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Norway Chess 2013 Round 8

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/17/13, 1:05 PM.

php3r4hNY.pngThe penultimate round of the 2013 Norway Chess tournament produced four decisive games and some real surprises in Stavanger!

The biggest shock was Magnus Carlsen losing with white against Chinese GM Wang Hao in the last game of the day to finish. Carlsen lost a pawn and Wang Hao brought home the full point in a rook endgame.

The only good news for the world #1 is that the tournament leader also lost his game. Sergey Karjakin was defeated by Peter Svidler in a tremendous battle, but still holds on to top spot.

Vishy Anand made ground on the leader, joining Magnus Carlsen on 5 points after beating Jon Ludvig Hammer. The Norwegian #2 played a bold game, but the world champion was too strong.

Hikaru Nakmaura also improved his tournament standing by beating Teimour Radjabov.

The standings after 8 rounds

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

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Magnus Carlsen lost his first game of the tournament to Wang Hao

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Sergey Karjakin lost to Peter Svidler, but remains the leader

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Hikaru Nakamura won a wild game with Teimour Radjabov

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Vishy Anand scored a victory over Jon Ludvig Hammer
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Veselin Topalov and Lev Aronian drew in the first game to finish

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The final round pairings (games start 3 hours earlier)

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

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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

    albatrosses

    What a stupid argument.  Most super GMs have beaten each other at least once.  That does not mean they are world #1 or world champion caliber. 

  • 19 months ago

    kpm1

    Wang ho has beaten both Carlsen( round 8) and Anand( round 9).

    So the World championship need not be played between Carlsen and Anand!!! They are both beaten players.

  • 20 months ago

    329469337

    100 million people play Xiangqi in China,30 million play Weiqi.

     

    Only 5 million people play chess in China.

     

    We need more victory that more and more Chinese will learn to play chess.

     

    I wish one day we China win a men's world champion .

  • 20 months ago

    329469337

    Very happy to see that Wang Hao defeat Carlsen and Anand.

     

    It is a exciting news for we chinese chess fans!

     

    After this two remarkable victories,I wish more and more Chinese playing chess.

  • 20 months ago

    Twobit

    Whoa Wang beat Anand (and Carlsen...).

  • 20 months ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    KARJAKIN wins NORWAY TOURNAMENT 2013!!

    1 Radjabov (2½)  Svidler (4½)  ½-½ 31... Kf6
    2 Aronian (4½)  Carlsen (5)  ½-½ 30... Rc3
    3 Karjakin (5½)  Topalov (3½)  ½-½ 50... Rab5
    4 Wang (3½)  Anand (5)  1-0 38. b5
    5 Hammer (1½)  Nakamura (4½)  0-1 33... Rxf3
  • 20 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Carlsen games are generally exciting because he takes risks to complicate and use the fact that he is the most naturally talented player on Earth to take advantage and win, it doesn't always pay off though.

    Anand is known for playing it safe, he is however able to pull out a great attack and brilliancy occasionally but it's usually in response to his opponents errors as opposed to taking risks and trying to create complex middlegame positions like Carlsen.

  • 20 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Jeeezzz.....Anand & Hammer = Gunfight at the ok Coral!!....lol

  • 20 months ago

    Vingore

    Go Carlsen!

  • 20 months ago

    ananthhh

    what a game by anand. Really awesome. someone told anand's game is boring rofl. so sad about yoi @albatrosses

  • 20 months ago

    Chesspanzer

    Wang Hao, what a legend - that interview!

  • 20 months ago

    Blastingchess

    another nice win from Svidler!

  • 20 months ago

    BadHabitZZZ

    Agree with Pulpfriction:  Taslima Nasreen puts it:  I Indian, You Pakistani, She Chinese, They American!  Come on we are all African Apes!

    Unfortunately, Carlsen was guilty of Tarrasch's quip; "Playing to Win."  

    You over-estimate your position (ability or under-estimate that of your opponent) and begin to Play to Lose.

  • 20 months ago

    spydo_virgin

    looking at the final round pairings... it looks like karjakin has good chances to win next game with white... anand is playing black against hang wao. hang wao shud not be over confident after winning against carlsen.. anand is still the champion... 

    so i think karjakin is very likely to win the tourney

    anand will be second but might have to fight carlsen if carlsen sends levon home... 

  • 20 months ago

    morphy147

    @Indain harry u r right the "greatest" endgame player (accouding to his fanboys) suffered a bitter loss against wang hao

  • 20 months ago

    Sutirtha11

    Go Anand that's the stuff we want to see

  • 20 months ago

    Sukruthhk

    Thanks to svidler, Hao and Anand..... Nail bitting last round..All the best to all the the players.

  • 20 months ago

    a1h8

    Outstanding win by Anand. His wins over Topalov and Hammer are just brilliant.

  • 20 months ago

    mikeschemm

    Karjakin only one draw!!!

  • 20 months ago

    pulpfriction

    A huge huge thank you to Norway Chess Federation for organizing this awesome tournament.  And also to all the players who are popularizing the game by playing such divine chess.  But to use a popular line from Indian advertisements:  Ye Dil Maange More! (The heart wants more). 

    Lets have more chess in the world and less wars.  As a famous Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen puts it:  I Indian, You Pakistani, She Chinese, They American!  Come on we are all African Apes!

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