Carlsen Beats Bologan In Biel

Carlsen Beats Bologan In Biel

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Magnus Carlsen finally got to play his postponed third round game at Biel today on the 'rest day' of the event.

Carlsen had been due to play Alexander Morozevich when the Russian withdrew from the competition due to illness.

There was a lot of pressure on Carlsen to win with the black pieces in order to make up ground on the rest of the field and he duly delivered the goods.

Poor Victor Bologan has lost all four of his games since agreeing to replace Morozevich at very short notice.  He may be regretting that decision now!

The standings after six rounds:

Name Nat ELO  Pts
Wang Hao  CHN  2739 13
Anish Giri  NED  2696 11
Magnus Carlsen  NOR  2837 10
Hikaru Nakamura  USA  2778 9
Etienne Bacrot  FRA  2713 5
Victor Bologan* MDA  2732 0

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Biel 2012 Carlsen Bologan postponed game.jpg




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. Game via TWIC.

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* Bologan's score includes 2 losses by Alexander Morozevich who withdrew due to illness.

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