Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Viswanathan Anand – Veselin Topalov 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: The Viswanathan Anand – Veselin Topalov game was a dynamic clash where the World Chess Champion played an inspired game. The game brought back memories of when Anand had beaten Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2010 to take the world title. Anand’s cool 32.Qh1! helped set up a great White win. You can read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Peter Svidler – Levon Aronian 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: The Peter Svidler – Levon Aronian draw was an interesting battle. At move 17, Aronian declined a pawn sac that actually gave White a Queenside majority plus an isolated pawn. White controlling the b-file still looked slightly better when playing a5 and offering a draw on his first legal occasion at move 31. Nothing much could be done by either side and the game ended peacefully. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Sergey Karjakin – Wang Hao 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Sergey Karjakin has been in great form at the tournament. The sharp Sicilian Rauzer with White’s slightly better position and a host of tactics helped the Russian Grandmaster win another full point to keep a perfect score. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Hikaru Nakamura – Magnus Carlsen 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Magnus Carlsen and Hiraku Nakamura are never scared of stepping out of opening theory books. There game had an an unexpected start with 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Na5 5.Nge2, and within very few moves more left the theory books completely. As Carlsen later took on c4, Nakamura true to his principles about ignoring his pawn structures took back with the d-pawn and went for a Kingside attack with f4-f5. An exciting game followed, but it ended in a draw. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Teimour Radjabov – Jon Ludvig Hammer 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: It was an exciting game even though Norway’s second second highest rated player lost. There was some time trouble as well for White, but the Azerbaijan Grandmaster held on to his space advantage even has Hammer went a pawn down. White returned the pawn and slowly squeezed out the win. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Wang Hao – Peter Svidler 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Wang Hao used his space advantage and home preparation well to cash in on Black’s plans. The endgame with Rook, Knight and four pawns versus Rook, Bishop and three pawns was too tough for Svidler to defend. Eventually, the Chinese Grandmaster took home the point. Read a report on the Round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Magnus Carlsen – Viswanathan Anand 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: World Champion Viswanathan Anand playing black against his challenger Magnus Carlsen, in what might well be their only meeting before the World Championship match in November, drew the game. The Sicilian (Moscow Variation) left Black with a backward pawn on d6, but with compensation in active pieces. Black got the pair of bishops, but controlling the d5 square with his knight white still held a slight edge in the early middle game. The positional game ended peacefully. Read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Veselin Topalov – Teimour Radjabov 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: The game between Veselin Topalov and Teimor Radjabov was a solid one with a complex Sicilian giving White a very slight initiative from the opening, but the Queen exchange led to a dead draw in a Knight and Bishop endgame. You can read a report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: Levon Aronian – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 2: The important game between Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura was a Slav that went into a drawish exchange line. Aronian went ahead with his home preparation, and Nakamura ended up helping him with his knight on the strong square. The position went downhill after that to a Rook and Knight endgame. A report on the round is up at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Sergey Karjakin – Teimour Radjabov 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov used their time enough to have made only 14 moves after two and a half hours! However, the closed Sicilian witnessed a nice attack by Karjakin down the Queenside. Radjabov eventually struggled to defend with rook and bishop versus rook and knight. Eventual time trouble and a winning move by Karjakin’s (41.c5!) forced Radjabov to resign. Read a report on the Round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Peter Svidler – Jon Ludvig Hammer 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Seeded more than 100 points below the ninth rated player in this field, Jon Ludvig Hammer put up a strong fight against Peter Svidler in a Grünfeld exchange line. Without the queens white kept a slight queenside initiative, but black defended creatively when sacrificing a pawn on b6 to win back another pawn on e4. But, Svidler used his opportunities and ground down the Norwegian to begin the tournament with a win. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Hikaru Nakamura – Wang Hao 1-0

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: An inspired Hikaru Nakamura went for a Kingside attack after castling long. Black managed fine, but White made the most of Black inaccuracies of 15…Re4 and 16… Re6. Having weakened his kingside with h6, Wang felt forced to exchange queens at the cost of a pawn. Sacrificing two minor pieces for a rook later could not help. A computer could have drawn, but a human in time trouble lost. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Viswanathan Anand – Levon Aronian 1/2-1/2

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: World Champion Viswanathan Anand went for the closed Ruy Lopez against second seed Levon Aronian and found a nice outpost on d4 with one of his knights before move 10, but a balanced position ensued Queen, Rooks, different colored Bishops and eight pawns with each side! Something finally seemed about to happen as Aronian played 22.— Bh6!?, intending to answer 23.Qh4 with a tactical 23.— Bxf4 – as played. Some spectators wondered (creatively) whether the World Champion was planning to sacrifice his Queen for Rook and Bishop, but Anand instead (wisely) exchanged some more pieces to regain the pawn he gave up on f4. Anand however was not in any danger and the game ended as a draw. Read a full report on the Round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 1: Magnus Carlsen – Veselin Topalov 1/2-1/2

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. Read more…