2013

Year end thoughts 2013

Looking back at tournaments won (Tata Steel Chess, the Candidates and Sinquefield Cup), and the successful World Championship match, 2013 is without much doubt my best chess year ever.\r\nBut, I.m equally thrilled by the prospects ahead
2013

Chennai World Championship Match 2013 Victory!

Magnus and (most of the) his team returned to Norway yesterday to a great reception.\r\nIt is time to finally provide an account of the last games.\r\nThe change of direction of the match after the last rest day was appreciated by the spectators
2013

Chennai World Championship match 2013 Game 7 & 8

There is different ways of looking at the pro.s and con.s of having white in game one of the match as Magnus did here, but clearly one key aspect is having the black pieces two games in a row in the middle of the match
2013

Chennai WC 2013 Game 5 & 6

A chess world championship match attracts interest far beyond the circle of tournament players and keen amateurs
2013

Chennai WC 2013 Game 3 & 4

Game 3 and 4 in the World Championship match in Chennai had everything except a decisive result.\r\nMagnus played the white pieces Tuesday
2013

The road to Chennai 2013 . Success at the top

Towards the end of 2008 we discussed a cooperation with Garry Kasparov, and Espen Agdestein, who had already helped us secure the sponsor FAST the year before, agreed to work as a sponsor agent to help finance the cooperation
2013

The road to Chennai 2013 . Early development

What did it take for a Norwegian to reach a match for the World Championship title?\r\nIn addition to a talent for and deep interest in chess, I think it was important to get possibilities and encouragement on the way
2013

The road to Chennai 2013 . Match information

Being busy with preparations for the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand starting in a little over two weeks, Magnus has asked me to write about the match and how he got there
2013

Sinquefield Cup 2013 Victory

The Sinquefield Cup was my last tournament prior to the World Championship match in November, and it exceeded expectations both with regard to the excellent organisation of the event and my own result.\r\nKamsky had a promising position against Nakamura in their sharp encounter in the last round yesterday, but the latter put up a tenacious defence and it ended in a draw
2013

Penultimate round lead in Sinquefield Cup

I played Americans with the black pieces two days in a row and with good results.\r\nFeeling a bit tired after all the workout on the rest day I ate a heavy brunch before the game against Kamsky yesterday
2013

Chennai Visit

On the way to Chennai we (me and my manager, my father, a chef and a few media representatives from Norway) had a short stop in Doha, Qatar
2013

Tal Memorial 2013 R6 to R8

In round 6 before the last rest day I had black against the 2012 World Championship Challenger Boris Gelfand
2013

Tal Memorial 2013 R5

Today.s game against Anand was probably our last encounter prior to the World Championship match in November in Chennai, and it attracted quite some attention from the photographers at the start of the round
2013

Norway Chess 2013 R5

Not surprisingly this category 21 tournament is the strongest ever taking place in Norway, and it marks the start of an amazing year and a half with the World Cup in Tromsoe in August and the Olympiad in Tromsoe next summer.\r\n\r\nThe tournament is taking place in the Stavanger region, in Sandnes at the player.s hotel and R4, R7 and R9 in interesting locations regionally
2013

Candidates 2013 in London!

Winning the Candidates 2013, and the right to challenge the reigning Wold Champion V.Anand for the title, is my most important single tournament victory to date! \r\nThe drama of the last rounds resulted in a +3 tie between me and V.Kramnik
2013

Tata Steel Chess R8

Most years leaving Norway early January for Wijk aan Zee translates to leaving the snow and the freezing cold behind
2013

Tata Steel Chess 2013 R6

I.m trying to find a metaphor for the role of the Wijk aan Zee tournament in chess compared to other sports
2013

Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4

Yesterday I played white against Pentala Harikrishna, who qualified for the A-group by winning the B-group last year