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Norway Chess 2013 9
Mark Crowther (Sat May 18 17:30:00 2013)
Sergey Karjakin had to work for his draw against Veselin Topalov which gave him victory in the tournament. Phoyo © Norway Chess. | http://norwaychess.com
Sergey Karjakin won his first tournament alone for two years in one of the best results of his career so far. Describing it as one of the best days of his life he had to work hard to gain the draw he needed against Veselin Topalov after making an inaccuracy after being surprised by the choice of variation of his opponent. Whilst Karjakin admitted "I think I played a bad move 14..f5?" and was worse the players didn't find any clear possiblities for Topalov and after 35...Nxc4 Karjakin was equal and later even better but by this point he knew a draw was good enough and he took it.
The other major story of the final round was Wang Hao's second major win in a row, he defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 8 and World Champion Viswanathan Anand in Round 9. Wang played a variation of the English he described as "psyschological" in nature, he had struggled finding the right plan as black in an earlier game. Anand too went astray with 13...Nb4 being ambitious, 14...Bxa2 just bad and 16...Rfd8? the losing move. This was a deeply unimpressive sequence from Anand. Wang emerged with Queen for two minor pieces and a couple of pawns and never had any difficulty winning.
Hikaru Nakamura was in aggressive mood with black against tail-ender Jon Ludvig Hammer in a Noteboom variation but on move 19 he had a long think realising he was in danger of being just pushed off the board. His 19...Qd6 with the idea of Nc5 seemed excellent and Hammer then used much of his time over the next couple of moves failing to find the right way to meet it (20.Bc3 may be the only move not to leave him seriously worse). 25.Qg5? was bad mistake (25.Rd3 was the only try) and Nakamura blitzed his way to a win. Hammer said that the invitation really inspired him to get better as he had decent positions but failed in the key moments.
Magnus Carlsen respects Levon Aronian a great deal and clearly didn't entertain many hopes of beating him in the final round. Carlsen did however equalise very quickly and a draw was agreed at the earliest opportunity on move 30. Carlsen was disappointed with his own play saying that he had opportunities in many of his games. He thought Karjakin would be a worthy winner and he would be extremely lucky to get a chance of a playoff which of course he didn't.
Teimour Radjabov is going to rest and repair his game after his terrible run and Peter Svidler wanted an easy day after the excitement of the day before. There was a theoretical Gruenfeld where Svidler equalised but probably not a great deal more and the game was drawn.
The organisers seem happy with the exposure the tournament (especially in Norway) got and the initial reactions of their sponsors. There is some hope the event will become a tradition. There was some comment by the players that whilst they understood the reason to move venues the traveling did disrupt their routines. I think this is one of the very few events where I saw a real impact on me on the sponsorship by the Stavanger region with the spectacular venues especially Flor-Fjaere and so the moves were worth it. Perhaps an extra rest day might be needed but otherwise I completely get it. Also this year the tournament occurred at the end of an unbelievably frenetic calendar for most of the players, I find it hard to believe it will be the same next year and expect that the quality of the play would be higher (there were a lot of tired errors towards the end of the tournament)
Many players move on to the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki 2013 starting on May 22nd (Nakamura, Svidler and Topalov), the Tal Memorial in 3 weeks (12th June) with Carlsen, Karjakin, Anand, Nakamura. There was talk of a Ukrainian rapid event I don't have in my calendar too. Norwegian chess will hope to build on the success in their media with the very important FIDE World Cup 10th August to 4 September 2013 in Tromso, Norway. This event has Candidates places and whilst I haven't seen who has signed up Aronian confirmed he would be playing.
Final Standings: Karjakin 6/9, Carlsen, Nakamura 5.5pts, Svidler, Aornian, Anand 5pts, Wang 4.5pts, Topalov 4pts, Rajdabov 3pts, Hammer 1.5pts. Read more ....
14th European Individual Championships 2013 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu May 16 20:41:00 2013)
14th European Individual Championships took place in Legnica, Poland 5th to 16th May 2013. Alexander Moiseenko finished first on tie-break from Evgeny Alekseev, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander G Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulescu, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Aleksey Dreev and Hrant Melkumyan after all finished on 8 points from 11. Read more ....
Fondation Neva Geneva Women's Grand Prix 2013 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu May 16 20:34:00 2013)
The Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix in Prix Geneva took place 3rd to 15th May 2013. Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Kateryna Lagno etc. were the top seeds but Bela Khotenashvili took clear first with 8/11. Former Women's Champion Hou Yifan had her worst result in a long time scoring only 5 points. Read more ....
US Chess Championships 2013 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue May 14 12:48:00 2013)
Alejandro Ramarez took Gata Kamsky down to the wire in the US Championship playoffs before Kamsky won the final Armageddon game. Photo © | http://www.uschesschamps.com/
The US Chess Championships took place in St Louis 3rd to 12th May 2013. Gata Kamsky dominated the first week but then couldn't win another game and was caught by Alejandro Ramirez. The first two rapid playoff games were drawn before Kamsky won the final single decisive playoff game. Irina Krush retained her women's title rather comfortably. All the games and results below. Read more ....
ch-USA 2013 (24 players 9 Rds Swiss Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Men Games
ch-USA w 13 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Women Games
ch-USA Playoff 2013 (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Playoff Games
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