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Carlsen Beats Bologan In Biel

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/29/12, 9:55 AM.

Magnus Carlsen finally got to play his postponed third round game at Biel today on the 'rest day' of the event.

Carlsen had been due to play Alexander Morozevich when the Russian withdrew from the competition due to illness.

There was a lot of pressure on Carlsen to win with the black pieces in order to make up ground on the rest of the field and he duly delivered the goods.

Poor Victor Bologan has lost all four of his games since agreeing to replace Morozevich at very short notice.  He may be regretting that decision now!

The standings after six rounds:

Name Nat ELO  Pts
Wang Hao  CHN  2739 13
Anish Giri  NED  2696 11
Magnus Carlsen  NOR  2837 10
Hikaru Nakamura  USA  2778 9
Etienne Bacrot  FRA  2713 5
Victor Bologan* MDA  2732 0

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Biel 2012 Carlsen Bologan postponed game.jpg




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. Game 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

    joey0094

    cheers to bologan, he is a true sportsman

  • 2 years ago

    Chesspanzer

    Wang 0 1 Magnus

    Anish 1/2 1/2 Hikaru

    Etienne 1/2 1/2 Viktor

     

    Finally 1/2 point for Viktor :)

  • 2 years ago

    ClavierCavalier

    WHALE!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    @_valentin_ i think ,he (Bologan) missed all STRATEGICAL line.Magnus played this game like great Rubinstein -open "a'" file,Rook a2!-a1 -and -VICTORY! g4 is typical move-it works to CETRALIZATION (like in" My System " ).Game looks very SIMPLE-but to play like this -is very HARD! Nice style.Chess-academy to older opponent.

  • 2 years ago

    melvinbluestone

    "* Bologan's score includes 2 losses by Alexander Morozevich who withdrew due to illness."     You gotta' give the guy credit for even agreeing to start playing with a two game deficit.

  • 2 years ago

    finalunpurez

    @Slasheru  I suspect there is some truth to what u said :)

  • 2 years ago

    Kenji_Yamazaki

    wow, checkmate !

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    I wonder if Bologan overlooked the nice intermediate move 34...g4 when the time control was approaching.  

    (I certainly would have missed it, even given plenty of time.)

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    After 20 moves Bologan had more than an hour on the clock while Carlsen was down to 8 minutes, and the position looked rather equal. A few moves later Carlsen had no more than three minutes left, and he still outplayed Bologan very convincingly. Once again Bologan got a good position out of the opening, but after that it was one way traffic.

  • 2 years ago

    dikrik

    well at least bologan didnt rage-quit like morozevich.

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    @ Estragon. They all (russians) are" heroes",and all -"romantics".But it is bad time for romantics now.Today is the time FOR MACHINES like Magnus.Too much "improvisations".

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    Maybe Bologan don't LEAVE Biel (like Morozievich).Foot in Mouth.

  • 2 years ago

    Estragon

    Bologan is a true hero here.  He did NOT agree to play on "short notice" - he had NO notice at all, it was the occasion of Morozevich's illness which opened a spot.  To his credit, even without preparation time, he agreed to drop into a tournment with a elite field. 

    And he hasn't played so badly, obtaining some good positions. 

  • 2 years ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Is that the kid from the Sixth Sense?  :-p

  • 2 years ago

    OutengtHe

    he chose ba4 because it is better to keep the bishop if the pawns arent getting doubled. and yes bologan is an openings expert  but when you are playing the worlds number 1 knowing your opening is not enough. Bologan has also had a very busy schedule recently and wasnt even planning to play here. he played in africa, kazakhstan, etc. and then came here on no rest. he is 40 something years old so he is probably just fatigued.

  • 2 years ago

    finalunpurez

    Bologan got dominated. I feel so sorry for him. 

  • 2 years ago

    bigbikefan

    terrible play by a GM with well over 2700 ELO... what was he thinking with 9.Ba4?  transitioning into french motif with 9.Bxc6 and 10.e5 etc. would have been better, or rather not as bad as in the game

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    Roy, dont jinx it.. 4 rounds left, and If Carlsen beats Hao tomorrow(like he did already), he will be first instead.. dont get too excited! Still fighting chess left! All it requires is a Hao loss and Carlsen win.

  • 2 years ago

    PrinceAAwe

    yes I do feel sorry for Bologan... he made an effort to replace Moro in such a short time..

    @Stanya: I dont think I would want Giri to win... He seems a bit too full of himself if u ask me...

  • 2 years ago

    kcsmith169

    The good thing about Bologan's losses is that, in an awkward sense, it means Morozevich's illness didn't impact the results to this point as everyone has gained the full point.

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