Biel R4: Caruana beats Morozevich

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Caruana beats MorozevichFabiano Caruana defeated tournament leader Alexander Morozevich in the 4th round in Biel, and so a draw with Boris Gelfand was enough for Vassily Ivanchuk to catch the Russian in the standings.

The Biel Chess Festival takes place July 18 to 31 in Biel, Switzerland. The Grandmaster Tournament is a six-player round-robin with Gelfand (2755), Morozevich (2751), Alekseev (2714), Vachier-Lagrave (2703), Ivanchuk (2703) and Caruana (2670).

Round 4

And suddenly the tournament was fully open again, with everything to play for. Fabiano Caruana, the 5th strongest player in the world under 20, beat tournament leader and world's number 10 Alexander Morozevich in a game that started as a relatively quiet Grünfeld but then suddenly turned into a raging French bushfire.

At first it seemed like Morozevich was giving his young opponent a lesson in positional play, blocking White's d-pawn thematically by regrouping his knight to d6. After some manoeuvering from both sides it was the Russian GM who decided to take the gamble and go for the full point with the pawn sac 44...h5!? 45.gxh5 f5 but Caruana was fully aware of his chances and combining defence and attack he then out-calculated his world-class opponent. Impressive play by the Italian.

Vachier-Lagrave didn't feel like a Berlin Wall against Alekseev, but the Frenchman got less than nothing with his 4.d3 and a draw was agreed at move 19. Ivanchuk and Gelfand fought a bit longer but the opposite-coloured bishops middlegame seemed pretty drawish from the start.

And so after four rounds Morozevich and Ivanchuk are sharing first place with 2.5 points. Guess who are playing each other in round 5!

Games round 4

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