Norway Chess, Rounds 4-6: Carlsen, Yu Keep Winning Armageddon Games
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 1:41AM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2019 Norway Chess, Magnus Carlsen, Yu Yangyi

The tournament has been rather disappointing, at least for fans of classical chess. Only seven of the 30 games have had a decisive result, and only one of the last 15 wasn't drawn. Of course there have been fighting draws, but increasingly the players are splitting the point fairly quickly and going off to the Armageddon games.

So far, that has worked very well for Magnus Carlsen and Yu Yangyi. Carlsen won one classical game, back in round 3, and everything else has been wins in Armageddon. (In the literal sense in four of those games; in round 5 he won the Armageddon by drawing with Black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.) Carlsen has 9.5/12, and leads Yu Yangyi by a point and a half. Yu has actually outscored Carlsen by half a point over the last three rounds. He defeated Alexander Grischuk with Black in round 4 in their classical game, and won the Armageddon games in rounds 5 and 6. Were it not for his classical loss to Wesley So in round 3, he might have been the leader.

Levon Aronian is another half a point back, and then there's So another point behind to round out the group of players with plus scores. Three rounds remain, with round 7 coming after the rest day on Tuesday. The games from rounds 4-6 (without notes) are here, and here are the round 7 pairings:

So (6.5) - Carlsen (9.5)
Yu (8) - Aronian (7.5)
Ding (5.5) - Mamedyarov (5)
Caruana (5) - Anand (5.5)
Vachier-Lagrave (4.5) - Grischuk (3)

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