Altibox Norway Chess 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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I love all things chess! I only play for fun these days, but I love following and writing about the game. I don't pretend to be an expert, I'm more a knowledgeable enthusiast. Not a big fan of engines and I don't use them much in my analysis -- I prefer to approach the game from the human angle. The battle of minds, power and pitfalls of the ego and the psychology of competition never fails to fascinate and thrill me! :-) I am also a contributor at

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