Karjakin Beats Grischuk in 4th Round Norway Chess

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 6/7/14, 12:37 PM.

The fourth round of the Norway Chess tournament saw four draws and one decisive game. In a Grünfeld Sergey Karjakin beat his compatriot Alexander Grischuk, who hasn't played a single draw yet. Fabiano Caruana, who split the point with Anish Giri, maintained his half point lead but now Vladimir Kramnik is in clear second place. The two Norwegian participants, Magnus Carlsen and Simen Agdestein, both drew their first four games.

Before discussing the 4th round, here are some nice pictures from the events on the rest day, when the players visited the Vågen high school in Sandnes. There was a chess tournament for the pupils, and also non-chess activities.

A great day of activities in Sandnes
More than 150 children played
Magnus Carlsen watching
Veselin Topalov speaking to the media
Sergey Karjakin and his wife Galiya Kamalova playing Brainball: a game where the one who has the least brain activity wins!
Levon Aronian trying his best at... not to think!
Tournament leader Fabiano Caruana had a hard time not using his brains

The next day the players needed their brains once again for a new round in the strong Norway Chess tournament. Some of the “top boards” ended in draws, but as it turned out Fabiano Caruana had chances to increase his lead. 

The Italian player actually didn't get much with the White pieces against Anish Giri; both Levon Aronian and Peter Svidler felt that Black was slightly better after 20 moves. But in the next ten moves or so, Giri misplayed it and got “a lousy position”, as he said himself. It was Caruana's time trouble that prevented him from gaining an advantage, although also after move 40 White could perhaps improve. “I should manage my time better. Again I had 2 minutes for whatever it was, 10 moves....” (Caruana)

Caruana vs Giri

Aronian & Svidler commented on this game after playing a relatively quick draw in a Grünfeld. “I wasn't really prepared for this opening,” joked Aronian, who went for the 8.Rb1 line but had prepared nothing spectacular.

Aronian vs Svidler

Magnus Carlsen played another draw, his fourth game in a row, against Veselin Topalov. It was the shortest game of the round, and it was the Bulgarian who had the better chances. In a Ragozin he played an interesting new move which forced his opponent to be careful. However, Carlsen was cautious enough and found the most accurate defence, after which neither player had good reason to avoid the repetition of moves. 

Carlsen: “The only issue for me really has been the game against Fabiano. In the first two games I thought I was paying fine and also today I didn't do anything wrong, it was just a normal game. Last year I started with four draws and then I won three in a row (before screwing up). I think there are still chances. Tomorrow [against Aronian - PD] will be a very interesting game.”

Topalov vs Carlsen

That other Norwegian player, Simen Agdestein, is still doing fine - result wise. Both he and his opponent Vladimir Kramnik appeared at the press conference coughing, and the Russian revealed that Agdestein had he were even sharing medicine! In the game they split the point in a Nimzo-Indian, after Kramnik had played a “new concept” (11...h6) in a well-known IQP position. “It was played by a female player - but a strong female player!” said Kramnik, who had looked at the idea while preparing for the Candidates tournament.

Nigel Short was surprised that Kramnik's opening play was so solid “against a player 150 Elo points lower”. The 14th World Champion explained his strategy as follows: “In the tournaments I play, even the lowest rated players are generally very strong. My approach is just to play my normal chess and if I will get a chance I will use it. I am not trying to win by all means.”

At the end Agdestein got a bit ambitious and then had to be careful, but objectively it was always a draw.

Another good draw for Agdestein

In the longest game of the day there was finally a result. Sergey Karjakin defeated Alexander Grischuk in another Grünfeld, where a good, practical decision turned out to be very important. When Black took on d4 on move 16 it was clear that White's opening had failed, and either recapture was unpleasant. Karjakin chose cxd4 as it was “more complicated”, and indeed it was. Black won an Exchange, but his rook was trapped for a while and he couldn't find the ideal setup on the queenside without letting a white rook becoming active. Grischuk played on for a win too long, and eventually lost.

Karjakin vs Grischuk
“I think I'm playing terribly in this tournament. It's disgusting to lose such a position,” said Grischuk.

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Norway Chess | Schedule & Pairings

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 - Agdestein   Aronian - Giri
Svidler - Karjakin   Karjakin - Carlsen
Carlsen - Aronian   Grischuk - Svidler
Giri - Topalov   Topalov - Kramnik
Kramnik   Caruana   Agdestein - Caruana
Round 7 10.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 8 12.06.14 15:30 CET
Svidler - Agdestein   Aronian - Caruana
Carlsen - Grischuk   Karjakin - Kramnik
Giri - Karjakin   Grischuk - Giri
Kramnik - Aronian   Svidler - Carlsen
Caruana - 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 4 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Caruana,F 2791 2985 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 ½ 1 3.0/4
2 Kramnik,V 2783 2842 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5/4
3 Carlsen,M 2881 2775 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.0/4 4.25
4 Agdestein,S 2628 2780 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 2.0/4 4.00
5 Aronian,L 2815 2736 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 0 ½ 2.0/4 3.75
6 Karjakin,S 2771 2752 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ 2.0/4 3.75
7 Grischuk,A 2792 2788 0 1 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 2.0/4 3.50
8 Giri,A 2752 2883 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/4 3.50
9 Svidler,P 2753 2702 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/4 3.00
10 Topalov,V 2772 2711 ½ ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/4 2.75

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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  • 2 years ago


    Agdestein isnt tuned in at competing at this level. Give him some more supertournaments, and he will adjust. He was close to winning two of the draws. When loosing to Topalov he played to sharp and got punished. Play to sharp, and you loose, play not sharp enough and you cant win. To find the right balance on toplevel, you need some competitions on toplevel.

    But I agree that Carlsen is the best. 

  • 2 years ago


    Agdestein is doing so well

  • 2 years ago


    That Brain activity headgear shown in pictured here....should be used on Maggie during games to see if he is sleeping or playing in this tourney..lol

  • 2 years ago


    #8 seed Simen SAYS" I will beat Magnus in round 9 and send Magnus into hiding"  lol...Anand should challenge Maggie in Norway....

  • 2 years ago


    Good tournamnet so far, as the line up sugested.

    I would like to let here the idea of a major tournament of not thinking "brainball" with the top chess players. For me it would be way more interesting then a blindfold or even a blitz event :P

    About the favorites for the win is still hard to say favourites but i would say that its a fight betwen caruana, kramnik, and carlsen. 

  • 2 years ago


    I really hope for Agdestein. He is the historic chessplayer of Norway, our first GM, and I think that he has more strenght than people guess. He has been teaching good talents for a long time, and the input from there, combined with his own skill and creativity is a strong combination. I love that a middleaged man can fight interesting against the best players in the world.

    Caruana will be hard to catch. He is a supertalent that is more consistent than ever on the absolute top-level.

    Magnus is fantastic, but has a very difficult job catching up. He will meet players that almost never gets defeated. He has 50-100 points better rating, and 250 better than Agdestein, but that extra strenght is not necessarily enough to win against them. Draw isnt good enough to win the tournament.

  • 2 years ago


    Grischuk won't draw! 

  • 2 years ago


    Carlsen is the  strongest  chess player of all time.  His endgame technique is science fiction.  Due to the small fact that he is human, he is not perfect and can not win every tournament he plays in. Even Mozart hit a few sour notes during his life.

  • 2 years ago


    Amazing game Karjakin-Grishchuk.

  • 2 years ago


    Norway Chess 2014 playlist:   http://goo.gl/ESshX6

  • 2 years ago


    Caruana is really impressive. After Anand and Carlsen play in November, I think it'll either by Caruana or Nakamura who faces the winner next time around.

  • 2 years ago


    Now it's high time for aronian to choke in next round vs Carlsen

  • 2 years ago


    karjakin's a wizard!

  • 2 years ago


    Carlsen never win norway chess

  • 2 years ago


    This tournament... Adgestein managed to draw all games as well as Carlsen. Go Carlsen!

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