Ding Liren Sole Leader in Biel After Round 8

Ding Liren Sole Leader in Biel After Round 8

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On Tuesday Ding Liren took over the lead from Etienne Bacrot in round 8 of the Biel Chess Festival. The 20-year-old Chinese grandmaster beat Richard Rapport with Black in a King's Indian, while Bacrot drew his Grünfeld game with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Thanks to the football score, Ding Liren went from one point less to one point more than Bacrot. In this round, Ian Nepomniachtchi won his first game of the tournament against Alexander Moiseenko.

The 41st edition of the Biel Chess Festival is not the strongest ever, but it's certainly captivating. Inviting a number of creative players is enough to ensure spectacle in a tournament, and this is what's happening in the Olivier Breisacher memorial this year.

On Tuesday Richard Rapport and Ding Liren played one of the most amazing games of 2013. In this King's Indian ("It's the only opening I have against 1.d4" - Ding Liren) Rapport sacrificed a rook, then a piece and then another piece (!) for a very strong attack. The Hungarian couldn't deliver mate but he won Black's queen, and perhaps there was a draw somewhere. However, just before the time control it became clear that Black's material advantage was decisive. Awesome stuff!

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

The game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Moiseenko wasn't bad either, at least in terms of entertainment. The Russian GM, who played with white and won for the first time, said: "I played really awfully, especially in the first half of the game. At some point my position was very dangerous." He was probably referring to something like 35...Rde8 followed by 36...Nd5 which seems to give Black a strong attack. In the game, White won a pawn and decided the game on move 76 in a rook ending. Endgame lovers might want to check the line 63...Re2+ 64. Kf6 Kg8 65.b6 Rb2 and it's not clear if White can win.

Etienne Bacrot and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave drew an Exchange Grünfeld where Black was close to a win. "I didn't deserve a draw. For sure it was lost," said Bacrot, who managed to defend a rook ending a pawn down to a draw.

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 1-1 Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Nepomniachtchi 3-0 Moiseenko
Ding Liren 1-1 Rapport   Rapport 0-3 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 8 standings

# Name Fed Rtg + = - Pts
1 Ding, Liren CHN 2714 3 4 1 13
2 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 2 6 0 12
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2719 2 5 1 11
3 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2699 2 4 2 10
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2717 1 5 2 8
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2693 0 4 4 4

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