Jon Ludvig Hammer's Plans for May: "To Have Fun, Win at Least One Game, and Not Finish Last"

Время публикации: 06.02.2013 18:30 | Последнее обновление: 06.02.2013 18:51

The lowest ranked Norwegian participant of the new super GM tournament Norway Chess 2013 scheduled on May, Jon Ludvig Hammer gave an interview to Chessdom. 

"My goal is to have fun, win at least one game, and not finish last. I think I can do it!" Hammer said. He also admitted he was surprised by the fact the organizers managed to gather so many top players, "When they announced they wanted the top 10 from the rating list, I thought it was the ambitions of inexperienced organizers. Boy, did they prove me wrong. They set the bar at the top, and got all the players they wanted. I’m impressed!"

Hammer has also revealed his plans, "I’ve been focusing mostly on school the past year. I have an exam in March, but after that, pretty much all my attention will be on chess and the Norway Chess tournament. Compared to these guys, my game has some flaws – but I’ll work on all of them. I’m highly motivated by this challenge.

I’ve just recently started working on my summer plans. I will play Norsk Sjakkfestival in Fagernes during Easter, and I hope to get a wildcard to the World Cup in Tromsø in August. I’ll probably play two or three more tournaments during the summer, but I’m undecided so far."

This is what Hammer answered on the question if he's going to beat Magnus Carlsen again (as he did in NTG Quick Grand Prix), "I actually have two consecutive wins against Magnus – and three is a lucky number, right? Magnus doesn’t like losing, so he will bring his A-game. It’ll be one hell of a battle!"

Lately Carlsen's manager announced Peter Heine Nielsen has joined Magnus's team. Nielsen himself said in the interview he has also coached Hammer, "Peter was the second for the Norwegian team during the Novi Sad ETCC in 2009. I got the silver medal on the first board! Needless to say, Peter was a fantastic help in preparing me for the games. He’s one of the good guys." 


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