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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Norway Chess Tournament

Veselin Topalov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Anish Giri5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Fabiano Caruana4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Alexander Grischuk3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Caruana ½-½372015Norway ChessC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Carlsen vs Topalov 0-1602015Norway ChessD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. A Giri vs Grischuk 1-0422015Norway ChessB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. Nakamura vs J L Hammer 1-0532015Norway ChessA20 English
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian 1-0592015Norway ChessD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. J L Hammer vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½612015Norway ChessA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
7. Caruana vs Carlsen 1-0452015Norway ChessC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Topalov vs Nakamura ½-½522015Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
9. A Giri vs Anand ½-½532015Norway ChessA14 English
10. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½302015Norway ChessA22 English
11. Aronian vs J L Hammer ½-½572015Norway ChessA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Nakamura vs Caruana 1-0562015Norway ChessA35 English, Symmetrical
13. Anand vs Grischuk ½-½412015Norway ChessB33 Sicilian
14. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Topalov 0-1282015Norway ChessD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Carlsen vs A Giri ½-½762015Norway ChessB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. Topalov vs Aronian 1-0582015Norway ChessD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½422015Norway ChessB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. A Giri vs Nakamura ½-½592015Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
19. Anand vs Carlsen 1-0472015Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Grischuk vs J L Hammer 1-0492015Norway ChessA20 English
21. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-0452015Norway ChessB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. Aronian vs Caruana 1-0602015Norway ChessA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Nakamura vs Anand ½-½452015Norway ChessE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. J L Hammer vs Topalov 0-1742015Norway ChessD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Giri ½-½472015Norway ChessD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Jun-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <HeMateMe> Yeah, that was the only thing that prevented me from winning the WC title several times, I could never find the right moves against anyone.
Jun-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Or we keep all the letters in 'Some' jiggle them about and we get 'Mose'

Is...

Jan Mose Nielsen

...the true chess messiah.

OK. But does he know this, I think somebody should tell him.

Jun-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: I think that we should take up a collection and get Jan Mose Nielsen a Politiken cup T-shirt. Nothing is too good for our new chess messiah!
Jun-28-15  jphamlore: Here is Topalov's opinion of Carlsen after Topalov's victory in Norway. I have never read a great player being so honest:

http://blog.chessbomb.com/2015/06/v...

<Topalov translated: But looking objectively, afterwards in a match for the world title against a young player such as Carlsen I have almost no chances. Out of ten factors, he outmatches me in eight or nine. Now we'll see how much time I'll have for preparation, because it's not easy when you have a child.>

Topalov is not sure if he will play in Candidates 2016 even if he qualifies for it.

Jun-28-15  fisayo123: <Is it possible that Carlsen feels there is no one from his generation to keep him company ?>

Considering he's been crushed <5 times> by Caruana in the last 3 years, (more than any other player and also a player who has won more super tournaments in the last 3 years than everyone besides Carlsen) and considering his negative record vs Anish Giri, I somehow doubt Carlsen is feeling a lack of company.

Jun-28-15
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  alexmagnus: <Considering he's been crushed <5 times> by Caruana in the last 3 years>

But still having a positive record vs him, 7-5.

<considering his negative record vs Anish Giri>

0-1 is not a really representative negative record :). By the way, Carlsen lost only 7 games to players younger than himself:

Game Collection: Carlsen losing to players born later than him

Jun-28-15  morfishine: <jphamlore> Nice post
Jun-28-15
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  Sally Simpson: Good interview from Topalov, is he saying from now on he playing for the pure love of the game and for fun.

Is so then this from such an imaginative player can only spell bad news for his future opponents. They will be playing a very gifted tactical player who does not care if he losses.

(I was going to add 'cept of course if the opponent is Kramnik.' before someone else did. But I'm of the opinion he does care about Kramnik. The press, the punters and possibly Kramnik have kept that one going.)

Jun-28-15  kia0708: For things like this I like Topalov very much.

<Here is Topalov's opinion of Carlsen after Topalov's victory in Norway. I have never read a great player being so honest:

http://blog.chessbomb.com/2015/06/v...

<Topalov translated: But looking objectively, afterwards in a match for the world title against a young player such as Carlsen I have almost no chances. Out of ten factors, he outmatches me in eight or nine. Now we'll see how much time I'll have for preparation, because it's not easy when you have a child.>>

Jun-28-15
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  jith1207: I don't know what to say when people try to make Giri look like a world beater when he needs to prove a lot lot more yet. He only has defeated Carlsen once and drawn all games and that's not a very great record to boast about. If anything, it only shows Giri doesn't fear playing against Carlsen and he is good at drawing lot of games. To beat Carlsen in a match would take some thing, which Giri has not proved yet.

Similarly, people try to bring down Anand against Carlsen. Plus two record is not a great record either for a runaway champion like Carlsen. Though Carlsen has proved more stronger in match situation, Anand probably has a winning record while not considering their matches.

Jun-29-15  fgh: <Similarly, people try to bring down Anand against Carlsen. Plus two record is not a great record either for a runaway champion like Carlsen. Though Carlsen has proved more stronger in match situation, Anand probably has a winning record while not considering their matches.>

We haven't heard this stupid rhetoric since Carlsen beat Anand in Chennai, but let make this clear to you: <the overwhelming majority> of Anand's wins against Carlsen came when Carlsen was a teenager.

<Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand 9 to 2, with 20 draws.>

search "carlsen anand 2012-2015"

Jun-29-15
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  perfidious: <AylerKupp: <HeMateMe> Yeah, that was the only thing that prevented me from winning the WC title several times, I could never find the right moves against anyone.>

Many a slip, don't you know.

Jun-29-15  BOSTER: < jphamlore: Topalov is not sure if he will play in Candidates 2016>.

The appetite comes with eating.

Jun-29-15
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  perfidious: <da void: The interesting question to me is whether Norway 2015 is just a brief pause in Carlsen's domination of world chess, or if he is now on a progressive downslide like Tiger Woods in golf.>

The worst performance the current champion has had in an age, and the naysayers come out in full force.

Jun-29-15  bobthebob: <We haven't heard this stupid rhetoric since Carlsen beat Anand in Chennai, but let make this clear to you: <the overwhelming majority> of Anand's wins against Carlsen came when Carlsen was a teenager.>

So what?
Was Carlsen not a good player when he was 19?
Many of Carlsen's wins also came when Anand was older. Some of Carlsen's wins against Caruana were when Caruana was a teenager.

Jun-30-15  Rascal Nikov: <the overwhelming majority of Anand's wins against Carlsen came when Carlsen was a teenager>

Similarly it can be said that <ALL> of Carlsen wins against Anand came when Anand was over 40.

Jun-30-15
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  Sokrates: <perfidious: ... The worst performance the current champion has had in an age, and the naysayers come out in full force.> Sadly true and precisely stated. It's a bit pathetic how some people grab the opportunity to generalize from a very very unusual situation. And as a contrast: wonderful to read Topalov's modest valuation of his strength versus Carlsen's. I don't think any of the Carlsen-defeators at this tournament thinks that this is a turning point in their score balance against the champ.
Jun-30-15
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  diceman: <Sokrates: <perfidious: ... The worst performance the current champion has had in an age, and the naysayers come out in full force.> Sadly true and precisely stated. It's a bit pathetic how some people grab the opportunity to generalize from a very very unusual situation.>

Carlsen detractors "use" a lousy result.

Carlsen fans explain it away.

How unique.

Welcome to the jungle.

Jun-30-15  Sacsacmate: Topalov interview

http://chess-news.ru/en/node/19414

(I am not sure if anyone has posted it before....it could be repeat...)

Sep-10-15  A.T PhoneHome: Absolute gold by Topalov, the interview that is. Thanks for the link, <Sacsacmate>!
Dec-28-15
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  perfidious: <chancho: Sometimes you get the <Jim> and other times the <Jim> gets you. :-)>

As the song goes:

<You Don't Mess Around With Jim>

Jan-12-16  Mr 1100: http://tinyurl.com/jd5p8zd
Jan-13-16
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  HeMateMe: <Rascal Nikov:> Great nic!

Why was this tournament cancelled? Superstition, regarding MC's bad results in this, his hometown event?

Jan-13-16  rogge: It's not cancelled.
Mar-31-16  Hawkman: 2016 - #1 M. Carlsen, #2 V. Kramnik, #4 A. Giri, #5 M. Vachier-Lagrave, #7 L. Aronian, #8 S. Karjakin,

If you go by ratings, the top 6 seeds are stronger than the top 6 seeds at the Candidates. This tourney is awesome.

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