The final weekend of the Norwegian League will take place at Norway’s national football stadium Ullevål in Oslo this weekend with Carlsen’s club Offerspill in pole position to win its first title.

Going into the last three matches, Offerspill is on 12 points and has a one-point lead over Carlsen’s former teammates at Vålerenga, champions for five of the last six seasons. Oslo Schakselskap is another point behind on 10 points.

Carlsen’s three classical games will be against 2341-rated FM Levi Andre Tallksen (brother of Geir Sune Tallaksen Østmoe, who drew Carlsen in a club game last year), Norway’s #3 Jon Ludvig Hammer (2631) and none other than Champions Chess Tour commentator David Howell (2670).

The meeting with former teammate Howell will be of particular interest, with the two meeting for the first time in classical chess since the Norwegian won in the London Chess Classic in 2011.

Mar 24, 2021

Anish Giri wins the 2nd Magnus Carlsen Invitational

Anish Giri has won the Magnus Carlsen Invitational after defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi 2:0 in a blitz playoff. The Dutch no. 1 earns $60,000 and as the winner of a Major joins Teimour Radjabov as a confirmed participant in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour finals in San Francisco this September. Magnus Carlsen took 3rd place with a game to spare after beating Wesley So. Although that wasn’t what the World Champion wanted in the tournament with his name on it, he’s now just 5 points behind Wesley in the overall Tour standings.

For more details check out launch article, while we’ll be announcing the line-ups and more soon.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Magnus Carlsen Invitational games: Qualifier, Prelims, Knockout
  • Spaced-themed Magnus Carlsen Invitational returns
  • Grandelius and Pichot complete Magnus Carlsen Invitational line-up
  • Magnus Carlsen faces Firouzja and Giri on Day 1 of his Invitational
  • MCI 1: Giri beats Carlsen and So to snatch lead
  • MCI 2: Giri still leads Carlsen as battle heats up
  • MCI 3: Carlsen top, as Radjabov, Karjakin & Dubov miss out
  • MCI 4: Carlsen & So to meet again?
  • MCI 5: It’s Carlsen-Nepo and So-Giri in the semi-finals
  • MCI 6: Nepo and Giri shock Carlsen and So
  • MCI 7: Magnus self-destructs after epic fightback
  • MCI 8: Nepo escapes against Giri | Carlsen finally beats So
Jan 18, 2017

Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So are doing everything they can in Wijk aan Zee

Both the world champion from Norway and the world number four from the United Stated scored convincing victories in round four of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament but they still did not manage to out-perform Ukranian Pavel Eljanov, this year’s surprise of the tournament.

Eljanov said after his matchup with Adhiban Baskaran from India that the outcome of that game remained unclear for a long time. And: ‘We both kept the pressure on so everything was possible.’ It was only in the resulting bishop ending that it became clear that Eljanov – although a pawn down – would score his third victory in four days and would stay in the lead with 3,5 points. True, he did not encounter the toughest possible opposition in the Masters yet but on the other hand his opponents so far were no clutzes either.

Carlsen and So share second place with 3 points.

Carlsen beat Chinese prodigy Wei Yi who missed – according to some spectators – a not so obvious tactical threat in a drawish endgame position. The world champion from Norway did not hesitate and his first serious blow in the game caused an immediate knock out.

So was too strong for Loek van Wely, who has not showed his best form in the first part of the tournament. With the white pieces the Dutch grandmaster only managed a slightly worse position out of the opening. According to the engines somewhere in the remainder of the game there was an escape route for Van Wely but when he did not take that So did not show any remorse anymore.

Tomorrow Van Wely can take some revenge in IJmuiden where the grandmasters will face the challenge of a soccer match against Telstar a Dutch second division team.