No Logo Norway Chess 2014: Karjakin wins 2nd Time, Carlsen 2nd, Grischuk 3rd
The final round had the possibility of three players winning the tournament - Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen grind out the solid play by his former trainer Simen Agdestein to stay in contention. Karjakin stayed cool and beat Caruana after the latter lost the thread of the game mid-way in time trouble. Caruana had rejected a draw with three-fold repetition giving the last game his best shot at the title. Karjakin did say at the tournament that he would have been happy with a draw situation.
In the other games of the day Vladimir Kramnik lost to Alexander Grischuk and you can find a most delightful press conference video by the Russian #1 at the official website.
Anish Giri, Peter Svidler and Veselin Topalov, Levon Aronian chose to draw their last round games. The final standings saw Karjakin with 6 points, Carlsen with 5.5 (second like last year) and Grischuk third with 5 points. Caruana and Topalov scored 4.5 points, Aronian, Svidler, Giri and Kramnik had 4.0 point, while Agdestein scored 3.5. Unfortunately, Agdestein's last place just does not do justice to the fabulous games he played in the tournament amongst the elite despite being the last seed!
Earlier, in the penultimate round, Karjakin had taken sole lead by beating Kramnik. Carlsen had only managed to draw with Svidler a game that even the latter was convinced he was going to lose.
You can find lots of reports, videos and photographs on the excellent official website of the tournament. We sure look forward to Norway Chess 2015 already.
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