There’s plenty of blitz and rapid chess happening out there this December. The latest chess news comes from the NTG Quick Chess Grand Prix organised by the NTG Chess Club on 15th December. Here is the interesting Round 4 game in which World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen lost to Jon Ludvig Hammer. Enjoy the power of the pawn. Full tournament report on Chess Blog.

Magnus Carlsen – Jon Ludvig Hammer

Result: 0-1
[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 4.d3 ¥c5 5.¥xc6 dxc6 6.¤bd2 ¤d7 7.¤c4 O-O 8.h4 ¦e8 9.h5 ¥f8 10.¥d2 b6 11.£e2 ¥a6 12.¤e3 ¤c5 13.¤f5 £d7 14.h6 g6 15.¤g7 ¥xg7 16.hxg7 f6 17.¥h6 ¤e6 18.O-O-O c5 19.g4 g5 20.£e3 ¦ad8 21.¦h2 c4 22.¥xg5 ¤xg5 23.¤xg5 fxg5 24.¦dh1 £xg4 25.¦xh7 £f4 26.£xf4 exf4 27.¦7h5 cxd3 28.¦xg5 d2+ 29.¢d1 f3 30.¦d5 ¦xd5 31.exd5 ¦e1+ 32.¦xe1 dxe1=£+ 33.¢xe1 ¢xg7 34.¢d2 ¢f6 35.¢e3 ¢e5