It doesn't take much to understand that the Altibox Norway Chess is the strongest tournament of the year.
The line-up is simply amazing, with an average rating of 2797.2. Four of the ten players are in the 2800+ club, and the "weakest" - namely Anish Giri - sports a monster rating of 2771!
It's easy to think that among those super-top players there could be the next challenger to Carlsen's throne, and this makes the tournament even more captivating for the chess fans. Carlsen, in this single round robin, will have to defend his title and leadership against the likes of Nakamura, Caruana, Wesley So, Giri, Karjakin, MVL; not to mention the old guard, with heavyweights such as Anand, Aronian, and Kramnik.
As usual, the Norwegian world champion is the favorite, but it won't be easy to prevail in such an incredibly strong group of top dogs.
It doesn't happen every day to see all the top players reunited, and this year the Altibox event resembles a world championship, if a round-robin tournament were the method to assign the crown.
ICC will have a Game Of the Day video for each round, free to watch for everyone, and published on ICC's YouTube channel.
The ICC's dream team of commentators, with Ronen Har-Zvi, Lars Bo-Hansen, John Fedorowicz, Larry Christiansen, Jon Speelman, John Watson, and Christof Sielecki, will share their analysis.
GM Alex Yermolinsky will go LIVE on ICCTV to share his thoughts after round 2 and round 8.