Caruana Wins Biel 2010

Caruana Wins Biel 2010

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SonofPearl
Jul 29, 2010, 9:44 AM |
26 | Chess Event Coverage

fabiano_caruana_Biel_2010.jpgFabiano Caruana (pictured) won the Biel Young Grandmasters Tournament after a three way play-off with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

All three finished on a score of 5.5/9, and since the best mathematical tie-break belonged to Son, he waited to play the winner of a rapid match between Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana.

Caruana won the first rapid game, lost the second, but took the deciding sudden death game with the black pieces to progress.

In the final tie-break match against Son, Caruana nearly lost the first rapid game, but held for a draw before emerging a convincing winner in the second game to take the title.

The tournament overall was rather disappointing, with a high percentage of draws and some egregious examples of "Grandmaster Draws".  A big surprise from these young talents!

Caruana picture from the official website

The final cross-table:

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2617 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2723 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2697 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2650 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 5
So, Wesley PHI 2674 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 0 1 ½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2708 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1
Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2609 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1
Giri, Anish NED 2672 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 4
Howell, David W L ENG 2616 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1
Negi, Parimarjan IND 2615 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 *

 

 

 

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