Norway Chess 2013 Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/9/13, 1:56 PM.

phpEqbCn7.pngSergey Karjakin is the sole leader after two rounds of the Norway Chess 2013 tournament in Stavanger.

Karjakin maintained his perfect start by winning his second round game against the lowest seeded competitor Jon Ludvig Hammer. Hammer once again held his own in the opening, but was eventually outplayed.

However, the game everyone wanted to see was the clash between world champion Vishy Anand and his challenger world #1 Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen had the white pieces and pressed the champion hard for the whole game, but never managed to find a way through Anand's defences. Once Anand had exchanged off his weak d-pawn the draw came soon after.

Wang Hao bounced back from a loss in the first round to beat Peter Svidler with the white pieces in a Gruenfeld defence. By contrast, Hikaru Nakamura followed his first round win with a loss to Lev Aronian on the second day.  Nakamura struggled hard to try to save the game, but had to admit defeat after 70 moves.

The standings after 2 rounds

Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2767 2
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2813 1½ 
Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 1
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2868 1
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 1
Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 1
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 1
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 1
Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2745 ½ 
Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2608 0


Tournament leader Sergey Karjakin




Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand discussing their game




Lev Aronian's win moved him into second place



Teimour Radjabov was relieved to draw his game with Veselin Topalov




The pairings in round three

ANAND Viswanathan  v TOPALOV Veselin
RADJABOV Teimour  v HAMMER Jon Ludvig


The tournament is a single-round-robin and the official website has 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 apply.


Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)

Norway Chess 2013 Schedule.jpg


The main sponsors are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus.

Screenshots from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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