This blog post can also be read directly at my website. There you'll also find game annotations for all my games in this top level rapid tournament! You can find the tournament website at http://kskno.blogspot.com There's even a picture of the World Champion Anand and me if you scroll down.
All good things must come to an end, even though there are some experiences you would like to last forever, or at least a couple of more days. Shortly told: Kristiansund was a blast! Some say that a chess player’s impression of a tournament depends a lot on the result achieved. Usually that is true – but you can look at it the other way too: The tournament was so well-organized and executed, which led to optimal conditions for me to do well I’ll take this opportunity to congratulate Kristiansund Sjakklubb and Arctic Securities on a great event!
My goal in the tournament was to make some upsets and put my very famous opponents under pressure. I feel pretty certain I succeeded! Rapid is a lot of fun, and when playing in this esteemed company, you’re playing without too much pressure – which in turn makes you experiment a bit, and take on f7 against Judit, only to start thinking after she plays Qd7
My next rapid tournament is the exclusive Le Trophée CCAS in Cap d’Agde, with stars like Ivanchuk, Nakamura, Karpov and J. Polgar, to mention a few. Hopefully I’ll build on the experience I had in Kristiansund to do even better in France!