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Monday, June 9, 2014

No Logo Norway Chess 2014 R4, 5: Vladimir Kramnik takes Sole Lead

Hello chess friends, have you been following the No Logo Norway Chess supertournament over the weekend? ROund 5 witnessed three decisive games including the first win of the tournament by World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen - from a losing game against none other than Levon Aronian!

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen on his way to beating Levon Aronian. Photo: Official website -

The game lasted almost seven hours and it must have been a big psychological win for the World No. 1 over the World No. 2 as Magnus Carlsen came back to win from a surely lost position. Of course Norwegian fans would be over the top exulting at the victory. The win puts Carlsen back in contention for the title. 

On the other hand, the overnight tournament leader Fabiano Caruana blundered in a drawn Rook endgame giving the tournament a new leader in Vladimir Kramnik. 

The third decisive game of Round 5 had Anish Giri make all the best of a blunder by Veselin Topalov and win. The veteran Norwegian in the field, Simen Agdestein missed a clear win to settle for a draw with Alexander Grischuk. Peter Svidler as well, despite an advantage over Sergey Karjakin, had to settle for a draw. 

Earlier, Round 4 witnessed just one decisive game. All games were drawn except Sergey Karjakin playing with complete focus to turn a lost position into a victory over Alexander Grishuk. 

Detailed reports and excellent live commentary is available on the official website.

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