liren & Viswanathan Anand

Anand, the old pro. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess
Team 4:

Sergey Karjakin & Fabiano Caruana

An unlikely duo, Carlsen's two most recent Challengers. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess
Team 5:

Wesley So & Magnus Carlsen

A friendly pair! Photo: Lennart Ootes / Altibox Norway Chess
. Each team prepared the same dish of fish, vegetables, and Hollandaise Sauce. . . Some teams were well balanced while others were a bit skewed... . . . . . A panel of judges tasted each dish and chose the winner. . . . . In the end, Anand and Ding won the cook off with their tasty dish. .  
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Vanessa West is a regular writer and digital assistant for US Chess News. She won the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award. You can follow her on Twitter: @Vanessa__West    


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

As a former member of the Iron Fans club (for the "original" Iron Chef show hosted by Takeshi Kaga), I'm surprised that a friendly cook-off hasn't been used more often during a Rest day. Their idea to split players from the same country to different teams was a good one. A couple other requirements necessary given the international nature of the participants came to my mind: 1) To make it fair, the teammates must be able to speak at least one common language. Most of the top international chessplayers are fluent in at least two languages. Looking at the team pairings and recalling past interviews, I'm guessing that English was the language of choice for most of the teams. 2) The key ingredient cannot be proscribed by major religions, so no Pork, Beef, or Shellfish. And if the required ingredients include a non-vegetable(s), at least one team member must not be a vegetarian.

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