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Norway Chess 2016

The Norway Chess 2016 tournament took place in Stavanger 18th-30th April. Games: 19th-22nd, 24th-25th, 27th-29th. Blitz - 18th April. Rest Days - 23rd, 26th April. 10 players.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 6 out of 9 scores, 2. Levon Aronian - 5.5, 3-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Vladimir Kramnik - 5, 6-7. Li Chao, Pentala Harikrishna - 4.5, 8. Anish Giri - 4, 9. Pavel Eljanov - 3, 10. Nils Grandelius - 2.5.

Crosstable of the Norway Chess 2016
1 Carlsen, Magnus 2851 ** 0 1 1 1 1 6
2 Aronian, Levon 2784 1 ** 1 5.5
3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2788 ** 1 5
4 Topalov, Veselin 2754 ** 1 5
5 Kramnik, Vladimir 2801 0 ** 1 1 5
6 Li, Chao 2755 ** 0 1 4.5
7 Harikrishna, Pentala 2763 0 0 1 ** 1 4.5
8 Giri, Anish 2790 0 0 ** 1 4
9 Eljanov, Pavel 2765 0 0 0 0 ** 1 3
10 Grandelius, Nils 2649 0 0 0 0 ** 2.5

Round 9, 29.04.2016
Li Chao - Giri 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. Anish won a pawn in the ending, a draw.
Grandelius - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. Black had the better development.
Topalov-Kramnik 1/2. The Spanish Game. With counterplay.
Harikrishna-Aronian 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. A sharp fight. The endgame was drawn.
Carlsen-Eljanov 1-0. The Catalan, Bogo-Indian Defence or Dutch Stonewall. With counterplay in the opening, then Magnus had a slight edge, grabbed a pawn and won. 27...Qa7= was better.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 9: Games

Round 8, 28.04.2016
Giri-Grandelius 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. A draw by threefold repetition.
Vachier-Lagrave - Topalov 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. A theoretical duel, as usual.
Kramnik-Harikrishna 1-0. The Reti Opening. White was better, gathered pawns.
Aronian-Carlsen 1-0. The English Opening. Levon had a small advantage. 13...Nd6? was a mistake, and Levon obtained a clear edge with the original 18.Bxb7, he gave all bishops for knights to take pawns. Magnus tried to have counterplay with 22...e5, but after 26...Qxe5? lost quickly.
Eljanov - Li Chao 0-1. The Queen's Pawn Game. With equality in the opening and middlegame. In the ending Black had a rook and two passed pawns vs a queen.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 8: Games

Round 7, 27.04.2016
Topalov-Giri 1/2. The English Opening. 16...a5 was better. A draw by perpetual check (or by repetition).
Harikrishna - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The King's Indian Saemisch or Modern Benoni after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.e4 e6 6. Ne2. Maxime obtained good counterplay in the opening, but Pentala got a small edge in the middlegame. A draw by perpetual check.
Carlsen-Kramnik 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Magnus had a small advantage due to the better pawn structure, gradually outplayed the rival in the endgame.
Aronian-Eljanov 1-0. The Reti Opening. With counterplay. However, Levon attacked with 35.d5 and won after 38.Rc1. Also he could have won with 38.g5.
Grandelius - Li Chao 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence. Nils had an advantage, a harmonious position. But Li Chao defended well, a draw in 93 moves.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 7: Games

Round 6, 25.04.2016
Giri-Harikrishna 0-1. The French Defence. Pentala had a big edge, won the a-pawn and the game.
Vachier-Lagrave - Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. Maxime obtained a small edge in the endgame. A bishop vs two pawns.
Kramnik-Aronian 1/2. The Italian Game. With equality in the ending.
Li Chao - Topalov 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence.
Eljanov-Grandelius 1-0. The Gruenfeld Defence. Pavel had a small advantage. 35...Rd7? was an error.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 6: Games

Round 5, 24.04.2016
Carlsen-Giri 1/2. The Spanish Game. With equality.
Aronian - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2. The Slav Defence.
Kramnik-Eljanov 1/2. The Italian Game. With counterplay.
Harikrishna - Li Chao 1-0. The King's Indian Saemisch after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.e4 Bg7 6. Ne2, E60. White had a small advantage, attacked with 24.f4!, grabbed a bishop and won.
Topalov-Grandelius 1-0. The Spanish Game. Unclear.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 5: Games

Round 4, 22.04.2016
Giri-Aronian 1/2. The Queen's Gambit, 5.Bf4. A theoretical duel, they played this line in the Candidates. Anish pushed pawns on the queenside and obtained a slight advantage, but Levon gradually equalized and then had a slight edge due to the isolated d4-pawn.
Vachier-Lagrave - Kramnik 1/2. The Spanish Game. With equality.
Li Chao - Carlsen 1/2. The Slav Defence. A draw.
Grandelius-Harikrishna 1/2. The French Defence. Nils grabbed a pawn. 15...b5 was better. Pentala played 19...b5! and obtained a good game. Then 31...Ka8 was stronger, with a clear advantage to Black.
Eljanov-Topalov 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 4: Games

Round 3, 21.04.2016
Kramnik-Giri 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. The endgame was drawish. However, Anish gave the exchange, so Vladimir had some chances.
Vachier-Lagrave - Eljanov 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. A theoretical duel. Pavel seized space on the kingside with 16...g5!, with equality. Then 23...Kg6 and 27.Nd8+ were better.
Aronian - Li Chao 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence or the Slav Defence. Levon had a slight advantage due to the weakness on c6.
Carlsen-Grandelius 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Magnus sacrificed a knight! He obtained a big advantage after mistakes of Nils. 12...h5 and 14...d6 were better.
Harikrishna-Topalov 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. A quick draw.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 3: Games

Round 2, 20.04.2016
Giri - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1. The Sicilian Defence. 16.Rdg1? was an error, 16.g5! was better. After 16...d5! Maxime obtained a clear advantage and smashed the opponent.
Li Chao - Kramnik 1/2. The Vienna Game. With counterplay. Two bishops vs two knight, then two rooks and a bishop vs a queen and a knight. Vladimir had the better chances in this endgame, because could attack. 28...Qxh4 was stronger.
Grandelius-Aronian 1/2. The Spanish Game. Nils grabbed a pawn. Levon had excellent compensation, because White had weaknesses on the kingside. 24...Bc2! was better.
Topalov-Carlsen 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined. With equality.
Eljanov-Harikrishna 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 2: Games

Round 1, 19.04.2016
Giri-Eljanov 1-0. The Italian Game. 19...h5? was a mistake, 19...Kg7= was better.
Vachier-Lagrave - Li Chao 1/2. The Russian Defence.
Kramnik-Grandelius 1-0. The London System of the Queen's Pawn Game. Vladimir had a slight advantage due to the better bishop, outplayed the rival in the endgame. 33...g4+ was correct.
Aronian-Topalov 1/2. The English Opening. The ending was drawn.
Carlsen-Harikrishna 1-0. The Queen's Indian Defence. Magnus had two bishops, obtained a small, then a clear edge. Pentala sacrificed a knight, but lost.
Norway Chess 2016. Round 1: Games

Games Norway Chess 2016 (45, pgn)

Blitz: 1. Carlsen 7.5, 2. Giri 6.5, 3-4. Vachier-Lagrave, Kramnik 6, 5. Aronian 4.5, 6. Harikrishna 4, 7. Topalov 3, 8-10. Grandelius, Li, Eljanov 2.5.

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