16 September 2021

Magnus Carlsen Comes to Fore in Stavanger

The world champion and the challenger will play again in the final round.

Photo: Lennart Ootes / Norway Chess
Photo: Lennart Ootes / Norway Chess

The penultimate ninth round of the Norway Chess was played in Stavanger on the 16th of September. Magnus Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin as White, Alireza Firuozja won against Aryan Tari with the black pieces, whilst the game Rapport - Nepomniachtchi ended in a draw. The Russian grandmaster bested his opponent in the Armageddon.


A win in a classical game is worth 3 points and a loss 0. If the players draw, they play an Armageddon game, where the winner earns 1.5 points and the loser 1 point.

Standings after Round 9:

1. Magnus Carlsen - 18 points
2. Richard Rapport - 16  
3. Alireza Firouzja - 15
4. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 11
5. Sergey Karjakin - 8.5
6. Aryan Tari - 6. 

Round 10 pairings:

Firouzja - Rapport
Nepomniachtchi - Carlsen
Karjakin - Tari

A tie for 1st place will be decided by two 3+2 blitz games followed, if necessary, by a 5 vs. 4-minute Armageddon game. 

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