June 11, 2014 3:01

Norway Chess R7: Giri Blunders, Loses to Karjakin

The seventh round of the Norway Chess tournament saw just one decisive game: Anish Giri was an Exchange up for a long time against Sergey Karjakin but blundered terribly on move 131 (!) and had to resign immediately. Karjakin has joined Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik in first place, with two rounds to go which will be played on Thursday and Friday.

Nigel Short playing the guitar before starting his commentary

It's arguably the worst way of losing: trying hard for hours and hours to win a better, possibly winning position but then blundering the game away. This is what happened to Anish Giri on Tuesday in Norway; if anyone would never lose this game it was the Dutchman, but it happened anyway, after many hours of play, and after the official commentary had already finished.

In a Symmetrical English not much was going on for a long time, but Giri was better and eventually won an Exchange on move 75. Lots of shuffling followed, but he did make progress and finally he reached a winning position. Update: as Henk Jonker emailed us, it's not so clear actually. See the game annotations. But then he didn't see the right queen maneuver that would have allowed him to activate his rook, and it must have been tiredness what happened at the end. Such a shame!

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A terrible blunder

This was in fact one of four games that took longer than five and a half hours!

Carlsen gave Grischuk an unpleasant afternoon in a Grünfeld, where the ending is supposed to be theoretically OK for Black, but not in this game. After 26 moves Grischuk had all his pieces on the first rank and a bad pawn structure. He said: “If I had Instagram I would put this position from Black's point of view and hashtag #excitingchess.” 

Even when he gets quite far in a quiet ending like that, Carlsen can be critical of himself: “I'm not sure there was a win but I could have done better.” About the tournament situation he said: “Everything has been going the right way for me the last couple of rounds, not necessarily in terms of my play but in terms of other results so. Normally with plus one it would have been, now it was not. Certainly I hoped to win because I had a very pleasant position.”

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Kramnik came close to a win, but Aronian found a miraculous escape: just when the Russian felt he was going to score a full point, his opponent played a combination that led to perpetual check, and it was correct in every line. Splended defense!

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Caruana got into trouble against Topalov in a very theoretical line of the Sicilian, English Attack. Caruana: “I was probably completely lost. I couldn't remember anything.” Topalov: “Actually I'm not sure it's possible to remember.”

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Amazingly, Agdestein keeps on drawing his games after getting excellent positions. Svidler had looked at his French Defense the night before, starting at 11pm and thinking, at 3 am, “I really should get some sleep!” By then, and also the next morning, the Russian grandmaster hadn't succeeded in finding anything against it. “It started as fun but it was an incredibly depressing experience.” Agdestein: “It's a bit like the Berlin Defense.”

And so Svidler went for a Réti, but that didn't go according to plan either. Agdestein was simply better after the opening, but was happy to repeat moves when Svidler did so. “An easy day at the office,” the Norwegian said.

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And so, with two rounds to go, there is a four-way tie for first place. Topalov commented: “I am dreaming of sharing the first to the last place.”
 

Norway Chess 2014 | Pairings & Results

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 ½-½ Svidler
Grischuk 1-0 Aronian   Karjakin 1-0 Grischuk
Svidler ½-½ Topalov   Caruana ½-½ Giri
Carlsen ½-½ Caruana   Topalov ½-½ Carlsen
Giri 0-1 Kramnik   Agdestein ½-½ Kramnik
Round 5 08.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 6 09.06.14 15:30 CET
Grischuk ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian ½-½ Giri
Svidler ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Carlsen
Carlsen 1-0 Aronian   Grischuk ½-½ Svidler
Giri 1-0 Topalov   Topalov 1-0 Kramnik
Kramnik 1-0  Caruana   Agdestein ½-½ Caruana
Round 7 10.06.14 15:30 CET   Round 8 12.06.14 15:30 CET
Svidler ½-½ Agdestein   Aronian - Caruana
Carlsen ½-½ Grischuk   Karjakin - Kramnik
Giri 0-1 Karjakin   Grischuk - Giri
Kramnik ½-½ Aronian   Svidler - Carlsen
Caruana ½-½ 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 7 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 2833 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ 1   ½ 4.0/7 13.75
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2783 2820 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1   ½   0 ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 13.75
3 Caruana,Fabiano 2791 2815 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png   ½ 1 ½   1 ½ 4.0/7 13.25
4 Karjakin,Sergey 2771 2820 ½     phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 4.0/7 13.25
5 Agdestein,Simen 2628 2779   ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½   ½ ½ ½ 3.5/7 12.25
6 Grischuk,Alexander 2792 2773 ½   0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 ½   3.5/7 11.25
7 Topalov,Veselin 2772 2740 ½ 1 ½ ½   0 phpfCo1l0.png   ½ 0 3.0/7 11.50
8 Aronian,Levon 2815 2716 0 ½   1 ½ 0   phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.0/7 10.75
9 Svidler,Peter 2753 2715   ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png   3.0/7 10.50
10 Giri,Anish 2752 2728 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½   1 ½   phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/7 10.25

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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Author: Peter Doggers
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raze's picture

@ Top Theoritician:

Oh! you look very high at yourself! Where are you at chess now? You seems like you are better than everyone else and have better understanding in chess. Really? You knows? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to chess. There is only good or bad move in chess. Style of play is unique in every GM's. There's no boring or dull chess. Chess is a move it's either good or bad. You if love chess every game is a unique understanding. of a player. If you talk about MC his medals, crowns, titles, money he makes in chess speaks fr himself. unlike everybody else trying to win. But they are always losing tourneys. MCs games are the best from youngster up to now. And his continue to dominate chess. unlike others. Who have only big mouth Just like you.

BoredofCarlson's picture

Carlsen is like a Magic 8-ball of chess moves. He doesn't know where the answers come from , they just do. Not my kind of player. Kramnik and Svidler actually explain their thought process and are relate-able. Carlsen talks about how he feels about a position but the best minds talk about the truth of the position and break it down so we can understand. When his magic 8-ball stops providing good answers we get 9 game draw festivals from our world champ and a lucky win when one of his clients chokes under pressure on the verge of beating him Half of Carlsen's points come from Nakamura. Pathetic he relies on one or two players to keep his inflated rating. His press conferences are like a funeral service.

Anonymous's picture

Get a life, s3.

Anonymous's picture

No. The "best minds" win more games. According to your assbackwards logic, low rated chess trainers would be deemed best.

Septimus's picture

How did Topa draw? He was definitely winning. Completely outplayed Caruana.

CaruanasFolly's picture

Caruana got lucky. He has flamed out in a major way in this event. his play is getting worse and worse.

Bob Knopf's picture

Me too I'm learnin' a lot of chess with you guys!

Anonymous's picture

Any relation to Jim?

Bob Knopf's picture

Nope, who's Jim?

Knopf's Lawyer's picture

Just a wild and crazy guy!

Ralf Knopf's picture

Hi Bob Knopf. Do you like chess?

Bob Knopf's picture

Hi Ralf, I do like it very much! My favorite piece is the horse! What's yours?

Ralf Knopf's picture

The horse? There's no horse in chess. What are you talking about?

Ralf Knopf's picture

Oh correction I got it. I just revised my chess set and it seems the piece named the "knight" fits perfectly in your description of the "horse".
My favorite piece is the pawn!

Bob Knopf's picture

You better check your facts Ralf!

s3's picture

Oh, mine's a dark horse, or a white horse, or a black horse.

Greco's picture

Crying time soon.....

Bob Zimmermann aka Zimmy 's picture

Well, nothing to complain about, interesting draws...
Carlsen will win the tournement after all in impeccable style....

Anonymous's picture

You all talk a lot of crap.

raze's picture

@ Anonymous

Oh! you look very high at yourself! Where are you at chess now? You seems like you are better than everyone else and have better understanding in chess. Really? You knows? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to chess. There is only good or bad move in chess. Style of play is unique in every GM's. There's no boring or dull chess. Chess is a move it's either good or bad. You if love chess every game is a unique understanding. of a player. If you talk about MC his medals, crowns, titles, money he makes in chess speaks fr himself. unlike everybody else trying to win. But they are always losing tourneys. MCs games are the best from youngster up to now. And his continue to dominate chess. unlike others. Who have only big mouth Just like you.

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

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Lord Butters's picture

Excuse me Sir, are you acquainted by any chance with Dita von Teese burlesque?

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

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Lord Butters's picture

Oh what a pity! She is magnifique!

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

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Lord Butters's picture

Oh I beg to differ, Sir.

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

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Anonymous's picture

I'm afraid you're being unreasonable, Sir. Cheerio

Lord Butters's picture

Oh I forgot my handle. It's me Lord Butters.

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

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Lord Buttons's picture

Oh, Germans, so obstinate! But we'll get our revange in Brasil, it's gonna be 5-nil , 5-nil this time!
Favor England, of course.
Cheerio!

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

all right, all right in english:
I zought zat Carlsen waz the great class he is but a wood pusher, hehehe.

Heinrich von Chipmunk's picture

@ Lord Butters
No, no, no, no and NO~!

Lord Buttons's picture

Oh, that was unnecessary clear. That's the reason the Dutch predate your posts!
Look at me, I behave good. Am I behaving good tulipan-lovers?

Anonymous's picture

Is it a coincidence that in chess players with a name starting pronounced 'K' have the most success?

eltollo's picture

Yes.

TikTakTokTek's picture

Fisscher? Botvinnik? Aljechin? Do you mean those?

Anonymous's picture

Capablanca, Lasker, Steinitz :)

Anonymous's picture

Morphy, Tarrasch, Rubinstein, Euwe, Reshevsky, Bronstein, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Anand.

Anonymous's picture

Capablanca is pronounced with 'K' lol

jmason's picture

i think Magnus played ok, every top grandmaster will go for that ending , it was a very nice preparation for Magnus . Few people mention that Grischuk defended very well, whit out preparation , black loses that endgame at least 50% of the time, he really found some nice ideas .

Bronkenstein's picture

+1, Besides Simen and Topalov (both of which in fact made their white opponents think of defending rather early), Lev, Karjakin and especially Grischuk defended heroically. The round was a triumph of stubborn defense.

Webbimio's picture

+1

chesshire cat's picture

Nearly all those posts were written by one loon. Peter, I realize it's annoying, but could you take some sort of action? It's spoiling the comment section.

setikikitilapongo's picture

in 8 and 9 round we'll see a lot of draw... but Karlssen win against his scandinavian dog and will be ...

setikikitilapongo's picture

...

Mother Russia's picture

Don't forget the russian connection basically has a freeroll now. My guess is that, to make it less obvious and preserve both players' winning chances, Karj-Kram will share the point. Svidler's has to try and slow down Carlsen. And poor Grischuk will, perhaps reluctantly, blunder again big time in the last round.

setikikitilapongo's picture

clear first

Grandma's picture

And not a word about the long and only decisive game in round 7, Giri-Karjakin which "should have been" a draw. Everyone thought it would be a draw in the end, after Anish Giri had had an advantage earlier, and it WAS a draw.

As Peter Doggers correctly has pointed out: the official commentary had already finished when Giri made his horrible blunder.

What a pity for him! And Karjakin got a big gift.

But Giri is young and a huge talent. He will soon forget about the blunder, go on and play even better chess. I expect a lot from this 19 years young Dutchman.
IMO the game Giri -Karjakin should have been the most interesting subject in this very thread, it deserve to have the main focus here, but that was not to be.

The reason?
It's obvious.

Trolls (probably s3 with different nicknames) have destroyed every chance of a reasonable chess discussion, so there we are, - due to the holy freedom of speech in every situation without any limits, on every blog and for all trolls and spammers..

It could in the long run ruin Chessvibes.

Sad for chess lovers, I would say.

Grandpa's picture

Please excuse my ignorance, but who is this Giri you are referring to?

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