Norway Chess 2013 Blitz Event

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/8/13, 4:57 AM.

phpIsp9lJ.pngThe Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament opened yesterday with a blitz competition to determine the pairings for the main event.

Sergey Karjakin took first place with 6½/9 points, with Magnus Carlsen second, Vishy Anand third and Hikaru Nakamura fourth, all with 6 points (separated only by tie-break rules - Carlsen by most games with the black pieces, Anand with 2 victories with black against Nakamura's 1).

In-form Veselin Topalov finished in a somewhat surprising last place with just 1/9.

The Norway 2013 Blitz Results






The pairings for round 1

CARLSEN Magnus  v TOPALOV Veselin
ANAND Viswanathan  v ARONIAN Levon
SVIDLER Peter  v HAMMER Jon Ludvig

The pairings for the whole tournament are here.


Norway Chess 2013 Line-up

# Name  Fed Elo  Rank
1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2868 1
2 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2813 2
3 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 4
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 5
5 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 7
6 Svidler, Peter RUS  2769 9
7 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2767 10
8 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2745 14
9 Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 16
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2608 197


The format is a single-round-robin and the official website promises 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 will apply.

The drawing of lots will be settled by a blitz tournament on the 7th of May at a time control of 4 min + 2 sec increment.


Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)

Norway Chess 2013 Schedule.jpg


The main sponsors are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus, and it's hoped that the tournament will become a regular fixture in the calendar.

The event will also include a school tournament with hundreds of children, and a celebrity tournament with a range of celebrities showing off their chess skills!

Results table via Chessbase.  All blitz games are at TWIC in a pgn file.

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  • 3 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    Kudos to Hammer - what a blitz performance!

  • 4 years ago


    GM Magnus Carlsen gave us an endgame lesson when he pointed out how GM Hammer should have made a draw against GM Svidler.

  • 4 years ago


    CARLSEN Magnus  1/2 v TOPALOV Veselin 1/2
    ANAND Viswanathan 1/2 v ARONIAN Levon 1/2
    NAKAMURA Hikaru 1 v WANG Hao 0
    SVIDLER Peter 1 v HAMMER Jon Ludvig 0
    KARJAKIN Sergey 1 v

    RADJABOV Teimour 0

  • 4 years ago


    The livestream link for video coverage is

  • 4 years ago


    It just could be hammer time!

  • 4 years ago


    Well done s. Karjakin!

  • 4 years ago


    Is there a particularly spectacular blitz game anyone thinks I should check out from this blitz event?

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