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12th Norway Chess R6: Ding Liren blunders a shocking mate in two against Magnus Carlsen

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/06/2024

Ding Liren (CHN) made a shocking mate in two blunder in an equal position against Magnus Carlsen (NOR). The world no.1 was in disbelief that his opponent overlooked such an elementary threat. He was evidently not happy with the way he won. He had to win the Classical to gain the lead, but not like that. He is now a full point ahead 12/18 of Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 11/18. Once again, Nakamura drew the Classical against Fabiano Caruana (USA). He made a strange retreat of his king in the middlegame and lost the thread of the position in the Armageddon. Caruana scored his first win in Armageddon at this event after losing two Classical games in-a-row. Praggnanandhaa drew the Classical against Alireza Firouzja (FRA). However, he blundered in time trouble against the France no.1. Round 7 starts today from 5 p.m. CET, 8:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Norway Chess/Stev Bonhage

Magnus wins three Classical games in-a-row, emerges new sole leader

There is a reason Game Theory stats favor Magnus Carlsen (NOR) as the top contender to win the tournament. He became the sole player to win three Classical games in-a-row. Praggnanandhaa is now 2.5 points behind Carlsen at 9.5/18.

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) scored his third consecutive Classical win to emerge the new sole leader 12/18

Carlsen - Liren: 3-0

The first game of the first round between Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2830) and Ding Liren (CHN, 2762) ended in a 14-move draw. Magnus won the match via Armageddon. However, this time, something shocking happened. The world no.1 had a reverse Benoni-like structure with the white pieces.

Position after 29.Re4

White's threat is simple 30.Qxh7+ followed by Rh4#. Obviously, Carlsen thought that his opponent will see it and play 29...h6. He was evaluating the position after taking the d4-pawn 30.Bxd4 Bxd4 31.Rxd4. Then, suddenly the world champion completely overlooked the threat and played 29...Rb2?? 30.Qxh7+ and Black resigned.

From equal position to checkmate in two moves - Magnus Carlsen vs Ding Liren, Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Ding Liren (CHN) made a shocking blunder against Magnus Carlsen (NOR)

Firouzja - Praggnanandhaa: 1.5-1

Alireza Firouzja (FRA, 2737) drew the first Classical game against R Praggnanandhaa (2747) before the latter went on to win the Armageddon. This time also the Classical game ended in a draw after Praggnanandhaa made a necessary exchange sacrifice. In the Armageddon also, Praggnanandhaa had to sacrifice an exchange. In time trouble he made a few inaccuracies and went on to lose the game.

Alireza Firouzja vs R Praggnanandhaa, Armageddon, Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Alireza Firouzja avenged his previous Armageddon loss against R Praggnanandhaa

Nakamura - Caruana: 1-1.5

The Classical game between Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2794) and Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2805) once again ended in a draw. Nakamura did not like the position and he predicted the game to end in a draw quickly which is what happened. He also mentioned after his Classical and before Armageddon that hates Armageddon. This time, he deviated 9.Rxf1 instead of playing his previously opted Kxf1 in the Classical after 8...Bxf1.

Position after 19...fxe6

20.Nf1-e3 is the plausible maneuver. Instead, White opted for the strange 20.Ke1? h6 21.Bc1? in two moves White's position turned from equal to terrible. Caruana is not the one to fumble these chances. He thwarted his opponent's all attempts and scored a win.

Final position after 46...Rc8

White's final attempt of Rh8# was nicely stopped by Caruana 45...Nb6 46.Re8 c2 47.Nf7 Rc8 and White resigned.

The All-American duel - Nakamura vs Caruana, Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Fabiano Caruana scored a welcome victory after suffering two consecutive losses in the Classical games

Ding Liren observes Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana's game

Askild and Odin's Guinness World Record attempt in progress

Game Theory stats after Round 6 by Mehmet Ismail

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Replay Norway Chess 2024 Round 6 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

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Round 6 results

Magnus Carlsen - Ding Liren: 3-0

Alireza Firouzja - Praggnanandhaa: 1.5-1

Hikaru Nakamura - Fabiano Caruana: 1-1.5

Standings after Round 6

Magnus Carlsen - 12/18

Hikaru Nakamura - 11/18

Praggnanandhaa - 9.5/18

Alireza Firouzja - 8/18

Fabiano Caruana - 6.5/18

Ding Liren - 2.5/18

Round 7 pairings

Round 7 pairings | Photo: Norway Chess


6 players will take part in the Tournament.

The Tournament is a double-round event with Armageddon.

The Tournament consists of 10 rounds.

Time Control

Each player will have 120 minutes on the clock with an increment of 10 seconds starting from move 41. The time control for the Armageddon game: white has 10 minutes and black has 7 minutes with an increment for both players of 1 second per move, starting from move 41.

Draw by Mutual Agreement

Players are not allowed to agree to a draw until at least 30 moves have been made by each player. This rule does not apply to Armageddon games.


If the classical game is drawn, an Armageddon game will be played. It shall start within 20 minutes of the conclusion of the classical game. The player with White pieces will continue with White in Armageddon. If the Armageddon game is drawn, black will win.


Players will get the following points per round:

Win in the classical game: 3 points

Loss in the classical game: 0 points

Draw in the classical game & win Armageddon: 1½ points

Draw in the classical game & loss Armageddon: 1 point


From 27th May to 7th June, every day game starts at 5 p.m. local time and 8:30 p.m. IST. Rest days are on Friday 31st May and Wednesday 5th June.

Prize money

Prize Money The total prize fund of the Tournament is 1690000 NOK. Distribution of Prize money occurs as followed:

1st - NOK 700000

2nd - NOK 350000

3rd - NOK 200000

4th - NOK 170000

5th - NOK 150000

6th - NOK 120000

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SR-Bank in Stavanger City.

Address: Christen Tranes Gate 35, 4007 Stavanger

All tickets are purchased directly at the venue. No pre-sale.

It is possible to reserve tickets, however, this is normally not necessary due to good capacity at the venue. Reserve your ticket by e-mailing the desired dates and names to:


Ticket prices per day:

Adults: 200 NOK

Children: 100 NOK

Family: 400 NOK


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