Norway Chess 2013 Blitz Event
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The Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament opened yesterday with a blitz competition to determine the pairings for the main event.
Sergey Karjakin took first place with 6½/9 points, with Magnus Carlsen second, Vishy Anand third and Hikaru Nakamura fourth, all with 6 points (separated only by tie-break rules - Carlsen by most games with the black pieces, Anand with 2 victories with black against Nakamura's 1).
In-form Veselin Topalov finished in a somewhat surprising last place with just 1/9.
The Norway 2013 Blitz Results
The pairings for round 1
|CARLSEN Magnus||v||TOPALOV Veselin|
|ANAND Viswanathan||v||ARONIAN Levon|
|NAKAMURA Hikaru||v||WANG Hao|
|SVIDLER Peter||v||HAMMER Jon Ludvig|
|KARJAKIN Sergey||v||RADJABOV Teimour|
The pairings for the whole tournament are here.
Norway Chess 2013 Line-up
|10||Hammer, Jon Ludvig||NOR||2608||197|
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 will apply.
The drawing of lots will be settled by a blitz tournament on the 7th of May at a time control of 4 min + 2 sec increment.
Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)
The event will also include a school tournament with hundreds of children, and a celebrity tournament with a range of celebrities showing off their chess skills!