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Norway Chess R7: Giri Blunders, Loses to Karjakin

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 6/10/14, 5:59 PM.

The seventh round of the Norway Chess tournament saw just one decisive game: Anish Giri was an Exchange up for a long time against Sergey Karjakin but blundered terribly on move 131 (!) and had to resign immediately. Karjakin has joined Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik in first place, with two rounds to go which will be played on Thursday and Friday.

It's arguably the worst way of losing: trying hard for hours and hours to win a better, possibly winning position but then blundering the game away. This is what happened to Anish Giri on Tuesday in Norway; if anyone would never lose this game it was the Dutchman, but it happened anyway, after many hours of play, and after the official commentary had already finished.

In a Symmetrical English not much was going on for a long time, but Giri was better and eventually won an Exchange on move 75. Lots of shuffling followed, but he did make progress and finally he reached a winning position. Update: as Henk Jonker emailed us, it's not so clear actually. See the game annotations. But then he didn't see the right queen maneuver that would have allowed him to activate his rook, and it must have been tiredness what happened at the end. Such a shame!

A terrible blunder

This was in fact one of four games that took longer than five and a half hours!

Carlsen gave Grischuk an unpleasant afternoon in a Grünfeld, where the ending is supposed to be theoretically OK for Black, but not in this game. After 26 moves Grischuk had all his pieces on the first rank and a bad pawn structure. He said: “If I had Instagram I would put this position from Black's point of view and hashtag #excitingchess.” 

Even when he gets quite far in a quiet ending like that, Carlsen can be critical of himself: “I'm not sure there was a win but I could have done better.” About the tournament situation he said: “Everything has been going the right way for me the last couple of rounds, not necessarily in terms of my play but in terms of other results so. Normally with plus one it would have been, now it was not. Certainly I hoped to win because I had a very pleasant position.”

Kramnik came close to a win, but Aronian found a miraculous escape: just when the Russian felt he was going to score a full point, his opponent played a combination that led to perpetual check, and it was correct in every line. Splended defense!

Caruana got into trouble against Topalov in a very theoretical line of the Sicilian, English Attack. Caruana: “I was probably completely lost. I couldn't remember anything.” Topalov: “Actually I'm not sure it's possible to remember.”

Amazingly, Agdestein keeps on drawing his games after getting excellent positions. Svidler had looked at his French Defense the night before, starting at 11pm and thinking, at 3 am, “I really should get some sleep!” By then, and also the next morning, the Russian grandmaster hadn't succeeded in finding anything against it. “It started as fun but it was an incredibly depressing experience.” Agdestein: “It's a bit like the Berlin Defense.”

And so Svidler went for a Réti, but that didn't go according to plan either. Agdestein was simply better after the opening, but was happy to repeat moves when Svidler did so. “An easy day at the office,” the Norwegian said.

And so, with two rounds to go, there is a four-way tie for first place. Topalov commented: “I am dreaming of sharing the first to the last place.”

Norway Chess 2014 | Pairings & Results

Round 1 03.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 2 04.06.14 15:30 CET
Aronian ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian 1-0 Karjakin
Karjakin ½-½ Topalov   Kramnik ½-½ Carlsen
Grischuk 0-1 Caruana   Caruana 1-0 Svidler
Carlsen ½-½ Giri   Topalov 0-1 Grischuk
Svidler ½-½ Kramnik   Agdestein ½-½ Giri
Round 3 05.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 4 07.06.14 15:30 CET
Karjakin ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian ½-½ Svidler
Grischuk 1-0 Aronian   Karjakin 1-0 Grischuk
Svidler ½-½ Topalov   Caruana ½-½ Giri
Carlsen ½-½ Caruana   Topalov ½-½ Carlsen
Giri 0-1 Kramnik   Agdestein ½-½ Kramnik
Round 5 08.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 6 09.06.14 15:30 CET
Grischuk ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian ½-½ Giri
Svidler ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Carlsen
Carlsen 1-0 Aronian   Grischuk ½-½ Svidler
Giri 1-0 Topalov   Topalov 1-0 Kramnik
Kramnik 1-0  Caruana   Agdestein ½-½ Caruana
Round 7 10.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 8 12.06.14 15:30 CET
Svidler ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian - Caruana
Carlsen ½-½ Grischuk   Karjakin - Kramnik
Giri 0-1 Karjakin   Grischuk - Giri
Kramnik ½-½ Aronian   Svidler - Carlsen
Caruana ½-½ Topalov   Agdestein - Topalov
Round 9 13.06.14 14:30 CET        
Carlsen - Agdestein        
Giri - Svidler        
Kramnik - Grischuk        
Caruana - Karjakin        
Topalov - Aronian        


Norway Chess 2014 | Round 7 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 2833 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.0/7 13.75
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2783 2820 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 13.75
3 Caruana,Fabiano 2791 2815 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/7 13.25
4 Karjakin,Sergey 2771 2820 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 4.0/7 13.25
5 Agdestein,Simen 2628 2779 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/7 12.25
6 Grischuk,Alexander 2792 2773 ½ 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 ½ 3.5/7 11.25
7 Topalov,Veselin 2772 2740 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 0 3.0/7 11.50
8 Aronian,Levon 2815 2716 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.0/7 10.75
9 Svidler,Peter 2753 2715 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/7 10.50
10 Giri,Anish 2752 2728 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/7 10.25

The Norway Chess tournament runs 2-13 June in the Stavanger region. All photos courtesy of the official website | Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png


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  • 6 weeks ago

    TomHaegin

    Excellent game by Giri and Karjakin. Too bad Giri lost it, but it does not matter. He had the right idea. In addition, both had very little time on the clock. And the position warranted a little think, especially for the attacker, so that certainly contributed in addition to the long hours.

    But whatever the result, Giri can be proud of this game. Now he is probably a bit sour about it, but after the tourney he will come to this conclusion. Bravo, well done!

  • 6 weeks ago

    nurlan3

    ela ela

  • 6 weeks ago

    Regista

    1.  4.0/7

    10. 3.0/7

     

    great :D

     

    Svidler - Carlsen 1/2

    Carlsen - Agdestein 1.0

     

    and Carlsen Winner.

  • 6 weeks ago

    ErwinSachs

    Another great day ahead.... and no easy games at this level, truly astonishing after 8 rounds that the person in last can still win the comp.

  • 6 weeks ago

    P_G_M

    If Nakamura will be playing in this tournament Carlsen will have a +1 advantage. So I'm happy that Nakamura did not played in this tournament, he always loses against Carlsen even when he has a clear advantage. This makes it easy for Carlsen to win tournaments where Nakamura plays. Just remember the last tournament where Nakamura lost twice vs Carlsen.

  • 6 weeks ago

    bigbikefan

    Perhaps "splendid defense" would be more accurate.

  • 6 weeks ago

    chessdoggblack

    @kclemens

    Round (7)  Unbias Review: Grischuk vs Carlsen: Grischuk had 14 exchanges, and Carlsen had 12... provided he had taken blacks bishop...13. One exchange more entails and extra punch to me. What's your take - chess fans? (Analogy 1:) - In boxing, Grischuk should top on (aggression) during that drawn game, by a extra jab or body blow. Carlsen in no way was leading on all cards at ringside. Carlsen stated, "I'm not sure there was a win but I could have done better." Could have done better? According to many chess fan reports and chess tabloids around the globe, Carlsen is not supposed to lose a tournament in his life time, including any form of chess games. To him this is sinful. He is worshipped by many as a chess God, or a mystical expert chess guru in the human flesh. This is the image bestowed on Magnus Carlsen, "Chess Champion" of the planet earth. Thus we expect nothing less, from Magnus Carlsen and his chess worshipping flock, should we? No! Any lost or draw, is clearly preceived as a ungodly act, created by Carlsen, and Carlsen alone.  (Analogy 2:) - As in tennis...extra point - Advantage Grischuk. Cool The Chess reporter. Peace out!

  • 6 weeks ago

    P_G_M

    If Nakamura will be playing in this tournament Carlsen will have a +1 advantage. So I'm happy that Nakamura did not played in this tournament, he always loses against Carlsen even when he has a clear advantage. This makes it easy for Carlsen to win tournaments where Nakamura plays. Just remember the last tournament where Nakamura lost twice vs Carlsen.

  • 6 weeks ago

    Enthusiast14

    If Anand was there, top of the table would be different.

  • 6 weeks ago

    NM Petrosianic

    magnus perfectly poised to win the tournament in the final round as he always does.

  • 6 weeks ago

    ZeverusZnape

    Nice article!

  • 6 weeks ago

    mattgross

    Out of curiosity, just checked to see if it's theoretically possible if all of the participants could possibly tie one another for first through last place.  It's not - Karjakin is playing Caruana and Kramnik in his last two games, so it isn't possible for all three players to get 0.5 points out of their last two.

    But, seriously, I don't remember the last round robin I've seen where it was this close from first to last.

  • 6 weeks ago

    Grunfeld76

    If there is a tie for the first place there will be a playoff match or double round robin blitz tournament. If the match is drawn aditional sudden death game (white 5'+2", black 4'+2|).

  • 6 weeks ago

    b2b2

    Evidently the "round robin syndrome" (RRS) is gradually affecting the participants.  The round robin syndrome induces chess fatigue in long tourneys.  It is a testament to the competitiveness of the games that it occurs after only 7 rounds.

    As such, anything can (and usually does) happen.  Extraordinarily fitting in this case since everyone still has a mathematical possibility of winning.

  • 6 weeks ago

    TheGoalkeeper

    Interesting!

  • 6 weeks ago

    y2721

    @chessdoggblack, so you will never talk about Aronian the rest of the tournament(based on round 4)?

  • 6 weeks ago

    pm11081994

    Interesting points table! :D

  • 6 weeks ago

    dato989

    Nice:DDD

  • 6 weeks ago

    chassrazor

    This is next probable conspiracy theory.

  • 6 weeks ago

    DonOfDubai

    Thanks @Robbels

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