Norway Chess Round 2: A Miraculous Save
We got two classical wins today!
I arrived at Clarion Hotel Energy, the playing venue of Norway Chess 2019, at 17:07. The games start at 17:00, and missing the first seven minutes normally doesn't mean much. The players are usually still in deep theory, far from anything spectacular going on. What met me when I arrived, however, were a bunch of confused people – some organizers, journalists and chess fans – wondering what happened between Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So. Apparently they had both left the playing hall together, something that doesn't make sense happening minutes into the game. It quickly became clear that they had already drawn the game! Could the introduction of Armageddon games have the exact opposite consequence as intended? If the White player is happy with Armageddon, they could steer the game towards a draw from the very beginning. Alexander Grischuk later explained to the Norwegian TV channel TV2 that he didn't feel like playing because he was so disappointed after his Round 1 loss.