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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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  • 15 months ago

    maturner

    Nice win by Wang Hao. Looks like Karjakin is going to win this one. Magnus can't win every tournament.

  • 15 months ago

    zhouwei

    Go Wang Hao, I think if you can continue the performance like this and show steady improvement, your ELO will reach 2800.

  • 15 months ago

    albatrosses

    Anand is the boring one. Carlsen brings excitement to the game. Anand can retire soon. It is Magnus' time!

  • 15 months ago

    IndianHarry

    Today it's a nice day in this tournament. 1. Carlsen cannot defend his inferior position against lower rated player. It shows his weakness. 2. Anand driven hammer to a complicated position which too much for 2600 rated person I feel pity on him. 3. As usual Naka is not consistence against Rad any how he is lucky enough to escape from out of form Radj.

    I personally feels Carlsen games are so boring. It seems he is just responding to the opponents moves. In the other hand Anand demolished a opponent who awarded a point to his country mate. If we look closely about Anand games he is driving his opponent to his lines. It's really need a big talent to drive your opponent to the position which ur familiar.

  • 15 months ago

    Marcokim

    My Take:

    1. Carlsen unlucky not to have at least drawn the game. Sh*t happens and GMs are only human.

    2. Karjakin lost to one of the strongest GMs of the decade (Svidler), he plays to win and deserves the title.

    3. Anand did what it takes to win against a 2600 GM, he played a 2850 game.

    4. Nakamura is the most exciting player in this tournament.

    I see a possible 6 point tie between Carlsen, Anand and Karjakin. Anand is possibly one of the top 5 blitz players ever, however Karjakin and Carslen are 2850+ blitz players... this is one exciting tournament. I have a funny feeling that (experience + nothing-to-lose-attitude) = (Indian GM will beat the youngsters)...

    **To Carlsen haters, Carlsen is a nice lad and doesn't deserve the hate being directed at him. Norway is a good country that accepts many immigrants in its shores so your anti-imperial hatred should be directed at Obama not some Norwegian genius who loves orange juice and anime cartoons. 

  • 15 months ago

    Tinku_Basumatary

    what a game by anand, sacrifice sacrifice sacrifice awesome

  • 15 months ago

    pinneese

    congratulations to wang hao and svidler for turning the tables in the penultimate round and making the last round exciting.Now the first place is open to karjakin,maggy and vishy.no matter who wins.I WISH ALL THE THREE PLAYERS VERY BEST OF LUCK.

  • 15 months ago

    Ann_belle

    vodkarov, it's not like endgame are cheap tricks. Being able to master endgame and makes opponent fell into it is something amazing. Oh well, it seems that it didn't worked out today for Carlsen. And, by the way, honestly I think, if you can master endgame, your blitz rating will be like 1900++

  • 15 months ago

    rahul_11297

    Mr.CARLSEN , There are also people who have ENDGAME SKILLS !!! You faced just one them !!

  • 15 months ago

    apungkayung

    i mean radjabov,, this guy still has the spark he needed and its always a surprise, regaining lost glory

  • 15 months ago

    apungkayung

    (Aronian beats Carlsen.

    Wang Hao upsets Anand.
    Svidler beats Radjabov.
    Nakamura beats Hammer.
    Topalov beats Karjakin.
     
    4 ways to the blitz matches.

    Svidler wins.

    Mark my words. ]

     

    hey.. this is the most dreaming comment i ever read here..

    you must be a big tracker to svidler.. but no way this is not likely..

    youre dreaming, i can bet my whole treasure if svidler can wrestle anand, no way.

  • 15 months ago

    apungkayung

    felt like this is the same drama with the london classic earlier.. but i know carlsen will prevail.. believe you me.

  • 15 months ago

    Sahasrara

    @ PATOMARK, that is too unrealistic. Especially Topalov beating Karjakin, very unlikely. Btw, @vodkarov, I am going to message you after Carlsen sends Anand to retirement, what will you say then? 

  • 15 months ago

    King_Ilkar

    Carlsen was grinded by Hao.

  • 15 months ago

    begentleifubeatme

    android carlsen is also a human after all..!

  • 15 months ago

    PATOMARK

    Aronian beats Carlsen.

    Wang Hao upsets Anand.
    Svidler beats Radjabov.
    Nakamura beats Hammer.
    Topalov beats Karjakin.
     
    4 ways to the blitz matches.

    Svidler wins.

    Mark my words. 

  • 15 months ago

    lilAj

    wait.... why are people not  going crazy over Anand's win?!

    I cant believe "The Norwegian #2 played a bold game, but the world champion was too strong..." is a worthy summary of such a great game by the WC

    Anand was definitely in his element saccing with a fiercity i havent seen in a long time! Ive never seen a GM go down like that in  long time...

    keep it up Anand!


  • 15 months ago

    David_Ch

    It seems to me that Carlsen "blew" the game with 14.b4

    I and many other Kibitzers were surprised by this move that looked premature.

    In an after game analysis, Fritz gave almost equality after 13..Qd8, but after 14.b4 the assessment swung to a clear plus for Black (-+ 1.54)

  • 15 months ago

    dweezil28

    hahahahaha! ok thanks for straightening that out for me! :p

  • 15 months ago

    albatrosses

    Vodkarov strikes again.

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