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Norway Chess Tournament

Sergey Karjakin6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Hao Wang4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Veselin Topalov4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Teimour Radjabov3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Norway Chess (2013)

The 1st Norway Chess tournament was played 8-18 May 2013 in Hotel Residence in Sandnes (Rounds 1-3, 5-6, 8), Bryne (Round 4), Flor & Fjære on the island of Hidle (Round 7), and Stavanger Concert Hall (Round 9), all four places in Stavanger area of Norway. The tournament was arranged by the foundation Norway Chess, with economic support from local businesses and municipalities and the Rogaland county. The cost of the arrangement was predicted to be five million Norwegian kroner (approximately 672,000 euros). Time control: 100 mins/40 moves, 150 mins/60 moves, 165 mins/whole game, with 30 secs/move from move one. Category: XXI (2766). Chief organizer: Joran Aulin-Jansson. Chief arbiter: Anemone Kulczak.

Sergey Karjakin won with 6/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Karjakin 2767 * 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 2 Carlsen 2868 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5½ 3 Nakamura 2775 0 ½ * ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 5½ 4 Svidler 2769 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 5 5 Aronian 2813 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 6 Anand 2783 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 1 5 7 Wang Hao 2743 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 4½ 8 Topalov 2793 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 4 9 Radjabov 2745 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 3 10 Hammer 2608 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 1½

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Aronian ½-½332013Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Carlsen vs Topalov ½-½512013Norway ChessA30 English, Symmetrical
3. Svidler vs J L Hammer 1-0582013Norway ChessD85 Grunfeld
4. Nakamura vs H Wang 1-0422013Norway ChessC42 Petrov Defense
5. Karjakin vs Radjabov 1-0412013Norway ChessB30 Sicilian
6. Carlsen vs Anand ½-½592013Norway ChessB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. H Wang vs Svidler 1-0632013Norway ChessD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
8. Aronian vs Nakamura 1-0702013Norway ChessD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Topalov vs Radjabov  ½-½402013Norway ChessB30 Sicilian
10. J L Hammer vs Karjakin 0-1542013Norway ChessE15 Queen's Indian
11. Nakamura vs Carlsen ½-½382013Norway ChessC28 Vienna Game
12. Radjabov vs J L Hammer 1-0452013Norway ChessA15 English
13. Anand vs Topalov 1-0412013Norway ChessB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Svidler vs Aronian ½-½312013Norway ChessA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
15. Karjakin vs H Wang 1-0392013Norway ChessB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
16. Topalov vs J L Hammer ½-½562013Norway ChessE60 King's Indian Defense
17. Aronian vs Karjakin 0-1382013Norway ChessE15 Queen's Indian
18. H Wang vs Radjabov ½-½322013Norway ChessE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. Anand vs Nakamura 0-1392013Norway ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Carlsen vs Svidler ½-½432013Norway ChessB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. J L Hammer vs H Wang 1-0492013Norway ChessD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. Radjabov vs Aronian  ½-½312013Norway ChessD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Nakamura vs Topalov ½-½382013Norway ChessB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Karjakin vs Carlsen 0-1462013Norway ChessC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. Svidler vs Anand ½-½302013Norway ChessB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-19-13  Kanatahodets: Heh, I'm pulling a chain again. Caught one more. It's fun, but I have to stop here:) measure in everything.
May-19-13  Blunderdome: Karjakin played a great tournament, but Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 was probably my favorite game of this event.

Tal Memorial field looks excellent, by the way.

May-19-13  pbercker: Ha! you've caught nothing sir! .... I knew that you were not serious ... But it's so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put a falsehood into his own post or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the falsehood into his own post, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose to answer the post in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose to answer the post in front of me. ... and so I foil your expectations by not answering but only pretending to answer ....


(with apologies to "The Princess Bride")

May-19-13  LucB: <Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 was probably my favorite game of this event.>

Well being a Vishy fan, I quite enjoyed his draw with Magnus and his win over Topalov.

I liked the game against Magnus because I think it is a prelude to what's coming up in November. I dunno; this game ... felt heavy ... How long did it take for VA to equalize? 46...d5 maybe? It seemed to take forever.

May-19-13  schweigzwang: <pbercker> Kibitzer <<<Eggman>>> already has the Vizzini icon, but your contribution is appreciated all the same.
May-19-13  Beholder: <Blunderdome: Karjakin played a great tournament, but Svidler vs Karjakin, 2013 was probably my favorite game of this event.>

Hear, hear! A very fine game indeed.

May-19-13  Kanatahodets: Being provocative, I had in mind total devotion to the goal to become the world champion. Everything else should serve the goal. Anand has written the page in history. Will Magnus be able to do the same or more?
May-19-13  pbercker: @ <kanatahodets> Being a disciple of Hegel, I thought you might have been able to see through the dialectics and perform a Hegelian synthesis and resolve the contradiction. I'm glad at least <schweigzwang> got it!

I see now that you are indeed tilting at windmills, all the more so as your "lance" seems awfully small for the job!

My guess is that Karjakin will surely be amongst those (Giri, Caruana, et al) nipping at the viking's heel for many years to come. Not "champion material"? I find that very hard to believe and your "easy" dismissal puzzling.

I suspect that the sun is setting on Topalov and possibly Kramnik.

May-19-13  KnightVBishop: so will vishy and magnus be playing in tal memorial in june?
May-20-13  LucB: <so will vishy and magnus be playing in tal memorial in june?>

Yes, if you believe what's written at

May-20-13  Ezzy: <Karjakin (6/9)> - Started the tournament like a man possessed, winning his first 4 games! He was stopped abruptly in the next round (5) by the world number 1 Carlsen, where Karjakin underestimated Carlsen's attacking chances and lost. He was under pressure from the world champion Anand in round 6, but managed to draw. Karjakin took advantage of a mistake by Nakamura to get back to his winning ways in round 7. He got into a fluctuating struggle with mutual errors against Svidler in round 8, until Karjakin made one error too many at the end and lost. Played a repetition against Topalov in the last round when he knew a draw was then sufficient to win the tournament. A well deserved victory with +3 and a rating performance of 2886.

<Carlsen (5.5/9)> - Starting a tournament with 4 draws is not usually a major concern, but when the leader is on 4/4 in a 9 round tourney, you have to start winning immediately. Carlsen stated after his 4 draws that he would have to 'up his game.' This Carlsen did in great style, winning his next 3 games including a win against the runaway leader Karjakin. This put Magnus back in the hunt for a tournament win on home soil. But just like Karjakin, Carlsen's winning streak came to an abrupt end with a loss to Wang Hao. Again at the end of a tournament Magnus feels the pressure. He didn't get anything with black against Aronian in the final round, and had to settle for joint second place. By normal standards a great result, but Magnus isn't normal, and he will feel a bit disappointed having not won a super tournament on home ground. Second in a super tournament and lose 4 rating points - Life isn't fair!

<Nakamura (5.5/9)> - Won his first game against Wang Hao, and he needed to, as his next 3 opponents were the world number 1 and 2 and the World Champion. Nakamura lost to Aronian, drew with Carlsen and beat Vishy! (Kasparov and Nakamura are the only 2 players who hold a positive score against Anand.) Round 5 he had chances against Topalov. but a draw was the result. His Ponziani against Svidler was only good enough to draw, and then a loss to Karjakin seemed to put him out the running for first place. Nakamura rallied well, and finished in style with 2 wins. Another good result from Nakamura who's certainly mixing it with the elite. He can make a few mistakes and sometimes get over ambitious though, which makes his results sometimes unpredictable at this level. But a good tournament for Naka this time.

<Svidler (5/9)> - Peter Svidler was a worthy replacement for Kramnik. The 6 times Russian Champion is a tough nut to crack! With 2 wins a loss and 6 draws, Svidler had a pretty solid tournament. By his own admission though, he was having a frustrating event with many of his openings going wrong. Even after his win against Hammer in round 1 he stated - "There was only one Grünfeld expert here today and it wasn't me!" Who knows what Peter will do when he gets his openings right! :-)

<Aronian (5/9)> - What to say about Levon. He somehow seems to get an ok score (5/9) without too much effort, but didn't inspire too much in this tournament. He got wins against Hammer and Nakamura, but was outplayed by Karjakin and lost. He was worse against Svidler who surprisingly offered a draw when he certainly could have played for a win without any risk. His other 5 draws were fair and well earned without having any chances. So, not tournament winning form, but nothing to get too concerned about. Seems like a long rest now for Levon until the World Cup.

May-20-13  Ezzy: <Anand (5/9)> - A bit of a mixed bag from Anand. Started with an uneventful draw against Aronian, and then fought back against a dodgy situation against Carlsen to draw. Not an inspiring start, BUT then played a fantastic game against Topalov which was vintage Vishy. It didn't last though, in the next round he lost to an impressive Nakamura. Vishy was very close to beating Karjakin, but a draw was the result. Anand then beat Radjabov and Hammer in rounds 7 and 8 respectively, giving him a chance to fight for first, but disaster in the last round (blundered with ...Bxa2?) against Wang Hao ruined his chances. I think there are enough warning signs for Carlsen to realise that Vishy is not going to be a pushover in their world championship match.

<Wang Hao (4.5/9)> - Wang had a pretty poor first 7 rounds with 1 win 3 losses and 3 draws. With nothing to lose he came out in the last 2 rounds like a man possessed, beating the number 1 in the world and the also the World Champion! After this inspired finish, he finished with a decent score of 4.5/9.

<Topalov (4/9)> - After his impressive +5 victory in the Zug Grand Prix, Topalov was pretty lacklustre here in Norway. He was the only player without a win, with 1 loss and 8 draws. He had a winning position against the 'tail ender' Hammer, but lost his way and only got a draw. That was the only chance he had in 9 games. So a disappointing 8th place for Vesko, but he was certainly difficult to beat, and only Anand who played a fantastic game could beat him.

<Radjabov (3/9)> - It's quite surreal when you look at the live chess ratings list. Just a couple of months ago, there was Radjabov sitting pretty at number 4 in the world. Now you have to scroll down some way to find him at number 22! Radjabov summed it all up in the press conference - "I was playing Santa Claus. First I was upset, then I wanted to fight back, then I was even more upset, and now I just don't care. It feels much better!" I like Radjabov, I hope he recovers. This is a serious collapse in form. It will take a lot of determination and courage to come back from this slump. Surely he's too talented not to.

<Hammer (1.5/9)> - 7 losses 1 win and a draw. How he survived the drawn game is any ones guess. Completely outclassed in this company, but a wealth of experience to be gained!

May-20-13  Rolfo: Good summary by Ezzy
May-20-13  QueentakesKing: Sergey Karjakin is the next K!!!
May-20-13  QueentakesKing: After Karpov,Kasparov,Khalifman,Kasimdzhanov,Kramnik.
May-20-13  schweigzwang: K for King I guess.
May-20-13  badest: Very nice summary <Ezzy>. The next GP starts in Greece in 2 days. Incredibly busy schedule for some of the players. I sure hope Topa's "soft-chess" was due to him saving some energy for the GP (where a good result would qualify him for the next Candidates).
May-20-13  Ezzy: <Rolfo:> <badest:> Thanks guys. Much appreciated!

<badest - I sure hope Topa's "soft-chess" was due to him saving some energy for the GP (where a good result would qualify him for the next Candidates).>

I think you're spot on! A place in the Candidates is the dream ticket. Topalov's so close to a Candidates place. It has to be his priority.

May-20-13  shivasuri4: <Ezzy>, Aronian too has a winning record against Anand. Fine report otherwise.
May-20-13  TheStormofWar: Good stuff by Ezzy.

Good tourney for Naka and hell of a nice win for Karjakin.

May-20-13  Ezzy: <shivasuri4: <Ezzy>, Aronian too has a winning record against Anand.>

Ouch! And a good record it is. Sorry Levon - Shame on me.

May-21-13  Sokrates: Very good report, <Ezzy>, balanced and precise. Thank you very much!
May-22-13  Damonkeyboy: Who was the Bosnian girl?
May-29-13  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog

Norway Chess 2013 a great success!

Despite Karjakin’s early streak, the last couple of rounds had all the tension expected from a toplevel chess tournament. I was half a point behind after round 6 and when both Sergei and I won i R7 and lost in R8, six players were within striking distance before the last round. My own game was the first to finish. As black against world ranked no 2 L.Aronian, I managed to equalize early, and he decided to force matters. I could not find a way to play for an advantage and after Rc8 I didn’t have any better choice than exchanging queens and a pair of rooks. The opposite bishop and rook ending was dead equal, and a repetition of moves sealed the draw. Topalov had an advantage against Karjakin keeping the suspension until the first time control. By then Karjakin had equalized and also won a pawn, and he forced a repetition of moves to secure sole 1st with 6 points. Congratulations! Nakamura beat Hammer in a sharp Noteboom and joined me in shared 2nd half a point behind Karjakin. Svidler, Aronian and Anand shared 4th at 5 points after Anand had gambled and lost against Wang Hao in the last round. I’m very impressed with the Norway Chess organizers headed by Kjell Madland. Everything was organized at a very high level, including “details” such as ten black and white chess cars lined up outside the players hotel in Sandnes. The organizers, sponsors and volunteers made sure the players and visitors thoroughly enjoyed the stay. I really hope this event will become an annual tradition! Summer suddenly arrived in Sandnes yesterday and some of the players, accompanying persons and volunteers enjoyed a fun outdoor football session before the excellent and entertaining closing dinner. Magnus Carlsen, Haslum, May 19th, 2013

2013-05-19 23:26:31>

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  perfidious: <Salty: <voyager39><More talented but less influential players (than Carlsen) obviously lost.> And yet those mysteriously unnamed players have failed to show that talent on the board in a way that wins games and increases ratings... curious. Maybe the universe is in on the conspiracy as well.>

Oh, no, not that wretched universe again! Once the Big U gets a hand in there, it's all up with anyone opposing him.

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