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Norway Chess: Karjakin on 2/2

Norway Chess: Karjakin on 2/2

Sergey Karjakin took an early lead at the Norway Chess tournament in Sandnes. The Russian grandmaster won his second game in a row against Jon Ludvig Hammer on Thursday. In the same round Wang Hao recovered and beat Peter Svidler, while Levon Aronian defeated Hikaru Nakamura. The big game Carlsen-Anand as well as Topalov-Radjabov ended in a draw.

Sergey Karjakin | All photos courtesy of Norway Chess

The second round of the Norway Chess tournament was characterized by the big clash between world number one Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Vishy Anand. It attracted about 150 spectators and a large number of Norwegian media! The two have played each other many times but now that they'll be playing a match for the world title in November, such a game is something special. It will happen (at least) one more time, as both will also play in the Tal Memorial next month.

Anand's 1...c5 and 2...d6 Sicilian suggested he was in a fighting mood. Carlsen went for the positional 3.Bb5+ and then Anand again tried the most combative option, 3...Nd7. Just before his match against Boris Gelfand the Indian lost a game in this line to Sergey Tiviakov in the Bundesliga, but this time he was well prepared and equalized without problems. However, an inaccuracy followed and then Carlsen got an advantage anyway, but from that moment the World Champion was precise till the end. 

At the press conference (see below) Carlsen said he was "annoyed" that he didn't get more out of this game and Anand "wasn't thrilled either" that he got into trouble after a successful opening.

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Asked about the significance of this game related to the match, Anand replied:

If somebody had won, it would definitely be a boost, but you shouldn't overdo it.

Carlsen, about starting with two draws with the white pieces:

Two draws is a bit less than I hoped for, but at this level it's not easy to win games. I've got what I deserved. Besides, it's just two games. If I win one in next couple of rounds, I will be right on schedule.

Please note that at the end of the video the players answer questions from the press

Veselin Topalov and Teimour Radjabov also drew. The Bulgarian was copying Carlsen's model game against Gelfand in London (and why not) but Radjabov came up with a new setup which involved transferring his queen's knight to g6. Black was always very solid in this game.

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Against Sergey Karjakin, Jon Ludvig Hammer suffered the same fate as the day before: the opening went fine, he didn't play that badly for most of the game but then he collapsed in the end. It's a bit like an IM playing a GM or a 2250 player playing an IM: you don't seem to be really worse but eventually you almost always lose in the end. It's just the way it goes. But we predict that Hammer's modest and realistic approach to this tournament ("trying not to lose everything") will eventually pay off.

Karjakin, who is now the only player on 2/2, found the tricky 25...Nce5! and around there Hammer started to spend lots of time. The Norwegian avoided real trouble until the time control, but we do wonder why he refrained from 45.Rf4.

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You can find the press conference here.

Levon Aronian scored a smooth win against Hikaru Nakamura. The Armenian seemed just a bit more knowledgable in the theory of the fashionable Exchange Slav and found a very subtle queen manoeuvre which he was proud of after the game.

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In the last game to finish, Wang Hao defeated Peter Svidler. Who would have guessed that after the first round? It was an f3 Grünfeld and the Chinese played much better than in the first round. He more or less refuted an early pawn sacrifice from his opponent, and won an ending RN and six pawns versus RB and five.

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You can find the press conference by Wang Hao here.

Norway Chess 2013 | Pairings & results

Round 1 08.05.13 15:00 CET   Round 2 09.05.13 15:00 CET
Carlsen ½-½ Topalov   Topalov ½-½ Radjabov
Anand ½-½ Aronian   Hammer 0-1 Karjakin
Nakamura 1-0 Wang Hao   Wang Hao 1-0 Svidler
Svidler 1-0 Hammer   Aronian 1-0 Nakamura
Karjakin 1-0 Radjabov   Carlsen ½-½ Anand
Round 3 10.05.13 15:00 CET   Round 4 12.05.13 15:00 CET
Anand - Topalov   Topalov - Hammer
Nakamura - Carlsen   Wang Hao - Radjabov
Svidler - Aronian   Aronian - Karjakin
Karjakin - Wang Hao   Carlsen - Svidler
Radjabov - Hammer   Anand - Nakamura
Round 5 13.05.13 15:00 CET   Round 6 14.05.13 15:00 CET
Nakamura - Topalov   Topalov - Wang Hao
Svidler - Anand   Aronian - Hammer
Karjakin - Carlsen   Carlsen - Radjabov
Radjabov - Aronian   Anand - Karjakin
Hammer   Wang Hao   Nakamura - Svidler
Round 7 15.05.13 15:00 CET   Round 8 17.05.13 15:00 CET
Svidler - Topalov   Topalov - Aronian
Karjakin - Nakamura   Carlsen - Wang Hao
Radjabov - Anand   Anand - Hammer
Hammer - Carlsen   Nakamura - Radjabov
Wang Hao - Aronian   Svidler - Karjakin
Round 9 18.05.13 12:00 CET        
Karjakin - Topalov        
Radjabov - Svidler        
Hammer - Nakamura        
Wang Hao - Anand        
Aronian - Carlsen        

Norway Chess 2013 | Round 2 standings

 

Schedule

Date Activity Place Time
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
16.05.2013 Day off    
17.05.2013 Round 8 Hotel Residence, Sandnes 15:00 – 23:00
18.05.2013 Round 9 Stavanger Konserthus, Stavanger 12:00 – 19:00

Locations (Google Map)

 

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Comments

Anonymous's picture

anand was extremely lucky to escape a draw from much worse position! Carlsen have great position but could not convert because of the world champ "bidding" .. Shame on FIDE

Septimus's picture

Hey bro, I'm a Carlsen fan and even I don't think that the venue for the WCh had anything to do with today's results. Anand was a bit worse, nothing catastrophic...

andy's picture

Hi, bro:-)! I think we can blame FIDE for the result:-)

Anonymous's picture

in wcc anand will get grinded like this every game !! and he will crack in the end! the result is obvious

Chess Fan's picture

Hi Anonymous - I want you to come back here to own your views after the World Championship, even if as "Anonymous" and I would respect you.

Anonymous's picture

" Anonymous " or " Chessfan " same thing here buddy

Chess Fan's picture

No, "Chess Fan" as a moniker is focused on chess where as Anonymous is based on personal attacks.
We are not the same.

RealityCheck's picture

Wrong. @Anonyomous f.e. We can follow, let's say, "Chess Fan's" posts over time. Although he remains anonymous, we get an idea of his position on various topics. Whereas most of the "Anonymous" posts amount to childish pranks, offensive personal attacks, baseless smearing, and random spamming.

Foo's picture

OR carlsen will get frustrated, over push and blow up. Possible no? We will see. I predict thats what will happen. MC will lose. WAit and see.

sadiq's picture
Anonymous's picture

So sad the "World Champ" playing for draw every game every tournment... sad for chess

fuzzylogic's picture

stupid comment!!!.Two draws against no1 and no2 ranking is not all bad result. That too second one with black against carlsen is not at all bad result.Infact carlsen failed to keep his reputation on grinding on endgames to win the game.

Chess Fan's picture

I am certain that you do not believe your silly comment and are saying this just to rile things up. Magnus would have won today if he could, and so would have Vishy, and draw was the outcome today. Let us be fair to these great players.

Chess Fan's picture

The game was equal till the end and draw was a natural result. What advantage was Carlsen having i this game? I had presumed that people commenting here understood chess. Having favorite players is one thing, but been biased is another. Please explain where and how Magnus had any chance to win anywhere in this game against the World Champion and I will accept that you probably know more chess than me (which if you know me is quite incredible).

bronkenstein's picture

One of the key moments was MCs, most likely, inaccuracy on move 27. He should play 27.Rxc6 (not 27.Rc3?!) ´...And black has no compensation´ (GM Korotylev, commenting on Chesspro - after giving 6-7 more moves, white is grabbing a pawn in that line but black activates; my Fritzie agrees with him). Besides that, there was several inaccuracies made by both sides (I don´t like Vishy´s 17...a5, to begin with) but Magnus never had anything like winning advantage.

That being said, to be fair to the Champ - he equalized in the opening quickly, and without much time spent - even having very slightly better position for a brief time, and also after he reached dubious position, he ´outplayed´ Magnus back to equality using his characteristic counterplay (it was based, amongst other things, on that dubious pawn sac, but MC ´trusted´ him).

OFC, MC fans will typically see only white advantage, white pressing, then making inaccuracies and letting Vishy off the hook (as if he only stood there waiting for it, doing nothing =).

bronkenstein's picture

Additionally, Vishy opted for Najdorf - clearly a fighting option, and after MCs ´unambitious´ 3.Bb5+ (although I believe that ensuing positions suit his positional style better than main lines) , Champ went for 3...Nbd7, which is again the most ambitious (and risky) option in that line.

Chess Fan's picture

Thanks Brokenstein - You have sincerely and seriously tried to answer my question. Appreciate that and I agree that you are a serious follower of chess.

redivivo's picture

Yes he truly is a serious followed of chess, that's why his most repeated factoids during this round was that Carlsen has nothing on Flohr, and that no one will remember him a hundred years from now.

Hagen's picture

Redivivo is a serious follower of bronkenstein.

Seriously disturbing.

redivivo's picture

You are easily disturbed.

Anonymous's picture

what Anand opted we do not know. After 2 ..d6 in sicilian are many possibilities.

Jambow's picture

No doubt having a favorite player is not the same as veiwing everything through some jaded lense and twisting everything towards some desired outcome. I think too you can be objectively critical of a player and not be hateful, you can be complimentary and not a blinded fanboy either. Chess or chess forums at least seem to draw that out of people. Chess being an intillectual endeavor one would be inclined to see that represented by its fans yet the opposite seems true. Maybe I need to distinguish between smarts and maturity and not assume that one correlates to the other somehow.

You are correct the game was simply drawn. BTW are you a GM or something since I don't know you?

Jambow's picture

Should have been intellectual and this was directed at Chess Fan

Chess Fan's picture

IM from N.America.

Jambow's picture

Thanks for the 411 do I dare ask who? ;0]

Chess Fan's picture

I am truly a Chess Fan, like most likely you are. I feel more comfortable commenting just as Chess Fan, but if the opportunity presents itself and there is a good reason, I would reveal myself in the future. I also know some of the top chess players in the world personally, and I do not want my commenting to be compromised in any way because of revealing who I am.
I am sorry that I am not able to tell you more about me right now and anyway, I want chess and not me to be the focus in this blog when I am commenting.

Foo's picture
Chess Fan's picture

From your comment you are talking with mistaken understanding that we are all from India.
I have lot of friends from India, have visited India, and have healthy respect for India and China, but not from either country.
Please be respectful of RealityCheck and Saravanan even if they are from India. STFU is not necessary. Very silly.

Anonymous's picture

vishy himself said he was worse

Chess Fan.'s picture

I played him once may years back and he said that the game was equal and I almost beat him - just to encourage me. He is that humble and refreshing. Now, in my comments, you would understand my respect for the World Champion both for his chess and for him as a nice human being.

SirSchratz's picture

absolutely!

carlsen would have crashed this indian patzer had he not been aggressively attacked by having to play in india ....

AGDESTEIN said "big advantage" for carlsen after anand's 30...Nc5 and went on to explain how the norwegian press will celebrate this important victory over the world champion (check this in video)

AGDESTEIN asked radjabov if he (radjabov) was aware that his loss to carlsen in london was a very historic loss as it opened the way for the future world champion ....

it is considerably tiring and i must say vexing having to listen to this commentator who is increasingly carried away by his norwegian national-perspective .... particularly his question to radjabov is simply most unpleasantly obstrusive!

in london there were 4 english-men - NO problem
in baden-baden there were 4 germans - NO problem
in paris there were 2 french-men - NO problem

in stavanger - 2 norwegians and one has constantly to listen to AGDESTEIN getting enthusiastic how great etc. it is that the norwegian-players are going to defeat the others etc. etc.

goodness me this is a chess commentary not an election campaign for national norwegian party, i dare say ....

poor geuzendam, he tries to avert attention to the others games, but his gentleman like politeness is often lost on his colleague ... "let's have then a look at the other games" :-)

room for improvement - hope it will get better
where there is geuzendam there still is hope!

Anonymous's picture

Guezendam is pretty dull really,I would like it if they at least rotated some different commentators it makes me realise what a great job Nigel Short and Laurence Trent did at the candidates commentary.

Lee's picture

I can't seem to find any videos of the previous days action either on the official site or on livestream.com which is a pain given this is taking place in the middle of the night and so watching it live isn't an option.

Am I missing some thing obvious or is this just terrible work on the part of whoever is in charge of the video feeds?

On the other hand, Guezendam is the worst commentator going around. Combine that with overwhelmingly parochial local commentary - maybe it's ok that I'm not seeing commentary after all.

eltollo's picture

I must say I'm very disappointed about the commentators: they do not concentrate on the games, but instead continously make jokes about not being able to pronounce each other's family name, have a (nice!) lady make touristic adverts for Stavanger and talk about tournaments from long ago. Commentator, give comments!

andy's picture

I agree, Agdestein, you can not take him seriously when it comes to commentating

sipping's picture

Happens when you have a tiny country with absolutely nothing going on. You tend to develop an inferiority complex, and then over exaggerate the nationalism.

Anonymous's picture

That explains the inability of most Norwegians to handle mockery and criticism properly.

Saji Soman's picture

GM AGDESTEIN is a nut guy. Senseless questions and no host manners so as the Norwagin Media. They are thinking that they are from some other planet and having some superiority complex.

RG13's picture

Carlsen was up a WHOLE piece before the game was over! lol

bronkenstein's picture

Vishy gave knight odds to ´No1´, and (somewhat cynically, wouldn´t you say?) drew easily =)

Meantime, Lev played a nice game, and Svidler a horrible one.

Anonymous's picture

Yes a chess patzer like u will understand nothing! if anand down a knight after opening he will resign.. sadly u understand nothing about chess at all

RG13's picture

At least I know something about sarcasm.

sadiq's picture
Anonymous's picture
bluto's picture

Beating the wang yeterday meant he was out of juice today...

Anonymous's picture

So sad the "World Champ" playing for draw every game every tournment... sad for chess

sadiq's picture
Anonymous's picture

other people have their right to express their opinion. look at what you are first before telling others what to do

fuzzylogic's picture

Agree everyone has to right express their opinion on chess NOT on passing sadistic remark on world champ everytime

Saji Soman's picture

fuzzylogic, Don't worry it is a manufacturing problem.

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