There’s a New Sheriff in Town || Alireza vs Fabi || Norway Chess (2023)

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Firouzja, Alireza (2785) – Caruana, Fabiano (2764)
Norway Chess ( [7] 2023.06.03
C11 French, Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.Ncb5 Qxa2 12.Rd1 Rb8 13.Nc7+ Kd8 14.Ncb5 Nc5 15.Bd3 Nxd3+ 16.Qxd3 Bd7 17.Nd6 Bxd6 18.exd6 Qc4 19.Qd2 f6 20.Nxc6+ bxc6 21.Qa5+ Ke8 22.Qxa7 Rb2 23.Qa8+ Kf7 24.Qxh8 Qxc2 25.Bd2 Qe4+ 26.Kf1 Qd3+ 27.Ke1 c5 28.h4 Bb5 29.Kf2 Rxd2+ 30.Rxd2 Qxd2+ 31.Kg3 Qe3+ 32.Kh2 Qxf4+ 33.Kg1 Qd4+ 34.Kh2 Qxh4+ 35.Kg1 Qd4+ 36.Kh2 Qe5+ 37.Kg1 Qxd6 38.Rxh7 Qf8

00:00 Hello Everyone!

Norway Chess is a 10-player round-robin featuring Top 5 stars Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja and Hikaru Nakamura taking place in Stavanger, Norway from 30 May to 9 June. Each of the 9 rounds consists of a classical game where a win is worth 2 points and a loss 0. If the players draw they play an Armageddon game, where the winner earns 1.5 points and the loser 1 point. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.

The 3+2 blitz opener takes place on Monday 29th and will give the winners the chance to pick their pairing numbers for the main event. The classical time control is 2 hours for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move only after move 40. For Armageddon White (the same player who had White in the classical game) has 10 minutes to Black’s 7, with a 1-second increment from move 41. Black wins if the game ends in a draw. A tie for 1st place will be decided by two 3+2 blitz games followed, if necessary, by a 5 vs. 4-minute Armageddon game. Official website:

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  1. After a tough couple of recent years, Fabiano is back! Hoping to see an improved version of 2018 Fabi

  2. Fabian completely destroyed and humiliated Alireza, wow!

  3. For you all games are "incredible." WTH?

  4. Great game by Fabi but wat kind of reckless chess is this from Alireza -.- This looks like bullet rather than classical

  5. That thumbnail hahahaahahahahaa there's a snake in my boots

  6. That was a really nice French defense. Go Fabi!

  7. Why does Fabi not look like Fabi AT ALL in the thumbnail 😂😂

  8. The first two ranks aren’t visible in landscape mode.

  9. we need some cooler fabi pics for the little picture on the side of the board

  10. i always think Fabi is a proper no#2 after Magnus in classical

  11. Firooza spanked hard
    Future world champion 😂😂

  12. Wow Alireza played like me when I play against the computer!!!

  13. "it's merely a matter of pushing pawns" — agad 20203

  14. Fabi the only challenger who lost to Magnus in world chess championship in the tie breaks (not in classical 14 games). My favourite then in 2018, my favourite still

  15. At 6:40, why not rook to d2 blocking mate and forcing a trade?

  16. Don't meme our Chess players. I do not like the hat meme on Fabi…

  17. See at 3.20 when knight retreats after dislodging King. Was Knight CxE6 ever an option? Two central pawns for piece looks interesting but I haven’t got a good computer to analyse

  18. Fabi's been busy. He removed my appendix Friday and then pulled me over for a broken tail light this morning.

  19. One question after Qxc2 white can short castle. Why Alireza didn't do it???

  20. 𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕟𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕓𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕤 𝟜𝟚𝟘 says:

    legend has it that alireza wanted to play the italian that game

  21. Fabiano Caruana. What is he, the third highest rated chess player in history or something? HE'S BACK. Back where he belongs: at the top. Lookout Ding. Lookout Nepo. Fancy a comeback, Carlsen? Not so easy now, me thinks. For whatever reason Fabi dropped of the grid for a while there. But I think this, and other recent results, has demonstrated that Caruana is well and truly back on The Scene. And the world of chess is better for it.

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