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Arctic Securities Chess Stars 2010 (Day 2)

Anand and Carlsen to contest the final in Kristiansund

Players on stage. Photo from TV coverage at:

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Anand and Carlsen reach Monday's final of Arctic Securities Chess Stars. Hammer beats Carlsen for his first win against him in nearly 10 years.

Arctic Stars Prelim Kristiansund (NOR), 28-29 viii 2010 cat. XX (2736)
1 2 3 4
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 * * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 5 2987
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 ½ ½ * * 1 0 1 ½ 2763
3. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2636 0 0 0 1 * * ½ ½ 2 2644
4. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2682 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * * 2561

Round 4 (August 29, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Polgar, Judit ½-½ 108 B40 Sicilian Classical
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 42 E06 Catalan
Round 5 (August 29, 2010)
Anand, Viswanathan - Polgar, Judit 1-0 35 B40 Sicilian Classical
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 55 A31 English Symmetrical
Round 6 (August 29, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Polgar, Judit - Hammer, Jon Ludvig ½-½ 55 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein

Viswanathan Anand secured a place in Monday's final with wins against Jon Ludwig Hammer and Judit Polgar. Hammer beat an under-par Magnus Carlsen but it didn't prevent the World Number One reaching the final either. There was not a lot of great play today and one or two horror stories but having drawn all four of their games the final between Anand and Carlsen should be interesting.

Round 4

Computers can be terribly unforgiving in exposing bad play, especially at rapid chess but even so the number of direct wins missed by Anand and return errors from Hammer was pretty shocking in this game.

Viswanathan Anand

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Jon Ludwig Hammer

Position after 31.c4?

31... Qxa2

31... Qe6!! 32. Rxe6 Rd1+ 33. Kh2 Rh1#)

32. Qf5?

(32. Qh5! and white is fine)

32... Qa4?

(32...Qe2! with the same back-rank trick as before)

33. Qe6+ Kh7 34. Kh2 Qc2 35. Bc5 Rd2 36. Kg1

(36. Qe3)

36... Qd3 37. g4?

(37. Qe3 is playable)

37... Rd1 38. Bb4 Rxe1+?

(38... Qxh3 39. Qf5+ g6) 39. Bxe1 Qxh3 40. Qf5+ Kh8 41. f3 Qxf3 42. Qxf3 Bxf3 0-1

Magnus Carlsen got a comfortable bind against Judit Polgar but when she resisted he eventually had to be careful to achieve the draw.

Round 5

Polgar's anti-positional 16...f5? was quickly pushed off the board by Anand.

Judit Polgar

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 16...f5

16. h4 f5 17. h5 fxe4 18. Nxe4 Nh8 19. d5 exd5 20. Qxd5+ Nf7 21. Qxd7 Kh8 22. Rxc6 Rxc6 23. Qxe7 Rc7 24. Qh4 Rc2 25. Re2 Rxe2 26. Bxe2 Qc7 27. Bc4 Nh6 28. Nfd2 b5 29. Bxb5 Qc2 30. Qe7 Rg8 31. Qxb7 Qxb2 32. Qxa7 Nf5 33. Qc5 Nd4 34. Bc4 Rd8 35. h6 Qa1+ 1-0

Carlsen and Hammer were both born in 1990. Carlsen pointed out that he hadn't been beaten by Hammer in coming up to 10 years. Having missed a one mover in game 2 Hammer didn't fail to take his chance when Carlsen blundered again.

Magnus Carlsen

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Jon Ludwig Hammer

Position after 45.Ng3

45. Ng3 Qd4?

This is just terrible. There are at least a couple of acceptable moves here Qg6 and Qb1+ for instance. Hammer now decisively invades the King-side.

46. Qc2! Nxg5 47. Qg6+ Bg7 48. Qxg5 Rf7 49. Qg6 Rcc7 50. Kg2 Rxf4 51. Qh7+ Kf7 52. Rxf4+ Qxf4 53. Rf1 Qxf1+ 54. Kxf1 Rc5 55. Ne4 1-0

Round 6

With the Monday's Final of Anand vs Carlsen and 3rd-4th playoff Hammer vs Polgar already settled there wasn't a whole lot to play for and both games were drawn.

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