Carlsen And Wang Hao Neck And Neck

Carlsen And Wang Hao Neck And Neck

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Biel 2012 red logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen and Wang Hao both won their 8th round games at the Biel GM Tournament to remain locked together as co-leaders on 16 points.

Carlsen inflicted another defeat on poor Victor Bologan, while Wang Hao continued his excellent form by beating Hikaru Nakamura with black.

With today's victory Magnus Carlsen's live rating reaches 2846 Elo, his highest ever, and very close to Garry Kasparov's all-time record of 2851 Elo!

The third game today was also decisive, with Anish Giri keeping the leaders very much in his sights by beating Etienne Bacrot.

The standings after round eight (3-1-0 scoring system):

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 16
2 Wang Hao CHN 2739 16
3 Anish Giri NED 2696 15
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 10
5 Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 6
6 Victor Bologan* MDA 2732 1

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Didn't we just play one another? Bologan suffers again at the hand of the world #1.

Carlsen v Bologan Biel 2012 round 8.jpg

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The remaining games:

Round 9 (1st Aug)
Etienne Bacrot  v  Hikaru Nakamura 
Anish Giri  v  Magnus Carlsen 
Victor Bologan  v  Wang Hao 
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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