All players in Norway are in the shadow of the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. But Jon Ludvig Hammer, Carlsen’s friend and compatriot, has become a force in his own right in recent years.
Jon Ludwig Hammer has been the trusted second of Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion, for a long time. [Editor’s note: They are the same age and basically grew up together.] As a player, Hammer has largely been in the shadow of his illustrious countryman, which is not a surprise. But in the last few years, he has climbed up the rankings and his rating has approached 2700 — the level of an elite grandmaster. His success has been built on many strong tournament performances, including second place in the Rilton Cup in Sweden earlier this month. In this game from that event, he charges ahead in his typical bullish style to take out his Swedish opponent before his opponent could even understand what was happening.
Hammer, J. vs. Blomqvist, E.
45th Rilton Cup 2015-16 |Stockholm SWE |Round 3.1 |29 Dec 2015 |ECO: D20 |1-0
1. d4d52. c4dxc43. e4e3 lines are of course much more boring.
The move chosen by Hammer leads to more fluid positions. 3... Nf64. e5Nd55. Bxc4Nb66. Bd3Nc67. Ne2Bg48. f3Be69. Nbc3Qd710. Ne4Bd511. Nc5Qc812. Bg5!?A
novelty, although it's use is not entirely clear to me. I wonder if the
bishop is better placed on g5 than say on d2. On the other hand it's
just annoying to have your opponents bishop sitting in your territory and I
can imagine Black had this itch to just get rid of it. But any way to drive it away creates weaknesses in Black's camp. 12... f6ugly looking - but since
exf6 will help Black develop, it was tempting.
( 12... e613. Rc1and the bishop remains sitting there obstinately. )
( 12... h613. Bd2and h6 is just weak. )
13. Bh4fxe514. O-O!of course White
doesn't care about the pawns! That isn't the Hammer style of play. 14... exd4Tsk tsk...too greedy! Don't take too many pawns if you
aren't developed should be drilled into the minds of all players from the moment they start playing chess.
( 14... e6it was much better to realize that Black needs to complete his development at all costs. The position would remain very complicated if Black
then played Bd6 and 0-0 next. )
15. Nf4!The knight gets in on the action as well! 15... Bf716. Rc1The pieces are all well placed. About now, Black must have been wondering why he hadn't continued to develop. 16... e517. Nxb7!Nb8Of course this wasn't going
to help him last longer.
( 17... exf418. Re1+ )
( 17... Qxb7was critical - and led to some pretty continutions. 18. Bb5!Bc4!19. Rxc4!!Nxc420. Qa4!And Black's position is
collapsing. The pins make
sure that Black has no way to escape for more than a move or so. )
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FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
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The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
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The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players