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Norway Chess 2013 Round 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/15/13, 12:01 PM.

phpK9ihlI.pngThe fierce competition continued at the Norway Chess 2013 tournament, with three more decisive games in round 7.

The heartache continued for Teimour Radjabov, as he was swept aside by Vishy Anand with the black pieces. Radjabov has also withdrawn from the next FIDE Grand Prix event for undisclosed personal reasons.

Magnus Carlsen won with the black pieces, beating his compatriot Jon Ludvig Hammer to score his third win in succession. However, Sergey Karjakin kept his nose ahead in the standings by beating Hikaru Nakamura in a Najdorf Sicilian which was the last game of the day to finish.

Thursday is a rest day so the next, penultimate round, is on Friday.

The standings after 7 rounds

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

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Vishy Anand defeated Teimour Radjabov

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Magnus Carlsen was the expected winner of the Norwegian derby

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Sergey Karjakin took home the full point against Hikaru Nakmaura

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The pairings in round eight

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

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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.

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

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  • 19 months ago

    Kands40215

    LOVED Anand's last move of d2.

  • 19 months ago

    Twobit

    Poor Radjabov...

  • 19 months ago

    vodkarov

    @Aaronsky72, you should know that rating is not the best objective criteria to measure force between two players. That's why we have matches to define the world champion, not defined by rating. Because one can simply win many games against rabbits and then increase his rating, by using "techniques" which cannot work against high class players. Or is this not possible? (if you think it is not then explain me why, please). That's why a player like Carlsen is 2870 elo but his score against the WC is just ridiculous (6-2). He can win games in  equal endgame against Radjabov and other players lacking confidence against him, but show me only one cheap endgame trick working against Vlad or Vishy, please. For this reason Kramnik said that Magnus is a good player, but no way he has better chess understanding than Vlad, Vishy or Levon. He only has more energy to keep concentrated in such boring endgames in which he hopes to use his special "techniques".

  • 19 months ago

    Oraoradeki

    Don't make me laugh... Matchfixes again

  • 19 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Oh, heartbreaking loss for Naka. He really needed that one to stay in this thing. 

  • 19 months ago

    JEMORANGE

    The people who say " Carlsen's cheap endgame tricks" really just suck at endgames

  • 19 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Vodkarov, admit it Carlsen is just better than Anand naturally and has more talent, it's empirically proven by ratings.
    Sure Anand is one of the best in the world and has a lot of experience but he's not quite in Carlsen's league. He's good enough to make it a hard fought WC match though.

    I do like Anand's Captain Kirk shirt though.

    Cheap endgame tricks is another way to describe endgame superiority "that's not fair, you used endgame play to win!"

  • 19 months ago

    vodkarov

    @Chesspanzer, are you saying that Hammer did really expect the number one of the world to blunder a piece playing 28. ...Qxb5? Do you really believe this? A GM would not consider that it's not necessary to recapture the pawn imediately? Really? Free point as predicted.

  • 19 months ago

    Deantasanto

    @vodkarov What are you trying to say here? Obviously it was an expected win for Carlsen because of the huge rating differences, but cheap endgame tricks? Really? And it's not like Anand isn't going to play Hammer, whom you call a "free point". Anand plays Hammer in the next round.

  • 19 months ago

    Chesspanzer

    It was an expected "free point" for MC. Why a GM would play a move like 27. Nb5? Very sad for chess. Anyway, Karjakin also won an excelent game and the champ Anand... what can I say? He's fantastic and has the best chess undertanding in the world! Vishy dominated Radjabov from the beginning and crushed him, without need of cheap endgame tricks, like some other young "prodigy" (who won't have free points in november)

     

    Bxb5,

    axb5 Qxb5

    e4

  • 19 months ago

    IndianHarry

    Earlier days GM will used to make draw when they judge the position if its draw. Even if they have superior time in his clock or his opponent doesn't have time to think they will make a draw if the position rises a draw. I can say that is called sportmanship. Even Kasparov agree draw if position rises as draw. Anand, Kasparov, Kramnik and Karpov are all like this. They won't play for his opponent blunder in time trouble. 

    If Carlsen play like this with Anand in WC sure Carlsen will be in great trouble. Since Anand also a monster in Endgames as well as Anand will not be in time trouble as like Carlsen tournament opponents. 

  • 19 months ago

    ElvinWilliams

    C'mon people... every time someone loses its a conspiricy theory. Ivanchuck throws games in Candidates Tournament, Hammer throws games in this tournament. Everyone playing is a chess professional and I know that internet posts don't sway my opinion. Chess is a tough game and these people all want to win.

    Your saying Hammer just thinks "I am playing the number one chess player in the world and I can draw, but I'll just lose the game so he can try and win the tournament." 

    Give me a break

  • 19 months ago

    LetsReason

    What is Radjabov going through outside of subpar chess for the rating he was?  I was kind of excited to see him go into the candidates tourney at 2793 and looked forward to a scarce top-rated face stirring the pot there.  All he has shown from that tournament on is that he is not a 2750+ player...at least not consistently.  Can you tell I'm a little disappointed?

    I hope Karjakin wins this.  I have nothing against Carlsen, but I do not want someone "magically" winning all these top tournaments.  I think there may be a psychological thing going on when they play him...something they concocted themselves.

    Glad Karjakin beat Naka.  I do not care for him (personality/character).

    Go Anand and Aronian!

  • 19 months ago

    vodkarov

    It was an expected "free point" for MC. Why a GM would play a move like 27. Nb5? Very sad for chess. Anyway, Karjakin also won an excelent game and the champ Anand... what can I say? He's fantastic and has the best chess undertanding in the world! Vishy dominated Radjabov from the beginning and crushed him, without need of cheap endgame tricks, like some other young "prodigy" (who won't have free points in november)

  • 19 months ago

    IndianHarry

    This guy Hammer what is doing in the pool of Sharks. Tomorrow he will play very cautious against WC not giving any chance. I feel he will take a opening which doesn't give any chance at all for win. Today he thrown a full point to his country mate though he had a good chance of having a draw.

  • 19 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @sixtyfoursquares - yes, it's planned to be an annual event.

  • 19 months ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    @sonofpearl; Is this Norway Tournament going to be a yearly feature; in times to come?

    If it is the first tournament; then a Norway GM winning it; is ideal; but if someone else wins; thenCryTongue Out

  • 19 months ago

    Octopus_Knight

    I'm glad Anand is playing good chess right now, should make for an awesome WC match.  In the Carlsen game, what was Hammer thinking with 8.Qxd2??  

  • 19 months ago

    fabelhaft

    Whoever wins deserves the win, but it won't be easy for Anand to reach the top two with only two rounds to go and 1.5 and 1 point up to them. Carlsen will probably be forced to win a fourth game in a row in the next round to win the tournament, and that won't be easy either. At the same time it is always possible that Svidler wins with white against Karjakin, but I wouldn't bet on that.

  • 19 months ago

    minital

    Svidler looks so baked in the pic with karjakin.

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