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Norway Chess (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 Topalov2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Simen Agdestein1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Norway Chess (Blitz) (2014)

Played 2 June 2014 at the restaurant of Flor & Fjære garden on the island of Hidle near Stavanger, Norway, to determine pairings and colors for Norway Chess (2014). World champion Magnus Carlsen won with 7.5/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Carlsen 2837 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7½ 2 Aronian 2863 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 6½ 3 Karjakin 2866 0 1 * 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 5½ 4 Grischuk 2801 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5½ 5 Svidler 2757 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 0 1 1 1 5 6 Giri 2755 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 ½ 1 4½ 7 Kramnik 2782 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 3½ 8 Caruana 2697 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ * ½ 1 3½ 9 Topalo 2666 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 2 10 Agdestein 2577 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 * 1½
Wikipedia article: Norway Chess#2014

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs Carlsen 0-1342014Norway Chess (Blitz)C60 Ruy Lopez
2. Aronian vs S Agdestein  1-0432014Norway Chess (Blitz)E15 Queen's Indian
3. Svidler vs Carlsen 0-1372014Norway Chess (Blitz)A10 English
4. Topalov vs Aronian 0-1302014Norway Chess (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
5. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0112014Norway Chess (Blitz)C07 French, Tarrasch
6. S Agdestein vs Svidler  0-1292014Norway Chess (Blitz)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Kramnik vs Karjakin 0-1392014Norway Chess (Blitz)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. Giri vs Grischuk 1-01562014Norway Chess (Blitz)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Aronian vs Giri  1-0962014Norway Chess (Blitz)E60 King's Indian Defense
10. Grischuk vs Kramnik  1-0412014Norway Chess (Blitz)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
11. Caruana vs S Agdestein  1-0662014Norway Chess (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
12. Svidler vs Topalov 1-0492014Norway Chess (Blitz)A20 English
13. Grischuk vs Topalov  ½-½482014Norway Chess (Blitz)C46 Three Knights
14. Giri vs Svidler  0-1332014Norway Chess (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
15. S Agdestein vs Karjakin 0-1302014Norway Chess (Blitz)E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
16. Kramnik vs Carlsen ½-½522014Norway Chess (Blitz)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Grischuk vs Aronian  ½-½482014Norway Chess (Blitz)C24 Bishop's Opening
18. Topalov vs Caruana  ½-½312014Norway Chess (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Aronian vs Kramnik 1-0762014Norway Chess (Blitz)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Karjakin vs Topalov 1-0422014Norway Chess (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
21. Svidler vs Grischuk  ½-½272014Norway Chess (Blitz)A37 English, Symmetrical
22. Carlsen vs S Agdestein 1-0302014Norway Chess (Blitz)B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Caruana vs Giri 1-0422014Norway Chess (Blitz)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
24. Svidler vs Caruana 1-0252014Norway Chess (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
25. Topalov vs Carlsen 0-1352014Norway Chess (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
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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.


As of now - no.

Jun-03-14  Eti fan: The final blitz standings plus replay
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."
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  thegoodanarchist: Carlsen won a blitz tournament? That's about as surprising as Fischer or Tal winning a blitz tournament.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi geeker,


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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  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.

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  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.

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  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.>

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  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  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  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.
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  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.

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  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  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  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.

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  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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