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Biel Chess Festival 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/21/12, 11:57 PM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgThe 45th Biel Chess Festival takes place from 21 July - 3 August in Biel, Switzerland.

The main GM event is a 6-player double round robin tournament headed by world #1 Magnus Carlsen.  Also taking part are Alexander Morozevich and the 2012 US Champion Hikaru Nakamura.

Biel 2012 line-up.jpg

This year to celebrate the start of the 45th Biel Festival there will also be an Exhibition Blitz Tournament on Sunday 22 July featuring all the players in the GM tournament except Anish Giri (who is still en-route to Biel after winning the Netherlands Chess Championship) plus Pentala Harikrishna, Yannick Pelletier and Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Each match will consist of two blitz games at 5 minutes plus 2 second increment.  If scores are level, there will be a sudden-death game to decide the winner.  Games start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC) and a live broadcast is promised by the official site at this link.

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Biel 2012 line-up photo.jpg

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As always, there are many other events at the festival, including a Master Tournament, Main Tournament, Rapid Tournament, Blitz Tournament, a Chess 960 Tournament and a Chess-Tennis Tournament!

The main GM tournament starts on Monday 23 July at 14:00 local time, and there is one rest day on Sunday 29 July, with the final round on 2 August.  Magnus Carlsen will be defending the title he won in 2011.

Impressions from Biel 2011...

Photos and video from the official website.

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  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    I deleted the message and disabled the user :-)

  • 21 months ago

    IM dpruess

    what message?

  • 21 months ago

    bigbikefan

    How in the world that spammer jenniferjobe888 managed to get her message posted here?  I guess it's a weekend at chess.com, and all the moderators are probably out enjoying it... :)

  • 21 months ago

    fabelhaft

    If Nakamura can gain a couple of points and Morozevich is his usual Biel self Anand could be down to 8th on the rating list after the tournament. 

  • 21 months ago

    IM dpruess

    Shanky and I are both here; I'll try to post some updates in my blog. i believe that 2pm here is 8 am eastern.

  • 21 months ago

    EternalChess

    What time EST do these games start (the main event)? 

  • 21 months ago

    artoffog

    I live there and i saw both of them today...

  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ systemovich - and Shanky just before him @ 2:41 on the video Smile.  David's back there this year.  Not sure about Shanky.

  • 21 months ago

    systemovich

    Did you guys notice David Pruess in the video? :-)

  • 21 months ago

    sandeepcrazy

    yeah yeah....its going to be nice

  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Pokernator - because in China (and many other cultures) the family name comes first and the personal name comes second.

  • 21 months ago

    RomaniTaS

    Wang hao? why is WANG in bold?

  • 21 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Looks like a great tournament. 

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