Magnus Carlsen seemed more fired up and aggressive than nervous as the large Norway Chess tournament got underway in Stavanger on Tuesday. Many of the world’s best chess players are in the western Norwegian city for the tournament that runs through April 30.
Carlsen made it clear he was keen to perform much better than he did last year, when he finished a shocking seventh in a field of 10 players. He got off to a good start, winning the Norway Chess Blitz round on Monday and claiming he was “very happy” with his play “despite failing to put up any resistance against an unusually aggressive Anish Giri.”
Arne Horvei of Team Carlsen reported the mood was good within the Carlsen camp before play began on Tuesday. It will unfold without the young Ukrainian-Russian Sergey Karjakin, who won Norway Chess last year and qualified last month to challenge Carlsen for the Chess World Championship title later this year.
Horvei said Carlsen was nonetheless fired up and motivated to perform well at Norway Chess. Tournament action was due to start at 4pm on Tuesday.