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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Norway Chess Blitz Drawing-of-Lots: Sergey Karjakin Wins, Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura Tie for Second

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Hi everyone, 

The Norway Chess super-tournament started with an interesting drawing of lots celebration, a blitz tournament. Sergey Karjakin took clear first place after getting 6.5/9 points. Interestingly, the Russian chose number 5 in order to get the white pieces in both his first and last games, according to a Chessdom report.

Both contenders of the upcoming World Championship, Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, finished with 6 points. They were joined by American star Hikaru Nakamura with the same score. The tiebreak rules awarded Carlsen with second place, Anand third and Nakamura fourth.

Veselin Topalov did not have a good day at the office; he finished in the cellar after getting only one point in the whole event.

Final Standings:
1. Sergey Karjakin 6.5
2. Magnus Carlsen 6
3. Viswanathan Anand 6
4. Hikaru Nakamura 6
5. Peter Svidler 5.5
6. Teimour Radjabov 5
7. Jon-Ludvig Hammer 3.5
8. Wang Hao 3
9. Levon Aronian 2.5
10. Veselin Topalov 1

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  • At May 9, 2013 at 3:43 AM , Anonymous Chris, NY said...

    Great show. Norway chess is delightful. The blitz was real fun. Maybe they should make that a tradition at all chess events!


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