Having enjoyed a relatively quiet week after returning from Moscow, I played the BNBank Blitz tournament staged at the Oslo Central station yesterday.
In addition to 10 invitees, the 16 player field included 6 regional qualifiers.
In the initial group play it took some time to get warmed up, but I got through to the quarterfinals fairly easy.
After beating my friend and the second ranked Norwegian player Jon L.Hammer in the quarter final in a match that was more balanced than the numbers 2.5-0.5 indicates, I played quite well against Emanual Berg, the highest rated Swede, in the semifinal and won 3-0.
American blitz specialist Hikaru Nakamura convincingly won all his initial games including a 3-0 victory against the top Danish player Peter H.Nielsen in the semi.s.
In the final I managed to play quite well initially winning the first game with black and getting a totally winning position in the second game. I still don.t fully understand how I managed to lose the 2nd game in the end. It was certainly not my day.
I went on to lose the third game and squandered a comfortable advantage in the 4th. In a must win situation I avoided repetitions and lost in the end. Hence Nakamura won the final 3-1. My congratulations.
Next week I.ll start preparations for the London Classic starting December 8th.
Magnus Carlsen