10/10/2020 – World numbers one and two are both present at the over-the-board Altibox Norway Chess tournament taking place on October 5-16. Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are joined by Armenian star Levon Aronian, Polish number one Jan-Krzysztof Duda, wunderkind Alireza Firouzja and local representative Aryan Tari. All rounds start at 15:00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 ET). | Photo: Lennart Ootes
Instead of the usual single round-robin with ten participants, this year the Altibox Norway Chess tournament is a six-player double round-robin. The organizers have decided to use the innovative format they put in place last year, with Armageddon deciders following each game that finishes in a draw.
A couple of modifications have been made to the regulations though. Unlike last year, when each player received two hours for the whole game without increments, a 10-second increment is being used after move 40 in this year’s edition. The scoring system has been altered as well:
- Victory in the main game: 3 points
- Loss in the main game: 0 points
- Draw in the main game & victory in Armageddon: 1½ points
- Draw in the main game & loss in Armageddon: 1 point
In the Armageddon decider Black gets 7 minutes to White’s 10, with an increment of 1 second per move starting from move 41. Black gets draw odds.
October 9 and October 14 are rest days.
Live games and commentary
Commentary by GMs Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik
Standings after Round 3
1-2. Aronian, Caruana 7
3. Carlsen 6
4. Firouzja 5.5
5-6. Duda, Tari 0
Round 4 pairings
Magnus Carlsen – Fabiano Caruana
Levon Aronian – Alireza Firouzja
Aryan Tari – Jan-Krzysztof Duda