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Norway Chess 2013 (2)

Carlsen disappointed after only drawing with Anand in Norway Masters Round 2

Carlsen-Anand Round 2 finished in a draw.

Carlsen-Anand Round 2 finished in a draw. |

The second round of the Norway Supreme Masters saw World Champion Viswanathan Anand and his challenger Magnus Carlsen draw in 59 moves of a Sicilian 3.Bb5+. Anand was happy with his opening before allowing the tactic (21... Raxa6 22. b4 axb4 23. Ned5!) so having instead to play 21...Rcxa6. Both players seemed to agree that Carlsen was pressing without coming up with anything winning for him. Carlsen said he missed and would not have allowed 31...Nb7 after which the game gradually became equal and was drawn.

Sergey Karjakin leads the event on 2/2 after outcalculating Jon Ludvig Hammer. Hammer played a critical line in the Queen's Indian but was gradually outplayed completely missing the key 25...Nce5! after which a difficult ending was reached. After defending resourcefully in a very difficult situation Hammer blundered 45.Nd5? after which he was definitely lost.

Levon Aronian played the most interesting game of the day defeating Hikaru Nakamura in a very instructive exchange Slav where there was a big move order battle before they ended up in a topical variation. Aronian thought for 30 minutes on 22.Qd2! d4 23.Qe1! a fantastic idea that gave him an advantage. Aronian had a much more pleasant position after 27 moves and black was already lost by move 38 and Aronian carefully converted.

Peter Svidler had a disaster on the black side of an Anti-Gruenfeld against Wang Hao. Svidler realised his intended 16...c5 didn't work and seemed to panic and played the extremely agressive/strange 16...b6. The shock effect was certainly great but it didn't stop him getting a very bad position after 1&.a3! and eventually go down to a loss.

Veselin Topalov and Teimour Radjabov drew the fist game of the day to finish.

Round 2 Standings: Karjakin 2pts, Aronian 1.5pts, Anand, Carlsen, Nakamura, Wang, Topalov, Svidler 1pt, Radjabov 0.5pts, Hammer 0.

Round 3 Pairings: Anand-Topalov, Nakamura-Carlsen, Svidler-Aronian, Radjabov-Hammer, Karjakin-Wang.

Aronian,Levon (2809) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2767) [D10]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (2.1), 09.05.2013

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bg4 7.Qb3 Na5 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Bb5 Nc6



Not a bad move.

10...a6 11.Bd3


11...Bg4 12.Nge2 e6 13.0-0 Be7 14.Rc1 0-0 15.Na4 Rc8

Hikaru Nakamura


Levon Aronian

Position after 15...Rc8

Perhaps not precise.

[15...Nd7 16.f3 Bh5 17.Qb3 Ra7 18.Bg3 Bg6 19.Nf4 Na5 20.Qd1 b5 21.Nc3 Bxd3 22.Nxd3 Nc4 23.Qe1 Bd6 24.b3 Bxg3 25.hxg3 Nd6 1/2-1/2 Granda Zuniga,J (2636)-Gelfand,B (2751)/Khanty-Mansiysk 2010/CBM 139]


[16.a3 b5 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.Rxc5 Bh5 19.Qc2 Na7 20.Bc7 Qe7 21.Nf4 Nd7 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Rc3 b4 24.axb4 Nb5 25.Rc6 Nf6 26.Be5 Rxc6 27.Qxc6 Kxh7 28.Qxa6 Qd7 29.Bxf6 Bg4 30.h3 Bf5 31.Nh5 Kg6 32.Bxg7 Rc8 33.g4 Bc2 34.Be5 Rc4 35.Qb6 Ba4 36.b3 Rc6 37.Qa5 Bxb3 38.Qxb5 Bc4 39.Qb8 Rc8 40.Qd6 Qxd6 41.Bxd6 Bxf1 42.Kxf1 f5 43.Kg2 fxg4 44.hxg4 Rd8 45.Bc5 1-0 Stefanova,A (2528)-Danielian,E (2517)/Rogaska Slatina 2011/CBM 144 Extra]

16...Bh5 17.Nc5 Bxc5

[17...Qb6 18.g4 (18.Qd2 Nb4 19.Bb1 Bg6 20.a3 Bxb1 21.Rxb1 Nc6 22.b4 Qa7 23.Bg3 b6 24.Nd3 Ne8 25.e4 dxe4 26.fxe4 Nf6 27.Qe3 b5 28.h3 Rfd8 29.Bf2 e5 30.Qf3 exd4 31.e5 Nd5 32.Rbc1 Qd7 33.Bxd4 Bg5 34.Nc5 Qe7 35.Rcd1 Nxd4 36.Nxd4 Ne3 37.Nc6 Rxc6 38.Rxd8+ Qxd8 39.Qxf7+ 1-0 Stefanova,A (2499)-Dunis,A (2534)/Asnieres sur Seine 2006/EXT 2007) 18...Bg6 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.g5 Nh5 21.Nd7 Winning the exchange in exchange for the queenside and black has to "create something fast" according to Aronian.]

18.dxc5 e5 19.Bg5 h6 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.Ng3 Qg5

Here I thought for 30 minutes and I thought I found a good idea. - Aronian.


Hikaru Nakamura


Levon Aronian

Position after 22.Qd2

[22.Qe1 Bg6 23.f4 exf4 24.exf4 Qf6 25.f5 Bh7 If he doesn't die immediately he's going to have a good life later on. Aronian. (25...Qd4+ I even blundered in a bad line!) ; 22.Bf5]


This is very, very clever I'm quite proud of this. Aronian.

23.Qe1 dxe3

[23...Bg6 24.f4]

24.Ne4 Qe7 25.Nd6 Rc7 26.Qxe3 Bg6 27.Bxg6 fxg6

White isn't winning here but he's definitely enjoying his life here.

28.Rfe1 Qe6


29.a3 g5 30.Rc4

Hikaru Nakamura


Levon Aronian

Position after 30.Rc4

I wouldn't have exchanged the queens but black's position is unpleasant. Aronian.

30...Qd5 31.Qe4 Qxe4 32.Rcxe4 Rd8 33.R1e3 Kh7 34.Kf2 a5 35.Rc3 Ra8 36.Ke3 Ra6 37.Nc4 Ne7 38.Nb6

This I thought was gone already. - Aronian.

38...a4 39.Kd2 Ra5 40.Nxa4 Nd5 41.Rc2 Nf4 42.Kc1 Rc6 43.Kb1 g4?! 44.fxg4

Hikaru Nakamura


Levon Aronian

Position after 44.fxg4

Now this is completely lost for black and Aronian didn't feel the need to commentate on the rest.

44...Nd3 45.Re3 Nf4 46.b3 Re6 47.Kb2 Nd5 48.Re4 Nf6 49.Rec4 e4 50.Nb6 Nxg4 51.b4 Ra6 52.Re2 Nxh2 53.Rcxe4 Rg6 54.Re7 Ra7 55.a4 Nf1 56.b5 Ng3 57.Rf2 Rg5 58.c6 Rxa4 59.Nxa4 Rxb5+ 60.Kc2 bxc6 61.Nc3 Ra5 62.Rff7 Nf5 63.Ra7 Re5 64.g4 Nd4+ 65.Kd2 Ne6 66.Rf5 Nd4 67.Rxe5 Nf3+ 68.Ke3 Nxe5 69.Kf4 Ng6+ 70.Ke4 1-0

Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (NOR), 8-18 v 2013 cat. XXI (2766)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2767 * . . . . . . . 1 1 2
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 . * ½ . 1 . . . . . 2972
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 . ½ * ½ . . . . . . 1 2840
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2868 . . ½ * . . ½ . . . 1 2788
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 . 0 . . * 1 . . . . 1 2778
6. Wang, Hao g CHN 2743 . . . . 0 * . 1 . . 1 2772
7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . . . ½ . . * . ½ . 1 2806
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 . . . . . 0 . * . 1 1 2675
9. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2745 0 . . . . . ½ . * . ½ 2587
10. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2608 0 . . . . . . 0 . * 0
Round 2 (May 9, 2013)
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 70 D10 Slav Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 59 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Wang, Hao - Svidler, Peter 1-0 63 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 40 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 54 E15 Queens Indian

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