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Norway Chess (Blitz) Tournament

Sergey Karjakin6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Wang Hao3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Levon Aronian2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Veselin Topalov1/9(+0 -7 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Norway Chess (Blitz) (2013)

Played 7 May 2013 at the University of Stavanger, Norway to determine the pairings and colors for Norway Chess (2013). Despite two losses, Sergey Karjakin won with 6.5/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Karjakin 2873 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 6½ 2 Carlsen 2856 0 * ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 6 3 Anand 2783 1 ½ * 0 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 6 4 Nakamura 2844 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6 5 Svidler 2757 1 0 0 ½ * 1 1 0 1 1 5½ 6 Radjabov 2755 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 5 7 Hammer 2608 0 0 1 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 3½ 8 Wang Hao 2698 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 * ½ ½ 3 9 Aronian 2817 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 2½ 10 Topalov 2666 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1
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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wang Hao vs Aronian  ½-½422013Norway Chess (Blitz)C45 Scotch Game
2. Svidler vs J L Hammer 1-0352013Norway Chess (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
3. Topalov vs Aronian  0-1332013Norway Chess (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
4. J L Hammer vs Wang Hao  1-0462013Norway Chess (Blitz)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1292013Norway Chess (Blitz)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Karjakin vs Radjabov  1-0502013Norway Chess (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
7. Nakamura vs Topalov  1-0392013Norway Chess (Blitz)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
8. Svidler vs Anand 0-1292013Norway Chess (Blitz)A30 English, Symmetrical
9. Radjabov vs Svidler  0-1542013Norway Chess (Blitz)A37 English, Symmetrical
10. Topalov vs Karjakin 0-1642013Norway Chess (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
11. Anand vs J L Hammer 0-1432013Norway Chess (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0622013Norway Chess (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
13. Carlsen vs Wang Hao  ½-½642013Norway Chess (Blitz)B50 Sicilian
14. Svidler vs Topalov  1-0472013Norway Chess (Blitz)B10 Caro-Kann
15. Nakamura vs Wang Hao  1-0472013Norway Chess (Blitz)A20 English
16. Karjakin vs Carlsen 1-0422013Norway Chess (Blitz)C41 Philidor Defense
17. Anand vs Radjabov 1-0332013Norway Chess (Blitz)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. J L Hammer vs Aronian  ½-½462013Norway Chess (Blitz)A56 Benoni Defense
19. Radjabov vs J L Hammer  ½-½682013Norway Chess (Blitz)A15 English
20. Topalov vs Anand  ½-½572013Norway Chess (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
21. Wang Hao vs Karjakin 0-1512013Norway Chess (Blitz)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Carlsen vs Svidler 1-0462013Norway Chess (Blitz)B08 Pirc, Classical
23. Aronian vs Nakamura 0-1532013Norway Chess (Blitz)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Svidler vs Nakamura  ½-½432013Norway Chess (Blitz)A10 English
25. Karjakin vs Aronian  ½-½982013Norway Chess (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
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  Check It Out: <Karjakin won> Okay, got it.
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  HeMateMe: Why did Topey lose all of his games? Fatigue from the last tournament, which he played so well? Not a good omen...
May-07-13  badest: <HeMateMe> He probably doesn't mind having 5 blacks, and moreover he's a terrible blitz player.

Let's wait for the classical games to determine his form.

May-07-13  boz: Topalov has never been a blitz player but what happened to Aronian?
May-07-13  schweigzwang: There still seems to be a discrepancy between the results above, and those listed at the Norway Chess site, which lists the Blitz Round 9 result in Wang v. Karjakin as win for Karjakin (table above: Game 14, shown 1/2-1/2). The final position does seem to be advantageous for black.
May-07-13  voyager39: What I have never understood is how winning these inaugral blitz matches improve your draw and the final outcome? Or is it just a gimmick coz you eventually end up playing the same folks with both colours. Correct me if I am wrong.

Bigger question is whether FIDE is counting all these funny openers into its Blitz ratings?

And I'd also recommend that Chessgames creates a separate category for these casual encounters coz otherwise they drastically skew the "one on one" performance. I mean Aronian losing to Anand here counts for very little, but it goes to the scores here on CG and gives the impression as if Anand is catching up.

May-07-13  waustad: <voyager39>They do itemize as best they can for the won loss, by giving rapid/blitz/exhibition games separately from classical.
May-07-13  schweigzwang: Ok they seem to agree now, thanks!
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  keypusher: <hellopolgar: I am sure any of these 2700+ players will have no problem beating Jon Ludvig Hammer even with black. So an extra black against Jon Ludvig Hammer wouldn't really be all that bad.>

Hammer is rated 2608. Someone rated 100 points above him would be expected to score ~64% overall, ignoring color. Someone rated 200 points above him would be expected to score ~75% overall, ignoring color. So, I don't agree that any 2700+ player <will have no problem beating [him] even with Black>.

A lot of people seem to think that a 100 point rating advantage means you're expected to win almost every game. Not so.

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  LucB: <gromguten: Kramnik>

Am I the only one who thought that was funny, given who had asked the question?..

May-07-13  boz: No, I'm still laughing about it, Luc.
May-07-13  Just Another Master: The Topa program is not created for blitz apparently.
May-08-13  Rolfo: < Or is it just a gimmick coz you eventually end up playing the same folks with both colours. Correct me if I am wrong.>

In a SRR (single round robin) you play each opponent only once

May-08-13  anandrulez: Grand prix winner at 1 and only 2 draws and 7 losses I mean I really thought good players will be fast too but Topa is an exception he is more of the hard working guy who don't know to push pieces fast
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  alexmagnus: <Someone rated 100 points above him would be expected to score ~64% overall, ignoring color>

Or, to put it even more picturesque: if we assume the higher rated player to be unbeatable, 72% of the games will end in a draw.

May-08-13  Zenagg: I imagine to avoid psyching himself out by trying 100% and losing, Topa took another approach which is, play and win or play and lose. I imagine trying 100% and getting crushed is worse then playing decently and losing.

I am not a big Topa fan but against this prodigious field, I wouldn't waste energy on a sprint right before the boston marathon.

May-08-13  SirRuthless: <anandrulez> Not enough time for danailov to work his evil is why topolov played bad. Or he was tanking games due to good results with black in the grand prix.
May-08-13  pbercker: I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this yet, especially Anand's fans, but the final result of the blitz tournament is a bit of a (albeit small) milestone unto itself for Anand, and is worth noticing with respect to what it says about Anand's chess strength. Blitz of course favors the young, and indeed the final result generally reflects that as those at the top are younger (in their 20s) than those at the bottom (in their 30s and 40s), except for one glaring exception, namely Anand who, as the oldest, 44, should have been near the bottom!

That he tied for second place with Carlsen suggest that it's much too soon to predict his demise at the upcoming WCC as some people (like me) are wont to do, and that he is a force to reckon with.

And lest I make too much of this, it's well to remember what a famous Russian chess player once said:

"He who analyses blitz is stupid." – Rashid Nezhmetdinov

May-08-13  usuario x: <The Topa program is not created for blitz apparently.>

or not enough time to check the toilet

May-08-13  Sularus: nice one, lightning kid!
May-08-13  NGambit: <pbercker> Vishy being a rapid/blitz virtuoso is no news. Look no further than Botvinnik Memorial Rapid (2011) for what he's capable of in faster time controls.

BTW, that success did not carry forward, to put it mildly, to the next three classical tournaments he played.

May-08-13  pbercker: <NGambit: <pbercker> Vishy being a rapid/blitz virtuoso is no news. Look no further than Botvinnik Memorial Rapid (2011) for what he's capable of in faster time controls.>

That he *continues* to be rapid/blitz virtuoso at the age of 44, competing against 20 something players, is, to me, somewhat news worthy if only in view of the biological realities of the aging brain, which of course has outliers, and he may be one of them (Lasker is the clearest example of this).

To my way of thinking, this merely reinforces that Anand is not just a very strong GM, but a World Champion of exceptional abilities.

(I also emphasize the point because, being a fan of Carlsen, I tend to underplay Anand's accomplishment, and this is by way of needed corrective, since I'm probably not the only one!)

I still think that Carlsen will ultimately win the WCC, but it will be no cakewalk.

May-08-13  usuario x: <nice one, lightning kid!>

lol i didnt read the comments before i posted

May-10-13  fisayo123: Its funny how the commentators completely ignored Radjabov's games in the first 5 rounds. Strange AND intentional.
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  LucB: <boz> :D
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