Norway Chess 2013 Round 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/15/13, 12:01 PM.

phpK9ihlI.pngThe fierce competition continued at the Norway Chess 2013 tournament, with three more decisive games in round 7.

The heartache continued for Teimour Radjabov, as he was swept aside by Vishy Anand with the black pieces. Radjabov has also withdrawn from the next FIDE Grand Prix event for undisclosed personal reasons.

Magnus Carlsen won with the black pieces, beating his compatriot Jon Ludvig Hammer to score his third win in succession. However, Sergey Karjakin kept his nose ahead in the standings by beating Hikaru Nakamura in a Najdorf Sicilian which was the last game of the day to finish.

Thursday is a rest day so the next, penultimate round, is on Friday.

The standings after 7 rounds

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


Vishy Anand defeated Teimour Radjabov



Magnus Carlsen was the expected winner of the Norwegian derby




Sergey Karjakin took home the full point against Hikaru Nakmaura






The pairings in round eight

CARLSEN Magnus  v WANG Hao
TOPALOV Veselin  v ARONIAN Levon
ANAND Viswanathan  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.

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

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  • 3 years ago


    @vodkarov i agree with u, i dont know why Sahasrara finds the truth funny

    @Sahasrara everyone knows if carlsens "endgame technique" will work against vlady or not  .The fact is that he is a great player who but his chess understanding maybe equal NOT better than Vlady. He is better at grinding down opponents because of his youth and energy , thats his only advantage compared to vlady(if u disagree the please explain)

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen and hammer had a same chess teacher named SIMEN. But afterwards Carlsen is better after all!!!

  • 3 years ago


    Move on people....Sealed

  • 3 years ago


    @vodkarov, you make me laugh man, do I need to show you where Carlsen beat Kramnik? Yes, he did beat Kramnik, more than once. There are no such things as tricks in chess, there is a board and you play on it. Plus, Carlsen does not just play so called "rabbits," he plays the same players Anand, Kramnik and Aronian play, and he wins more and loses less, THAT is why his rating is high. 

  • 3 years ago


    @Chesspanzer, are you saying that Hammer did really expect the number one of the world to blunder a piece playing 28. ...Qxb5? Do you really believe this? A GM would not consider that it's not necessary to recapture the pawn imediately? Really? Free point as predicted.


    The move described as terrible does not immediately lose anything. Don't pretend you have the technical skills to even evaluate that position. Hammer currently is a far better player than you ever will be. Someone so conservative as you should not even be playing chess. If you want to whinge, play football.

  • 3 years ago


    Awesomvanathan Anand!

  • 3 years ago



    I'm no grandmaster, but to me the move 34...d2! is winning because of these lines:

    1) 35. Rxc4 dxe1=Q   36. Rxc8+ Ke7 and Black has a queen for a rook and an easy win

    2) 35. Qxd2 Qxc1  36. Qxc1 Rxc1  37. Bxc1 Nd3 and White cannot stop the b-pawn from queening

    3) 35. Bxd2 Nd3, forking the rook and queen. If White tries 36. Rxc4 then 36...Nxe1+ is check, and after 37. Bxe1 Rxc4 Black has a rook and an advanced b-pawn versus a bishop, which is an elementary win

  • 3 years ago


    "that's not fair, you used endgame play to win!"


  • 3 years ago


    Feel sorry for Radjabov... he definitely has some issues outside chess that are distracting him. He needs a break to recover and get his form. Its sad to see a once almost 2800GM slump like this.

    Anand and Karjarkin are really playing exciting chess, Carlsen has been consistent though not brilliant. They all deserve the title. Although I am not sure the NCF isn't above offering Hammer a holiday package to play easy on Carlsen (speculation is not condemnation)... its not inconceivable.

    Anand looks deadly... the WC match won't be easy for Carlsen.

  • 3 years ago


    "Earlier days GM will used to make draw when they judge the position if its draw... I can say that is called sportmanship."

    Ahm, isn't the starting position kind of a draw, given perfect play? So the whole point of the game is to try to provoke your opponent to make a mistake and then capitalize on it. Simply agreeing a draw when the position is about equal defeats the entire purpose of the game.

  • 3 years ago


    Give Mr. Hammer a break. He lost the first rounds and he's playing in a supoer strong tourney where all others are higher rated than him. Those two factors are bound to have a psychological toll. Chess players are human.

  • 3 years ago


    In my opinion Carlsen has the highest rating.

  • 3 years ago


    I really feel for Radjabov. He is down to #19 now, with a live rating of 2737. Two months ago he was #4 and almost 60 points higher.

    I hope he can stop the free-fall and work on slowly getting back into his old form again.

  • 3 years ago


    i mo give nakamura chess lessons

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is 22 Vokanoob, he last loss to Anand was a while ago, and when he lost to him, wasn't it because he was a kid?

    So smart little child.

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    LOVED Anand's last move of d2.

  • 3 years ago


    Poor Radjabov...

  • 3 years ago


    @Aaronsky72, you should know that rating is not the best objective criteria to measure force between two players. That's why we have matches to define the world champion, not defined by rating. Because one can simply win many games against rabbits and then increase his rating, by using "techniques" which cannot work against high class players. Or is this not possible? (if you think it is not then explain me why, please). That's why a player like Carlsen is 2870 elo but his score against the WC is just ridiculous (6-2). He can win games in  equal endgame against Radjabov and other players lacking confidence against him, but show me only one cheap endgame trick working against Vlad or Vishy, please. For this reason Kramnik said that Magnus is a good player, but no way he has better chess understanding than Vlad, Vishy or Levon. He only has more energy to keep concentrated in such boring endgames in which he hopes to use his special "techniques".

  • 3 years ago


    Don't make me laugh... Matchfixes again

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