Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013
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Sergey 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
|10||Hammer, Jon Ludvig||NOR||2608||1½|
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!