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Norway Chess 2013 (1)

Karjakin, Nakamura and Svidler start with wins in Norway Masters Round 1

Sergey Karjakin started with a win. Photo ©

Sergey Karjakin started with a win. Photo © |

The first Norwegian super tournament started in Sandnes with three decisive results in the first round.

Sergey Karjakin outplayed Teimour Radjabov in a Bb5 Sicilian where he got both a time advantage and a better position straight out of the opening. Radjabov has struggled in the Candidates and Alekhine Memorial and it looks like this will be another long event for him.

Peter Svidler is one of the biggest experts as black in the Gruenfeld but it seems he does struggle on the white side. In fact straight out of the opening he was more concerned with equalising. However Hammer gradually got into trouble but still had a draw the rook ending (pointed out by Carlsen) by going to the back rank with his King. Svidler, scared he might have miscounted moves even repeated allowing a final chance for his opponent to draw before finally executing the winning plan.

Hikaru Nakamura said that it just wasn't his opponent Wang Hao's day as he took advantage of what he thought were many inaccuracies by his opponent. Nakamura showed some care in an ending with bishop and knight for rook before winning the game.

Viswanthan Anand played for a small edge against Levon Aronian in a Closed Ruy Lopez, he then overlooked something and was slightly on the back foot. Anand could probably also have drawn against 31...Re3 but this was much trickier than either player thought over the board. Instead Aronian just repeated.

Magnus Carlsen admitted that he was trying to play for a small advantage without risk in the first round against Veselin Topalov. The position probably was close to equal but Carlsen found ways of testing his opponent before having to liquidate to a draw.

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

Round 2 Pairings: Carlsen-Anand, Topalov-Radjabov, Aronian-Nakamura, Wang-Svidler and Hammer-Karjakin.

Karjakin,Sergey (2786) - Radjabov,Teimour (2793) [B30]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (1.5), 08.05.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bb5 Bg7 5.0-0 e5 6.d3 Nge7 7.Bc4 h6 8.a3 0-0 9.b4 d6 10.bxc5 dxc5 11.Re1 Kh7 12.Nd5 Be6 13.Nxe7 Qxe7 14.Bd5 Nd4

Black was already down to 40 minutes on the clock.


Teimour Radjabov


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 15.Nd2

Preparing c3.

[15.Rb1 Bg4 16.Rxb7 Qf6 with counterplay.]

15...Bxd5 16.exd5 Rad8

[16...Qd7 17.c3 Nf5 18.c4 e4 19.Rb1 exd3 20.Ne4 is better for black than the game.]

17.c3 Nb5 18.c4 Nd4

[18...e4 19.Nxe4 Bxa1 20.Ng5+ wins for white. This is what Radjabov overlooked before he got here.]

19.a4 Qd7 20.Rb1 b6 21.Bb2 Rfe8 22.a5

Teimour Radjabov


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 22.a5

Clearly better for white, the question is how much better. - Karjakin.


[22...b5 23.cxb5 Qc7 24.Qa4 Rxd5]

23.Qa4 f5 24.axb6 axb6 25.Bxd4 cxd4 26.Qc6! Qxc6 27.dxc6 Rc8

[27...Rb8 28.f4! exf4 (28...Rec8 29.fxe5 Rxc6 30.Nf3 very close to winning for white.) 29.Rxe8 Rxe8 30.Rxb6]

28.Rxb6 Re6 29.f4

White is just a pawn up.

29...e4 30.dxe4 fxe4 31.Rxe4 Rexc6 32.Rxc6 Rxc6 33.Re7 Kg8 34.Rd7

The king is coming to d3 when white is winning so black doesn't lie down but tries to find counterplay.

34...Bf8 35.Ne4! d3

[35...Rxc4 36.Nf6+ Kh8 37.Rh7#]

36.Kf2 Ba3

[36...Bb4 37.Rd4 d2 38.Ke2 Re6 39.Kd1]


Teimour Radjabov


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 37.Rd4

[37.Rxd3 Rxc4]


[37...Bb2 38.Rd8+]

38.Ke3 Bc1+ 39.Nd2 Bxd2+ 40.Kxd2 Ra6 41.c5

The pawn just queens.


Nakamura,Hikaru (2767) - Wang Hao (2743) [C42]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (1.3), 08.05.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 b6

I don't think b6 is the main line these days. - Nakamura who was surprised by the choice of opening.

[8...d5 9.0-0-0 c6 10.h4 Bg4 11.Bd3 h5 12.Rdg1 Nd7 13.Nh2 Ne5 14.f3 Be6 15.Bf4 Nxd3+ 16.Qxd3 Bc5 17.Be3 Bxe3+ 18.Qxe3 Qa5 19.a3 Rad8 20.Qg5 f6 21.Qxh5 Qb6 22.Ng4 Bf7 23.Qf5 d4 24.c4 Bxc4 25.Nh6+ Kh8 26.Qh5 Rd5 27.Nf5+ 1-0 Chiari,A (1886)-Brunner Beamud,A (2038)/Rio de Janeiro BRA 2010/The Week in Chess 798]

9.0-0-0 Bb7 10.Nd4

[10.h4 Nd7 11.h5 Nc5 12.Bc4 Bf6 13.h6 g6 14.Bd4 Ne6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Bd5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 Rac8 18.Qd2 Rce8 19.Rde1 Nf4 20.g3 Rxe1+ 21.Rxe1 Ne6 22.Nd4 g5 23.Nc6 a5 24.f4 gxf4 25.gxf4 Qxh6 26.Ne7+ Kh8 27.Nd5 Rg8 28.b3 Rg3 29.Kb2 Qg6 30.Rh1 Rg4 31.a4 f5 32.Re1 Qf7 33.Re3 Rg6 34.Qe1 Kg8 35.Qh4 Kg7 36.Qh2 h6 37.Qh5 Kh7 38.Qf3 1/2-1/2 Domancich,E (2297)-Netolitzky,G (2275)/ICCF email 2011/Corr 2013]

10...Nc6 11.Nf5 Bf6 12.h4 Re8

Completely surprised Nakamura.


13.Bg5 Ne5

[13...h6 is critical. 14.Bxh6 Re5 15.Bd3 Rxf5]

14.f4 Ng4 15.Bb5

Wang Hao


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 15.Bb5

Already its very, very, very difficult for black to play.


[15...Re6 16.Nd4]

16.Ng3 Re6



Practical decision that made a lot of sense.


[17...a6 18.Bd3 and Nakamura assumed he would be better.; 17...h6 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Qe2 and too many things are hanging for black.]

18.Rxe1 h6 19.Qe2

[19.Re8+ Qxe8 20.Bxe8 Rxe8 21.Bxf6 Nxf6 and black should draw.]


[19...hxg5 20.Qxg4 gxh4 21.Nh5]

20.Bd3 Qe6

Nakamura didn't even consider this move.


21.Qxe6 fxe6 22.Bxf6 Nxf6 23.Rxe6 Bxg2

Wang Hao


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 23...Bxg2

I don't think it was Wang Hao's day. He made many, many mistakes. Nakamura.

[23...Kf7 24.Re2 Re8 objectively a better try according to Nakamura. 25.Rxe8 Kxe8 26.Nf5 Bxg2 27.Nxg7+ Kf7 28.Nf5 Nh5 may be unclear. White's much better but not winning.]

24.Re7 Nd5 25.Bc4 Kf8

[25...Rf8 26.f5 Kh8 27.Re2 (27.Bxd5 Bxd5 28.Rxc7 wins immediately.) 27...Nf4 28.Rf2 g5]

26.Bxd5 Kxe7 27.Bxg2 Rf8 28.f5 Kf6 29.Kd2 d5 30.Ke3 Ke5 31.Bh3 Rd8 32.Ne2 c5 33.Kf3!

The key is to keep the black rook out of the game.

Wang Hao


Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 33.Kf3


[33...d4 34.cxd4+ cxd4 35.Nf4 Rc8 36.f6! Rc7 37.fxg7 Rxg7 38.Nd3+ Kd5 39.Bf5]

34.Nf4 Kf6 35.h5!

Now Ne6 will follow with no counterplay.

35...a6 36.b3 Rd8 37.Ne6 Rd7 38.Kf4 a5 39.Bf1 c4 40.a4!

Again keeping the rook out.

40...Rd6 41.Bg2 Rd7 42.Bf3



Carlsen,Magnus (2872) - Topalov,Veselin (2771) [A30]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (1.1), 08.05.2013

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5

I thought its possible to pose black some slight problems here. Said Carlsen who wanted to play without too much risk in the first round.

6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ndb4 8.Nxc6 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 Nxc6 10.Nc3 Bd7 11.Be3

I don't remember much. Topalov.

11...g6 12.Rc1 Bg7 13.Kc2

[13.f4 0-0 14.Ke1 Rac8 15.Kf2 e5 16.Rhd1 Be6 17.Nb5 Bxa2 18.Bc5 Rfd8 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Nxa7 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Ra8 22.b4 exf4 23.gxf4 Bb3 24.Rd7 Bd5 25.Rc7 Bh6 26.e3 Bf8 27.Nxc6 Bxc5 28.bxc5 Ra2+ 29.Kg3 Be4 30.Nd4 Rg2+ 31.Kh3 Rg1 32.Re7 Bg2+ 33.Kg3 Bd5+ 34.Kf2 Rc1 35.c6 Rxc6 36.Nxc6 Bxc6 37.e4 Kf8 38.Re5 Kg7 39.Ke3 Kf6 40.Kd4 Bd7 41.Ra5 h6 42.Ra6+ Kg7 43.Ke5 Bg4 44.f5 g5 45.Kd6 Kf6 46.Ra5 Kg7 47.Ke7 h5 48.f6+ Kg6 49.Ra8 1-0 Smirin,I (2590)-Alterman,B (2615)/Dresden GER 1998]

13...Rc8 14.Rhd1 Na5!? 15.Bd4 Bf5+! 16.e4

White didn't really want to do this.

16...Bxd4 17.Rxd4 Be6 18.b3 f6 19.f4 Kf7 20.Kb2 Rhd8 21.Rcd1 Rxd4 22.Rxd4 Nc6 23.Rd2 h6 24.Bf3

Veselin Topalov


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 24.Bf3

Carlsen didn't like this move after the game.

24...Bh3! 25.Nb5 h5

[25...Bf1 26.Bg4]]

26.Be2 h4 27.Bc4+ Be6 28.Bd5 hxg3 29.hxg3 a6 30.Nc3 Rd8 31.Na4 Bxd5 32.exd5 Nb4

Carlsen didn't notice black could come back.

33.Nc3 Nc6 34.Ka3 Na7 35.Kb4 Nc8 36.Ne4 Nd6 37.Nc5 Rc8 38.Ne6 b6

A critical move that seems strong but commital on the run up to first time control.

39.Rh2 Nf5 40.g4 Ne3 41.Rh7+ Ke8 42.Rh8+ Kd7 43.Rxc8 Kxc8 44.g5 Nxd5+ 45.Kc4 Ne3+ 46.Kd4 Nf5+ 47.Ke4 Kb7 48.Nf8 Nd6+ 49.Kd5 fxg5 50.fxg5 Nf7 51.Nxg6 Nxg5

Trading to a draw.


Svidler,Peter (2747) - Hammer,Jon Ludvig (2631) [D85]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (1.4), 08.05.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rb1 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qxd2+ 12.Kxd2 0-0 13.d5 Rd8 14.Bd3 Na5 15.Bg5


15...f6 16.Bf4 b6

Only one specialist turned up today and it wasn't me. Svidler. From this moment on I couldn't figure out what to do.

[16...e5 17.Be3 b6 18.Rhc1 Bf8 19.Ke2 Nb7 20.Ba6 Nc5 21.Bxc8 Raxc8 22.Bxc5 Bxc5 23.Ne1 Ba3 24.Rc2 f5 25.f3 Kf7 26.Rb3 Rxc2+ 27.Nxc2 Bc5 28.Nb4 Bxb4 29.Rxb4 Rc8 30.Kd3 fxe4+ 31.fxe4 Ke7 32.Ra4 Rc7 33.Ra6 Kd6 34.a4 Kc5 35.a5 bxa5 36.Rxa5+ Kb6 37.Ra3 Rf7 38.Rb3+ Kc5 39.Rc3+ Kb5 40.Rc8 a5 41.Re8 a4 42.Rxe5 a3 43.d6+ Kb4 44.Re8 Ra7 45.Re7 Ra8 46.Rb7+ Kc5 47.d7 a2 48.Rc7+ Kb5 49.Rb7+ Kc6 0-1 Antic,D (2495)-Belov,V (2627)/Budva MNE 2009/The Week in Chess 750]


White is fighting for equality according to Svidler.

17...e5 18.Be3

It's somewhat easier for me to equalise. "I was just incredibly worried about everything" Svidler.


[18...f5 19.Bg5 Rf8 20.Ke3 This is kind of daring and "might go spectacularly wrong for white.]

19.Rhc1 Bxb5 20.Rxb5 Nb7 21.Ke2 Nd6 22.Rb4 a5

Jon Ludvig Hammer


Peter Svidler

Position after 22...a5

"I was really unhappy about afterwards" Hammer. This move really condemns black to play for a draw.

[22...f5 Is probably some kind of a forced draw. Svidler. 23.Ng5 Nxe4 24.Nxe4 fxe4 25.Rc7 (25.Rd1) 25...Rxd5 26.Ra4 Trying to scare black.; 22...Bf8]

23.Rxb6 Nxe4 24.Nd2 Nxd2 25.Bxd2 Rxd5 26.Rc7

With rooks like this I can never be worse. - Svidler.


[26...f5 27.Rbb7 Bf6 28.Rxh7 e4 29.Rh6]

27.Bc3 f5

[27...R5d7 draw according to Svidler 28.Rxd7 Rxd7 29.Ra6 (29.Bxa5 Ra7 30.Rb5 e4 and Svidler thinks the King is a long way from b3 still. 31.f3 exf3+ 32.gxf3 Bf8 33.Bb6) 29...Rc7 30.Kd2 Bh6+ 31.Kc2 Bf8 This has to be a draw.]

28.Rbb7 Bf8 29.a4

[29.Rxh7 Rc8 is equal.]


[29...h5 30.g3 For bishop endings this is a horrible move I don't want to make - Svidler.]

30.Rxc5 Bxc5 31.Bxe5 Rd5 32.f4 Bd4

[32...Bb4 33.Rg7+ Kf8 34.Rxh7 Rd2+ 35.Ke3 Rxg2 36.Kd4 very, very thin - Svidler]

33.Rb5 Rd7

[33...Rxb5 This ending wins for white according to Svidler. 34.axb5 Bb6 35.Kd3 Kf7 36.Bd4 Bxd4 37.Kxd4 Ke6 38.Kc4 Kd6 39.Kb3 Kc5 40.Ka4 Kb6 41.h3]


I thought g3 was very clever.

34...Bxe5 35.Rxe5 Rd4 36.Rxa5 Kf7 37.Ra7+ Kf6

[37...Kg8 It's a dead draw according to Carlsen.]

38.Ra6+ Kf7 39.Ra7+ Kf6 40.a5 Rd5 41.Ra6+?

An extra repeat to make sure that he made time control should have cost Svidler.

41...Kg7 42.Ra7+

Jon Ludvig Hammer


Peter Svidler

Position after 42.Ra7+


Hammer loses his final chance to hold.


43.a6 Rd6 44.h4

Just resignable according to Svidler.

44...Ke6 45.h5 gxh5 46.Rxh7 Kd5 47.Rxh5 Ke4 48.a7 Ra6 49.Rh7 Ra2+ 50.Kd1 Kd3 51.Rd7+ Kc3 52.Ke1 Kc4 53.Kf1 Kc5 54.Kg1 Kc6 55.Rf7 Kd5 56.Rxf5+ Ke6 57.Rb5 Rxa7 58.Kg2 1-0

Anand,Viswanathan (2783) - Aronian,Levon (2809) [C84]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (1.2), 08.05.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 d6 7.c4!?

I wasn't sure c4 was exactly right in this position. - Anand.

7...0-0 8.Nc3 Bg4

[8...Bd7 9.a3 Re8 10.b4 Bf8 11.h3 h6 12.Be3 Ne7 13.Bb3 Ng6 14.Re1 a5 15.c5 axb4 16.axb4 Rxa1 17.Qxa1 Be6 18.Bxe6 Rxe6 19.d4 exd4 20.Bxd4 dxc5 21.Bxc5 Bxc5 22.bxc5 Nd7 23.Qd1 Re8 24.Qd4 Nde5 25.Qxd8 Nxf3+ 26.gxf3 Rxd8 27.Rb1 Rd3 28.Nd5 c6 29.Ne3 Rd7 30.Nc4 Nf4 31.Nd6 Nxh3+ 32.Kg2 Nf4+ 33.Kf1 h5 34.Rxb7 Rxb7 35.Nxb7 Ne6 36.Na5 Nd4 37.f4 g6 38.Kg2 Kf8 39.f3 Ke7 40.Kf2 Kd7 41.Nc4 f6 42.Nb2 Kc7 43.Nd3 Kb7 44.Ke3 Ne6 45.f5 gxf5 46.exf5 Nc7 47.Kf4 Ka6 48.Nf2 Nd5+ 49.Kg3 Ne7 50.Kf4 Kb5 51.Ne4 Nd5+ 52.Kg3 Kc4 53.Kh4 Kd4 54.Kxh5 Ke5 55.Kg6 Ne7+ 56.Kf7 Nxf5 57.Nxf6 Nd4 58.Nd7+ Kf4 1/2-1/2 Bajarani,U (2409)-Aleksandrov,A (2642)/Baku AZE 2010/The Week in Chess 826]

9.Be3 Nd4 10.Bxd4 exd4 11.Nd5 c6

[11...Nxd5 12.exd5 f5 followed by Bf6.]

12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3

Here I was mildly pleased because without taking into account tactics this is better for white according to Anand.

14...g6 15.Rae1

[15.b4 Bg7 16.Rae1 f5 17.Bb3 Kh8 18.b5 This is Anand's plan in this structure.]

15...Bg7 16.Qd1 Qb6

Levon Aronian


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 16...Qb6

Qb6 was a bit annoying. - Anand.

17.Qd2 a5 18.f4 Qb4 19.Qc2 Qc5

[19...f5 20.e5 dxe5 21.c5 followed by a3 worried Aronian.]




His main strategic idea is always Re3.

21.Bd1 f5 22.Bf3 Bh6 23.Qh4

[23.g3 g5 24.Bh5 Re7 25.exf5 Re3]


Levon Aronian


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 23...Bxf4

A bit of a shock for Anand.

24.Qxf4 fxe4 25.Qg3 exf3 26.Rxe8 Rxe8


27.Qxf3 Qf5 28.Qxf5 gxf5 29.Rxf5 Re2

White's very close to a draw here but Anand was determined to be accurate.

30.Rf2 Re1+ 31.Rf1

Levon Aronian


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 31.Rf1. Here Aronian at the very least should have tried 31...Re3 to test Anand out.


[31...Re3 Anand thought he would have to spend half an hour working out this ending which is "tough". "But it's black who is pressing here, that's for sure." - Anand. 32.Rf6 (32.Rf3 Rxf3 33.gxf3 Kf7 34.Kf2 Kf6 35.f4 (35.a4 Kf5 36.Kg3 h5 37.h4) 35...Kf5 36.Kf3 h5 37.h4 b6 38.a4) 32...Rxd3 33.Rxd6 Rd2 34.Rd8+ Kf7 35.Rd7+ Ke6 36.Rxb7 d3 could become quite unpleasant. Anand.]

32.Rf2 Re1+ 33.Rf1 Re2 1/2-1/2

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. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 . * . . . . . . 1 . 1
3. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 . . * . . . . 1 . . 1
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 . . . * ½ . . . . . ½ 2783
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 . . . ½ * . . . . . ½ 2813
6. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2868 . . . . . * ½ . . . ½ 2793
7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . . . . . ½ * . . . ½ 2868
8. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2608 . . 0 . . . . * . . 0
9. Wang, Hao g CHN 2743 . 0 . . . . . . * . 0
10. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2745 0 . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (May 8, 2013)
Karjakin, Sergey - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 41 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Nakamura, Hikaru - Wang, Hao 1-0 42 C42 Petroff's Defence
Svidler, Peter - Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 58 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 33 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Carlsen, Magnus - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 51 A30 English Symmetrical

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