Sergey Karjakin wins Norway Blitz tournament

Sergey Karjakin Aeroflot

Sergey Karjakin

The Norway Chess super-tournament started with an interesting drawing of lots celebration, a blitz tournament. Sergey Karjakin took clear first place after getting 6.5/9 points. Interestingly, the Russian chose number 5 in order to get the white pieces in both his first and last games.

Both contenders of the upcoming World Championship, Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, finished with 6 points. They were joined by American star Hikaru Nakamura with the same score. The tiebreak rules awarded Carlsen with second place, Anand third and Nakamura fourth.

Veselin Topalov did not have a good day at the office; he finished in the cellar after getting only one point in the whole event. His excellent form shown in the Zug Grand Prix makes us think that this just was a temporarily slip and that he will be fighting for the first place in the main event.

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Final Standings:

1. Sergey Karjakin 6.5
2. Magnus Carlsen 6
3. Viswanathan Anand 6
4. Hikaru Nakamura 6
5. Peter Svidler 5.5
6. Teimour Radjabov 5
7. Jon-Ludvig Hammer 3.5
8. Wang Hao 3
9. Levon Aronian 2.5
10. Veselin Topalov 1


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