Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, playing in his home country, attracted more than regular attention. His first round game versus former World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov was a positional battle. Having played d5 and exchanged the queens at d1 before 10 moves, Topalov equalized as black without any difficulties. Carlsen played on and the game had to be declared a draw despite an isolated d5 pawn. The Round 1 report from the Norway Chess Super Tournament is up at Chess Blog.


Carlsen, Magnus (2868) – Topalov, Veselin (2793)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Sandnes NOR
Date: 2013.05.08
[…] 1.c4 c5 2.¤f3 ¤f6 3.g3 ¤c6 4.¥g2 d5 5.cxd5 ¤xd5 6.d4 cxd4 7.¤xd4 ¤db4 8.¤xc6 £xd1+ 9.¢xd1 ¤xc6 10.¤c3 ¥d7 11.¥e3 g6 12.¦c1 ¥g7 13.¢c2 ¦c8 14.¦hd1 ¤a5 15.¥d4 ¥f5+ 16.e4 ¥xd4 17.¦xd4 ¥e6 18.b3 f6 19.f4 ¢f7 20.¢b2 ¦hd8 21.¦cd1 ¦xd4 22.¦xd4 ¤c6 23.¦d2 h6 24.¥f3 ¥h3 25.¤b5 h5 26.¥e2 h4 27.¥c4+ ¥e6 28.¥d5 hxg3 29.hxg3 a6 30.¤c3 ¦d8 31.¤a4 ¥xd5 32.exd5 ¤b4 33.¤c3 ¤c6 34.¢a3 ¤a7 35.¢b4 ¤c8 36.¤e4 ¤d6 37.¤c5 ¦c8 38.¤e6 b6 39.¦h2 ¤f5 40.g4 ¤e3 41.¦h7+ ¢e8 42.¦h8+ ¢d7 43.¦xc8 ¢xc8 44.g5 ¤xd5+ 45.¢c4 ¤e3+ 46.¢d4 ¤f5+ 47.¢e4 ¢b7 48.¤f8 ¤d6+ 49.¢d5 fxg5 50.fxg5 ¤f7 51.¤xg6 ¤xg5