Three days of Arctic Securities Chess Stars (UPDATE)

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The coming three days world's number one Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Viswanathan Anand meet with the world's best female player Judit Polgar and Norway's number two player Jon Ludvig Hammer in a rapidplay event in Kristiansund, Norway. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK is broadcasting live on their website with several cameras. Games day 1 added.

Hammer, Anand, Polgar and Carlsen at the press conference | Photo Roger Hojem

It is a huge event for the chess fans in Kristiansund and Norway which takes place this weekend (including Monday). The first round is played today and the second on Sunday the 29th. Each player will meet twice. The finals will be played on Monday 30th of August. The time control is 20 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 10 seconds per move.

Games start at 14.30 CET on Saturday and Sunday while the final and bronze final will start at 14.00 CET on Monday. Pairings:

Saturday Opening (13.30) Round 1 (14.30): Polgar-Carlsen, Anand-Hammer Round 2 (16.00): Polgar-Anand, Carlsen-Hammer Round 3 (17.30): Anand-Carlsen, Hammer-Polgar

Sunday Round 4 (14.30): Carlsen-Polgar, Hammer-Anand Round 5 (16.00): Anand-Polgar, Hammer-Carlsen Round 6 (17.30): Carlsen-Anand, Polgar-Hammer

Monday Finals & bronze finals (14.00)

The official website is the Kristansund club website and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norsk Rikskringkasting - NRK) website will provide live coverage through several video cameras. Update: as Jochem remarks, live games here.

NRK consists of three main TV channels, three main radio channels, several niche channels on the radio, the Internet, podcast and mobile phone. NRK is Norway's largest media company.

It is the first time World Champion Anand visits Norway since he played in the 1980's World Youth Championship. For Judit Polgar it's the first time she's visiting Norway. Kristiansund is a city and municipality on the western coast of Norway, in the Nordmøre district of Møre og Romsdal county. It is located about 500 km northwest of capital Oslo and about 1300 km southwest of Tromsø.

Storkaia harbour in Kristiansund | Photo Harald Oppedal

Parallel to this high-class rapid tournament there's a 6-round open tournament with two groups, from Thursday the 26th to Sunday the 29th of August. The first prize is 10,000 NOK (about 1253 Euros). The strongest participants are GMs Emanuel Berg, Evgeny Romanov, Vladimir Georgiev, Tiger Hillarp Persson and Women World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Games day 1

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