Back home parts of Norway experience the worst flood in years so we should be grateful for the little rain here in Bazna, and next week supposedly will be very sunny and warm.
The Opening ceremony and drawing of lots took place in the playing venue in a Romgaz centre and museum building in Medias.
The category 21, 6-player double round robin tournament is stronger than last year with 4 players from the top 8 - me, Ivanchuk, Karjakin and Nakamura - as well as Candidate Radjabov and the strongest Romanian player Nisipeanu.

Quite a crowd and a number of journalists showed up for the well-organized session today.
As I told my father and sister in the car from Bazna I would do, I picked a low starting number and white in round one.
My first opponent is once again Hikaru Nakamura (as in Tal Blitz 2010 and Amber 2011) and I look forward to a great fight!
Magnus Carlsen, Bazna, June 10th