Dominguez Takes The Lead At Biel

Dominguez Takes The Lead At Biel

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 28, 2008, 2:09 PM |
13 | Chess Event Coverage

Carlsen Loses Game To Forfeit Lead

So, Magnus Carlsen is human after all!  I guess we were all beginning to wonder.  He lost today against Evgeny Alekseev after overpressing with the White pieces in a strange yet fascinating game that stretched to 84 moves.

The Cuban Leinier Dominguez (pictured) took full advantage by beating poor Yannick Pelletier to take the lead on 5/7, half a point ahead of Carlsen and Alekseev.  The race for first place at Biel is really on!

The competitors also appear to have forgotten that a draw is a valid way of finishing a game, as for the second round running all games ended decisively; Etienne Bacrot continued his recovery from a very poor start by beating Alexander Onischuk with the very unusual defense 1.d4 e6 2. c4 c5!?

Dominguez and Carlsen will have the black pieces against Alekseev and Bacrot respectively in round 8.

Carlsen and Alekssev start their match:

 

The results in round 7:

Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Pelletier, Yannick 1-0 56 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Carlsen, Magnus - Alekseev, Evgeny 0-1 84 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Onischuk, Alexander - Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 55 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4

 

The standings after round 7:


 Dominguez Perez, Leinier    CUB    2708 
 5

 Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS  2708 
 4½ 

 Carlsen, Magnus   NOR  2775 
 4½ 

 Bacrot, Etienne   FRA  2691 
 3½ 

 Onischuk, Alexander   USA  2670 
 3

 Pelletier, Yannick    SUI  2569  
 ½ 

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