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Carlsen Leads Into Biel Final Round

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/1/12, 11:48 AM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen was unable to beat Anish Giri with the black pieces in the penultimate round at the Biel GM Tournament, but his co-leader Wang Hao lost to last-placed Victor Bologan to fall a point behind the world's #1 ranked player.

Hikaru Nakamura scored a win with the black pieces against Etienne Bacrot thanks to a shocking blunder from the Frenchman, but is too far behind to be in contention for first place in the tournament.

The standings after nine rounds (3-1-0 scoring system):

Name Nat Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 17
Wang Hao CHN 2739 16
Anish Giri NED 2696 16
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 13
Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 6
Victor Bologan* MDA 2732 4

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After his game Giri tweeted, "Had to give up any ambitions already after move 10"

Biel 2012 Anish Giri v Magnus Carlsen.jpg

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The pairings for the final round are:

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

    Stanya

    Go Giri!

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    If Carlsen wins, he will win Biel, BUT NOT BEAT KASPAROVS RECORD.

    If Hao wins, and Carlsen does not win, then Hao wins Biel.. its a tough match atm and Bacrot will be tough to crack.

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Could not watch the last game of Carlsen. Hope someone can comment on the current position. Carlsen needs to win. Otherwise Wang Hao is champion.

  • 2 years ago

    mottsauce

    wow.  that blunder...yikes!

  • 2 years ago

    piphilologist

    Aaronsky72 wrote:

    Why is Giri still under 2700? He seems to beat or draw with super GMs quite often

    He's not, his August 2012 rating is 2711 and his "live" rating is 2734.5. But this tournament uses the July ratings.

  • 2 years ago

    Aaronsky72

    Why is Giri still under 2700? He seems to beat or draw with super GMs quite often

  • 2 years ago

    MikyZ

    I really like the 3 - points for a win rule.Thanks to this rule and his all or nothing playing stile Wang has still winning chances despite of his three losses (Carlsen is undefeated).

    The master tournament is played in the traditional system and it is full of draws. Indeed after nine rounds the top 7 players are undefeated, most of them with more draws than wins (and most wins resultet from wins in the first three rounds against weaker players).

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Too bad that a blunder like this (from Etienne Bacrot) interrupted an otherwise interesting and good game.

  • 2 years ago

    kidpoolside

    this will be interesting. Carlsen seems to have trouble with Bacrot.  So far in this tournament he lost to him in the blitz, and drew with him in the first game they played.  He definitely does not seem to be able to dominate him.  The Hao /Giri game may decide this.

  • 2 years ago

    KnowYourRole1

    Bacrot, Etienne had a serious hangover. He said that after the match in an interview...

  • 2 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Good tournament, good games. Bologan has played good chess under difficult circumstances. Magnus is the beast that swallowed the galaxy.

    Thanks once again to Son of Pearl for giving the straight scoop and the games. And, Son, maybe you could convince the right person at Chess.com to add the very lovely and useful autoplay button (P/#) to our game archives and analysis games. It would save a billion mouse clicks and lots of carpal tunnel pain. I'd review many more games if not for the endless clicks. End of rant, thanks again, SOP.

  • 2 years ago

    gray-orange-gray

    Good job by Mr. Bologan -- a bit of needed redeption there. That game was pretty crazy at the end, too. Fun.

  • 2 years ago

    mattoscarson

    bacrot was in big time trouble

  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Bad blunder.

  • 2 years ago

    caesarsecundus

    Bologan finally won!

  • 2 years ago

    Razzfazz

    Very nice games- liked Bologan vs.Hao alot--beautiful manoeuvering by Bologan.Must feel very good to win against one of the tournament-leaders.  Terrific blunder by Bacrot - guess Carlsen should win tomorrowTongue Out

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Wonder if it was time pressure that caused Bacrot to blunder the rook? 

  • 2 years ago

    forrie

    # Name   Rating +/−   Games FIDE Age
    1   Carlsen Norway 2844.5 +7.5 9

    21 (30.11.1990) 

  • 2 years ago

    Chess_Lover11

    o.O Good to see such blunder by A Super GM! Makes me feel better. Tongue Out

  • 2 years ago

    forrie

    before blunder bacrot was better.

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