Norway Chess: Carlsen Leads After Five Rounds
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7:50PM
Dennis Monokroussos in Magnus Carlsen, Norway Chess 2016

The Norway Chess tournament has thus far been surprisingly bloodless, though not for want of effort. After a first round that saw three players win, the next three rounds saw only two wins in total. There were two victories in round 5, so the total thus far is seven wins in 25 games. (The decisive games can be replayed here.)

The tournament leader thus far is Magnus Carlsen, who looks set to avenge his failures in the first three editions of the tournament. He defeated Pentala Harikrishna in round 1 and Nils Grandelius in round 3 to propel himself to a score of 3.5/5; this puts him half a point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik (who also defeated Grandelius), Veselin Topalov (who also also defeated Grandelius), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (who has not yet played Grandelius, but managed to defeat Anish Giri in a wild game).

Here are the pairings for round 6, with players' scores given in parentheses:

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