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Norway Chess 2024: Magnus Carlsen secures sixth Norway title; Praggnanandhaa shines on debut with third place finish

Published at :June 8, 2024 at 3:15 PM
Modified at :June 8, 2024 at 3:15 PM
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Carlsen secured 17.5 points to finish on the top.

The final round of Norway Chess 2024 began with several scenarios that could play out to determine the winner of both the main event and the women’s tournament. The final round of the Norway Chess 2024 led to several thrilling games played to fight for the coveted title in Stavanger on Friday.

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana drew their classical game, and the winner was decided with an Armageddon tie-breaker. It was Carlsen who got the better of Caruana, and with this win, the Norwegian secured at least a share of first place in the tournament, having to wait for the result of the game between Hikaru Nakamura and Praggnanandhaa R.

Nakamura was in a must-win situation to finish on top, but the game ended in a draw. The 18-year-old chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa then won the tiebreak game, capping off his debut outing at Norway Chess in third place behind Nakamura. 

The game between Alireza Firouzja and Ding Liren also ended in a draw, with the former winning the Armageddon. 

With these results, Carlsen has clinched his sixth Norway Chess title. This is a huge victory for the home country hero, as he had not played many classical tournaments in the recent past.

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In the Women’s competition, Ju Wenjun scripted history as she clinched the title in the inaugural edition of the tournament. She defeated her compatriot from China and the World Championship Challenger Lei Tingjie in a classical game. 

In another game, Anna Muzychuk and Koneru Humpy drew their game, which meant that Muzychuk’s chances of winning the tournament disappeared. However, Muzychuk managed to win in the Armageddon to bag crucial 1.5 points to finish second in the tournament. 

The last game of the tournament was between the young Indian talent Vaishali R and the legendary Pia Cramling. While Vaishali obtained a winning position at some point, it was Cramling who was pushing for a win in the endgame, but the game ended peacefully. Vaishali went down in the tiebreak game, finishing fourth in the tournament. 

As the tournaments have come to an end, Norway Chess congratulate the winners of both tournaments – Magnus Carlsen and Ju Wenjun on their well-deserved win. This year, Norway Chess was bigger than ever, attracting a stellar lineup of competitors and delivering high-stakes excitement from start to finish. The addition of the Norway Chess Women tournament marked a significant milestone, highlighting the event’s growth and commitment to inclusivity in the sport.

Final Standings

Norway Chess 2024 Main Event 

1. Magnus Carlsen – 17.5 points

2. Hikaru Nakamura – 15.5 points

3. Praggnanandhaa R – 14.5 points

4. Alireza Firouzja – 13.5 points 

5. Fabiano Caruana – 11.5 points

6. Ding Liren – 7 points

Norway Chess 2024 Women’s Tournament

1. Ju Wenjun – 19 points

2. Anna Muzychuk – 16 points

3. Lei Tingjie – 14.5 points 

4. Vaishali R – 12.5 points 

5. ⁠Koneru Humpy – 10 points 

6. ⁠Pia Cramling – 8 points

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