Norway Chess 2021: All The Information

Norway Chess 2021: All The Information

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Norway Chess is a classical chess tournament held every year since 2013 in Stavanger, Norway. Up until 2019 it was accompanied by a blitz tournament, which was put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norway Chess 2021 ran from September 7-17. It was won by GM Magnus Carlsen.

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The 2021 tournament is a six-player, 10-round double round-robin. 

Norway Chess uses an unusual scoring system. If the classical game in a round is decisive, the winner gets three points and the loser none. If the game is drawn, however, the competitors play an armageddon game. The winner of the armageddon game scores 1.5 points for the round and the loser one point.

The time control in standard games is 120 minutes for the game with a 10-second increment after move 40. In the armageddon game, White gets 10 minutes and Black gets 7, with a 1-second increment after move 41.


This year's field includes both the world champion and the world championship challenger, just weeks ahead of their match. The full list:

Fed Player
GM Magnus Carlsen
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi
GM Richard Rapport
GM Alireza Firouzja
GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Aryan Tari


The opening ceremony and the first round are played on September 7. There is a slate of games every day except September 11 and the tournament concludes on September 17, including any necessary playoffs.

Due to a visa issue, Nepomniachtchi will play his round one game against Karjakin on the rest day.

Date Matchup
9/7 Firouzja-Carlsen
9/7 Tari-Rapport
9/8 Nepomniachtchi-Firouzja
9/8 Carlsen-Tari
9/8 Karjakin-Rapport
9/9 Firouzja-Karjakin
9/9 Tari-Nepomniachtchi
9/9 Rapport-Carlsen
9/10 Tari-Karjakin
9/10 Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi
9/10 Rapport-Firouzja
9/11 Nepomniachtchi-Karjakin
9/12 Firouzja-Tari
9/12 Nepomniachtchi-Rapport
9/12 Karjakin-Carlsen
9/13 Carlsen-Firouzja
9/13 Rapport-Tari
9/13 Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi
9/14 Firouzja-Nepomniachtchi
9/14 Tari-Carlsen
9/14 Rapport-Karjakin
9/15 Nepomniachtchi-Tari
9/15 Carlsen-Rapport
9/15 Karjakin-Firouzja
9/16 Tari-Firouzja
9/16 Carlsen-Karjakin
9/16 Rapport-Nepomniachtchi
9/17 Firouzja-Rapport
9/17 Nepomniachtchi-Carlsen
9/17 Karjakin-Tari


Norway Chess is held in Stavanger every year. In 2021, it will occur at the Clarion Hotel in Stavanger.

Stavanger Norway Chess
Stavanger from the air. Photo: Godztian/Wikimedia, CC.

Prize Fund

Norway Chess have not announced the prize fund for 2021.

The 2020 prize fund totaled 1.81 million Norwegian kroner (NOK).

1st NOK 700.000
2nd NOK 370.000
3rd NOK 230.000
4th NOK 180.000
5th NOK 170.000
6th NOK 160.000

The exchange rate as of July 7, 2021 is 8.67 kroner per U.S. dollar and 10.27 kroner per Euro.


2020 regulations link: 

2021 program link: 

Past Winners

Year Fed Winner
2013 GM Sergey Karjakin
2014 GM Sergey Karjakin
2015 GM Veselin Topalov
2016 GM Magnus Carlsen
2017 GM Levon Aronian
2018 GM Fabiano Caruana
2019 GM Magnus Carlsen
2020 GM Magnus Carlsen
2021 TBD
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