Norway Chess 2013 Round 4

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/5/13 12:51.

phpnsFUmV.pngSergey Karjakin is setting the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament on fire with a perfect score of 4 wins from 4!

The latest victim was world #2 Lev Aronian, who lost horribly despite having the white pieces. Karjakin now stands 1½ points clear at the top of the standings.

The other decisive result of round 4 occurred in the game between Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura. The 3-time U.S. chess champion outplayed the world champion in a tactical battle to move into second place.

Nothing seems to be working for Magnus Carlsen at the moment. He failed to win again today, with the white pieces against Peter Svidler. Carlsen admitted in the press conference that "I simply have to play better than I did today. If not, I won't win any games". However, Carlsen faces runaway tournament leader Sergey Karjakin in round five, with the black pieces.

A draw was much better news for the other Norwegian competitor in Stavanger, as huge tournament underdog Jon Ludvig Hammer finally got off the mark by holding Veselin Topalov to a draw. Wang Hao and Teimour Rajabov also drew their game.

The standings after 4 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2767 4
2 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 2½ 
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2813 2
4 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2868 2
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2783 2
6 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 2
7 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2745 2
8 Wang, Hao  CHN  2743 1½ 
9 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 1½ 
10 Hammer, Jon Ludvig  NOR  2608 ½ 


A delighted Sergey Karjakin after his fourth win



Vishy Anand was blown up by the "H-Bomb"!



Magnus Carlsen drew his fourth straight game






The pairings in round five

NAKAMURA Hikaru  v TOPALOV Veselin
HAMMER Jon Ludvig  v WANG Hao
SVIDLER Peter  v ANAND Viswanathan


The tournament is a single-round-robin and the official website has live commentary from Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam and Simen Agdestein, as well as live game broadcasts and live video.

The time control is 100 mins for 40 moves, then 50 mins for 20 moves, and then 15 mins to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start. The "Sofia" anti-draw rules apply.


Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)

Norway Chess 2013 Schedule.jpg


The main sponsors are the Norwegian companies HTH and Jadarhus.

Pictures/screenshots from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • hace 3 años


    son of pearl ,I  think you need to calm down. He was only saying

  • hace 3 años


    I believe its impossible to guess the position from the photograph of anand & nakamura! 

  • hace 3 años

    MF ImmortalTechnique

  • hace 3 años


    Karjakin needs to go to the barber shop and the dentist. Uhm, maybe his winning because it's his superstition? hehe 

  • hace 3 años


    Carlsen! Beat karjakin up!

  • hace 3 años


    @ LaserZorin - I think you need to calm down.

    I'm well aware that it's not easy to beat any of the players in this tournament.  Carlsen is trying his best, but of course if your opponent doesn't make a significant mistake then a draw is the most likely result.

    "Nothing seems to be working" (for Carlsen) is a reasonable statement, because he hasn't lived up to his own incredibly high standards so far.  It wasn't even a criticism of him, so there's no need for you to write a hysterical comment as if I insulted him. Laughing

  • hace 3 años


    Karjakin, go-go to the dentist!!!

  • hace 3 años


    According to the author, amassing draws against 4 chess geniuses rated a mere 2750-2800 Elo (that were solely playing for the draw, giving Carlsen far fewer chances) means Carlsen is in terrible form and "nothing seems to be working" (sic) for him.  

    Sadly, such ignorance is widespread among many chess fans.  Here's what one has to understand about someone rated in that Elo range; they are among the strongest ever to play the game of chess.  They would utterly destroy and humiliate legendary world champions like Lasker, Capablanca, and Alekhine.  

    These days, winning against a 2500 GM is insanely difficult, thanks to high-level opening and computer preparation, let alone a 2750-2800 elite GM!  

    When said 2750-2800 decides to solely play for a draw, allowing Carlsen few inroads, it means he can only in win one of two ways;

    1.  His opponent has a really bad day.  (Happens once every 10-20 games)

    2.  He has to win a brilliancy that ranks higher than many all-time classic games.

    And to Carlsen's credit, at Wiijk An Zee and other tournaments, that's exactly what he did.  Again and again.  (The Karjakin victory comes to mind)  It's exceptional, and why he might be playing the game at a higher level than anyone in history, Kasparov and Fischer included.  

    But oh wow, here in one elite tournament, for 4 rounds, he wasn't able to win a single great brilliancy against all-time chess geniuses giving him no chances and solely trying for a draw.  

    Clearly, a sign that he is awful and something is wrong, right?  I guess according to the author of this article, Petrosian was abysmal, since he would regularly draw 10-15 games in a row against upper-echelon competition, and they were significantly weaker than a modern 2750-2800 Elo player.  

  • hace 3 años


    go karjakin sergey

  • hace 3 años


    Vishy Anand was blown up by the "H-Bomb"!


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  • hace 3 años


    I'd put a decent amount of money on a draw between Karjakin and Carlsen in round 5. But still, it's a very exciting matchup at this point in the tournament.

  • hace 3 años


    I'm sure Carlsen knew exactly what he was doing with 5. Bd3. Besides it brought him nice advantage. In the post mortem Svidler said that 5... Ne5? was horrible mistake. White should have done 16. a5 to fix the queenside when black's position is really uncomfortable.

  • hace 3 años

    NM Petrosianic

    clever line by svidler.  4...a6 puts white in a uncomfortable position --- a rare line but black completely equalizes on best play there after the normal 5.Bxd7 and it's difficult to work these lines out over the board --- carlsen likely had very little if any prep on this, hence 5.bd3.

  • hace 3 años


    excellent win, Nakamura. interesting his and the leader's games both with black ending at 38 and 39 moves.

  • hace 3 años


    The Krajken wakes...

  • hace 3 años


    This is just getting ridicolous ! :P 

    Karjakin really on rampage !

  • hace 3 años


    anand makes some bad move in this game...

  • hace 3 años


    Nakamura's 24. ... b4! does deserve an exclamation point. Maybe even two.

    Carlsen... 5. Bd3... really?  He must have forgotten d2 pawn has not been moved yet... He's right, with this kind of move there is a lot of room for improvement.

  • hace 3 años


    Karjakin ON FIRE !!!

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