Karjakin wins again in Norway, Anand and Radjabov score as well
Sergey Karjakin also won his third game at the Norway Chess tournament in Sandnes. The Russian grandmaster defeated Wang Hao in a Rauzer Sicilian in which his bishop pair became stronger and stronger. World Champion Viswanathan Anand scored an excellent victory in a Sicilian Najdorf against Veselin Topalov while Teimour Radjabov won his first game as well; the Azerbaijani inflicted the third consecutive loss upon Jon Ludvig Hammer. Saturday is a rest day.
In yet another splendid round, the chess fans in the playing hall and over the internet were treated with no less than two Open Sicilians, even a Vienna Opening, and, for the third time in a row, three decisive games. Sergey Karjakin just keeps on winning and winning on Norwegian soil: first the blitz and then his first three real games. The Muscovite now has a full point ahead of the two A's in this event: Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand.
The World Champion's play against Veselin Topalov reminded of the many great 1.e4 wins he has scored in his career. Not shying away from Najdorf theory, the two contestants of the 2010 World Championship match in Sofia followed a game Leko-Anand from Wijk aan Zee this year. Although that ended in a draw quickly, Topalov decided to deviate anyway on move 16 (or was he mixing up the move order?).
White lost his pawn on d5, but the difference with that earlier game was that Anand could pick up a pawn on f4 without having to worry about Be7xg5. Material was equal again but Black's d-pawn was weak – in fact it was clear from the start that it would drop off, so Black needed to find counterplay on the kingside Somehow his bishop and queen got stuck, and Anand found a precise way to use geometry over the white squares and win material and the game. Anand:
This was one of these dream Najdorfs that I get sometimes, and obviously I was very pleased.
Although Anand was happy with his 2/3 against not the worst players in the tournament, he didn't want to talk about his form yet. But by now it's safe to say that Sergey Karjakin is in excellent form, and most probably also in the best mood during the rest day! In the second Open Sicilian of the day, he defeated the thus far erratic Wang Hao. The Chinese chose the Classical Sicilian and Karjakin's Rauzer approach was not a surprise there – it has been the main line for decades.
In fact the 23-year-old Russian followed one of his own games, from 2007, for 19 moves. Right from that moment Wang went for a concrete series of moves which eventually led to nowhere except a worse ending (and White could even have tried for more). After another mistake in timetrouble, Wang had to loose a pawn and instead he resigned the game.
Nakamura-Carlsen is without exception a good pairing as both players are always in for a fight. On Friday it wasn't different, and the battle was fought out with a Vienna Opening! Nakamura felt that he had missed a chance right after the opening, and Carlsen on his turn missed a way to continue playing at move 29, but this was based on a tactic which both players missed.
Peter Svidler got a slight advantage against Levon Aronian in a line of the English which he also played with Black many times. It was quite a good game in fact, until the Russian GM suddenly offered a draw at move 31. He made a calculation error there, because the most logical way to continue would eventually lead to an ending he could try to win without running any risk.
Then, at the end of the round, Teimour Radjabov was the third player to beat Jon Ludvig Hammer. In an Anti-Grünfeld the Azerbaijani got a promising position out of the opening, although he wasn't that convinced himself at the press conference.
But OK, I'm a pessimist. After I won the exchange I became an optimist!
said Radjabov. Hammer, about his three losses:
I can only be an optimist in this situation, because it cannot really get any worse!
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 3 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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