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Norway Chess 2013 Round 6

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/14/13, 12:23 PM.

php9qDrdy.pngMagnus Carlsen moved half a point closer to tournament leader Sergey Karjakin after winning his second game of the tournament in round six.

Teimour Radjabov has been the victim of Magnus Carlsen's endgame grinding before, notably in the recent Candidates tournament, and the Azerbaijani once again succumbed to Carlsen's insistent pressure in what was objectively a drawn endgame.

The other decisive game of the day came when Lev Aronian defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer. The Norwegian #2 was already under pressure when he slipped up with 21...Rae8 and was soon lost.

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The standings after 6 rounds

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

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Lev Aronian defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer

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Magnus Carlsen eventually ground down Teimour Radjabov

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Vishy Anand came close to beating Sergey Karjakin

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Veselin Topalov and Wang Hao was another draw

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Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler were in good spirits after their draw

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The pairings in round seven

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

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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 by Norway Chess from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 16 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    No comment today.

  • 16 months ago

    bondiggity

    Lol at "cheap tricks." He had a passed pawn, and there was inbalance in the position, so he pushed for a win. And he won. Thats chess. If you think that somehow thats a cheap trick, I highly doubt you're looking at it objectively. 

  • 16 months ago

    vodkarov

    Is the norwegian boy really hoping to win the WC title with these kind of cheap endgame tricks? Really? Radjabov played a terrible endgame today, like a 2000ELO player or below. But against the world champ Anand or other high class players like Kramnik these cheap tricks cannot work, and the norwegian should know that. Sad for chess to have as the number one main weapon these kind of "techniques".

  • 16 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    The Carlsen-Radjabov endgame could be put in an endgame textbook maybe. Such an apparently simple structure: a knight and a passed a pawn vs. a bishop and a passed c pawn, plus a rook and the three kingside pawns for each. And yet, Carlsen finds a way to get an advantage. How did he do it?

    It's interesting that, according to the computer evaluation, the advance of black's kingside pawns seems to be counter-productive. Meanwhile, white's a pawn gradually advances while black's c pawn remains fixed and blockaded -- both with thanks in part to white's well-placed knight. Then, white does some extremely artful piece shuffling to keep the a pawn defended without dropping the knight or falling into perpetual check. f4 instead of Nxf5 on move 59 looks like another really nice and subtle tactic, which gains space on the kingside with tempo by threatening a fork. After that, the game is no longer so simple and symmetrical -- white now has a second passed pawn on f, and pressure against black's c pawn. Here, black loses the thread and enables the c pawn to be captured in such a way that the white rook can realign to the lower a file, making his passed a pawn a true monster, which is far more threatening than the passed h pawn that black gains in the process.

    Overall, it looks to me as though Magnus was in top form here!

  • 16 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    @ grkhetan

    "I thought Anand had a good chance to win at the end against Karjakan -- but by maknig one defensive move Rh1 at the end, he lost all the advantage. :-( "

    Yes! That looks like an interesting endgame. Anand had a window of opportunity there, but perhaps he was too cautious, and more worried about the passed a pawn than he needed to be.

  • 16 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Wow, the Nakamura-Svidler game looks pretty brutally tactical. That's one kind of game where I think a draw is kind of an interesting result. :-)

  • 16 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Aronian wins with a +7 evaluation after only 24 moves? Ouch.

  • 16 months ago

    vaiuuii

    How very interesting - an 1100 rated player talks about a 2800 rated player as playing stupid chess: too bad common sense and playing chess have so little in common for so many.

    The amount of hate Carlsen has gathered from many "chess enthusiasts" on various chess sites is interesting and it only shows how success and being the best in the world at what you do for some is a reason of ridicule when they are so much worse. So, if a 1100 thinks a 2800 plays "stupid chess", how should he think about his own chess? Adjectives would unfortunately be insufficient in such a tragically pathological case.

  • 16 months ago

    bolshevikhellraiser

    Radjabov and his damn shirt

  • 16 months ago

    georgethevampire

    Magnus is boring to watch.how he plays is stupid

  • 16 months ago

    grkhetan

    I thought Anand had a good chance to win at the end against Karjakan -- but by maknig one defensive move Rh1 at the end, he lost all the advantage. :-(

  • 16 months ago

    Octopus_Knight

    Poor Radjabov...I stopped watching the games after his Ra6 assuming that it would've been drawn.  I come back to check the results a couple hours later and sure enough, Magnus casts his endgame magic.  

  • 16 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Magnus is coming on strong. He'll win again tomorrow. 

  • 16 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    MC-Hammer next round.

  • 16 months ago

    elo123

    Nice pawn advance from Aronian!

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