Players 2018

Stavanger, Norway 
May 27 – June 8 

Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

Born: November 30, 1990
FIDE rating May: 2843
World Ranking: 1

The World Champion.

Fabiano Caruana (USA)

Born: July 30, 1992
FIDE rating May 2018: 2822
World Ranking: 2

American-Italian, Caruana, will be back in Stavanger playing for the 4th time, but he has yet to win the tournament. Will it be lucky number 4? Let’s see!

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)

Born: April 12, 1985
FIDE rating May 2018: 2808
World Ranking: 3

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has played phenomenally the past year and has climbed up to the Top 10 of the world’s best chess players. How will he do in Altibox Norway Chess? An interesting player, and his first time in Stavanger.

Ding Liren (China)

Born: October 24, 1992
FIDE rating March 2018: 2791
World Ranking: 5

The 3 times Chinese champion will play in Altibox Norway Chess for the first time.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)

Born: October 21, 1990
FIDE rating March 2018: 2789
World Ranking: 6

The Frenchman, Vachier-Lagrave, has long been on the Top 10 list of the world’s best chess players. He is also on the top 10 list both on the blitz and rapid chess rating list!


Sergey Karjakin (Russia)

Born: January 12, 1990
FIDE rating May 2018: 2782
World Ranking: 7

Karjakin won Norway Chess in 2013 and 2014 making him the only player that has won the tournament more than once!

Wesley So (US)

Born: October 9, 1993
FIDE rating May 2018: 2778
World Ranking: 8

Wesley So has really climbed on the rating list the past couple of years and will be back in Stavanger for the 2nd time this year.

Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

Born: December 9, 1987
FIDE rating May 2018: 2769
World Ranking: 10

Nakamura became a Grand Master in chess at the age of 15 and has been solid in the elite for many years.

Levon Aronian (Armenia)

Born: October 6, 1982
FIDE rating May 2018: 2764
World Ranking: 12

Levon Aronian will participate in the Norway Chess Tournament for the 6th time, which is, all the times the tournament has taken place! Aronian won the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in 2017.

Viswantahan Anand (India)

Born: December 11, 1969
FIDE rating May 2018: 2760
World Ranking: 13

Viswanathan «Vishy» Anand will participate in the Norway Chess Tournament for the 6th time. A true friend to Norway and a living legend.