Field Norway Chess Completed

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 5/7/14, 5:27 AM.

On Tuesday the field for the Norway Chess tournament in June was completed with Anish Giri of the Netherlands. He will play together with Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Simen Agdestein, who qualified by beating Jon Ludvig Hammer in a rapid match.

Norway Chess is this year sponsored by Unibet, an online gambling company located in Malta, even though the logo cannot be shown due to legal restrictions.

The second edition of the Norway Chess tournament will be the next super tournament, with many top 10 players playing. The dates are 2-13 June, 2014 and again the Stavanger region is hosting the event. Since the promotion of the region is one of the main ideas behind the tournament, again the players will be moving the pieces in different locations, but not as many as last year. Here's the schedule:

Norway Chess 2014 | Schedule

Day Date Time Event Venue
Monday 02.06.2014 17.00 Blitz Flor & Fjære – closed event
Tuesday 03.06.2014 15.30 1th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Wednesday 04.06.2014 15.30 2nd round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Thursday 05.06.2014 15.30 3rd round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Friday 06.06.2014 15.30 School tournament Vitenfabrikken, Sandnes
Saturday 07.06.2014 15.30 4th round Vågen VGS, Sandnes
Sunday 08.06.2014 15.30 5th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Monday 09.06.2014 15.30 6th round Aarbakke fabrikkhall, Bryne
Tuesday 10.06.2014 15.30 7th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Wednesday 11.06.2014 TBA Celebrety tournament To be announced
Thursday 12.06.2014 15.30 8th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus
Friday 13.06.2014 15.30 9th round Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus

The main hotel, where most of the games will be played, has been moved to a place between Sandnes and Stavanger: the Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus. The blitz event will be held on the beautiful Flor & Fjære island, there will be a school tournament in the Vitenfabrikken in Sandnes, the 4th round of the main tournament will be at Vågen VGS and the 6th round at the Aarbakke factory.

More about the venues can be read here. Below is a map:

In November 2013 the second Norway Chess tournament was already confirmed. The main sponsors are Scandic, Stavanger Aftenblad, Altibox, Lyse, Aarbakke og Jadarhus. The five last of these were also sponsors for Norway Chess 2013.

The first players who confirmed their participation were Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler. Mid-February Vladimir Kramnik also said “yes” to the organizers, and about four weeks later his compatriot Alexander Grischuk was added to the list.

Last year, besides Carlsen Norway's honors were defended by Jon Ludvig Hammer, but this time it will be Simen Agdestein. The 46-year-old grandmaster, who represented Norway as a footballer player two decades ago but is now mainly occupied with chess coaching, defeated Hammer in a rapid qualification match on April 27th.

The match, which took place during the Shamkir Chess tournament, was held in the TV2 studio and broadcast live on TV and online. Agdestein won with a score of 3.5-1.5, winning games three and four:

Yesterday, the final player was confirmed: Anish Giri of the Netherlands. Here's the full list of participants:

Norway Chess 2014 | Participants

# Name Country Born Rating World #
1 Magnus Carlsen Norway November 30, 1990 2882 1
2 Levon Aronian Armenia October 6, 1982 2815 2
3 Alexander Grischuk Russia October 31, 1983 2792 3
4 Fabiano Caruana Italy July 30, 1992 2783 5
5 Vladimir Kramnik Russia June 25, 1975 2783 6
6 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria March 15, 1975 2772 8
7 Sergey Karjakin Russia January 12, 1990 2770 9
8 Peter Svidler Russia June 17, 1976 2753 13
9 Anish Giri The Netherlands June 28, 1994 2746 17
10 Simen Agdestein Norway May 15, 1967 2625 161

Alongside the main tournament there will be an open tournament, held 6-9 June at «2020park», a real estate business park at Forus, in short walking distance from the Scandic Forus Hotel. It's a 6-round Swiss in three rating groups.

More information can be found at

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  • 2 years ago


    Kramnik hasn't won a round robin since 2011 and I don't think he will win this one either. My pick is Aronian, at his best he is close to Carlsen's level, and the latter can't win every time.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Michelangelooo

    I already feel sorry for Agdestein. Will he score a whole point?

  • 2 years ago


    Wow! Where's Naka??

  • 2 years ago


    Although it's highly unlikely since Magnus is playing I hope that Grischuk will win the tournament. He's one of the least popular top players (everyone talks about Magnus, Anand, Kramnik, Caruana, Svidler, etc. but not him) and although he's no.3 in the world and plays very good chess he didn't win any major tournaments (at least not recently).

  • 2 years ago


    Great that both Caruana and Giri are playing. These two will be Carlsen's main rivals in the next few years.

  • 2 years ago


    Excellent lineup, looking forward to it.

  • 2 years ago


    Yeah, I too see Kramnik doing very well in this tournament. He is a great player and I think we'll see him "even out" his keel.

  • 2 years ago


    Yeah ....strong tourney with 9 Super GM 's and lots of great games in store.

  • 2 years ago


    Carlsen will be wanting the Norway crown currently worn by Karjakin. Great lineup of elite GM's, looking forward to the games.

  • 2 years ago


    Mkhitar, I don't see any mention of Carlsen... maybe we should consider his presence too, given that he wins every tournament he plays in? Ahhh objectivity, this stranger!

  • 2 years ago


    What a pity Jon Ludvig Hammer is not playing here now...

  • 2 years ago


    To be honest, I do not think that Grishchuk will win 1st or 2nd place (sorry Grishchuk fans). 

    More likely we will see comeback of Kramnik, he might even win the tournament.

    Levon, if not 1st, will be around 2-3rd places and I am sure will produce some fascinating and unpredictable chess (as usual)

  • 2 years ago


    No we don't! I'm hoping to see Caruana get close...too bad Nakamura is not here to fight...

  • 2 years ago


    We all know who's going to win the tournament. Aronian and Grischuk might fight for 2nd :)

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