Norway Chess 2013 Round 5
It was a great day for the home fans in the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament, as both Magnus Carlsen and Jon Ludvig Hammer won their fifth round games.
In the first four rounds nothing had seemed to work for Magnus, but in round five the chess Gods were definitely on his side as he beat runaway tournament leader Sergey Karjakin. Afterwards Carlsen said "I wasn't pleased with how the game was going...sometimes you play provocatively and get rewarded; sometimes you play badly and get rewarded. Today was probably the latter!".
Jon Ludvig Hammer also scored his first win of the tournament, defeating Chinese GM Wang Hao. It's Hammer-time! (sorry, but it had to be said! ).
Despite his loss, Sergey Karjakin still leads the tournament. The other games were drawn.
The standings after 5 rounds
|10||Hammer, Jon Ludvig||NOR||2608||1½|
A crucial game: Carlsen halts the Karjakin train
A broad smile from Jon Ludvig Hammer at the press conference
The pairings in round six
|CARLSEN Magnus||v||RADJABOV Teimour|
|TOPALOV Veselin||v||WANG Hao|
|ANAND Viswanathan||v||KARJAKIN Sergey|
|ARONIAN Levon||v||HAMMER Jon Ludvig|
|NAKAMURA Hikaru||v||SVIDLER Peter|
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)