Carlsen Leads Into Biel Final Round

Carlsen Leads Into Biel Final Round

SonofPearl
Aug 1, 2012, 11:48 AM 6,659 Reads 24 Comments Chess event coverage

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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