Morozevich wins again, point clear

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Morozevich wins againAlexander Morozevich also won his second White game today, after a big blunder by Gelfand, to increase his lead at the Biel Chess Festival to a point. Caruana-Vachier-Lagrave and Alekseev-Ivanchuk both ended in a draw.

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 2

As summer scrolls past Europe, heat scorching the mediterrean beaches, we were expecting sizzling action on the boards - especially after the great first round in Biel. Unfortunately in the second round there wasn't much action to report other than Super GM Gelfand dropping a rook like an 1800 with talent. Credit to Moro for finding the move just as quickly as I did. ;-)

Sarcasm aside, Gelfand had been resisting strong pressure throughout the game and was just holding the position. Perhaps there's more venom than we tought in this pet line of Sergei Tiviakov, now picked up by Morozevich as well!?

Writing this report from an Amsterdam cafe that encourages its customers to bring along their laptops, one might be tempted to elaborate about some of the more attractive clientele instead of the games Caruana-Vachier-Lagrave and Alekseev-Ivanchuk. Any objections?

Down to business. In an Exchange Grünfeld Caruana left theory early but although he forced Vachier-Lagrave into passive mode, it didn't look like anything close to a refutation of the Grünfeld Indian Defence. Alekseev's decision to go for a delayed Exchanged French didn't really raise the excitement either and that's it - a six-player round-robin logically only has three games, and so a few uneventful rounds are unavoidable.

Games round 2

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Biel Chess Festival 2009 | GM Tournament | Round 2 Standings Biel 2009


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