Reports | August 28, 2010 20:12

Three days of Arctic Securities Chess Stars (UPDATE)

The coming three days world's number one Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Viswanathan Anand meet with the world's best female player Judit Polgar and Norway's number two player Jon Ludvig Hammer in a rapidplay event in Kristiansund, Norway. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK is broadcasting live on their website with several cameras. Games day 1 added.

Hammer, Anand, Polgar and Carlsen at the press conference | Photo Roger Hojem

It is a huge event for the chess fans in Kristiansund and Norway which takes place this weekend (including Monday). The first round is played today and the second on Sunday the 29th. Each player will meet twice. The finals will be played on Monday 30th of August. The time control is 20 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 10 seconds per move.

Games start at 14.30 CET on Saturday and Sunday while the final and bronze final will start at 14.00 CET on Monday. Pairings:

Opening (13.30)
Round 1 (14.30): Polgar-Carlsen, Anand-Hammer
Round 2 (16.00): Polgar-Anand, Carlsen-Hammer
Round 3 (17.30): Anand-Carlsen, Hammer-Polgar

Round 4 (14.30): Carlsen-Polgar, Hammer-Anand
Round 5 (16.00): Anand-Polgar, Hammer-Carlsen
Round 6 (17.30): Carlsen-Anand, Polgar-Hammer

Finals & bronze finals (14.00)

The official website is the Kristansund club website and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norsk Rikskringkasting - NRK) website will provide live coverage through several video cameras. Update: as Jochem remarks, live games here.

NRK consists of three main TV channels, three main radio channels, several niche channels on the radio, the Internet, podcast and mobile phone. NRK is Norway's largest media company.

It is the first time World Champion Anand visits Norway since he played in the 1980's World Youth
Championship. For Judit Polgar it's the first time she's visiting Norway. Kristiansund is a city and municipality on the western coast of Norway, in the Nordmøre district of Møre og Romsdal county. It is located about 500 km northwest of capital Oslo and about 1300 km southwest of Tromsø.

Storkaia harbour in Kristiansund | Photo Harald Oppedal

Parallel to this high-class rapid tournament there's a 6-round open tournament with two groups, from Thursday the 26th to Sunday the 29th of August. The first prize is 10,000 NOK (about 1253 Euros). The strongest participants are GMs Emanuel Berg, Evgeny Romanov, Vladimir Georgiev, Tiger Hillarp Persson and Women World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Games day 1

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john's picture

wow carlsen had a losing position against Hammer, and he missed the obvious Rc1+?

what are they smoking in Norway?


Jochem's picture has the correct version of Polgar-Anand

unknown's picture

Carlsen really played 39. Rd2, and Hammer missed 39. ... Rc1+

hansie's picture

I thought she blundered a Bishop!?

Septimus's picture

Can somebody please explain why white is losing in Polgar-Anand?

SanChess's picture

Not much remained to be seen in Anand-Polgar: she blundered a Knight in move 6 and resigned. A modern miniature.

Alexander's picture

Carlsen-Hammer game must have been wrongly transmitted, as 39 ... Rc1 wins outright.

jussu's picture

I think calling Carlsen "World Number One" is alright. What I find impolite is Chessbase's choice of words: "The four players include reigning World Champion Vishy Anand, the world's strongest male [and female] players (Magnus Carlsen ...". With the World Champion at sight, no-one else should be called strongest.

thegreatbakker's picture

Thanks for the link :-) 2 computers open here in The Laurierboom, follow the games.

Jochem's picture
Peter Doggers's picture

Thx, now in the game viewer.

Jim Scott's picture

"The coming three days world’s number one Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Viswanathan Anand meet"

Worlds Number One is World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the Highest Rated Player is Magnus Carlsen.

Chess Fan's picture

"Worlds Number One is World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the Highest Rated Player is Magnus Carlsen."

Carlsen is the worlds number one, look on their results for the year. All that Anand has done is win a few matches against Kramnik and Topalov, with much less than impressive results elsewhere. Carlsen is on a ground breaking tournament winning streak. Open your eyes.

ebutaljib's picture

[Event "Arctic Securities Chess Stars"]
[Site "Kristiansund, Norway"]
[Date "2010.08.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Polgar, Judit"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2682"]
[BlackElo "2800"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2010.08.28"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "6"]
[EventCountry "NOR"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[TimeControl "1200+10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O Nd4 6. Nxd4 Bxd4 7. c3 Bb6 8. d4 O-O 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. dxe5 Qxe5 12. Bd3 d5 13. Kh1 Qf4 14. Qd2 Qxd2 15. Nxd2 Rd8 16. e5 c5 17. Rad1 c4 18. Bc2 Bg4 19. f3 Be6 20. f4 d4 21. cxd4 Bxd4 22. b3 cxb3 23. Bxb3 Be3 24. f5 Bxb3 25. Nxb3 Rxd1 26. Rxd1 Re8 27. Rd5 Bf4 28. Rd7 Rxe5 29. g3 Be3 30. g4 Bb6 31. Nd2 Re1+ 32. Kg2 Rd1 33. Kf3 Ba5 34. Rd5 b6 0-1

Benedict XVI's picture

"Carlsen-Hammer game must have been wrongly transmitted, as 39 … Rc1 wins outright.".
It doesn't win outright but it is a winning move. (rybka gives -10.34 | 39 .. Rc1+ 40. Rd1 Rxd1+ 41. Be1 Rh1+ 42. Kf2 Rdxe1 43. a5 Kf7 44. a6 Ra1 45. Rb7+ Ke6 46. a7 Bxh5 47. f4 Kd5 48. Ke3 Rh3+ 49. Kf2 Rf3+ 50. Kg2 g6 51. Rb5+ Ke4 52. Rb4+ Ke3 53. Rb7). I think they both were very short of time, however you would expect a 2600+ player to see it in no time. I like to see that also GMs make mistakes because it makes me feel less stupid :-)

Peter Doggers's picture


1. Without reservation or qualification; openly
2. Completely and entirely; wholly
3. At once; straightway
4. Without additional payments owing, constraints, or stipulations

Or, as Hammer put it: "Technically it's not mate; I win a rook and a bishop. Somehow I think... even though Magnus is Magnus, a rook and a bishop is quite significant I think."

Septimus's picture

Peter, are these games rated? Will Anand cross 2800?

Peter Doggers's picture

No, it's rapid.

S's picture

combiné ?!!!

Peter's picture

Anand cared more about defending his title last year than playing and trying to win tournaments. I think most players prefer the title of world champion to that of the world highest rated player. I previously mentioned one precedent where the reigning world champion played top seed while the world top rated player played second seed. So who's the number one chess player in the world? I think it's subjective and a matter of semantics, but why continue to use a controversial term instead of an objective one for the highest rated player? Why not use an objective term like World Top-Rated or World Number One Rated?

Jim Scott's picture

If Carlsen continues to be the highest rated chessplayer and never wins the World Chess Championship he will not transcend equal to that title.

There were a time where the WCC didn´t play in tournaments for years and everyone still recongnized that he has the number one.

It´s not a matter of results, or feelings, it´s a matter of being or not the WCC. And in chess the respected one since 1886 is the WCC.

Jim Scott's picture

Its like Judit Polgar she has been the highest rated woman of all times, but she will never transcend among WWCC in history and for me that sad!!

She could be WWCC since 1991 when she became GM and still compete with men and that would be very different in history!!

Peter's picture

@ Jim I hope Carlsen gets a chance to play for the world championship crown soon. At this point, I don't think he would beat either Anand or Kramnik in a match (but maybe he can), but there's little doubt he will become world champion some day. Hopefully it will happen when Anand, Kramnik, and Topalov are still near the top of their game.

reality check's picture

For all those seemingly confused chess fans and commercial interests:
Viswanathan Anand is the current World Chess Champion and this elite title puts him above all the rest, including Magnus Carlson, regardless of Elo points.

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