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Norway Chess 2016 - Round 1

GM Alex Yermolinsky video recap 


Pos. Points Player Rating
1-3 1.0 Magnus Carlsen 2851
    Vladimir Kramnik 2801
    Anish Giri 2790
4-7 0.5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2788
    Levon Aronian 2784
    Veselin Topalov 2754
    Li Chao 2755
8-5 0.0 Pavel Eljanov 2765
    Pentala Harikrishna 2763
    Nils Grandelius 2649


There are two great news about Round 1 of the Altibox Norway chess tournament: Anish Giri interrupted a fastidious streak of draws after the Candidates', winning against Eljanov; Magnus Carlsen dominated Harikrishna and won the first round of a tournament after over two years. With Kramnik beating the qualified Swedish GM Grandelius, all the top three guys won with white today, in a rather spectacular round. Carlsen's game went down to a crazy time-scramble, and the world champion showed once again that he can think really fast.

MVL wasn't able to get a lot out of the opening, and LI Chao found a nice tactic to enter an opposite-color bishop endgame, which he held comfortably.

Aronian found himself in trouble; for a while Topalov had the upper hand in the game, but then the Bulgarian ace failed to find the determination to bring home the full point.

An exciting first round of a tournament that promises to be really interesting!

Today Radja is the winner of the GTR contest. He was able to guess 4 out of 5 results. Well done!