Good & Bad News for Americans as Norway Begins

The Altibox Norway Chess Tournament kicked off with victory for American Wesley So, who took down the blitz tournament, half a point ahead of fellow American Hikaru Nakamura and a full point ahead of World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Wesley had arrived early in Norway to give a simultaneous exhibition, and karma appeared to be on his side- finishing first in the blitz allowed him to choose his pairing number in the event.

Among So’s blitz victories was a slasher against Sergey Karjakin.

Round one of the Main Event featured the titanic preview battle between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Fabiano Caruana.

Although Fabiano lost the game, even the World Champion pondered whether it had any longterm significance.

The other four round one classical games were drawn, including an interesting battle between Nakamura and Ding Liren.

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Daily rounds begin at 10:30 am EST on Tuesday, May 28. Watch live at http://live.norwaychess.com/ or Chess.com/TV.

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