Aronian Wins Norway Chess, Nakamura Second

Altibox Norway Chess, the strongest classical tournament of the year, featured an outstanding performance by Levon Aronian, who took clear first by a full point. Our own GM Hikaru Nakamura was also a major contender in Norway Chess up until the final game where he lost to Fabiano Caruana. This left Nakamura in a tie for 2nd place with Vladimir Kramnik.

Another huge story in Norway was the poor performance from World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Magnus scored minus one in Norway Chess, and lost ten rating points.

Before our round-up of some of the best Norway Chess games, can you find how Anish Giri (playing White) caused Viswanathan Anand to resign the next move?

On his way to clear first, Levon Aronian won against both Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik with the white pieces. The game against Carlsen was a stunner, featuring an unusual example of the classic Bxh7+ sacrifice.

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Nakamura won nice victories over Giri and Vachier-Lagrave:

In the last round, Fabiano Caruana, moved back up to 50% with a well prepared victory over his Olympic team-mate.

Wesley So scored 4.5/9, with all draws. So is now ranked #3 in the World, as Kramnik’s plus one in Norway put him a squeak ahead of So in the live rating list.

Aronian’s performance and play was met by excitement on twitter as the stylish and personable SuperGM climbs up the live rating list.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen now has less than a dozen point rating lead on the live rating list at 2700chess.com.

Next up for the World elite, including our top three US players: The inaugural Grand Chess Tour events in Paris and Leuven. Find a preview on NPR and follow live at grandchesstour.org. 

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