SIMPLECHESS

Carlsen in action!: Day one

The Arctic Securities Chess stars event in Kristiansund Norway sees four exciting players testing their rapid-play skills. From left-to-right the participants are Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norwegian No.2), Vishwanathan Anand (World champion), Judith Polgar (World No.1 woman) and of course Magnus Carlsen (World No.1).

The time limit is 20 minutes (plus 10 seconds per move) in a double-round robin of six rounds over two days (Saturday and Sunday), followed by a final and third-fourth place play-off on Monday.

Here are some further statistics about the players involved:

SeedNameCountryRatingAgeWorld Rank
1Magnus CarlsenNOR2826191
2Viswanathan AnandIND2800403
3Judith PolgarHUN26823454
4Jon Ludvig HammerNOR263620108

Saturday's games showed the domination of the two favourites who already seem to have one foot in the final.

Posn.NameCountryRating1W1B2W2B3W3B4W4BTotal
1Viswanathan AnandIND 2800 * * ½ . 1 . .1
2 Magnus CarlsenNOR 2826 . ½ * * 1 . . 1
3 Jon Ludvig HammerNOR 2636 . 0 .0 * * ½ . ½
4 Judit PolgarHUN 2682 0 . 0 . . ½ * * ½

Here are Saturday's (28th of August) results:

Round 1

Viswanathan Anand 1-0 Jon Ludvig Hammer 56 Italian Game
Judit Polgar 0-1 Magnus Carlsen 35 Spanish Berlin

Round 2

Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Jon Ludvig Hammer 73 Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Judit Polgar 0-1 Viswanathan Anand 34 Spanish Berlin

Round 3

Viswanathan Anand ½-½ Magnus Carlsen 31 Sicilian Dragon
Jon Ludvig Hammer ½-½ Judit Polgar 45 Nimzo Indian

For more information concerning the event go to the Official site

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