Altibox Norway Chess 2017 Sees World Top Ten Line-Up!

Organisers confirm, Carlsen, Caruana, So, Kramnik, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Aronian, Nakamura, Karjakin, Giri.

Altibox Norway Chess | image ©
Altibox Norway Chess | image ©

Hi there, dear reader! I have some good news and bad news for you. I’ll begin with the good news, which is that the organisers of the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament, have announced a stonking line-up for the 2017 edition. It will involve the world’s top ten players! These are, namely:

  • Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2836
  • Fabiano Caruana (USA) 2827
  • Wesyley So (USA) 2822
  • Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2811
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2796
  • Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2786
  • Levon Aronian (ARM) 2785
  • Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2785
  • Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2783
  • Anish Giri (NED) 2769

Ratings taken from FIDE’s January ratings list.

I am sure that you will agree that this is really great news! And kudos to the organisers for achieving this — I can imagine it was not a straight forward thing to pull off at all!

So what is the catch?

Well, the bad news, is that we Chess followers have to wait a few months until the tournament arrives! It will run from June 5th to 17th, opening with a blitz event to decide the order of play. Round 1 will take place on June 6th.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely cannot wait!

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