Norway 07: Giri dizzies himself

by Alejandro Ramirez
6/11/2014 – Today featured four draws, none particularly shiny. That doesn't mean however that there was no hard fought chess, the contrary, if anything it was too hard fought. The only decisive game today was between Giri and Karjakin. Somehow the Dutch player won an exchange, but he could not make progress. After 131 moves a brutal blunder left him completely lost.

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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.

Round Seven

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

That's former World Championship Contender Nigel Short on the guitar. Yup.

Daniel King shows a summary of round 7.

Svidler, Peter ½-½ Agdestein, Simen
A somewhat rubbish opening left Svidler with the pair of bishops but an overall bad position, with no coordination whatsoever. The players repeated moves in a position where maybe Agdestein could have tried to push for an advantage, as it was less clear how White would play than Black.

Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ Grischuk, Alexander
A very long endgame. Not surprisingly the Grunfeld reappears in the tournament and although Carlsen certainly had the advantage throughout the entire game it is hard to pinpoint where exactly he could have improved. Despite having an extra pawn in the endgame, Black's active bishop and active king proved sufficient to hold the draw, barely.

Grischuk overcame the pressure from Vitamin C

Giri, Anish 0-1 Karjakin, Sergey
A brutal game. The players shuffled for what seem like forever before Giri made any sort of progress in a close English position. Karjakin lost the exchange at some point but his position seemed to be a fortress. Giri sacrificed a pawn to open lines for his queen, but Black became too active just in time and forced a perpetual. On move 131, however, the Dutch player simply blundered a powerful move that landed him in a mating net and he was forced to resign.

Too much piece shuffling caused Giri's mind to spin out of control

The amount of patience required for today's game was surreal

Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Aronian, Levon
Kramnik definitely held a strong advantage in this game. His superior structure and better activity gave him good winning chances. However at some point he misplayed it, and the opposite colored bishops always caused problems in conversion. Aronian held on to a draw at the end.

Big Vlad certainly had a chance to reclaim solo first today

Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Topalov, Veselin
The game started out as a wild Sicilian. White sacrificed a piece for three pawns but to neutralize the initiative Black counter-sacrifced an exchange for a pawn. The resulting position left White with two pawns and two rooks against Black's two minor pieces. Caruana was certainly pushing, but Topalov's active pieces allowed him to retain the draw.

A tense game that Topalov ended up holding

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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   Veselin Topalov 2772
Levon Aronian 2815   Fabiano Caruana 2791
Sergey Karjakin 2771   Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Alexander Grischuk 2792   Anish Giri 2752
Peter Svidler 2753   Magnus Carlsen 2881
Round 09 – June 13 2014, 14:30h
Magnus Carlsen 2881   Simen Agdestein 2628
Anish Giri 2752   Peter Svidler 2753
Vladimir Kramnik 2783   Alexander Grischuk 2792
Fabiano Caruana 2791   Sergey Karjakin 2771
Veselin Topalov 2772   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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fcolonna fcolonna 6/12/2014 01:03
Can someone explain what the 13.75 TB in the standings means for Carlsen?
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