Norway Chess 2013 Round 8

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/17/13, 1:05 PM.

php3r4hNY.pngThe penultimate round of the 2013 Norway Chess tournament produced four decisive games and some real surprises in Stavanger!

The biggest shock was Magnus Carlsen losing with white against Chinese GM Wang Hao in the last game of the day to finish. Carlsen lost a pawn and Wang Hao brought home the full point in a rook endgame.

The only good news for the world #1 is that the tournament leader also lost his game. Sergey Karjakin was defeated by Peter Svidler in a tremendous battle, but still holds on to top spot.

Vishy Anand made ground on the leader, joining Magnus Carlsen on 5 points after beating Jon Ludvig Hammer. The Norwegian #2 played a bold game, but the world champion was too strong.

Hikaru Nakmaura also improved his tournament standing by beating Teimour Radjabov.

The standings after 8 rounds

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


Magnus Carlsen lost his first game of the tournament to Wang Hao




Sergey Karjakin lost to Peter Svidler, but remains the leader




Hikaru Nakamura won a wild game with Teimour Radjabov



Vishy Anand scored a victory over Jon Ludvig Hammer



Veselin Topalov and Lev Aronian drew in the first game to finish




The final round pairings (games start 3 hours earlier)

WANG Hao  v ANAND Viswanathan
HAMMER Jon Ludvig  v NAKAMURA Hikaru
RADJABOV Teimour  v  SVIDLER Peter
KARJAKIN Sergey  v TOPALOV Veselin


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.

22123 reads 72 comments
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  • 3 years ago


    What a stupid argument.  Most super GMs have beaten each other at least once.  That does not mean they are world #1 or world champion caliber. 

  • 3 years ago


    Wang ho has beaten both Carlsen( round 8) and Anand( round 9).

    So the World championship need not be played between Carlsen and Anand!!! They are both beaten players.

  • 3 years ago


    100 million people play Xiangqi in China,30 million play Weiqi.


    Only 5 million people play chess in China.


    We need more victory that more and more Chinese will learn to play chess.


    I wish one day we China win a men's world champion .

  • 3 years ago


    Very happy to see that Wang Hao defeat Carlsen and Anand.


    It is a exciting news for we chinese chess fans!


    After this two remarkable victories,I wish more and more Chinese playing chess.

  • 3 years ago


    Whoa Wang beat Anand (and Carlsen...).

  • 3 years ago



    1 Radjabov (2½)  Svidler (4½)  ½-½ 31... Kf6
    2 Aronian (4½)  Carlsen (5)  ½-½ 30... Rc3
    3 Karjakin (5½)  Topalov (3½)  ½-½ 50... Rab5
    4 Wang (3½)  Anand (5)  1-0 38. b5
    5 Hammer (1½)  Nakamura (4½)  0-1 33... Rxf3
  • 3 years ago


    Jeeezzz.....Anand & Hammer = Gunfight at the ok Coral!!

  • 3 years ago


    Go Carlsen!

  • 3 years ago


    what a game by anand. Really awesome. someone told anand's game is boring rofl. so sad about yoi @albatrosses

  • 3 years ago


    Wang Hao, what a legend - that interview!

  • 3 years ago


    another nice win from Svidler!

  • 3 years ago


    Agree with Pulpfriction:  Taslima Nasreen puts it:  I Indian, You Pakistani, She Chinese, They American!  Come on we are all African Apes!

    Unfortunately, Carlsen was guilty of Tarrasch's quip; "Playing to Win."  

    You over-estimate your position (ability or under-estimate that of your opponent) and begin to Play to Lose.

  • 3 years ago


    looking at the final round pairings... it looks like karjakin has good chances to win next game with white... anand is playing black against hang wao. hang wao shud not be over confident after winning against carlsen.. anand is still the champion... 

    so i think karjakin is very likely to win the tourney

    anand will be second but might have to fight carlsen if carlsen sends levon home... 

  • 3 years ago


    @Indain harry u r right the "greatest" endgame player (accouding to his fanboys) suffered a bitter loss against wang hao

  • 3 years ago


    Go Anand that's the stuff we want to see

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks to svidler, Hao and Anand..... Nail bitting last round..All the best to all the the players.

  • 3 years ago


    Outstanding win by Anand. His wins over Topalov and Hammer are just brilliant.

  • 3 years ago


    Karjakin only one draw!!!

  • 3 years ago


    A huge huge thank you to Norway Chess Federation for organizing this awesome tournament.  And also to all the players who are popularizing the game by playing such divine chess.  But to use a popular line from Indian advertisements:  Ye Dil Maange More! (The heart wants more). 

    Lets have more chess in the world and less wars.  As a famous Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen puts it:  I Indian, You Pakistani, She Chinese, They American!  Come on we are all African Apes!

  • 3 years ago


    Nice win by Wang Hao. Looks like Karjakin is going to win this one. Magnus can't win every tournament.

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