Giri Leads Biel As Morozevich Withdraws

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/25/12, 2:07 PM.

Biel 2012 red logo.jpgThe surprise withdrawal of Alexander Morozevich from the 2012 Biel GM Tournament due to illness has disrupted the balance of this 6-player double round robin event.

After losing his opening two games, Morozevich was due to play Magnus Carlsen today but that game was cancelled. Instead, Carlsen will now face Morozevich's replacement Victor Bologan on the rest day on Sunday 29th July.

The two wins by Anish Giri and Etienne Bacrot against Morozevich will still count for the final scores of those two players.

Meanwhile, back at the board in round three Anish Giri scored an excellent victory against Etienne Bacrot to take the tournament lead with 2½/3 points, and Wang Hao pulled off a surprise victory in a very complicated clash with Hikaru Nakamura.

The scores after 3 rounds (not all games completed):

Name Nat Elo Pts
Giri, Anish  NED  2696 2½/3
Wang, Hao  CHN  2739  2/3
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2837 1½/2 
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2778  1/3
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2713  1/3
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2770 0/2


Alexander Morozevich at the opening ceremony on Sunday

Alexander Morozevich Biel 2012.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 started on Monday 23 July and there is one rest day on Sunday 29 July, with the final round on 2 August.  Magnus Carlsen is defending the title he won in 2011.

The 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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  • 4 years ago


    @giri-bacrot game...the one who controls the center wins!

  • 4 years ago


    Wang hao is doing great!! Hope he wins :)

  • 4 years ago


    Double exchange sac in KID by Giri? A nice lesson to study.

  • 4 years ago


    There's been what looks like a resurgence lately of the Bayonet Attack variation of KID (especially the 10.g3 line) at the highest level, though it's not clear what black is offering yet, since white wins consistently.  

    First, Kramnik won in style against Giri last year and against Grischuk a month ago at the Tal Memorial, and now in the current tournament Bacrot decided to play it as black, but lost both times: first to Wang Hao and then to Giri.

  • 4 years ago


    The nature of Moro illness is 0-2 ! He understands -after Carlsen 0-3! -Russians never....Wink

  • 4 years ago


    Looking at the finish to the Giri-Bacrot game I would guess that black's move 26...Bf8 was not the best move.

    I did not spend any time doing any analysis so it is just a guess, but given that Giri's decision to sacrifice his queen in the manner he did paid off I would bet that the decision to attack the queen was not the best move.

  • 4 years ago


    Wang and Naka played some wild and woolly chess! 

  • 4 years ago


    The Wang Hao --  Nakamura game is fantastic!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    These two games where awesome! All the best to Morozevich.

  • 4 years ago


    Wang Hao (2739) vs. Nakamura,Hi (2778) ,simply splendor game !!

  • 4 years ago


    The nature of Moro's illness has not been disclosed.

  • 4 years ago


    Giri-Bacrot is a nice game.

    What is the nature of Morozevich's illness?


  • 4 years ago


    In the master tournament, Sam Shankland has 2½/3 and David Pruess has 2/3.  The standings can be found here.

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