Norway Final: Karjakin repeat winner

by Alejandro Ramirez
6/13/2014 – With very important victories in the last two rounds Sergey Karjakin emerged as the winner of this year's edition of the Norway Super tournament. This is a repeat from his performance from last year. Carlsen edged out Agdestein and ended second, while Grischuk defeated Kramnik in a dangerous game for third. Final round over view.

The Unibet Norway Chess Tournament will take place in Stavanger, Norway from June 2nd to June 13th. The tournament features some of the best players in the world and has a massive rating average of 2774.

Final Round

Round 09 – June 13 2014, 14:30h
Magnus Carlsen 2881
1-0
Simen Agdestein 2628
Anish Giri 2752
½-½
Peter Svidler 2753
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
0-1
Alexander Grischuk 2792
Fabiano Caruana 2791
0-1
Sergey Karjakin 2771
Veselin Topalov 2772
½-½
Levon Aronian 2815

Daniel King shows the highlights of round 9

Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 Agdestein, Simen
Carlsen won this like he usually wins games. He had some very slight pressure from the opening, but it is hard to say it was something special. The game became an endgame that was almost equal, but not quite, and Carlsen tortured his opponent who eventually cracked. The World Champion scores a +2 and obtained second place.

Despite his best efforts Agdestein did finish last, but he had a great tournament regardless and he had opportunities to have scored much better than he did

Carlsen is second place again, and it is hard to say he is satisfied with his performance

Giri, Anish ½-½ Svidler, Peter
A very uneventful repetition in less than 20 moves.

Svidler's only decisive game this tournament was a loss to Caruana

Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 Grischuk, Alexander
Kramnik went all out in this game by sacrificing a pawn for a huge pawn center and possibilities of attack against Grischuk's king. However Black's queen was very active and White's king was rather exposed, so it was not trivial to make progress; actually Black had just enough to hold the balance. At some point Kramnik overpressed and Grischuk precisely pushed back the attack giving him an important last round win.

Despite claiming that he wasn't playing well in this tournament and that he was more excited for the blitz than anything else, Grischuk finished in a good third place

Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 Karjakin, Sergey
A strategically interesting game. Caruana seemed to have a strong grip on the position with the control over the c-file and some pressure on Black's position, but he allowed Karjakin's pieces to become too active after the Italian player made many inaccuracies. This allowed Karjakin to create a powerful passed pawn that Caruana could simply not deal with, and this passed pawn gave Karjakin the key to winning the Norway No Logo super tournament.

Norway 2014 Champion: Sergey Karjakin

Topalov, Veselin ½-½ Aronian, Levon
Topalov had some pressure in the position, but somehow Aronian's breaks were precisely and powerfully timed and they gave him full equality. The game finished in a completely dead drawn endgame.

Topalov recovered near the end of the tournament and he finished on 50%

Final Standings

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Schedule of Events

Date
Time
Event
Venue
Playchess commentary
02.06.2014 17.00 Blitz Flor & Fjære  
03.06.2014 15.30 Round 1 Scandic Stavanger Forus Daniel King
04.06.2014 15.30 Round 2 Scandic Stavanger Forus Simon Williams
05.06.2014 15.30 Round 3 Scandic Stavanger Forus Yasser Seirawan
07.06.2014 15.30 Round 4 Vågen VGS, Sandnes Yasser Seirawan
08.06.2014 15.30 Round 5 Scandic Stavanger Forus Yasser Seirawan
09.06.2014 15.30 Round 6 Aarbakke fabrikkhall, Bryne Chris Ward
10.06.2014 15.30 Round 7 Scandic Stavanger Forus Daniel King
12.06.2014 15.30 Round 8 Scandic Stavanger Forus Simon Williams
13.06.2014 14.30 Round 9 Scandic Stavanger Forus Daniel King

Pairings

Round 01 – June 03 2014, 15:30h
Levon Aronian 2815
½-½
Simen Agdestein 2628
Sergey Karjakin 2771
½-½
Veselin Topalov 2772
Alexander Grischuk 2792
0-1
Fabiano Caruana 2791
Peter Svidler 2753
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Magnus Carlsen 2881
½-½
Anish Giri 2752
Round 02 – June 04 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628
½-½
Anish Giri 2752
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
½-½
Magnus Carlsen 2881
Fabiano Caruana 2791
1-0
Peter Svidler 2753
Veselin Topalov 2772
0-1
Alexander Grischuk 2792
Levon Aronian 2815
1-0
Sergey Karjakin 2771
Round 03 – June 05 2014, 15:30h
Sergey Karjakin 2771
½-½
Simen Agdestein 2628
Alexander Grischuk 2792
1-0
Levon Aronian 2815
Peter Svidler 2753
½-½
Veselin Topalov 2772
Magnus Carlsen 2881
½-½
Fabiano Caruana 2791
Anish Giri 2752
0-1
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Round 04 – June 07 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Fabiano Caruana 2791
½-½
Anish Giri 2752
Veselin Topalov 2772
½-½
Magnus Carlsen 2881
Levon Aronian 2815
½-½
Peter Svidler 2753
Sergey Karjakin 2771
1-0
Alexander Grischuk 2792
Round 05 – June 08 2014, 15:30h
Alexander Grischuk 2792
½-½
Simen Agdestein 2628
Peter Svidler 2753
½-½
Sergey Karjakin 2771
Magnus Carlsen 2881
1-0
Levon Aronian 2815
Anish Giri 2752
1-0
Veselin Topalov 2772
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
1-0
Fabiano Caruana 2791
Round 06 – June 09 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628
½-½
Fabiano Caruana 2791
Veselin Topalov 2772
1-0
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Levon Aronian 2815
½-½
Anish Giri 2752
Sergey Karjakin 2771
½-½
Magnus Carlsen 2881
Alexander Grischuk 2792
½-½
Peter Svidler 2753
Round 07 – June 10 2014, 15:30h
Peter Svidler 2753
½-½
Simen Agdestein 2628
Magnus Carlsen 2881
½-½
Alexander Grischuk 2792
Anish Giri 2752
0-1
Sergey Karjakin 2771
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
½-½
Levon Aronian 2815
Fabiano Caruana 2791
½-½
Veselin Topalov 2772
Round 08 – June 12 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628
0-1
Veselin Topalov 2772
Levon Aronian 2815
½-½
Fabiano Caruana 2791
Sergey Karjakin 2771
1-0
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Alexander Grischuk 2792
½-½
Anish Giri 2752
Peter Svidler 2753
½-½
Magnus Carlsen 2881
Round 09 – June 13 2014, 14:30h
Magnus Carlsen 2881
1-0
Simen Agdestein 2628
Anish Giri 2752
½-½
Peter Svidler 2753
Vladimir Kramnik 2783
0-1
Alexander Grischuk 2792
Fabiano Caruana 2791
0-1
Sergey Karjakin 2771
Veselin Topalov 2772
½-½
Levon Aronian 2815

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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