Norway chess: the off-day brings exciting chess
Two completely different rounds separated by the off-day.
The round 3 and 4 were separated by the off-day and Norway Chess is well known to create some very interesting activities every year. And they didn't disappoint for the 2017 edition! After a round 3 full of draws, the players went farming in Stavanger and it apparently gave them a new sense of competition as round 4 became the most exciting day of the tournament.
All points were shared this round despite a lot of exciting games. The players defended very well, making it the first round without any decisive game. The most exciting draw was definitely Carlsen - Nakamura:
In Norwegian, "bonde" is the name for the pawn and it means "farmer". This is the main reason one of Magnus and Norway Chess' sponsors is Felleskjøpet, a Norwegian agricultural cooperative. The off-day activities were organised on one of their farms: topiary, tractor slalom and cow milking!
After this very exceptional day, the players seemed to be inspired. Four games were decisive, placing Hikaru Nakamura as the sole leader of Norway Chess with 2 victories and 2 draws. All the games will be analysed very soon by IM lovlas in our official study.
The most exciting game of round 4 was Levon Aronian - Magnus Carlsen. Levon completely out-played the World Champion and created a beautiful piece of chess:
The 5th round is looking more and more like 5 draws will happen. Should we send the players back to the farm before round 6?