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Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013

Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013

phpVJKLdk.pngSergey Karjakin sealed victory in the Norway Chess 2013 tournament with final round draw against Veselin Topalov.

The Karjakin v Topalov game brought the curtain down on a thrilling tournament, and the Bulgarian did his best to win with black and force Karjakin into a playoff with Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.  However, Karjakin did enough to draw, and was even placed better when a repetition ended the game.

Magnus Carlsen faced Lev Aronian in the final round with the black pieces, and their evenly-fought game ended in a draw to leave the world #1 half a point behind the winner.

Hikaru Nakamura completed his strong finish to the competition by thrashing Jon Ludvig Hammer with the black pieces to finish equal with Carlsen on 5½ points.

Wang Hao also ended his tournament on a high, following up his win against Carlsen by beating the world champion Vishy Anand in the final round!

The final standings of Norway Chess 2013

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

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Sergey Karjakin's nerves were tested by Veselin Topalov...

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...but the blitz tournament winner also triumphed in the main event

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Magnus Carlsen and Lev Aronian drew their final round encounter

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Hikaru Nakamura finished with a sacrificial flourish against Jon Ludvig Hammer

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Wang Hao ended the tournament winning chances of world champion Vishy Anand

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Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler ended their tournament with a draw

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Congratulations to Sergey Karjakin on a well-deserved tournament victory!

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

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