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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


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



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



Magnus Carlsen and Lev Aronian drew their final round encounter




Hikaru Nakamura finished with a sacrificial flourish against Jon Ludvig Hammer




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



Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler ended their tournament with a draw



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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