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Battle of Titans at Bnbank Blitz Chess 2009

Carlsen and Nakamura head the field, live games exclusively on


A strong field of players will participate in the BNbank Blitz 2009 which takes place in Oslo on Saturday, November 28. Among the ten invited players is the 18 year old Norwegian chess wonder Magnus Carlsen, who recently won the World Blitz Championship. The other contenders include Hikaru Nakamura, the 2009 US champion considered one of the strongest blitz players on the internet, Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark, the second strongest chess player in the Nordic region, Jon Ludvig Hammer who is ranked as the second strongest player in Norway and two of the strongest female chess players in the world Victoria Cmilyte, Lithuania and Monika Socko, Poland, who recently won the strongest chess tournament ever played in Northern-Norway.

Live games coverage

The organizers from the Norwegian Chess Federation will provide exclusive live coverage of the BNbank blitz chess through the Chessdom’s new live games platform – Chessbomb. Top games will be online starting 11:00 CET in the morning.

All information about BNbank blitz

Official website / Exclusive live games / Information / Participants / Norway Chess Federation

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In the preliminary rounds the players are divided into 4 double Round Robin groups. Two players from each group will qualify for the Quarter-Finals. The time control is 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move.

Preliminary groups: 11.00 – 12.15 CET
Quarter-Finals: 12.30 – 13.30 CET
Side tournament for places: 9-16 12.30 – 14.00 CET
Semi-Finals: 14.15 – 15.15 CET
Final and Bronze final: 15.30 – 16.30 CET
Prize giving ceremony: 16.45 CET


1. GM Magnus Carlsen NOR
2. GM Hikaru Nakamura USA

3. GM Peter Heine Nielsen DEN
4. GM Emanuel Berg SWE
5. GM Jon Ludvig Hammer NOR
6. GM Kjetil A. Lie NOR
7. IM Viktorija Cmilyte LTU
8. GM Monica Socko POL
9. WIM Ellen Hagesæther NOR
10. GM Leif Erlend Johannessen NOR
11. Anders Hobber NOR (winner of the qualifier in Porsgrunn)
12. Daniel Kovachev NOR (winner of the qualifier in Oslo)
13. FM Kjetil Stokke NOR (winner of the qualifier in Bergen)
14. Pål Andreas Hansen NOR (winner of the qualifier in Trondheim)
15. FM Vadims Daskevics LAT (winner of the qualifier in Stavanger)
16. Peter Flermoen (second place in the qualifier in Tromsø)

Coverage in Norway

Norway Chess Federation / Bergensjakk / Nettavisen

About BNbank

BNbankBNbank ASA offers a wide range of retail and corporate banking services. It was acquired by a consortium of SpareBank1 banks in December 2008. The bank is headquartered in Trondheim, and has offices in Oslo, Ålesund and Fosnavåg. Clients all over Norway are served via internet and telephone banking. In the retail market, BNbank ASA offers competitive rates on savings products, and the bank is one of the leading mortgage lenders in Norway. In the corporate market, the bank offers niche expertise within real estate, seafood, ship building, offshore service vessels and traditional shipping.

About The Norwegian Chess Federation

Norges Sjakkforbund, the Norwegian Chess Federation (NSF) organizes the chess activities for adults in Norway. The federation has approximately 2500 members divided between 100 chess clubs located all over the country. The Norwegian Chess Federation, which was founded in 1914, is a member of the Nordic Chess Federation, the European Chess Union and the international chess federation, FIDE. The Norwegian Youth Chess Federation organizes the chess activities for youth and children. The federation has approximately 4500 members distributed among 80 chess clubs.

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