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Norway Chess 2013 Round 4

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/12/13, 12:51 PM.

phpnsFUmV.pngSergey Karjakin is setting the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament on fire with a perfect score of 4 wins from 4!

The latest victim was world #2 Lev Aronian, who lost horribly despite having the white pieces. Karjakin now stands 1½ points clear at the top of the standings.

The other decisive result of round 4 occurred in the game between Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura. The 3-time U.S. chess champion outplayed the world champion in a tactical battle to move into second place.

Nothing seems to be working for Magnus Carlsen at the moment. He failed to win again today, with the white pieces against Peter Svidler. Carlsen admitted in the press conference that "I simply have to play better than I did today. If not, I won't win any games". However, Carlsen faces runaway tournament leader Sergey Karjakin in round five, with the black pieces.

A draw was much better news for the other Norwegian competitor in Stavanger, as huge tournament underdog Jon Ludvig Hammer finally got off the mark by holding Veselin Topalov to a draw. Wang Hao and Teimour Rajabov also drew their game.

The standings after 4 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2767 4
2 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 2½ 
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2813 2
4 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2868 2
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 2
6 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 2
7 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2745 2
8 Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 1½ 
9 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 1½ 
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2608 ½ 

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A delighted Sergey Karjakin after his fourth win

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Vishy Anand was blown up by the "H-Bomb"!
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Magnus Carlsen drew his fourth straight game

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The pairings in round five

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

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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.

Pictures/screenshots from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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Comments


  • 16 months ago

    rahul_11297

    Karjakin ON FIRE !!!

  • 16 months ago

    Skaboard

    Double e pawn two times today, kinda funny.

    I can see chess.com giving us the name of the opening from Carlsen Svidler.

    Also, note that Aronian Karjakin followed the Hammer game from round 3 for quite a while. I do believe Karjakin is going to win.

    100 elo is not that big of a difference in skill. These top level tournaments show us that most of the field have nice chances.

  • 16 months ago

    Abhishek2

    Karjakin won't be able to maintain his lead...especially against Carlsen.

  • 16 months ago

    rlass

    I'm happy to see Naka playing so well

  • 16 months ago

    viche83

    What Carlsen and Anand are showing is just human.

    Anand even though he is one of the best tactical players in the world loses a tactical game. Carlsen being superb and outplaying everyone else in the past months seems a bit out of form and distracted.

    But if you take a look at players like Lasker, Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov they didn't win tournament after tournament in their times as well. They had better and not so good performances.

  • 16 months ago

    acwman

    Much speculation is being lobbed back and forth about Anand and Magnus' play in this tournament. But we have to keep in mind that these two giants may not be goign at "full throtle" on purpose. They may be holding back so as to not give away too much information about each other's strategies and general game play.

  • 16 months ago

    albatrosses

    Not drawnand but losewanathan... Drawlsen still has the edge no matter what.

  • 16 months ago

    albatrosses

    Braces will help karjakin.

  • 16 months ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    Anand was called 'DRAWNAND"; when he drew his games.

    Now can we call " MAGNUS DRAWLSEN"!!  Where are all the DRAWLSEN fans??

  • 16 months ago

    nebunulpecal

    Does anyone know, why do they change venues between rounds?

    Thanks!

  • 16 months ago

    Buakaw21

    it just seems to me that carlsen is kind of off at the moment, just watch his press conference, it seems like he doesnt give a shit about the games and stuff

  • 16 months ago

    Sahasrara

    Carlsen's next game is going to be dangerous, facing Karjakin who is on fire will be tough. 

  • 16 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Go Naka!  That was sweet.  

  • 16 months ago

    Oraoradeki

    Naka beat World Champ!!!!!!!!

  • 16 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    Much is to be desired in the upcoming WCC match between the -"you know who two players." I just don't see the kind of results that I envision from Anand yet,...and Carlsen with these draws and his last "somebody help me" outing recently in London...please. Play between these two players leaves many questions without answers. Can these guys start playing some real smart chess, like insightful champions of prior times? Things seem so common in their play; that even a strong intermediate chess player like myself can read between the lines. Yet, on their level I'am expected to be blind.Frown

  • 16 months ago

    Drakodan

    I too think that something is 'off' about Carlsen's form at the minute. If you follow the games live, his time management is nothing like it normally is. Normally he has a signficant time advantage, but so far in this tournament he's had more or less equal time, or even slightly less, than his opponent.

  • 16 months ago

    Fisikos

    @DName :
    You can also say that after his spectacular lose from Svidler he cant find his form

  • 16 months ago

    aravot

    Karjakin emerged much stronger than expected and played a beautiful game against Levon. What a dramatic and sharp moves at the endgame! 

    Congratulations to Sergey, so far so good ! Наш человек Laughing 

    Wish Levon to recover and come back quickly. 

  • 16 months ago

    KiwiJuise

    Aronian! What happened?

  • 16 months ago

    DName

    After that spectacular win against Radjabov, Magnus simply can't find his form :/ (dating back to candidates tournament)

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