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Monday, May 13, 2013

Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: Sergey Karjakin Leads with Perfect Score

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Hi everyone, 

The third round at the Norway Chess Super Tournament witnessed five interesting and tense games. In the end, it was still Sergey Karjakin leading with a perfect score. He won a nice positional game as white against Hao Wang. World Champion Viswanathan Anand on the other hand efficiently used his chances defeating former World Champion Veselin Topalov with a nice attack.

Magnus Carlsen and Hiraku Nakamura for sure both are such free thinkers. Their game made 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. True to his principle about not turning down interesting flank pawn sacrifices, Carlsen soon gave up one at b5 to break in the center with d5.

The game between Peder Svidler and Levon Aronian (that is, in case you have forgotten, the players sharing third place during that World Championship qualification in London some weeks ago), true enough was the shortest game of the tournament so far. Still it was a highly interesting 31 moves battle in which the outcome was a draw. 

The last game to finish again was the one played by Jon Ludvig Hammer – and again ended with a loss for him. Still the second highest rated player in Norwegian chess history again played many good moves and again made an exciting game out of it, this time as black against Teimour Radjabov. (The full report by Hans Olav Lahlum on the round is available at the official website.)

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