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World chess number 1 Magnus Carlsen to Norway super festival. Chess fans and people in western Norway’s Stavanger area can look forward to a super chess festival. In an event where Magnus Carlsen will also be playing, Norway is to host the super chess tournament between 7 and 18 May this year. Eight of the world’s highest ranked players will battle it out in the same tournament for the first time since 2001’s Wijk aan Zee Tournament in Holland.

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World chess number 1 Magnus Carlsen to Norway super festival

Published on Monday, 18th February, 2013 at 12:36 under the news category, by Gerald Jones.
Last Updated on 19th February 2013 at 07:18.

Chess fans and people in western Norway’s Stavanger area can look forward to a super chess festival.

Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen
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In an event where Magnus Carlsen will also be playing, Norway is to host the super chess tournament between 7 and 18 May this year.

Eight of the world’s highest ranked players will battle it out in the same tournament for the first time since 2001’s Wijk aan Zee Tournament in Holland.

The organizers of the "Norway Chess 2013" festival, who have planning this year’s super tournament since 2011, announce a heavyweight line-up for their main event.

Here is a list of the top ten players attending, according to their world ranking:

Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 1).
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2).
Levon Aronian (Armenia, 3).
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 4).
Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 5).
Viswanathan Anand (India, 6).
Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 7).
Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 8).
Wang Hao (China, 16).
Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway, 107).

Double celebration?

Interested visitors to the tournament will be able to experience Norway’s National Day on 17 May.

However, a main point of interest for chess fans will be Magnus Carlsen’s attendance.

Recently, it became official that the 22-year-old had achieved the highest rating in the history of chess when the World Chess Federation (FIDE) published its list for 2013.

His new rating of 2,861 is 10 points higher than Garry Kasparov’s legendary record from 1999.

This year’s tournament will be played in different locations in the Stavanger area. Some of them are historical, some academic, some brand new.

These include:

A blitz at the University of Stavanger (7 May).
Round 7 at botanical gardens Flo & Fjære , located on Sør-Hidle Island (15 May).
Round 9 at Stavanger’s new concert hall (18 May).

There will also be a super tournament with the majority of the top 10 ranked players, a school tournament with hundreds of children, and a celebrity tournament with a range of celebrities to show their chess skills.



Published on Monday, 18th February, 2013 at 12:36 under the news category, by Gerald Jones.
Last updated on 19th February 2013 at 07:18.

This post has the following tags: magnuscarlsen, norwaychess, chesstournament.





  
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