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Norway Chess 2013 (4)

Karjakin's winning start in Norway continues against Aronian in Round 4

Sergey Karjakin moves to 4/4. Photo © Norway Chess.

Sergey Karjakin moves to 4/4. Photo © Norway Chess. |

Sergey Karjakin has made an amazing start to the Supreme Masters in Norway moving to 4/4 after defeating Levon Aronian with the black pieces. Karjakin seemed rather non-plussed by his start saying that he couldn't believe how badly Aronian, whom he respects a great deal, had played.

Aronian came with an improvement over Hammer-Karjakin from in Round 2. Aronian seems to have forgotten important details and his 22.f3? got him into trouble and 26.f4? was a dreadful move that left him practically lost. Karjakin brought the point home effectively.

Hikaru Nakamura was another player to win with the black pieces defeating World Chess Champion Viswanthan Anand. In a Ruy Lopez Nakamura came with a rather risky idea that relied on him being precise tactically. Anand probably underestimated 24...b4! (Nakamura thought 22.g3 was at the least safer for Anand) 28.Qh5?! and 29.g3? (29.Ne5) were bad and after 30...Nd3 Nakamura was winning and he finished things surely.

Magnus Carlsen was very disappointed with his performance against Peter Svidler. Svidler played the dubious 5...Ne5? ("Never again") against Carlsen's Bb5 Sicilian. Carlsen said he intended to play 16.a5 with a complete bind in just a couple of seconds but then tried to be even more accurate with 16.Nc4? but this allowed Svidler to solve all his problems with 16...b6 and 17...Rb8 (both players initially overlooked this) after which Svidler equalised comfortably.

Wang Hao played a very tricky variation of the Saemisch Nimzo-Indian against Teimour Radjabov but he either forgot his two year old preparation or there wasn't much there in the first place as the position was equal after 23 moves and agreed drawn in 32.

Jon Ludvig Hammer decided to stop the bleeding after three losses by playing more solidly against Veselin Topalov. However Topalov got a an opening advantage (12...a5 was better than 12...Ba6 according to Topalov) and later a huge passed d-pawn in a major piece ending and a winning position if he had played 43.d7 amongst other things. Both Svidler and Carlsen pointed d7 out. Topalov and Hammer didn't see why at the board but the tactical follow up Rd6 seems to be the point). Topalov was still better but couldn't overcome the technical difficulties and Hammer escaped with a draw. Topalov seemed disappointed with a number of aspects to his play continuing his theme from Zug.

R4 Standings: Karjakin 4pts, Nakamura 2.5pts, Aronian, Carlsen, Anand, Svidler, Rajdabov 2pts, Wang, Topalov 1.5pts, Hammer 0.5pts.

R5 Pairings Mon 13th May 2013: Nakamura-Topalov, Hammer-Wang, Svidler-Anand, Radjabov-Aronian, Karjakin-Carlsen.

Aronian,Levon (2809) - Karjakin,Sergey (2786) [E15]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (4.3), 12.05.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Bg2 c6 9.e4 d5 10.exd5 cxd5 11.Ne5 Bb7

[11...Nfd7 1-0 Aronian,L (2816)-Karjakin,S (2778)/Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP 2012/The Week in Chess 934 (30)]

12.0-0 Nc6 13.Bf4 Na5 14.Rc1 Ba3 15.Rb1 Bb4 16.Na4

[16.Ne2 1/2-1/2 Leko,P (2744)-Karjakin,S (2786)/Zug 2013/CB17_2013 (57)]

16...Ne4 17.a3 Be7 18.cxd5

[18.Qd3 f6 19.Ng4 (19.Nf3 dxc4 20.bxc4 e5!) 19...Re8 I'm not impressed with my move Re8. - Karjakin. (19...h5 20.Ne3 g5 21.cxd5 (21.f3 gxf4 22.fxe4 fxe3) 21...exd5 22.Nxd5 Qxd5 (22...Bxd5) 23.Nc3 Qf7) 20.cxd5 exd5 21.f3 Nd6 22.Rfc1 Bf8 23.Ne3 Nf7 24.b4 Nc6 25.b5 (25.Nc2) 25...Nce5 I just competely missed Ne5 - Hammer. 26.dxe5 fxe5 27.Bxe5 Nxe5 28.Qd4 (28.Qb3 Kh8 29.f4 Nc4 30.Nxc4 dxc4) 28...Qf6 29.Kh1 Nd7 (29...Ng4 30.Nc2!) 30.Qd3 (30.Qd2 Nc5) 30...Nc5 31.Nxc5 Bxc5 32.Nxd5 Qf7 33.Nb4 (33.f4 Rad8 34.Rd1 Rxd5!) 33...Re3 34.Qd2 Rae8 35.Re1 Bxf3 36.Rxe3 Bxe3 37.Qd3 Bxg2+ 38.Kxg2 Bc5 39.Rf1 Qe6 40.Nc6 a5 41.a4 Qe2+ 42.Qxe2 Rxe2+ 43.Kh3 Re4 44.Rf5 Rc4 45.Rd5 Kf7 46.Rh5 Rxa4 47.Rxh7 Re4 48.Rh8 a4 49.Ra8 a3 50.Nd8+ Kf6 51.Nb7 Be7 52.Ra6 Ke5 53.Kg2 Rb4 54.Rxb6 Ra4 0-1 Hammer,J (2631)-Karjakin,S (2786)/Sandnes NOR 2013]

18...exd5 19.b4 Nc6 20.Rc1

Sergey Karjakin


Levon Aronian

Position after 20.Rc1

Here already I couldn't remember what I was going to play.

20...Rc8 21.Bh3 f5 22.f3?!

Sergey Karjakin


Levon Aronian

Position after 22.f3?!

[22.Nxc6 Bxc6 23.Nc3]


Black is already fine - Karjakin.

23.Qd3 Nxe5 24.dxe5 Rxc1 25.Bxc1 Nc4 26.f4?

Sergey Karjakin


Levon Aronian

Position after 26.f4?

White should play anything but this - Karjakin.



White is already fighting for a draw. Karjakin.


[27.Nc5 Bxc5+ 28.bxc5 d4 29.Bxf5 Rxf5 30.Qxf5 Qd5]

27...Qb6+ 28.Rf2 d4

White can almost resign. - Aronian.


[29.Na4 Qc7 is a final better try.]


Sergey Karjakin


Levon Aronian

Position after 29...Rd8

He basically doesn't have a move - Karjakin.


[30.Bxf5; 30.Bg2 Be4 31.Bxe4 fxe4 32.Qxe4 d3]

30...d3 31.Qe6+ Kf8

[31...Qxe6? 32.Bxe6+ Kf8 33.Bxc4 bxc4 34.Nc3; 31...Kh8 is not quite so clear according to Karjakin.]


Sergey Karjakin


Levon Aronian

Position after 32.Qf5

[32.Qxb6 axb6 33.Nc3 d2 is winning for black.]

32...Ke8 33.Qxh7

[33.e6 Rd6 wins.]

33...d2 34.Bxd2 Rxd2 35.e6 Rd1+ 36.Bf1 Qxe6 37.Qh5+ Kf8 38.Nc3 Qc6 0-1

Anand,Viswanathan (2783) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2767) [C78]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (4.2), 12.05.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.d4 Bb6 9.Be3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.Re1

[11.h3 1/2-1/2 Ponomariov,R (2733)-Giri,A (2727)/Zug SUI 2013/The Week in Chess 963 (37)]

11...Na5 12.Bc2 c5!? 13.dxc5

[13.h3 1-0 Ponomariov,R (2733)-Caruana,F (2772)/Zug SUI 2013/The Week in Chess 963 (77)]

13...dxc5 14.Qe2 Ng4 15.Nf1 Be6 16.Ng5 Nxe3 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Nxe3 c4 19.Qh5 Qc7 20.Ng4 Rf8

Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 20...Rf8

Black needs to be very precise and accurate. Nakamura.

[20...Nc6 21.Rad1 Rad8 and black will suffer for a long time.]

21.Re2 Rad8 22.Rd1

[22.g3 Nc6 23.Kg2 with equality.]

22...Rxd1+ 23.Bxd1 Rd8 24.Bc2 b4!

Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 24...b4

The problem with b4 is if it doesn't work I'm just lost probably - Nakamura.


More natural perhaps. Nakamura.

[25.Re1 b3 26.axb3 cxb3 27.Bd1 (27.Bd3 g6 28.Qxe5 Qxe5 29.Nxe5 Bc7 30.Ra1 Bxe5 31.Rxa5 Rxd3) 27...Qd6 28.Be2 Qd2 29.Rf1 And Nakamura assumed he would have something. 29...g6]

25...Nc6 26.Ba4 Nxb4 27.Qxe5 Qe7

[27...Qc6 28.h3 Qxa4 29.Qxe6+ Kh8 30.Qxb6 and the Rook on d8 is hanging.]


Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 28.Qh5

Now Nakamura thinks he is just better.

[28.Qc3 Rd4 29.a3 Nd3 30.Bc2 Qg5 31.Ne3 Ne5 with probably enough compensation.]

28...Nxa2 29.g3?


29...Nc1 30.Rc2 Nd3

Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 30...Nd3

All of white's pieces are misplaced here. Nakamura who was confused as Anand continued to play quickly in this position where he thought correctly as it turns out he's winning.

31.e5 Rf8

[31...Nf4!? but Nakamura saw problems so he played very simply.]

32.Rxc4 Bxf2+ 33.Kg2 Bc5 34.Bc6

Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 34.Bc6


34...Rf5 35.Qh4

[35.Qe8+ Doesn't help.]

35...Ne1+ 36.Kh3 Qf7 37.Rxc5 Rh5 38.Bg2

Stopping Qf1 mate.

38...Rxh4+ 39.gxh4 Qf5 0-1

Carlsen,Magnus (2872) - Svidler,Peter (2747) [B51]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (4.4), 12.05.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0-0 a6 5.Bd3 Ne5

Peter Svidler


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 5...Ne5

"Never again" - Svidler.

6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.a4 Nf6

[7...e6 8.Na3 Ne7 9.Nc4 Nc6 10.a5 Basically all the black pieces suck - Carlsen.]


[8.Re1 b6 9.Na3 Bb7 10.Nc4 Nd7 11.b3 e6 12.Bb2 Qg5 13.Re3 g6 14.Rg3 Qf6 15.Qe2 g5 16.Qh5 Be7 17.Rf1 Qg6 18.Qe2 f6 19.h4 h6 20.f4 exf4 21.e5 f5 22.Nd6+ Bxd6 23.exd6 Rg8 24.Rxf4 gxf4 25.Rxg6 Rxg6 26.Qh5 Nf8 27.Bf1 0-0-0 28.Be5 Rg4 29.Qf7 Nd7 30.Qxe6 f3 31.Qxf5 f2+ 32.Qxf2 Rf8 33.Qe3 Re4 34.Qxh6 Rxe5 35.Bc4 Re1+ 36.Kh2 Rf2 37.Qh8+ Nf8 38.Kg3 Rxg2+ 39.Kf4 Rf2+ 40.Kg4 Rg1+ 41.Kh3 Kd7 42.Bd3 Ne6 43.Qh7+ Rg7 0-1 Trent,L (2429)-Sutovsky,E (2684)/Caleta ENG 2013/The Week in Chess 952]

8...Be6 9.Bb2


9...Bxb3 10.Qe2 c4

Peter Svidler


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 10...c4

Forced and the original intention.

[10...Be6 11.Bxe5 Ng4 12.Bg3 g6 13.Na3 Bg7 14.Rab1]

11.Bxc4 Bxc4 12.Qxc4 Rc8 13.Qb3 Qc7

[13...Nxe4 14.Bxe5 Qd7 15.Re1 Nc5 16.Qe3 and d4 comes next move.]


Peter Svidler


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 14.d3

I'm not lost as such but it's very, very unpleasant - Svidler.

[14.Nc3 e6 15.Ba3 Bxa3 16.Qxa3 Nd7]


14... Qxc2 The pawn on c2 can never be captured unfortunately for black. 15. Qxb7 Qc6 16. Qxc6+ Rxc6

15.Nd2 Nd7

Peter Svidler


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 15.Nd7


[16.a5! I was intending to go a5 in 2 seconds. - Carlsen.]

16...b6 17.Kh1 Rb8!

Peter Svidler


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 17...Rb8! solves most of black's problems.

[17...Bc5 loses.]


[18.f4 exf4 19.e5 b5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Nd2 Nxe5]


I simply have nothing - Carlsen.

[18...Rc8 19.Ba3 f6 (19...b5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Bxf8 Rxf8 22.Nd6+ was a cheap trick.) ]

19.g3 b5 20.axb5

[20.Ne3 Qxc3 21.Bxc3 b4]

20...axb5 21.Ne3 Qxc3 22.Bxc3 b4 23.Bd2 b3 24.cxb3 Rxb3 25.Ra8+ Rb8 26.Rxb8+ Nxb8 27.Rc1 Kd7 28.Rb1 Nc6 29.Nc4 Be7 30.f4 exf4 31.gxf4 Rb8

Peter Svidler


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 31...Rb8

The game is effectively over here - Svidler.

32.Rxb8 Nxb8 33.Kg2 Nc6 34.Bc3 Bc5 35.Kf3 Nd4+ 36.Bxd4 Bxd4 37.f5 g6 38.fxe6+ Kxe6 39.h3 h5 40.Na5 Bb6 41.Nc4 Bd4 42.Na5 Bb6 43.Nc4 Bd4 1/2-1/2

Wang Hao (2743) - Radjabov,Teimour (2793) [E25]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (4.5), 12.05.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.e4 Nf6 10.Be3 0-0 11.Qb3 Nfd7 12.a4 Qc7 13.Qa3 b6 14.a5 bxc5 15.a6 c4 16.Qa5 Qxa5 17.Rxa5 Nc6 18.Ra2 Nde5

[18...Rb8 19.Bxc4 Nde5 20.Be2 Rd8 21.Kf2 Rb1 22.g4 f5 23.Kg2 Ng6 24.h4 fxg4 25.h5 Nge5 26.fxg4 Rb3 27.Bg5 Rf8 28.Bd2 Bd7 29.Nh3 Rfb8 30.Nf2 Rb2 31.Rha1 Kf7 32.g5 R8b3 33.Bd1 Rb5 34.Be2 R5b3 35.Nd1 Rxa2 36.Rxa2 Ke7 37.Be3 Bc8 38.Kg3 Nd7 39.Bc4 Rb1 40.Nb2 Nde5 41.Be2 Kd8 42.Nc4 Nxc4 43.Bxc4 Re1 44.Kf2 Rh1 45.Be2 Kc7 46.Bc5 Rc1 47.Rd2 Rxc3 48.Bd6+ Kb6 49.Rb2+ Ka5 50.Ra2+ Kb6 51.Rb2+ Ka5 52.Rb5+ Ka4 53.Rb7 Bxb7 54.axb7 Rc2 55.b8Q Nxb8 56.Bxb8 a5 57.Ke3 Rc5 58.Kf4 Kb3 59.Bd1+ Kc4 60.Bd6 Rc6 61.Ke5 Kd3 62.Bb3 Rc1 63.Bxe6 Rg1 64.Kf4 Rf1+ 65.Ke5 Rg1 66.Bf5 a4 67.g6 hxg6 68.hxg6 Ra1 69.Bf8 a3 70.Bxg7 Re1 71.Kd6 a2 72.e5+ Ke3 73.e6 Kf4 74.Bc2 Re2 75.e7 Kg5 76.Bc3 1-0 Berkes,F (2614)-Almasi,Z (2644)/Budapest HUN 2004/The Week in Chess 511]

19.f4 Ng4 20.Bc1 Rb8 21.Nh3

[21.Bxc4 Rb1 22.Ne2 Nge5 23.Ra4 Nxc4 24.Rxc4 Rb6; 21.Bxc4?]

21...Rb1 22.Kd2 Rb6 23.Bxc4 Nb8

Teimour Radjabov


Wang Hao

Position after 23...Nb8

Wang Hao couldn't see how to continue here to an advantage.

24.Be2 Nf6 25.Nf2 Bxa6 26.c4

And this is just nothing special Wang.

[26.Bxa6 Nxa6 27.Ke2 Rc8 (27...Rc6 28.Be3 Nc5 29.Kf3 Rfc8 30.Rxa7 Nb3) 28.Be3 Rbc6 29.Bxa7 Nc5 30.Bxc5 Rxc5 31.Rc1]

26...Rc6 27.Kc3 Rfc8 28.Ra4 Nfd7 29.Be3 Nb6 30.Bxb6 axb6 31.Kd4 b5 32.cxb5 Rd8+ 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 1 . 1 4
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 . * 0 ½ 1 . . 1 . . 2896
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 0 1 * . ½ ½ . . . . 2 2773
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2868 . ½ . * ½ ½ . . ½ . 2 2780
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 . 0 ½ ½ * . . . 1 . 2 2812
6. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 . . ½ ½ . * . 0 . 1 2 2758
7. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2745 0 . . . . . * ½ ½ 1 2 2727
8. Wang, Hao g CHN 2743 0 0 . . . 1 ½ * . . 2677
9. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . . . ½ 0 . ½ . * ½ 2664
10. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2608 0 . . . . 0 0 . ½ * ½ 2446
Round 4 (May 12, 2013)
Aronian, Levon - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 38 E15 Queens Indian
Carlsen, Magnus - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 43 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 39 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Wang, Hao - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 32 E25 Nimzo Indian Saemisch
Topalov, Veselin - Hammer, Jon Ludvig ½-½ 56 E60 King's Indian without Nc3

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