Norway Blitz: Carlsen Crushes

by Alejandro Ramirez
6/2/2014 – Magnus Carlsen, who recently announced his goal of being the best player in blitz, rapid and standard time controls, proved that he is definitely capable of dominating all of chess' speeds as he razed his opposition in the blitz tournament in Norway. A crushing 7.5/9 eclipsed even Aronian's 6.5/9, a score that was enough to win last year. Full report with all the blitz games!

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The No Logo 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.

Why "No Logo"?

Many of our readers have been inquiring about the banner appearing above the Norway Chess 2014 tournament logo. The organisers have explained it:

Our main sponsor, Unibet, is one of the largest online gambling operators in the European market with over 8.9 million customers worldwide in more than 100 countries. According to Norwegian gambling law marketing of international online gambling operators is not allowed. However sponsoring is accepted if commersial logo is not displayed to the public. Though the law still states that Unibet cannot claim for their logo to be used in connection with the tournament, or the event they are sponsoring.

This partnership does not give Unibet commercial rights to advertise in Norway, and therefore a neutral sponsor-name for the tournament has been chosen. No Logo Norway Chess has no direct link to Unibet, nor its way of operations. Towards their international markets Unibet will use the “No Logo” logo in combination with its own logo. The agreement also give Unibet the rights to stream matches from the tournament, and all of Magnus Carlsen’s matches will be shown live online on Unibet TV. This will coincide with a huge offering on odds for the event, both pre match and live.

Blitz Tournament

The Blitz Tournament was absolutely dominated by Magnus Carlsen. With an impressive 7.5/9 he left no doubts on who was the best player of the day. That being said, Levon Aronian's 6.5/9 was also very good. The top three players in the tournament finished in the top three spots. Joining them will be Karjakin and Svidler with more whites than blacks.

Carlsen commented after the tournament about Aronian: "He is in good form. I was impressed by our game. 6.5 was enough to win last year, it is an excellent score." He was quickly asked by Norwegian television: "If 6.5 is an excellent score then what is 7.5?"and his witty remark: "Well, that would be my score."

Carlsen gave up three draws in this tournament.
Topalov was not one of those draws.

Giri only scored one draw in the event! In this game he won against Karjakin

The beautiful scenery of Flor & Fjære

The players and spectators had to take a boat to get there!

Final Standings - Blitz

Unfortunately for Carlsen (fortunately for Topalov!) the event was not FIDE blitz rated

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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   Simen Agdestein 2628
Sergey Karjakin 2771   Veselin Topalov 2772
Alexander Grischuk 2792   Fabiano Caruana 2791
Peter Svidler 2753   Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Magnus Carlsen 2881   Anish Giri 2752
Round 02 – June 04 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628   Anish Giri 2752
Vladimir Kramnik 2783   Magnus Carlsen 2881
Fabiano Caruana 2791   Peter Svidler 2753
Veselin Topalov 2772   Alexander Grischuk 2792
Levon Aronian 2815   Sergey Karjakin 2771
Round 03 – June 05 2014, 15:30h
Sergey Karjakin 2771   Simen Agdestein 2628
Alexander Grischuk 2792   Levon Aronian 2815
Peter Svidler 2753   Veselin Topalov 2772
Magnus Carlsen 2881   Fabiano Caruana 2791
Anish Giri 2752   Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Round 04 – June 07 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628   Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Fabiano Caruana 2791   Anish Giri 2752
Veselin Topalov 2772   Magnus Carlsen 2881
Levon Aronian 2815   Peter Svidler 2753
Sergey Karjakin 2771   Alexander Grischuk 2792
Round 05 – June 08 2014, 15:30h
Alexander Grischuk 2792   Simen Agdestein 2628
Peter Svidler 2753   Sergey Karjakin 2771
Magnus Carlsen 2881   Levon Aronian 2815
Anish Giri 2752   Veselin Topalov 2772
Vladimir Kramnik 2727   Fabiano Caruana 2791
Round 06 – June 09 2014, 15:30h
Simen Agdestein 2628   Fabiano Caruana 2791
Veselin Topalov 2772   Vladimir Kramnik 2783
Levon Aronian 2815   Anish Giri 2752
Sergey Karjakin 2771   Magnus Carlsen 2881
Alexander Grischuk 2792
 
Peter Svidler 2753
Round 07 – June 10 2014, 15:30h
Peter Svidler 2753   Simen Agdestein 2628
Magnus Carlsen 2881   Alexander Grischuk 2792
Anish Giri 2752   Sergey Karjakin 2771
Vladimir Kramnik 2783   Levon Aronian 2815
Fabiano Caruana 2791   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

Links

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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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SierraSunset SierraSunset 6/3/2014 05:22
I am rather curious as to WHY the blitz tournament was not FIDE rated?
hpaul hpaul 6/3/2014 09:17
Your pairing schedule is apparently not quite right. You have, for example, Carlsen playing Grischuk twice (rds 2 & 7).
notyetagm notyetagm 6/3/2014 04:02
Mark Crowther at TWIC says that the Blitz tournament is *not* FIDE rated.
estupendo estupendo 6/3/2014 12:08
Will this tournament be rated for blitz ELO ranking?
TMM TMM 6/2/2014 11:34
Considering he wants to climb to #1 in the blitz lists, could you add to the article what the results mean for the blitz ratings of these players and especially Carlsen? How many rating points will he gain?
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