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Carlsen And Wang Hao Neck And Neck

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/31/12, 10:09 AM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen and Wang Hao both won their 8th round games at the Biel GM Tournament to remain locked together as co-leaders on 16 points.

Carlsen inflicted another defeat on poor Victor Bologan, while Wang Hao continued his excellent form by beating Hikaru Nakamura with black.

With today's victory Magnus Carlsen's live rating reaches 2846 Elo, his highest ever, and very close to Garry Kasparov's all-time record of 2851 Elo!

The third game today was also decisive, with Anish Giri keeping the leaders very much in his sights by beating Etienne Bacrot.

The standings after round eight (3-1-0 scoring system):

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 16
2 Wang Hao CHN 2739 16
3 Anish Giri NED 2696 15
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 10
5 Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 6
6 Victor Bologan* MDA 2732 1

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Didn't we just play one another? Bologan suffers again at the hand of the world #1.

Carlsen v Bologan Biel 2012 round 8.jpg

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The remaining games:

Round 9 (1st Aug)
Etienne Bacrot  v  Hikaru Nakamura 
Anish Giri  v  Magnus Carlsen 
Victor Bologan  v  Wang Hao 
Round 10 (2nd Aug)
Hikaru Nakamura  v  Victor Bologan 
Wang Hao  v  Anish Giri 
Magnus Carlsen  v  Etienne Bacrot

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The festival also includes many other events including a Master Tournament, Main Tournament, Rapid Tournament and a Blitz Tournament.

The Biel Chess Festival runs from 21 July - 3 August. The main GM tournament is a 6-player double round-robin which started on Monday 23 July and will finish on 2 August.  Magnus Carlsen is defending the title he won in 2011.

Grandmaster Tournament games start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC) and a live broadcast is available at this link.

Picture 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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  • 2 years ago

    KenF99

    pretty interesting!

  • 2 years ago

    Jordan_G

    @edificer

    Chess.com does a pretty good job of announcing chess tournaments, another site is 2700chess.com, which at the bottom of their page shows both current and upcoming events, along with who is in them (that is above 2700 rating).

  • 2 years ago

    Edificer

    Very heavy games, from either sides! Significant.

     

    I have one question, does anybody know a chess news websites that announces these tournaments? So I could follow them more in the future

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Dev5 - Bobby Fischer's highest rating was 2785 Elo.

  • 2 years ago

    Dev5

    The highest rating is bobby fischers 2895 not Kasparov's

  • 2 years ago

    Drakodan

    Unreal! Carlsen could break the world record highest ELO within the games left in this tournament at this rate.

  • 2 years ago

    blueknight1

    Nice article and great games. 

  • 2 years ago

    MikyZ

    I love to watch this tournament. Great games!

     

    I believe the games against Giri will decide, who makes 1st place. Maybe Giri himself? Everything is possible :) 

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Carlsen is an unstoppable freight train! 

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    If only Naka played exciting chess against Carlsen.. everyone seems to be playing all the boring lines against The Worlds Best, credit to Bolo and Hao for playing difficult openings against Carlsen though!

  • 2 years ago

    cheese111

    go carlsen!

  • 2 years ago

    swineking

    Amazing games today

  • 2 years ago

    chichito

    WHAT DA HELL IS GOING ON WITH NAKAMURA?

  • 2 years ago

    Elubas

    Wow! Carlsen should be so proud.

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Wow, that Nakamura-Wang Hao game was intense... Just wait for Dzindzi's coming videos on this exact variation Wink!!!

  • 2 years ago

    dcremisi

    Carlsen will break the record,  the only question is how long it will take.   He still has potential left!

  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Carlsen is getting closer...

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    2 wins would give Carlsen around 3.6-4.0 rating each win, thus he needs 2 wins, and not 1 win 1 draw.

    I know Hao will beat Bologan, Carlsen will beat Bacrot, both will draw Giri.. so they will tie for first.. that's how I'm expecting it.. I am hoping Carlsen will manage to beat Giri or Giri will manage to beat Hao, but he plays very drawn lines against Carlsen (because he is scared).

  • 2 years ago

    Jordan_G

    It would be really cool to me if Carlsen wins the next two games and catches or surpasses Garry Kasparov's record rating of 2051. I'm not familar with how you estimate the rating changes but wins against Giri and Bacrot should give him the needed 4.6 points or greater I'd think. I always love seeing records being broken!

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Carlsen seems to be unstoppable..

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