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Wang Hao Extends Lead In Biel

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/27/12, 11:42 PM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgWang Hao has extended his lead at the Biel GM Tournament by winning his fourth game of the tournament against Victor Bologan.

With the 'Bilbao' scoring system being used wins count for 3 points so Wang has a commanding total of 12 points, 4 points clear of Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri in second place.

Nakamura also won his round 5 game against Etienne Bacrot, with Anish Giri drawing a hard-fought game with Magnus Carlsen.

The standings are complicated by the withdrawal of Alexander Morozevich after 2 losses and his replacement with Victor Bologan.  With Morozevich's games still counting, a lot depends on whether Carlsen can pick up three points in his postponed clash with Bologan on Sunday.

The standing after five rounds:

Name Nat Elo Games Pts
Wang Hao CHN 2739 5 12
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 5 8
Anish Giri NED 2696 5 8
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 4 6
Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 5 4
Bologan/Morozevich MDA 2732 4 0

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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 started on Monday 23 July and there is one rest day on Sunday 29 July, with the final round on 2 August.  Magnus Carlsen is defending the title he won in 2011.

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

Games via TWIC.

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  • 2 years ago

    Stanya

    A really hope GIri wins this and not NOT magnus.

  • 2 years ago

    Balachandar

    Viktor's Ba6-c8-f5-c8-a6 was the culprit. 4 tempi lost for nothing and allowing white to expand. 

  • 2 years ago

    Abulabanchess

    poor viktor ......

  • 2 years ago

    Balachandar

    This soccer like pairings can lead to some form of fixings. Suppose there are 2 players who are the ones likely be the 1st and 2nd in the tournament. They know that they are both equally strong and they would draw vs each other, so they could decide to win one game and lose one game, so that both get 3 points each instead of 2 [if they would draw both the games.]

  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Great play by Wang.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ valentin - thanks.  Comments and corrections are always welcome Smile

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    SonofPearl:  This is merely a factual correction, not a blame on your work. You're doing a fine job of covering these multiple exciting events simultaneously -- for which I thank you on behalf of all chess.com members!

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ valentin - thanks. My excuse is that I'm very tired this morning after staying up late to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics! Tongue out

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    It's Wang Hao's fourth win, but not in a row. He lost to Carlsen and won all other four games, but that loss came not in the first round...

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