Bacrot Maintains Lead After Exciting Seventh Round in Biel

Bacrot Maintains Lead After Exciting Seventh Round in Biel

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Etienne Bacrot still tops the leaderboard at the Biel Chess Festival after what was a very exciting seventh round on Monday. The Frenchman miraculously held the draw against Ding Liren, who is still a point behind the Frenchman. However, the Chinese GM was caught in second place by both Alexander Moiseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who won their games against Richard Rapport and Ian Nepomniachtchi respectively.

Bacrot could hardly believe it himself. "I was very lucky," he said after his game with Ding Liren. Both players were not sure if there was a forced win for White, and even after their analysis at the press conference they didn't know! In a Nimzo-Indian, Ding Liren played quite aggressively and he seemed to get the advantage when the queens were traded. Bacrot, however, used all the tactics available to stay alive, spending a lot of time on the clock. In time trouble he had to give a pawn, but luckily for him the rook ending was not winning for White.

Here's the post-mortem of the game, hosted by GM Danny King:

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had spoilt two White games already, but this time he finally managed to win a won position! The Frenchman nicely outplayed Ian Nepomniachtchi in a Fianchetto Grünfeld. It was quite an achievement for the Russian to survive the attack and reach a position with QR vs QR and two pawns each, but even there White was still winning.

Alexander Moiseenko played an excellent game and defeated Richard Rapport, who had spent his rest day playing the blitz tournament (and winning it!). The Hungarian's 27...g5!? was described by Moiseenko as "a move suitable for blitz". With enough time on the clock, the Ukrainian could easily refute it. It took a while before he won the ending with an extra knight, but the result was never in doubt.

Here's GM Danny King's round report video:

Biel 2013 | Breisacher Memorial | Pairings & results

Round 1 22.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 6 27.07.12 14:00 CET
Nepomniachtchi 1-1 Bacrot   Bacrot 1-1 Nepomniachtchi
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Rapport   Rapport 1-1 Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Ding Liren   Ding Liren 3-0 Moiseenko
Round 2 23.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 7 29.07.12 14:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Ding Liren   Ding Liren 1-1 Bacrot
Rapport 0-3 Moiseenko   Moiseenko 3-0 Rapport
Nepomniachtchi 0-3 Vachier-Lagrave   Vachier-Lagrave 3-0 Nepomniachtchi
Round 3 24.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 8 30.07.12 14:00 CET
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Bacrot   Bacrot - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Nepomniachtchi - Moiseenko
Ding Liren 1-1 Rapport   Rapport - Ding Liren
Round 4 25.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 9 31.07.12 14:00 CET
Moiseenko 1-1 Bacrot   Rapport - Bacrot
Ding Liren 3-0 Vachier-Lagrave   Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Rapport 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Moiseenko - Vachier-Lagrave
Round 5 26.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 10 01.08.12 11:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Rapport   Bacrot - Moiseenko
Nepomniachtchi 1-1 Ding Liren   Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Moiseenko   Nepomniachtchi - Rapport

Biel, Breisacher Memorial 2013 | Round 7 standings

# Name Fed Rtg + = - Pts
1 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 2 5 0 11
2 Ding, Liren CHN 2714 2 4 1 10
3 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2699 2 4 1 10
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2719 2 4 1 10
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2717 0 5 2 5
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2693 0 4 3 4

Photos courtesy of the official website, games via TWIC

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