Biel Grandmaster Tournament Underway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/24/12, 1:52 PM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgThe Biel Grandmaster tournament is underway at the 45th Biel Chess Festival in Switzerland.

Nakamura was the winner of the opening exhibition blitz event, but in the first round of the main tournament he came under considerable pressure from Magnus Carlsen.  Only some cool-headed defence secured a draw for the American.

Meanwhile, Anish Giri continued his good run of form in the Dutch Championships by beating Alexander Morozevich, and Wang Hao beat Etienne Bacrot.

In round two Magnus Carlsen was not to be denied this time, beating Wang Hao in style. Morozevich lost again in a double-edged clash with Bacrot, while Giri and Nakamura fought an entertaining draw.

Meet the gang (l to r): Nakamura, Bacrot, Carlsen, Wang Hao, Giri, Morozevich

Biel 2012 competitors-all.jpg


The standings after two rounds:

Name Nat Elo Pts
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2837
Giri, Anish  NED 2696
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2778 1
Wang, Hao  CHN 2739 1
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2713 1
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2770 0








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.

Picture and video from the official website.  Games via TWIC.

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  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    computer analysis show that nakamura vs giri , black has slight advantages after Rxe7 dxe7 Re8

  • 4 years ago


    It isn't dragon variation, black hasn't played g6. 

  • 4 years ago


    did we just witness the birth of the Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation, Carlsen Variation?

    1.e4 c5

    2.Nf3 d6

    3.d4 cxd4


  • 4 years ago


    Well, we all know who is going to win this one, Carlsen is in great shape!

  • 4 years ago


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  • 4 years ago


    Wang Hao vs Bacrot's game can make a good TT puzzle. 

  • 4 years ago


    I wouldnt say Moro was winning against Giri. Giri was setting the pace of the game all the time. It is true he missed the little trick of Qh6, but then again, so did Moro...

  • 4 years ago



    "In carlsen wang hao game, wht does white have after 35.f4 Rf5."

    This looks like a nice try, but I can see a refutation.

    35. f4 Rf5

    36. Bxf6 Rxf6

    37. f5+! Ke5

    38. f4+! Kxf4

    39. Qxf6

    And the endgame should be an easy win with the queen shepherding the passed f-pawn.

  • 4 years ago


    35... Rf5 36. Bxf6 Rxf6 37. f5+ Ke5 38. f4+ and winning the rook.

  • 4 years ago


    just guessing final standings :  1) Carlsen  2) Wang  3) Naka  4) Bacrot  5) Moro  6) Giri

  • 4 years ago


    in carlsen wang hao game, wht does white have after 35.f4 Rf5.

  • 4 years ago


    just guessing final standings :

    1) Carslen 2) Nakamura 3) Moro 4) Giri 5) Bacrot 6) Wang ;)

  • 4 years ago


    It's an overstretch to say that Giri has continued his good form by beating Morozevich in round 1.  In fact, Morozevich was winning (and missed a win by a fascinating 33.Qh6+ in time trouble), then faltered and subsequently lost.

  • 4 years ago


    moro... wts happening with your game??

  • 4 years ago


    Maybe the commentator doesn't speak English as his first language which might make his speech a bit awkward..

  • 4 years ago


    What's up with the commentator in the video?  Is he really trying to show that he has better ideas than Magnus and Hikaru?  What a pompous fellow!  

  • 4 years ago


    SoP: How about including updates (and even games!) from 'our' two boys over there, David Pruess and Shanky:) 

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus did a surprinsing move when he played against Nakamura. He played  4. Qxd4.

     I havn't seen this move before :)

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