Anand, Carlsen & Karjakin win in 7th round Norway Chess
Sergey Karjakin kept his half point lead at the Norway Chess tournament on Wednesday. The tournament leader defeated Hikarua Nakamura and his main rival Magnus Carlsen also won, against Jon Ludvig Hammer. Teimour Radjabov again wasn't a shadow of the player he used to be and lost without a real fight to Vishy Anand. Thursday is a rest day.
Flor & Fjære | All photos courtesy of Norway Chess
For the seventh round, again for only one day, the tournament moved to a different place. This time the location was Flor & Fjære, an island almost fully occupied with trees and flowers, together with a restaurant. While some other players were not too happy with the many changes of venues at the event (although nobody really complained!) tournament leader Sergey Karjakin was the most positive of all:
It was brilliant. I would have liked to play all of the tournament here!
We found a video on YouTube by Jarle Heitmann who filmed the arrival of the players with his phone (unfortunately shot in portrait mode).
Here are a few pictures taken today:
As you can see from the pictures, it was actually not a very nice day today, with lots of rain. (For much better and in fact stunningly beautiful pictures see the official website!) Levon Aronian pointed out that perhaps that was a good thing, so that the players wouldn't be tempted too much to finish their games quickly and explore the island! For most of the players there was plenty of time for that anyway, as everyone was going to have dinner together after the last game finished.
On to the chess, which started with a draw between Peter Svidler and Veselin Topalov. It was another 3.Bb5 Nd7 Sicilian, which Svidler had with Black against Carlsen earlier in the tournament. With White he went for a setup which involved an early Nb1-d2, in order to play Nc4 and attack d6. However, during the game he realized that his "cunning plan" didn't work, and instead he had to go for an ending which was just equal.
The press conference with Peter Svidler, Veselin Topalov and Simen Agdestein, who celebrated his birthday today
The next game was also a rather quick affair, and it was not a draw. Teimour Radjabov had another offday, like he's had several times in his recent tournaments. Let's hope the poor Azerbaijani will recover soon, because this is just way below what he's capable of. It must be added that Anand played a fine game with lots of precise moves.
Wang Hao and Levon Aronian played an interesting draw in which the Armenian player basically took too many risks with his ...Ne8 and ...f6 setup. He didn't like his middlegame position at all, but somehow the Chinese couldn't profit. The press conference was quite entertaining which was not that surprising considering the fact that these two players are good friends and have worked together in the past.
Magnus Carlsen then defeated his compatriot Jon Ludvig Hammer with Black from what really should have been a drawn ending. The game was about equal all the time and it seemed that if anyone had winning chances it was White, especially since Carlsen was having considerably less time. But in his opponent's time trouble Hammer started to play inaccurately.
I feel kind of stupid. Nobody should lose that position as White. I feel I got some chances and I spoilt them and that's not a good feeling,
said Hammer. Carlsen:
I was really struggling both yesterday and today and I really need some rest.
And so Sergey Karjakin needed to win his game to maintain his half point lead over Carlsen, and he did. Also for the Russian player things didn't go that smoothly.
I was lucky. The position I got out of the opening was just very stupid. I didn't expect this very sharp line,
said Karjakin, who only got an advantage after a mistake by Hikaru Nakamura on move 23. After that it was very difficult for Black and although the American defended like a lion, the result was never in doubt.
Sergey Karjakin: still leading with two rounds to go after the rest day
Norway Chess 2013 | Pairings & results
|Round 1||08.05.13||15:00 CET||Round 2||09.05.13||15:00 CET|
|Nakamura||1-0||Wang Hao||Wang Hao||1-0||Svidler|
|Round 3||10.05.13||15:00 CET||Round 4||12.05.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 5||13.05.13||15:00 CET||Round 6||14.05.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 7||15.05.13||15:00 CET||Round 8||17.05.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 9||18.05.13||12:00 CET|
Norway Chess 2013 | Round 7 standings
|07.05.2013||Blitz||University of Stavanger||17:00 – 19:00|
|08.05.2013||Round 1||Hotel Residence, Sandnes||15:00 – 23:00|
|09.05.2013||Round 2||Hotel Residence, Sandnes||15:00 – 23:00|
|10.05.2013||Round 3||Hotel Residence, Sandnes||15:00 – 23:00|
|11.05.2013||School tournament||Kongeparken, Ålgård|
|12.05.2013||Round 4||Aarbakke AS, Bryne||15:00 – 23:00|
|13.05.2013||Round 5||Hotel Residence, Sandnes||15:00 – 23:00|
|14.05.2013||Round 6||Hotel Residence, Sandnes||15:00 – 23:00|
|15.05.2013||Round 7||Flor & Fjære, Sør Hidle||15:00 – 23:00|
|17.05.2013||Round 8||Hotel Residence, Sandnes||15:00 – 23:00|
|18.05.2013||Round 9||Stavanger Konserthus, Stavanger||12:00 – 19:00|
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