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Norway Chess 2013 Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/9/13, 1:56 PM.

phpEqbCn7.pngSergey Karjakin is the sole leader after two rounds of the Norway Chess 2013 tournament in Stavanger.

Karjakin maintained his perfect start by winning his second round game against the lowest seeded competitor Jon Ludvig Hammer. Hammer once again held his own in the opening, but was eventually outplayed.

However, the game everyone wanted to see was the clash between world champion Vishy Anand and his challenger world #1 Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen had the white pieces and pressed the champion hard for the whole game, but never managed to find a way through Anand's defences. Once Anand had exchanged off his weak d-pawn the draw came soon after.

Wang Hao bounced back from a loss in the first round to beat Peter Svidler with the white pieces in a Gruenfeld defence. By contrast, Hikaru Nakamura followed his first round win with a loss to Lev Aronian on the second day.  Nakamura struggled hard to try to save the game, but had to admit defeat after 70 moves.

The standings after 2 rounds

Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2767 2
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2813 1½ 
Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 1
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2868 1
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 1
Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 1
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 1
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 1
Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2745 ½ 
Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2608 0

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Tournament leader Sergey Karjakin

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Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand discussing their game

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Lev Aronian's win moved him into second place

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Teimour Radjabov was relieved to draw his game with Veselin Topalov

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The pairings in round three

ANAND Viswanathan  v TOPALOV Veselin
NAKAMURA Hikaru  v CARLSEN Magnus
SVIDLER Peter  v ARONIAN Levon
RADJABOV Teimour  v HAMMER Jon Ludvig
KARJAKIN Sergey  v WANG Hao

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The tournament is a single-round-robin and the official website has live commentary from Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam and Simen Agdestein, as well as live game broadcasts and live video.

The time control is 100 mins for 40 moves, then 50 mins for 20 moves, and then 15 mins to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start. The "Sofia" anti-draw rules apply.

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Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)

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The main sponsors are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus.

Screenshots from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 15 months ago

    rahul_11297

    Hammer, Jon Ludvig Should have played 47.Rxc5 ! It imediatly wins for white .

  • 15 months ago

    stame

    Why didn't Hanner play 47 Rx Bc5?

  • 15 months ago

    theunsjb

    If Anand is planning on playing for draws against Carlsen in their World Championship matches, it might just to backfire on him.  With all due respect, Carlsen is a much more dangerous opponent than Gelfand and Carlsen is looking hungry for the title.

  • 15 months ago

    ananga1

    looking forward to anand vs topalov.....

  • 15 months ago

    bigbikefan

    What was that plan with moving a pawn to a4 for Nakamura about? It almost looked like he was trying to win.

  • 15 months ago

    vistascan

    I'm sure that if Anand defends his title succesfully, the Cult of Carlsen will complain that Anand had a "homeground" advantage or Carlsen got sick from Indian food or whatever. They should concentrate on being better chess players than on being fanboys.

    The match was great btw, from my amateur point of view. Carlsen tried to find a weak spot on both the queenside and kingside, but Vishy's defense was impeccable.

    And seriously, there are people criticising Anand don't know how many times he has won the world championship? Seriously?

  • 15 months ago

    begentleifubeatme

    assuming Mr. Hammer will not win even a single game is hes rating will be affected?

  • 15 months ago

    a1h8

    TO Sahasrara : Viswanathan Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times[2] (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012).

    Got it? So in order to better him, Carlsen needs to win six times, not just once. And by the way Sahasrara, I hope you know where your name comes from. The same country that Anand is from. 

  • 15 months ago

    Ghost79

    not tryin to be mean but really, why is hammer in this tournament?

  • 15 months ago

    Sahasrara

    "Until Carlsen wins world championship 6 times"...I do not think Anand won the world championship 6 times...So when Carlsen dethrones Anand it will be just once, and that is all he will need. 

  • 15 months ago

    a1h8

    Until Carlsen wins world championship 6 times, Anand rules- it is that simple.

    So all Carlsen fans can save their breath instead of wasting it on Anand hating. Incidentally Anand was criticized for winning last WC in tiebreaks. Guess what, Carlsen needed tie break just to be a challenger. AND, it was a tie break Carlsen never had to play- it was some evaluation system that helped him. Anand at least played tie breaks and won them. 

  • 15 months ago

    petererkkij

    Not a good example for the Anand-Haters-- Vishy had black against Carlsen!

  • 15 months ago

    evansimon007

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  • 15 months ago

    Oraoradeki

    Pity how super-GMs only play in invitational tournaments...

     

    I'd like to see how they fare off against 2600~ players

  • 15 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    "Adrien [sic]...The blitz tournament determined the draw for the rounds.  Who got white/black"

    Okay, cool, but how exactly does that work? I mean, did Carlsen use his second place finish to get this game as white against Anand, or what? Is there like a link or something that talks about how it went down?

  • 15 months ago

    A_Sawyer

    I like how everyone is smiling in their photos. It seems like a very laid back competition, everyone's just really enjoying themselves

  • 15 months ago

    HaydenPanettiere

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  • 15 months ago

    khan57

    u know wat draw means?? nobody is even worth to defeate anand...even carlesn with white pieces..anand is a champ...

  • 15 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Well, good on Karjakin. By the way, I'm confused about what the opening blitz tournament had to do with anything. For example, what exactly did Carlsen get from finishing second there, and how does it help him now, if at all?

  • 15 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

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