June 05, 2014 21:43

Norway Chess: Carlsen Escapes Against Caruana Who Maintains Lead

Fabiano Caruana got a very big advantage against Magnus Carlsen on Thursday at the Norway Chess tournament but the game ended in a draw. Caruana still leads, with half a point more than Alexander Grischuk and Vladimir Kramnik, who both won today. Grischuk defeated Levon Aronian, who blundered in the opening, while Kramnik won against Giri.

In quite a long and exciting round, where three of the five games went beyond the time control, two Russian grandmasters won their games: Alexander Grischuk and Vladimir Kramnik. The duo can now be found in shared second place behind Fabiano Caruana, who was worse out of the opening against Magnus Carlsen, then a piece up, but eventually drew with the World Champion.

Carlsen played main line theory for a change, and that worked too. A novelty on move 15 in the topical 3.f3 Grünfeld gave him a nice advantage, and on move 25 the game reached its critical moment. Commentator Nigel Short was quite surprised that Carlsen allowed the 26...c6 break, which could have been prevented by the natural 25.Qe3 attacking the rook on b6.

 

GM Robin van Kampen agreed with Short:

Of course Carlsen had seen that, but he relied on his 29.Qa3 move, missing 29...a5!. "This just kills my whole game." (Carlsen) In this phase Caruana played very strongly and he ended up with an extra knight for two pawns. “During the game [my chances] felt serious but probably it was always a draw,” he said.

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“I am not very happy with my play. I think I made several blunders in this game, a couple of misjudgments. Then it's hard to be completely satisfied,” said Carlsen.

Carlsen: “I am not very happy with my play”

The round started with an opening disaster for Levon Aronian. In the Flohr-Mikenas System of the English, he mixed up his preparation and was basically lost after White's 14th move!

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Grischuk vs Aronian: a Flohr-Mikenas System

Aronian: “I analyzed this a week ago but I only remembered the losing line apparently. It's, as they say, a memory malfunction. I didn't consider resigning but I considered hitting myself, that's for sure.” Grischuk: “I got lucky.”

An opening disaster for Levon Aronian

“I have only scored some draws with White in the Catalan recently so I thought maybe I should start winning as Black,” joked Vladimir Kramnik. The 14th World Champion wasn't impressed by Anish Giri's plan of Bd2 and Rd1 in the opening and soon got attacking chances on the kingside. White couldn't create counterplay in time, but at the same time it was difficult for Black to break through. But then, right after the time control, it was suddenly over.

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Giri vs Kramnik: “It was time I started winning as Black in the Catalan”

Peter Svidler and Veselin Topalov played a Sicilian Scheveningen which quickly turned into a French Defence where White's pawn on a4 looked a bit funny. To add to the fun, Svidler, who was still disappointed about his loss the other day, decided to put his queen on g4. “I remembered this move from our analysis, but now I'm not sure it was in this position!” Black's long castling followed by ...f6 was enough to keep the balance. Topalov: “We didn't play a brilliant game but we didn't make big mistakes either.”

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Svidler vs Topalov: a Scheveningen, no, a French

He started being not 100% fit, but behind the chess board Simen Agdestein is making a very good impression thus far. He prepared a topical line in the French, showed braveness with 22...f6, defended well after an interesting knight sac by Sergey Karjakin and even got a winning position when Karjakin made two mistakes on move 37 and 42. It was only because of very tenacious defense by the Muscovite, and perhaps tiredness at the end of Agdestein that he couldn't convert the full point. But having the same number of points as Carlsen after three rounds is nothing to be ashamed of.

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An excellent start for Simen Agdestein

Norway Chess | Schedule & Pairings

Round 1 03.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 2 04.06.14 15:30 CET
Aronian ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian 1-0 Karjakin
Karjakin ½-½ Topalov   Kramnik ½-½ Carlsen
Grischuk 0-1 Caruana   Caruana 1-0 Svidler
Carlsen ½-½ Giri   Topalov 0-1 Grischuk
Svidler ½-½ Kramnik   Agdestein ½-½ Giri
Round 3 05.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 4 07.06.14 15:30 CET
Karjakin ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian - Svidler
Grischuk 1-0 Aronian   Karjakin - Grischuk
Svidler ½-½ Topalov   Caruana - Giri
Carlsen ½-½ Caruana   Topalov - Carlsen
Giri 0-1 Kramnik   Agdestein - Kramnik
Round 5 08.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 6 09.06.14 15:30 CET
Grischuk - Agdestein   Aronian - Giri
Svidler - Karjakin   Karjakin - Carlsen
Carlsen - Aronian   Grischuk - Svidler
Giri - Topalov   Topalov - Kramnik
Kramnik   Caruana   Agdestein - Caruana
Round 7 10.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 8 12.06.14 15:30 CET
Svidler - Agdestein   Aronian - Caruana
Carlsen - Grischuk   Karjakin - Kramnik
Giri - Karjakin   Grischuk - Giri
Kramnik - Aronian   Svidler - Carlsen
Caruana - Topalov   Agdestein - Topalov
Round 9 13.06.14 14:30 CET        
Carlsen - Agdestein        
Giri - Svidler        
Kramnik - Grischuk        
Caruana - Karjakin        
Topalov - Aronian        

Norway Chess 2014 | Round 3 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Caruana,F 2791 3088 phpfCo1l0.png 1   ½     1       2.5/3  
2 Grischuk,A 2792 2913 0 phpfCo1l0.png     1         1 2.0/3 2.50
3 Kramnik,V 2783 2915     phpfCo1l0.png ½     ½ 1     2.0/3 2.25
4 Carlsen,M 2881 2776 ½   ½ phpfCo1l0.png       ½     1.5/3 2.75
5 Aronian,L 2815 2731   0     phpfCo1l0.png ½     1   1.5/3 1.75
6 Agdestein,S 2628 2779         ½ phpfCo1l0.png   ½ ½   1.5/3 1.75
7 Svidler,P 2753 2662 0   ½       phpfCo1l0.png     ½ 1.0/3 1.50
8 Giri,A 2752 2644     0 ½   ½   phpfCo1l0.png     1.0/3 1.50
9 Karjakin,S 2771 2618         0 ½     phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.0/3 1.25
10 Topalov,V 2772 2652   0         ½   ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.00

The Norway Chess tournament runs 2-13 June in the Stavanger region. All photos courtesy of the official website | Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png


 

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Anonymous's picture

Flawless game by Kramnik, while Carlsen continues to show nothing.

Anonymous's picture

Carlsen escaped and did not lose from Caruana.
But also Karjakin escaped today, Instead of f3? was Rc8 or Rg2 completly winning for Eigenstein.
If Caruana played befor he took on e5 first on f4 Carlsen had it much more difficult, but that is chess. Only the best ones escape bad positions so often en win games that are not so clear so often. Giri had a position that was difficult to defend. He made to many mistakes. So Kramnik grab his chance.

Leo's picture

I don't usually do this, but - Eigenstein? Really?

Anonymous's picture

Carlsen is finished, he will lose to Anand in November.

Anonymous's picture

I thought Agdestein showed a great sense of humor by repeating Svidler's joke of the pawn runner to the commentators.

S3's picture

Carlsen playing VERY poorly while Anand is at peak form. New World Champion soon?!

Anonymous's picture

Tourney shows Vladdy is right that Carlsen being #1 has nothing to do with chess. What fanboys say now?!

Anonymous's picture

Thats of course completly crap and I am not a fanboy.

Anonymous's picture

Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) FIRST
Gashimov Memorial (2014) FIRST

... no need to be a fanboy to understand that you are talking non sense ! Carlsen is the champion of the world AND he wins about everything everytime he participates ...

Right now, he is preparing for November ... Why would he make the show ??? Still, let's see who wins this tournament before judging ...

Truthteller's picture

If he didn't want to play or do his best then don't show up. If he doesn't want to win in front of his people and give them something to get excited about then why even play? Go Home Carlsen. Oh, wait...

S3's picture

Yeah, why would Carlsen the NORWEGIAN World Champion want to play well at NORWAY chess?!

RG13's picture

If Agdestein can finish this tournament with at least 50% then he is clearly worth whatever he's charging as a trainer.

Bronkenstein's picture

Agdestein is showing surprisingly good form so far, if he finishes on, say, 50% it will be a mini-upset. I have my doubts about that OFC, but he is in quite good company ATM (with MC & Lev on 50% - who would say).

On the other side, Lev produced a no-game today (and that comes from Grischuk fan), I wonder what happened in his head.

Grandaunt's picture

Positively surprised by Agdestein, go Simen!!

Leo's picture

I think if Agdestein finishes on 50% against this field, it will be more than a "mini-upset" :) He looks set to do it, though. (And he was always a huge talent, so no disrespect intended!)

My name?'s picture

As a representative for the Norwegian school system, Simen is lazy and never worked on his chess as he should have done. Had he put in the hours, he would easily have been a 2750+ player.

Anonymous's picture

He was a professional football player while also a strong GM though. Probably a unique feat before or since.

saturnz's picture

great game between Carlsen and Caruana, amazing tournament so far

Grandaunt's picture

Agree, lots of suspense. A pity Agdestein was too low on time to finish Karjakin off.

Anonymous's picture

His trademark has always been creative openings + low on time the end.

Truthteller's picture

No Nakamura to victimize=No tournament victory or the great Carlsen.

Anonymous's picture

Might be some truth to that. Naka "always" loses to Magnus and Caruana loses "often" to Naka.

Alcoholics anonymous's picture

"No Nakamura to victimize=No tournament victory or the great Carlsen."

In the 2013 Sinquefield Cup, which Carlsen won a full point ahead of runner-up Nakamura, Carlsen scored 2/2 against Kamsky, 1.5/2 against Aronian, and 1/2 against Nakamura. Doesn't quite support your claim, does it?

Anonymous's picture

In the Gashimov Memorial, Carlsen scored 2/2 vs Nakamura to win the tournament ahead of Caruana by 1 point. No Naka, no win for Carlsen...claim supported.

Zeveraar's picture

LOL you actually managed to find a result where Naka didn't do bad against MC? xD

Lovelace's picture

Kramnik was saying it all the time, Carlsen plays no chess, he could be the champion but who cares about such an awkward player?
Finally the TRUTH will prevail, Kramnik or Caruana are going to win this tournament showing the world what REAL CHESS IS.

Hernán Ruiz's picture

So, if Carlsen doesn't win this tournament the truth will
prevail, despite all the top tournaments that Carlsen have won.Those count for nothing to a stupid like you?

 Anon's picture

Oh my god just stop this BS, always trying to pull some legs and stir up trouble.

It's a nice tournament so far with interesting games, entertaining errors and one or two unexpected upsets. Nothing decided yet of course.

IMO, it is a good thing to confront the top players more often with good sub-top GMs. I have the feeling that playing over and over again mostly versus the same players has a bad effect on their chess. A little fresh blood in the competition hopefully forces them to show the great chess that brought all of them to the top.

jimknopf's picture

well said ;-)

Leo's picture

True, they do seem a little thrown off their game against Agdestein, don't they? It will be good for them, and for the audience, if the top ten played someone other than the top ten once in a while :)

Anonymous's picture

The Real Champion is the one that win the most games and that is Carlsen. When Kramnik can beat him in a match he can say he is the champion. But he can t.

Bucetinha Peludinha Meladinha 's picture

About Carlsen, it will not evolve as a player. I think it will stop there. It is great, but it will not exceed the current level, mainly by very little work.

Remco G's picture

That sounds like he's going to stay at some mediocre level, while he's actually at the highest level ever. Staying there would be quiet an achievement in itself.

Anonymous's picture

Relax, haters. How often was Carlsen one point behind the leader at some point, and still managed to win the tournament in the end? Go ahead, Thomas. Enlighten us with your knowledge, please.

s3's picture

I'm surprised people still fall for it. There are no haters, just 1 or 2 trolls having fun multiposting. Carlsen is of course an ex cheater (as videotaped and exposed against aronian f.e.) and he has a horrible personality, but we haters would never write him off so early. Unless it gets you worked up ofc..
Most amazing thing is you seem to blame good natured T.O. for it all!

Alcoholics anonymous's picture

"he has a horrible personality"

As evidenced by what?

s3's picture

Behavior in press conferences, conversations, taking back moves and denying it, refusing handshakes after a loss, even to girls, having his father apologize instead of himself, inpolite and distracting movements during games (f.i. legs sideway in chair and wiggling), pulling faces e.g.. And remember he is the only top player who has been caught cheating multiple times. Even if it was mostly blitz and rapid, it tells a lot.

Anonymous's picture

It's obvious you've never been to Norway, S3. By Norwegian standards Carlsen is actually a very polite young man. I would suggest you to go to Japan if you want politeness, but then you would clearly not fit in.

s3's picture

I've been to Norway and I do not agree. Also, there is no other player, Western, Russian or American, with such a track record (taking back moves f.e.). So I'm inclined to think it's not a cultural thing.

Anonymous's picture

Well s3, you know it doesn't matter at all where you have been. People like yourself simply never learn. But then again it seems you don't even want to. Your ridiculous tries to provoke emotions by making those deliberately false accusations simply shows the poor quality of either your character or your taste of humour. Anyways, your judgement couldn't be worse as a result, and so it is.

s3's picture

Those "deliberately false accusations" are all videotaped. Even if you don't think it's intentional cheating there is still the fact that it doesn't and didn't happen to any other current top player.
Your denial of facts shows not only weak character but also an unwillingness to face reality.
Hardly a surprise though, failures without lives often search for an untouchable idol to look up to and follow blindly.

Anonymous's picture

Ridiculous. What a clown. Go back to bed S3.

s3's picture

As always; no counterarguments. It really must hurt you considering your efforts to deny the truth.

Anonymous's picture

Someone should inform poor confused S3 that "Anonymous" is not one single person. As for counterarguments, you've been debunked so many times that you would have no problem finding the answers you seek in previous articles, if you really wanted to. Good day.

s3's picture

Again, not a single argument or fact. Poor old anonymous. So obvious.

observer's picture

And what about your continuing to maintain your "argument" and "fact" that Carlsen "cheated" in his blitz game with Svidler, s3?
As explained to you several times, the rule is that you can move as soon as the opponent has let go of the piece and before he has pressed his clock.
You are pretty good in not acknowledging the truth when you are refuted, aren't you s3?

Still banned from Chessbomb, are we?

s3's picture

More lies and still no argument, but at least you are not longer posting as anonymous. I'm not banned anywhere and I never said anything about Svidler.
I did say he cheated against Aronian f.e. It's easier for you to change the subject and lie than to acknowledge the truth, isn't it, observer?

Anonymous's picture

We are legion. And, no, you don't have any argument that are worth discussing, S3. Just repeated lies and insults.

observer's picture

@s3

Not sure how many more times I have to tell you s3: I HAVE NEVER POSTED AS "ANONYMOUS" except accidentally when I immediately corrected myself. If I am lying about this, then Peter can ban me for life and quite fair enough.
You seem to judge everyone by your own standards, and can't seem to believe that other people might have some ethics.

Do you categorically deny:
1) You have ever posted as "a_dark_horse" or as "a_white_horse" on Chessbomb?
2) That as "a_dark_horse" on Chessbomb, you accused Carlsen of cheating in the blitz game against Svidler?
3) That your handles "S", "S1", "S2", etc were banned on Chessgames.com?

Not expecting an answer, because you never answer such questions - the reason being because you can't.

Anonymous's picture

S, S1 and S2 were chessvibes handles, but they're gone nontheless :-)

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