Carlsen Leads Into Biel Final Round
Magnus 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):
After his game Giri tweeted, "Had to give up any ambitions already after move 10"
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|
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.
* Bologan's score includes 2 losses by Alexander Morozevich who withdrew due to illness.