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A Dramatic Climax In Biel 2012!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/2/12, 11:02 AM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgWang Hao quickly crushed Anish Giri in his final game at Biel to leave Magnus Carlsen needing a win against Etienne Bacrot to successfully defend the title he won last year.

While Hikaru Nakamura also ended on a high by beating Victor Bologan, Carlsen exerted as much pressure as possible in search of the win he desperately needed, but Bacrot held firm and Wang Hao emerged victorious!

The final standings in the 2012 Biel GM Tournament:

Name Nat Elo Pts
Wang Hao CHN 2739 19
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 18
Anish Giri NED 2696 16
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 16
Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 7
Victor Bologan* MDA 2732 4

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Wang Hao (left) took an excellent victory at Biel 2012

Biel 2012 Wang Hao.jpg

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Magnus Carlsen (right) was unable to beat Etienne Bacrot

Biel 2012 Magnus Carlsen v Etienne Bacrot final round.jpg

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The winner's podium (left to right: Carlsen, Wang Hao, Nakamura, Giri)

Biel 2012 podium.jpg

The festival also included many other events including a Master Tournament, Main Tournament, Rapid Tournament and a Blitz Tournament.  All the results are available at the official website.

Pictures from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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* Bologan's score includes 2 losses by Alexander Morozevich who withdrew due to illness.

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  • 21 months ago

    IM dpruess

    hahaha, triangulation, love it :-)

  • 21 months ago

    Balachandar

    I think all these measures, to make chess more interesting for spectators like fast time controls [1 min per move suggested by FM Eric Schiller] and anti draw rules like Sofia rule and this soccer like scoring system are simply back firing. Chess may not be a spectator sport, the audience would not love to sit for hours watching the GMs faces and if they agree to draw in the 25th move itself, but that is the way chess is.

  • 21 months ago

    diogens

    Yes IM. Especially in Curaçao 62. Poor Bobby, playing hours and hours under the unbearable heat while soviets were having fun in the pool.

    The problem with 3-1-0, as Balanchadar stated, is that fixing not only gives  them two resting days but an extrapoint. With 2-1-0 is just two resting days.

    But this would work only in double round robins like Biel or the upcoming Candidates. In single ones you would have to seek for triangulations, a common endgame theme.

    Anyway, something must be done to avoid quick technical draws. The no draw agreement until first time control like in russian Superfinal seems a good idea.

  • 21 months ago

    IM dpruess

    match fixing already occurs. i don't think this scoring system will change it much.

  • 21 months ago

    diogens

    What Balanchadar says is a smart observation. I hadn't thought about it but it's true, it's much easier to fix a result in chess than in football.

  • 21 months ago

    NajdorfDefense

    Keres was +4 vs Euwe and +4 vs Tal, but they were World Champions, and he wasn't. It's not hard to understand.

  • 21 months ago

    Balachandar

    I have said earlier too, this type of scoring could lead to match fixing. Players may agree to win one and lose game against each other in double round robin tournaments to get a score of 3 each instead of drawing both and getting 2 each. If I were in one of these players, I would protest against such scoring systems and not play in tournaments which have such a one. 

  • 21 months ago

    _valentin_

    GM Shankland did very well in the open Master Tournament, placing 12th (among more than 100 participants) in the company of GMs who were almost all higher rated than him -- 2600+.  He is soon to pass the 2600 level, therefore, if that's not already a fact.

    http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/en/master-tournament/standings/

    Congratulations!

  • 21 months ago

    Chessossaurus

    I think those lower rated players were extra defensive against Carlsen they always played for draw.

  • 21 months ago

    vegma

    Jordan G wrote: "3-1-0 is a good scoring system in my opinion, rewarding players who play for wins and take more risks which in my opinion is not only more entertaining to the general audience, but more true to the spirit of chess. Play to win, not play to avoid losing."

    Yes. Hao won six games, Magnus won four!

  • 21 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    6 wins in 10 games against 2700+ opposition is sensational!

  • 21 months ago

    netzach

    Congrats to Wang Hao. Winner in Biel 2012 !

  • 21 months ago

    idbtc

    Good grief, by some ridiculous logic here, Karjakin shouldn't be declared winner of blitz because he lost to Carlsen. Forget about all their other opponents and how they fared against them, just count the heads up match when you are behind in points?  are u people for real?  Carlsen drew against Naka and Giri twice, while Hao beat them both twice.. but that counts for nothing right? Carlsen is better than Hao, heck, Carlsen is better everyone, but he lost overall in the standings at Biel. How difficult is that is understand?

  • 21 months ago

    EternalChess

    Carlsen had a 2880 performance or something, while Hao had 2858, so even with the Performance Carlsen did better. 

    (An answer to someones question).

  • 21 months ago

    yakushi12345

    here is a thought, why do we jump straight to 3-1-0 when we could do

    2.1-1-0 or 2.5-1-0

    Both make a win worth more then 2 draws; but both avoid what I consider to be a misrepresentation, 1 win and 2 losses counting as equal to 3 draws.

  • 21 months ago

    Thinkingforfun

    He beat Hao twice, didn't lose a single game, and Hao lost to Bologan, and yet, Hao is declared the champion. I don't like this scoring system, no discredit to Hao, but seriously?

  • 21 months ago

    Jordan_G

    @marklimpin

    There is already an equalizer with black in most tournaments where wins with black are counted as greater than those of white if two people have the same score; I think it is not needed to further extend those with black more advantages than is already given. 3-1-0 is a good scoring system in my opinion, rewarding players who play for wins and take more risks which in my opinion is not only more entertaining to the general audience, but more true to the spirit of chess. Play to win, not play to avoid losing.

  • 21 months ago

    marklimpin

    In scoring system how about considering this. If Black wins 3 pts draw 1 pt lose 0 pt. if white wins 2 pts. draw 0.5 pt. lose 0 pt. isnt it fair?

  • 21 months ago

    Gorpo

    Congratulations Wang Hao! Impressive performance, especially after losing that game to Victor Bologan. This is good to show that tournaments aren't simply "Magnus Carlsen versus the rest".

  • 21 months ago

    pawngenius

    What about 2.5 - 1 - 0 scoring system?

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