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Anand looking good in Kristiansund

Viswanathan Anand coasted into the final scoring 5/6 in the preliminary phase of the Arctic stars tournament. On the other hand his opponent tomorrow, Magnus Carlsen, limped into second place after not winning a single game on Sunday!
See below for Video coverage of the event plus some bonuses.

The surprise of the day was J-L Hammer winning against his illustrious countryman in round five. However he was too far behind to challenge the predictable scenario that Anand would meet Carlsen in Monday's showdown of the giants.

Posn.NameCountryRating1W1B2W2B3W3B4W4BTotal
1Viswanathan AnandIND 2800 * * ½ ½ 1 1 11 5
2 Magnus CarlsenNOR 2826 ½ ½ * * 1 0 ½ 1
3 Jon Ludvig HammerNOR 2636 0 0 10 * * ½ ½ 2
4 Judit PolgarHUN 2682 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * *

The renowned rapid wizard Anand was mercilous against Hammer and Polgar, but only achieved two draws against Carlsen.

Here are further details of the games so far:

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

Sunday's (29th of August) results:

Round 4

Jon Ludvig Hammer0-1Viswanathan Anand 42 Catalan Opening
Magnus Carlsen0.5-0.5Judit Polgar108Sicilian Defence

Round 5

Jon Ludvig Hammer1-0Magnus Carlsen 55 Hedgehog System
Viswanathan Anand1-0Judit Polgar35 Sicilian Defence

Round 6

Magnus Carlsen½-½Viswanathan Anand40Spanish Berlin
Judit Polgar½-½Jon Ludvig Hammer55Four Knights Defence

Here is the latest video courtesy of Gérard Demuydt and Robert Fontaine and Europe Echecs.

More tomorrow for the final!

For more information concerning the event go to the Official site

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