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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

No Logo Norway Chess 2014: Grischuk's time-trouble blunder gives Caruana Round 1 lead

Hello chess friends, the No Logo Norway Chess SuperTournament has begun and we're all hooked. After World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen ran away with the pairings blitz on the opening ceremony, the first round witnessed just one decisive game. This was Fabiano Caruana winning as Alexander Grischuk stumbled in time trouble and blundered. 

Grischuk's time-trouble blunder gives Caruana Round 1 lead. Photo: Official website

The other games were excellent draws with Levon Aronian versus Simen Agdestein being the most talked about: Agdestein was unwell, but chose to go ahead with the tournament and held his own against the World No. 2 with an excellent exchange sacrifice.

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen tried and tried against the young talent Anish Giri, but as he himself remarked later, you cannot win when the opponent is playing extremely accurately! Carlsen's exchange sacrifice was very much of no value in the face of accurate play.

The all-Russian clash of Peter Svidler and Vladimir Kramnik too petered to a draw after simplifications in an English that Svidler thought he could have surprised Kramnik with. However, the former World Chess Champion blitzed away merrily and held on. The Sergey Karjakin - Veselin Topalov game witnessed each trying to test the other's strength, but ended in a logical draw.

You can read a HUGE report on the official website with excellent photographs. Stay tuned, we're not going anywhere... and neither should you from the Norway Chess Tournament. Lots to come!
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