Not much to write home about today. I played GM Nikola Sedlak, Serbia with white and managed to sacrifice a pawn after the opening based on a serious miscalculation. The planned attack would have lost a piece. A change of plan kept collateral damage to a minimum (one pawn). As demonstrated by his draw offer after 22. Ne5 a pawn up Sedlak did not have much ambition beyond the draw. I declined and tried to create some play despite being worse throughout the game. In the end a drawn rook ending couldn´t be avoided. Hammer drew on board two as well. With a winning advantage on table three and good prospects on four things looked good only to turn in the time trouble, and we lost 2.5-1.5.
The women outclassed Angola as expected.
Tomorrow we face Russia 4 and we really want to win. In the evening Tromsoe 2014 will stage a reception prior to the election on October 2nd.
Magnus Carlsen, Khanty-Mansiysk, September 30th, 2010