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Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Levon Aronian6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Alexander Grischuk5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Anish Giri4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Simen Agdestein1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) (2014)

Played in Stavanger, Norway 2 June 2014, to determine colors for Norway Chess Tournament (2014). Crosstable: http://tournamentservice.com/standi...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs A Giri 1-0422014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. Caruana vs S Agdestein  1-0662014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
3. Grischuk vs Kramnik  1-0412014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
4. Aronian vs A Giri  1-0962014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)E60 King's Indian Defense
5. A Giri vs Grischuk 1-01562014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Kramnik vs Karjakin 0-1392014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. S Agdestein vs Svidler  0-1292014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0112014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)C07 French, Tarrasch
9. Topalov vs Aronian 0-1302014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
10. Svidler vs Carlsen 0-1372014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A10 English
11. Svidler vs Topalov 1-0492014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A20 English
12. Karjakin vs Carlsen 0-1342014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)C60 Ruy Lopez
13. Carlsen vs S Agdestein 1-0302014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)B42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Svidler vs Grischuk  ½-½272014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A37 English, Symmetrical
15. Karjakin vs Topalov 1-0422014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
16. Aronian vs Kramnik  1-0762014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Topalov vs Caruana  ½-½312014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
18. Grischuk vs Aronian  ½-½482014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)C24 Bishop's Opening
19. Kramnik vs Carlsen  ½-½522014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. S Agdestein vs Karjakin 0-1302014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
21. A Giri vs Svidler  0-1332014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
22. Aronian vs S Agdestein  1-0432014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)E15 Queen's Indian
23. Grischuk vs Topalov  ½-½482014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)C46 Three Knights
24. A Giri vs Kramnik 1-0482014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)B01 Scandinavian
25. Kramnik vs Svidler  1-0392014Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz)A15 English
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Jun-03-14  zluria: Is there any place where I can replay the live coverage?
Jun-03-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<zluria>

I chatted with the webmaster, a friend of mine.

Maybe.

As of now - no.

Jun-03-14  Eti fan: The final blitz standings plus replay https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream...
Jun-03-14  geeker: Sally, thanks for the info.
Jun-03-14  geeker: [Added] I saw a Chessvibes column that credited 3...Bb4 to Alapin, specifically "he [Carlsen] countered Karjakin's Ruy Lopez with Alapin's crazy bishop move."
Jun-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Carlsen won a blitz tournament? That's about as surprising as Fischer or Tal winning a blitz tournament.
Jun-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi geeker,

3...Bb4


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I checked with the Oxford Companion. They do indeed name it the Alapin.

The plan appears to be to suck forward the White Queenside pawns to make them weak and targets in the late middle game and ending.

And that is your perfect example of a note written after looking at the game and seeing 0-1.

Fred Reinfeld would give the intro something like this. (though more flamboyant, I'm making it up as I go along.)

'In 1066 when the English army where fighting William the Conquerors Normans, King Harold commanded his troops to stay firm and command the high ground

But the flank troops charged down the hill and although it looked for a while they were winning, the counter attack on that flank won the day for the Normans.

Watch how White's pawns charge down the hill only to be stopped and picked off. King Harold has to rush to the Queenside to stem the tide of pawns whilst King William guides his pawns home on the Kingside.'

I love Fred's intro's. After reading them you just cannot not wait to get into the game. It is a great pity he never lived to see Fischer lift the crown, (he passed away at the relatively young age of 53). He would have done a great book on the '72 match.

The intro to game 2 would have been a literally masterpeice.

Anyway, here is the game in question with Mr Alapin conducting the Black pieces in one of the many opening variations that bears his name.

D G Baird vs Alapin, 1898

Jun-08-14  Conrad93: You do realize the opening sucks, and that Carlsen only won due to pure luck?

Qxg6 and his stupid idea would be crushed.

Jun-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: conrad, I invite you to kibitz one of the live games, for example tomorrow from Norway, with suggestions and variations in real time.

No second-guessing. Recommendations at the moment. No computers.

Jun-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: That would be pure gold--<conrag> explaining how these top GMs cannot play.

Nod to <chancho> for his new soubriquet bestowed on the cypher.

Jun-08-14  Conrad93: You morons would start playing 1. Nh3 OTB if he had won a losing position in blitz.

It's a crap opening, and there is a reason why Karjakin had a winning position.

Jun-08-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Excellent idea, <Jim>.
Jun-09-14  QueentakesKing: Mr.Topalov--No mas no mas?
Jun-15-14  The Last Straw: Oh. This will be rated.

http://ratings.fide.com/tournament_...

Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <We start the report by noting that the Norway Blitz tournament was FIDE rated. This is strange because originally this tournament was not supposed to be rated. Everyone agrees that it should have, but changing the rules after the event finished seems unorthodox at best and only begs the question of whether this tournament would have been rated had Carlsen finished last. As Albert Silver points out:

The blitz starts with Hikaru Nakamura as the clear number one. Well, he was the clear number one, but for a strange occurrence a couple of weeks ago. When the opening blitz tournament of Norway Chess was played to determine the drawing of lots, the organizers had adamantly declared the blitz was not rated. This decision led to a great deal of consternation and discussion among pundits, but this was the decision. Suddenly, after the event is over the organizers had a change of heart, and decided it would be rated.>

Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The organisers should have adhered to their original decision, though it was probably better to rate this from the start; in attempting to redress the original wrong, they created a fine mess.
Jun-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  SirRuthless: We all know why they did it and we all know what would have happened had Carlsen had a middling result. That being said, Carlsen is the blitz world champion, deserving so and I accept the rating and result. Screaming conspiracy is not the gracious or useful thing to do. Besides, his seeding in the World Blitz was not based on the updates rating but on the official June list.
Jun-21-14  schweigzwang: Well this will help me understand why Carlsen gained 100 Blitz Elo while Nakamura only gained 30. Or thereabouts.
Jun-23-14  MountainMatt: <...but changing the rules after the event finished seems unorthodox at best...>

Indeed. Something is rotten in Norway.

Jun-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: Is this even legal according to FIDE rating rules? It should definitely not be. Scandalous is the word, provided there is not something we don't know.
Jun-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <Appaz> You would be better able than most folks to find "something we don't know" being in Norway yourself.

Here in New Mexico, USA, I can't find much.

Jun-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <Conrad93: You morons...>

Is it really necessary to insult people with (your own) speculation as to what they might do?

It just shows rudeness and a lack of factual support too!

Jun-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  norami: It's true what was said, MC's performance rating was 3030, equalling Fischer's from the famous 1970 blitz tournament even after adjusting for rating inflation.
Jun-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <<thegoodanarchist> <Appaz> You would be better able than most folks to find "something we don't know" being in Norway yourself.>

I'm afraid I'm not well connected in Norwegian chess.

Because no specific information about the cause has been published, you can safely assume this was done because it favored Magnus Carlsen.

I'm <ashamed> of seeing such favoritism in my own country, this is NOT in accordance with Norwegian ideals.

Jul-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Blitz chess is 1 thing that I never have been good at since really quick thinking is involved. I really admire MC for getting through this blitz tourney unscathed. Although Topa is on the other side of the spectrum. He didn't win a single game! :D
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