Norway Chess Round 3 Wrap-Up


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The third round of the Norway Chess tournament delivered a thrilling day of chess, especially for Indian fans who witnessed some remarkable performances. As the competition heats up, unexpected results and standout plays continue to shape the leaderboard, showcasing both veteran skNorway Chess 2024 Round 3 Wrap-Upill and youthful talent.

The third round of the Norway Chess 2024 tournament has concluded with unexpected results.

World number one Magnus Carlsen suffered a surprising defeat against the young prodigy Praggnanandhaa from India. In the confessional booth, Carlsen confirmed that he had made risky choices in the opening as Black. Carlsen’s risky approach did not pay off, as Praggnanandhaa found correct responses, delivering an impressive performance. With this well-deserved win, Praggnanandhaa took the lead from Carlsen in the standings.

Another exciting game took place between 2018 World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA) and the current World Champion Ding Liren (China). Caruana obtained a slight advantage out of the opening and convincingly converted it into a win. With this win, Caruana not only rose to second place in the standings but also decreased the rating gap between himself and Carlsen to about 15 points.

In the Women’s tournament, chess legend Pia Cramling, who was world number one around forty years ago, and current World Champion Ju Wenjun played a mostly calm game. However, Cramling had a one-move opportunity to win the game against Ju Wenjun in the endgame, but she did not manage to find the move, so the game ended in a draw.

While the classical game between Vaishali Rameshbabu and Anna Muzychuk ended in a draw, Vaishali managed to hold the Armageddon game to a draw, hence securing the extra tiebreak points. For Indian fans, today was the best day in the tournament so far.

As the tournament progresses, the competition is only expected to intensify with seven rounds to go. The dynamic nature of Norway Chess continues to captivate audiences, promising more excitement and dramatic turns in the days ahead.