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Norway Chess 2013 (3)

Karjakin goes 3/3 a point clear of Aronian and Anand

Nakamura vs Carlsen. Photo ©

Nakamura vs Carlsen. Photo © |

Sergey Karjakin leads the Norway Chess tournament going into the first rest day moving to a perfect 3/3 score after defeating Wang Hao. Karjakin exhibited much better knowledge of the subtleties of a Sicilian Richter Rauser and exploited this knowledge to get a big advantage (22...Rd4 looks natural but it leads to a bad ending for black) which he converted.

The battle of the day was between Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen in a Vienna. Carlsen was forced to give up a pawn for open play after which the games became very difficult for both sides. Nakamura was probably right that 16.Qg4 was better than 16.Qe2 but it's unclear if he would have ended up substantially better. Whilst it seems probable there were improvements for both sides it was an excellent struggle.

Viswanathan Anand is a reknowned expert in the Najdorf Sicilian and most probably Veselin Topalov confirmed that you probably shouldn't play it against him. Anand revealed a deep understanding of the complex late middle-game and Topalov couldn't survive what Anand showed to be a very difficult position for him. Anand was understandably delighted with this very classy win.

Teimour Radjabov has had a tough time recently but even in poor form he was fairly determined today to pick up points against the weakest player in the tournament. Hammer started with a quite poor position but then this assessment swung for a while (28...Nc5! and probably 32...Rdxd5 seemed to leave Hammer better) but after 33...Rxd5 (33...Nxd5 was better) his position finally and rapidly went down hill.

Peter Svidler has been mixing chess with visits to the doctors which might explain why he didn't beat Levon Aronian or at least make him work harder for a draw. Svidler got a very nice position on the white side of an English with many possibilities but a offered a draw after only 31 moves (the earliest he could) after missing a key Aronian variation in a position where it seems he could with deep calculation have won a pawn with very decent winning chances.

Round 3 Standings: Karjakin 3pts, Aronian, Anand 2pts, Carlsen, Nakamura, Svidler, Radjabov 1.5pts, Wang, Topalov 1pts, Hammer 0pt.

Round 4 Pairings Sun 12th May 2013 2pm BST: Carlsen-Svidler, Topalov-Hammer, Anand-Nakamura, Aronian-Karjakin, Wang-Radjabov.

Nakamura,Hikaru (2767) - Carlsen,Magnus (2872) [C28]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (3.2), 10.05.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Na5 5.Nge2 Be7 6.0-0 d6 7.f4

[7.h3 1-0 Shanava,K (2578)-Sachdev,T (2409)/Dubai UAE 2013/The Week in Chess 962 (48)]

7...Nxc4 8.dxc4 c6 9.Kh1 0-0!?

Magnus Carlsen


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 9...0-0

[9...h5 10.f5 h4 11.Qd3 Bd7 12.h3 Qc7 13.Be3 0-0-0 14.a4 Kb8 15.a5 Rdg8 16.b4 d5 17.b5 cxb5 18.cxb5 Qc4 19.Qxc4 dxc4 20.a6 b6 21.Rad1 Rd8 1/2-1/2 Zinn,L (2410)-Kovacs,L (2385)/Decin 1975/EXT 2003]

10.f5 b5

Carlsen has no choice but to go for activity once he chose this line.

11.cxb5 d5 12.exd5 cxd5 13.Bg5 Bb7 14.Ng3

Magnus Carlsen


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 14.Ng3


[14...Rc8 maintaining some flexibility looks better.]

15.Bxf6 Bxf6

Magnus Carlsen


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 15....Bxf6


[16.Qg4 After the game Nakamura thought himself much better after 16.Qg4. It certainly seems to be complicated. 16...Qe7 17.Nh5 Rfd8 (17...Rac8 18.Nxg7 Rc4 19.Qg3 Kh7) 18.Nxg7]]

16...Qe7 17.Rad1 Rad8 18.Nh5 e4 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Na4

Magnus Carlsen


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 20.Na4


[20...Rfe8!?; 20...Bc8!?]

21.c3 d4 22.cxd4 Rxd4 23.Nc3 Rxd1 24.Nxd1 Rd8 25.Qe3 a6 26.a4 axb5 27.axb5 Rd3 28.Qa7 Bd5 29.Nc3

Magnus Carlsen


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 29.Nc3


[29...Qe5 Was recommended by the computer but as Carlsen admitted he didn't even understand the move although when he looked at it he started to. 30.b6 e3 31.b7 (31.Nxd5 e2; 31.Re1 Rd2 32.Nxd5 Qxd5 33.Qb8+ Kh7 34.Qg3 Rxb2) 31...Bxg2+]]

30.Nxd5 Rxd5 31.Qxe3 Qxb2 32.Qe8+ Kh7 33.Qxf7 Qxb5 34.Qg6+ Kg8 35.Ra1 Rxf5 36.Ra8+ Rf8 37.Rxf8+ Kxf8 38.h3 1/2-1/2

Anand,Viswanathan (2783) - Topalov,Veselin (2771) [B90]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (3.5), 10.05.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.Rg1 Nb6 13.Na5 Rc8 14.g5 Nh5 15.Kb1 Nf4 16.a3 g6

[16...Qc7 17.Bxf4 exf4 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Bxd5 20.Qxd5 Qxa5 21.Bd3 g6 22.h4 Rc5 23.Qe4 Re5 24.Qxf4 Rb8 25.c3 Qb6 26.Bc2 a5 27.Bb3 Rf5 28.Qe4 Bf8 29.Rg2 Re5 30.Qd3 Qc5 31.Rg4 Qe3 32.Qxe3 Rxe3 33.Rf4 Rb7 34.Bd5 Rc7 35.a4 bxa4 36.Rxa4 Rc5 37.Rf4 Re7 38.Ka2 Bg7 39.Rd3 Kf8 40.Ka3 Be5 41.Ra4 Bg3 42.Rg4 Bf2 43.Rf4 Bg3 44.Rg4 Bf2 45.Rf4 1/2-1/2 Dominguez Perez,L (2712)-Van Wely,L (2641)/Wijk aan Zee NED 2010/The Week in Chess 794]

17.h4 Qc7 18.Bxf4 exf4 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.exd5 Nxd5 21.Qxd5 Qxa5 22.Rg4 Rc5 23.Qb3 d5 24.Rxf4 Qc7 25.Rfd4 Qh2 26.c3 Rd8 27.Qc2 Qg3

Veselin Topalov


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 27...Qg3




[28...Qxh4 29.Bg2 Rc4 30.Bxd5 Rxd4 31.Rxd4 Kf8]

29.Bg2 Bxf4 30.Bxd5 Kg7 31.Qe4 Qe3 32.Qh1 Rd7 33.R1d3 Qe5 34.Qf3 Bh2

Veselin Topalov


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 34...Bh2


Anand wanted to play Bb3 and it seems he's right that's it's better. But there's nothing wrong with winning material here.


35...Re7 36.Re4 Rxe6 37.Rxe5 Rcxe5 38.Rd8 Re4 39.Ka2 Bf4 40.Rd7 Kg8 41.Ra7

and Ra6 follows.


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 . 1 3
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 . * ½ . 1 ½ . . . . 2 2900
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 . ½ * ½ . . . . 1 . 2 2949
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2868 . . ½ * ½ . . . ½ . 2783
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 . 0 . ½ * . . 1 . . 2808
6. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 . ½ . . . * . 0 . 1 2721
7. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2745 0 . . . . . * . ½ 1 2722
8. Wang, Hao g CHN 2743 0 . . . 0 1 . * . . 1 2645
9. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . . 0 ½ . . ½ . * . 1 2673
10. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2608 0 . . . . 0 0 . . * 0
Round 3 (May 10, 2013)
Karjakin, Sergey - Wang, Hao 1-0 39 B65 Sicilian Rauzer
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 38 C28 Vienna Game
Svidler, Peter - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 31 A29 English Four Knights
Radjabov, Teimour - Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 45 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto

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