Carlsen Leads Into Biel Final Round

Carlsen Leads Into Biel Final Round

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Biel 2012 red logo.jpgMagnus Carlsen was unable to beat Anish Giri with the black pieces in the penultimate round at the Biel GM Tournament, but his co-leader Wang Hao lost to last-placed Victor Bologan to fall a point behind the world's #1 ranked player.

Hikaru Nakamura scored a win with the black pieces against Etienne Bacrot thanks to a shocking blunder from the Frenchman, but is too far behind to be in contention for first place in the tournament.

The standings after nine rounds (3-1-0 scoring system):

Name Nat Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837 17
Wang Hao CHN 2739 16
Anish Giri NED 2696 16
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2778 13
Etienne Bacrot FRA 2713 6
Victor Bologan* MDA 2732 4

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After his game Giri tweeted, "Had to give up any ambitions already after move 10"

Biel 2012 Anish Giri v Magnus Carlsen.jpg

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The pairings for the final round are:

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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