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Monday, August 30, 2010

Arctic Securities Rapid Chess: Hammer beats Carlsen

Magnus with fans in Kristiansund, Norway

Hello Everyone,

The Arctic Securities Rapid Chess Tournament in Kristiansund, Norway, between four top grandmasters has been quite exciting so far.

In Sunday's games Jon Ludvig Hammer beat Magnus Carlsen! After Saturday's 'missed' victory Hammer would surely be happy with himself. In the other games, Carlsen and Anand drew easily. Polgar nearly beat Carlsen but the youngster survived with a draw with some fantastic defense. Anand beat Hammer and Polgar. Polgar and Hammer drew their game.

The final takes place on Monday between Anand and Carlsen while Hammer and Polgar will fight it out for the bronze place. You can check the official website here.

Standings after Second Section

1. Anand V. 5.0/6.0
2. Carlsen M. 3.5/6.0
3. Hammer J. 2.0/6.0
4. Polgar J. 1.5/6.0

Here is the nice Hammer-Carlsen game. You can run the moves in our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 b6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. f3 e6 7. e4 d6 8. Be2 a6 9. O-O Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qc2 Qc7 12. Rfc1 Rc8 13. Bf2 Nbd7 14. a4 Rab8 15. Qd1 Qd8 16. Kh1 Bf8 17. Bf1 g6 18. Rab1 Ne5 19. b3 Bg7 20. Bg3 h5 21. Qd2 h4 22. Bf4 Rc5 23. Re1 Nh5 24. Be3 Ng3+ 25. Kg1 Nxf1 26. Rxf1 h3 27. Nde2 hxg2 28. Kxg2 Rc6 29. Rbd1 Ba8 30. Bg5 Qf8 31. h4 Re8 32. Ng3 f6 33. Be3 Qf7 34. Bh6 Bh8 35. Be3 f5 36. Bg5 Qh7 37. Rf2 Nf7 38. Rh1 Rcc8 39. Nce2 Be5 40. Bf4 fxe4 41. Nxe4 Bxe4 42. fxe4 g5 43. hxg5 Qxe4+ 44. Kg1 Rf8 45. Ng3 Qd4 46. Qc2 Nxg5 47. Qg6+ Bg7 48. Qxg5 Rf7 49. Qg6 Rcc7 50. Kg2 Rxf4 51. Qh7+ Kf7 52. Rxf4+ Qxf4 53. Rf1 Qxf1+ 54. Kxf1 Rc5 55. Ne4 1-0

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