Norway Chess 2013 Round 5

Norway Chess 2013 Round 5

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phpQlo8Fr.pngIt 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! Cool).

Despite his loss, Sergey Karjakin still leads the tournament. The other games were drawn.

The standings after 5 rounds

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

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A crucial game: Carlsen halts the Karjakin train

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A broad smile from Jon Ludvig Hammer at the press conference

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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

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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.

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Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)

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The main sponsors are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus.

Karjakin/Carlsen picture from the official website. Hammer screenshot by Tarjei J. Svensen. Games via TWIC.

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