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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 1 6 2 Carlsen 2856 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 6 3 Anand 2783 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 6 4 Nakamura 2844 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 6 5 Svidler 2757 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 5 6 Radjabov 2755 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 7 Hammer 2608 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 3 8 Wang Hao 2698 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 3 9 Aronian 2817 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2 10 Topalov 2666 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1
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Wikipedia article: Norway Chess#2013

Next: Norway Chess (Blitz) (2014). Main event: Norway Chess (2013)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs Nakamura 0-1532013Norway Chess (Blitz)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Anand vs J L Hammer 0-1432013Norway Chess (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Topalov vs Karjakin  0-1642013Norway Chess (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
4. Radjabov vs Svidler  0-1542013Norway Chess (Blitz)A37 English, Symmetrical
5. Svidler vs Anand 0-1292013Norway Chess (Blitz)A30 English, Symmetrical
6. Nakamura vs Topalov  1-0392013Norway Chess (Blitz)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
7. Karjakin vs Radjabov  1-0502013Norway Chess (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
8. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1292013Norway Chess (Blitz)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J L Hammer vs Wang Hao  1-0462013Norway Chess (Blitz)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. Topalov vs Aronian  0-1332013Norway Chess (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
11. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0622013Norway Chess (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
12. Wang Hao vs Aronian  ½-½422013Norway Chess (Blitz)C45 Scotch Game
13. Carlsen vs Svidler 1-0462013Norway Chess (Blitz)B08 Pirc, Classical
14. Wang Hao vs Karjakin 0-1512013Norway Chess (Blitz)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Topalov vs Anand  ½-½572013Norway Chess (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
16. Radjabov vs J L Hammer  ½-½682013Norway Chess (Blitz)A15 English
17. J L Hammer vs Aronian  ½-½462013Norway Chess (Blitz)A56 Benoni Defense
18. Anand vs Radjabov 1-0332013Norway Chess (Blitz)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. Karjakin vs Carlsen 1-0422013Norway Chess (Blitz)C41 Philidor Defense
20. Nakamura vs Wang Hao  1-0472013Norway Chess (Blitz)A20 English
21. Svidler vs Topalov  1-0472013Norway Chess (Blitz)B10 Caro-Kann
22. Svidler vs J L Hammer 1-0352013Norway Chess (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
23. Carlsen vs Wang Hao  ½-½642013Norway Chess (Blitz)B50 Sicilian
24. Radjabov vs Nakamura  ½-½712013Norway Chess (Blitz)B06 Robatsch
25. Nakamura vs Karjakin 0-1322013Norway Chess (Blitz)A33 English, Symmetrical
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May-07-13  Overgod: So: Who won?
May-07-13  gromguten: Kramnik
May-07-13  Strongest Force: I think Anand won on tie-breaks.
May-07-13  abhishikt: wow.. Topalov lost 7 out of 9 games and only one winless.
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  Check It Out: Carlsen wins on tiebreak (again!), he had 5 blacks compared to 4 for everyone else.

<The drawing of lots will be settled by a blitz tournament on the 7th of May. Time control: 4 min + 2 sec increment for each move. Tiebreak:
A: Most games with black
B: Most wins
C: Most wins with black
D: Coin toss>

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  Check It Out: <SirRuthless> That's true but I don't see anyone overdoing it here as you imply.
May-07-13  SirRuthless: Magnus did NOT win. Turns out Karjakin won on 6.5 points people are saying. The Chessbomb transmission was wrong. Also Svidler on 5.5 points.
May-07-13  darshandatta: <Check It Out> according to official website Karjakin won with 6.5/9
May-07-13  SirRuthless: From official site.

1. Karjakin 6.5
2. Carlsen 6
3. Anand 6
4. Nakamura 6
5. Svidler 5.5
6. Radjabov 5
7. Hammer 3.5
8. Wang 3
9. Aroian 2.5
10. Topalov 1.0

(Tiebreake 2,3 and place: Carlsen on most games with black pieces, Anand with 2 victories with black aganist Nakamuras 1 victory)

During the evening the setup for the rest of the tournament will be ready and published on this webpage.

May-07-13  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.
May-07-13  SirRuthless: Maybe but he might be tougher than he looks. The extra white is nice no matter what. Also how do we know who out of the bottom half of the blitz will get black vs Hammertime? Maybe they will get a white against him? That would be tragic.
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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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