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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 Radjabov has also withdrawn from the next FIDE Grand Prix event for undisclosed personal reasons.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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  • 14 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??  

  • 14 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.

  • 14 months ago

    minital

    Svidler looks so baked in the pic with karjakin.

  • 15 months ago

    Skaboard

    Pairing for last round:

    Round 9 (18.5.13 12:00 GMT +2)

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

    TOPALOV Veselin 

    I say the tournament is still open. Karjakin and Carlsen got serious chances. Aronian and Anand got some chances too.

    For now i think Karjakin really deserves the win.

  • 15 months ago

    SonofPearl

    Many thanks to dashkee94 and sixtyfoursquares. There really have been a lot of tournaments running concurrently over the last few weeks, and it's been quite a challenge to try to cover them all!

  • 15 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Amateur1223 - thanks, corrected! Smile

  • 15 months ago

    dashkee94

    sonofpearl

    You've had to cover an amazing amount of events recently, and I think you've done a great job of it.  I have to agree with sixtyfoursquares, and I have to admit that I don't say this enough for your contributions here--thanks.

  • 15 months ago

    darkener

    Omg! These guys are from another planet. How did Anand find 29. Rc1 (which is not a real blunder) Qb5!

  • 15 months ago

    Amateur1223

    @sonofpearl I think the point totals may be 1/2 point too low

  • 15 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    Feel bad for Radjabov also...no chess pro want to go through what he going through right now...hope he recover soon...think a good break should be good...Just notice and realize that many of Anand games are "ELEGANCE" like many have said I think...it's a nice to see he win games this year and in good form...at this age he can feel proud of what he still can do...i guess 40's is really the new 30's...2 rounds to go..if Karjakin manage another win then it will be a great performance from him and achieve new highest rating...only Magnus I think can catch up.

  • 15 months ago

    Pete_the_Pirate

    Hopefully Vishy can pull a win against Hammer and Carlsen draws with Wang Hao. By the way what's the tie-break rule? Please don't say its the ridiculous one from the candidates tournament!

  • 15 months ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    @sonofpearl: quick coverage; much appreciated!

  • 15 months ago

    XLiNteD

    Undecided

  • 15 months ago

    vistascan

    I feel bad for Radjabov, he made a bad move in the beginning and was unable to recover from Anand's precise attack.

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