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Norway Chess 2013 Round 4

Norway Chess 2013 Round 4

phpnsFUmV.pngSergey Karjakin is setting the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament on fire with a perfect score of 4 wins from 4!

The latest victim was world #2 Lev Aronian, who lost horribly despite having the white pieces. Karjakin now stands 1½ points clear at the top of the standings.

The other decisive result of round 4 occurred in the game between Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura. The 3-time U.S. chess champion outplayed the world champion in a tactical battle to move into second place.

Nothing seems to be working for Magnus Carlsen at the moment. He failed to win again today, with the white pieces against Peter Svidler. Carlsen admitted in the press conference that "I simply have to play better than I did today. If not, I won't win any games". However, Carlsen faces runaway tournament leader Sergey Karjakin in round five, with the black pieces.

A draw was much better news for the other Norwegian competitor in Stavanger, as huge tournament underdog Jon Ludvig Hammer finally got off the mark by holding Veselin Topalov to a draw. Wang Hao and Teimour Rajabov also drew their game.

The standings after 4 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2767 4
2 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 2½ 
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2813 2
4 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2868 2
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 2
6 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 2
7 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2745 2
8 Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 1½ 
9 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 1½ 
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2608 ½ 


A delighted Sergey Karjakin after his fourth win



Vishy Anand was blown up by the "H-Bomb"!



Magnus Carlsen drew his fourth straight game






The pairings in round five

NAKAMURA Hikaru  v TOPALOV Veselin
HAMMER Jon Ludvig  v WANG Hao
SVIDLER Peter  v ANAND Viswanathan


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)

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The main sponsors are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus.

Pictures/screenshots from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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