A Dramatic Climax In Biel 2012!

A Dramatic Climax In Biel 2012!

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Biel 2012 red logo.jpgWang Hao quickly crushed Anish Giri in his final game at Biel to leave Magnus Carlsen needing a win against Etienne Bacrot to successfully defend the title he won last year.

While Hikaru Nakamura also ended on a high by beating Victor Bologan, Carlsen exerted as much pressure as possible in search of the win he desperately needed, but Bacrot held firm and Wang Hao emerged victorious!

The final standings in the 2012 Biel GM Tournament:

Name Nat Elo Pts
Wang Hao CHN 2739 19
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 18
Anish Giri NED 2696 16
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 16
Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 7
Victor Bologan* MDA 2732 4

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Wang Hao (left) took an excellent victory at Biel 2012

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Magnus Carlsen (right) was unable to beat Etienne Bacrot

Biel 2012 Magnus Carlsen v Etienne Bacrot final round.jpg

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The winner's podium (left to right: Carlsen, Wang Hao, Nakamura, Giri)

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The festival also included many other events including a Master Tournament, Main Tournament, Rapid Tournament and a Blitz Tournament.  All the results are available at the official website.

Pictures 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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