Russian Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin repeated the last year’s success and clinched another trophy at the Norway Chess super-tournament after concluding the race with 6,0/9 points, leaving the World Champion Magnus Carlsen half a point behind.
The final round was rather dramatic as Carlsen pressed against his former trainer Simen Agdestein in an attempt to catch up with the leader. Agdestein held the ground in an equal position before going astray shortly after the time control.
Meanwhile, Karjakin played an excellent game with black against Fabiano Caruana’s over-stretched English setup. The passed a-pawn decided the outcome and the Russian deservedly took the top prize.
1. Karjakin Sergey – 6
2. Carlsen Magnus – 5,5
3. Grischuk Alexander – 5
4-5. Caruana Fabiano and Topalov Veselin – 4,5
6-9. Aronian Levon, Svidler Peter, Giri Anish and Kramnik Vladimir – 4
10. Agdestein Simen – 3,5
Most of the players will be moving to Dubai for the 2014 FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships.