Norway Chess 2013 Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/13/13, 11:51 AM.

phpQlo8Fr.pngIt was a great day for the home fans in the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament, as both Magnus Carlsen and Jon Ludvig Hammer won their fifth round games.

In the first four rounds nothing had seemed to work for Magnus, but in round five the chess Gods were definitely on his side as he beat runaway tournament leader Sergey Karjakin. Afterwards Carlsen said "I wasn't pleased with how the game was going...sometimes you play provocatively and get rewarded; sometimes you play badly and get rewarded. Today was probably the latter!".

Jon Ludvig Hammer also scored his first win of the tournament, defeating Chinese GM Wang Hao. It's Hammer-time! (sorry, but it had to be said! Cool).

Despite his loss, Sergey Karjakin still leads the tournament. The other games were drawn.

The standings after 5 rounds

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


A crucial game: Carlsen halts the Karjakin train



A broad smile from Jon Ludvig Hammer at the press conference







The pairings in round six

CARLSEN Magnus  v RADJABOV Teimour
TOPALOV Veselin  v WANG Hao
ANAND Viswanathan  v KARJAKIN Sergey
ARONIAN Levon  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.

Karjakin/Carlsen picture from the official website. Hammer screenshot by Tarjei J. Svensen. Games via TWIC.

12591 reads 34 comments
4 votes


  • 4 years ago


    "Magnus is always so dominant the second half of these tournaments. "

    If that tourney were Candidates, Magnus would be last! ;)

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    29. Bc2 instead of Bb5 was the beginning of the end for Karjakin.

  • 4 years ago


    In Karjakin Carlsen the mistake was 33 Ng6, and probably 31 Kh2 allowing Nh5. Rxd6 was no mistake.

    34. Nxf4 Bxf4 35. gxf4 Qxf4 is bad for white. 

    The point of Rxd6 is that if white takes the rook with the Queen (Qxd6) white plays Nxf4 and gets bishop and knight for a rook.

  • 4 years ago


    @ Kincrash, you should check the computer analysis before saying that. Not that I can see it clearly, but any other move seems to lose a lot of material. Analysis is available at the official site.

  • 4 years ago


    Why RxD6 for KarJaken in 34? I don't see the benefit?

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus is always so dominant the second half of these tournaments. 

  • 4 years ago


    Congrats to Hammer for getting that elusive win.  After watching some of the interviews over the past rounds, I must stay that I find Nakamura very pompous and annoying.  

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