Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/18/13, 9:13 AM.

phpVJKLdk.pngSergey Karjakin sealed victory in the Norway Chess 2013 tournament with final round draw against Veselin Topalov.

The Karjakin v Topalov game brought the curtain down on a thrilling tournament, and the Bulgarian did his best to win with black and force Karjakin into a playoff with Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.  However, Karjakin did enough to draw, and was even placed better when a repetition ended the game.

Magnus Carlsen faced Lev Aronian in the final round with the black pieces, and their evenly-fought game ended in a draw to leave the world #1 half a point behind the winner.

Hikaru Nakamura completed his strong finish to the competition by thrashing Jon Ludvig Hammer with the black pieces to finish equal with Carlsen on 5½ points.

Wang Hao also ended his tournament on a high, following up his win against Carlsen by beating the world champion Vishy Anand in the final round!

The final standings of Norway Chess 2013

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


Sergey Karjakin's nerves were tested by Veselin Topalov...



...but the blitz tournament winner also triumphed in the main event



Magnus Carlsen and Lev Aronian drew their final round encounter




Hikaru Nakamura finished with a sacrificial flourish against Jon Ludvig Hammer




Wang Hao ended the tournament winning chances of world champion Vishy Anand



Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler ended their tournament with a draw



Congratulations to Sergey Karjakin on a well-deserved tournament victory!

Photos by Norway Chess from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 3 years ago


    @jcm1978 i think Qh6 is refuted with a check and then take on f6 ..okay let me show you what i mean. 28.Qh6 then Rxf4+ King move then Rxf6 
    ..i see that as only way but i could be wrong .hope it helps  

  • 3 years ago


    Why not 28. Qh6 for Hammer?

  • 3 years ago


    Something I noticed when watching the Q and A after a Nakamura match back when he faced carlsen I believe is he made the same statement two times about just going out there and playing chess. The first was in question to his opening choice and he kinda shrugged it off and said you just go out there and play chess and I think the other was in response to stylistic terms. My point for bringing this up is I think for the last couple years he tried to play and prep more canonical like and it seemed to not only hurt his game but he seemed less interested in playing at times. Lately though I've seen a difference in his style of play and his demeanor. He seems more relaxed and like he's having fun and it seems to be translating into some excellent games. Hope he continues down that path.

  • 3 years ago


    naka wery good pla<y the bes t player in the worldWink

  • 3 years ago


    @adrian_kinnersly very nice observation.

  • 3 years ago



    my comment is on Anand's fanatics and not against Anand; Anand did good by trying to win against Wang Hao; that he lost doesn't matter to me.

  • 3 years ago


    the chinese are coming.....

  • 3 years ago


    Anand went all out for a win in the last round and suffered a loss at the hands of Wang Hao.Congratulations to Karjakin for clear winning in both  blitz event and main event.

  • 3 years ago



    Anand's fanatics have run away!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is still the greatest player of all time!

  • 3 years ago


    Where are the Anand fanatics??? World champion?

  • 3 years ago


    back to back win by Karjakin...

    Congratulations!! for a moment the Karjakin train was put to a halt..

    but later on keep rolling!!

  • 3 years ago


    Very Awesome.  Can't wait for the next big one.   =) 

  • 3 years ago


    Nice tournament. Pretty tight at the top, actually. One funny feature is as follows:

    Consider that the average score from 9 games is 4.5 Of the ten players, all but Topalov, Radjabov and Hammer got at least this average score of 4.5/9. This is because nearly everyone beat Hammer.

    Another funny thing is that
    (1) Wang beat Carlsen, Anand, and Svidler
    (2) Carlsen, Anand and Svidler beat Hammer, but
    (3) Hammer beat Wang!

    I like it when round robin tournaments make cycles like this, and this triple cycle seems especially funny.

  • 3 years ago


    China is already one of the strongest countries in chess. But i don't expect any of the current chinese GMs to be a champion someday, considering their Fide ratings.

  • 3 years ago


    Xiyue is suggesting that we may see a Chinese world champion in 20 years.

    More likely within 10 years I would think!

  • 3 years ago


    Fantastic win by Hikaru. Nakamura could have won this thing. 

  • 3 years ago


    Great tournament, well done.

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    "Drawnand lost to a china man. Haha."

    Such ignorance...Anand was in the middle of the pack in terms of # of draws. Topalov on the other hand....drew every game other than his loss to Anand

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