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Norway chess 2015 - GOTD Round 9

Opening: D30: Queen's Gambit Declined

Player(s): Hammer, Carlsen

IM John Watson recaps Round 9. In a day saddened by the news about the great Walter Browne passing away in the night, the tournament was decided in less than one hour. 17 moves. That is all it took to end the 3rd Norway Chess. Topalov and Anand drew uneventfully, and Topalov is now the new King of Norway. Nakamura beat convincingly Aronian, whose tournament was not the best he's ever played. The Norwegian derby saw the most unexpected outcome: Hammer outplayed Carlsen, to get his first win in the event. It's not entirely surprising, though. Jon Ludvig Hammer has probably been playing the most exciting chess in these 9 rounds, but he missed chances here and there. This is the worst result for Magnus Carlsen since... forever, and now people are wondering if it's crisis or just a disgraceful event, started horribly with the (in)famous time-control mess. Magnus said that it is an odd feeling not to have anything to play for in a tournament, and lack of motivation can well be a reason for not playing at one's best. We'll see. Congratulations to GM Veselin Topalov, who won a super-duper tournament after 5 years of fasting.

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