Biel: Ding Liren Beats Moiseenko, Now Second Behind Bacrot

Biel: Ding Liren Beats Moiseenko, Now Second Behind Bacrot

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Etienne Bacrot maintained his lead at the Biel Chess Festival on Saturday with a quick draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi in a Grünfeld. After round 6, Ding Liren is in second place; the Chinese GM beat Alexander Moiseenko in a 5.Bf4 Queen's Gambit Declined. Richard Rapport and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew quite an original 3.Bb5+ Sicilian.

The Grünfeld has become the main weapon against 1.d4 for many top grandmasters these days, and it's getting harder and harder for white players to face it! On Saturday Etienne Bacrot was preparing and preparing, but he didn't manage to get it right. He wanted to play something against Ian Nepomniachtchi, and worked on it until ten minutes after the game had already started (!) but time was running out, he had to go to the board and play something else instead. The players followed Bacrot's game against Kasimdzhanov from the Thessaloniki Grand Prix (there 21.Qe3 was played), and because the Frenchman didn't have an improvement, the game was drawn in a very similar way.

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

The interesting thing about Ding Liren is that he plays quite sharp, aggressive King's Indians with Black, but with White he can also play quiet, strategical games. This was the case against Alexander Moiseenko; the Chinese grandmaster controlled the center with pawns on the right colour and a centralized queen, and with his other pieces and pawns he started a kingside attack. With little counterplay, Moiseenko's task was far from easy.

Here's the post-mortem:

With an early rook switch, Richard Rapport got some chances against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; the position after move 25 looked quite dangerous for Black. The Frenchman found a nice way to solve his problems with a tempory pawn sacrifice.

Here's the post-mortem:

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

Sunday is a rest day in Biel. The seventh round will be played on Monday, with the top encounter Ding Liren vs Etienne Bacrot!

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 - Bacrot
Rapport 0-3 Moiseenko   Moiseenko - Rapport
Nepomniachtchi 0-3 Vachier-Lagrave   Vachier-Lagrave - 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 6 standings

# Name Fed Rtg + = - Pts
1 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 2 4 0 10
2 Ding, Liren CHN 2714 2 3 1 9
3 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2699 1 4 1 7
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2719 1 4 1 7
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2717 0 5 1 5
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2693 0 4 2 4

Photos courtesy of the official website, games via TWIC

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