Wojtaszek Leads Biel After Blitz
The players were wearing face masks during the blitz. Photo: Biel Chess Festival.

Wojtaszek Leads Biel After Blitz

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GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek leads the Biel Chess Festival Chess Triathlon with three standard rounds to go. The first top-level over-the-board chess event that hasn't been canceled due to the coronavirus is a combination of standard, rapid, and blitz.

A lot has happened in Biel since we reported on the Chess960 tournament, won by GM Pentala Harikrishna, held on the opening day. Seeing famous players at an actual chessboard again (with plexiglass separating them!) is a welcome change of image in corona times, even though this particular segment of the tournament will serve only as a tiebreaker on Wednesday in case of a tie.

Plexiglass in Biel
Plexiglass separates the players. Photo: Biel Chess Festival.

On Sunday, July 19, the day after the Chess960 event, the players played a regular rapid tournament of seven rounds with a time control of 15 minutes per game plus a five-second increment. Wojtaszek won this one with a 6/9 score.

Once again, the 15-year-old German GM Vincent Keymer did well. After his second place in the Chess960 tournament (scoring 5/7), he tied for second place with Harikrishna with the same score:

Biel Rapid | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2662 2919 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 6.0/7
2 Harikrishna,Pentala 2690 2763 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0/7 15.75
3 Keymer,Vincent 2487 2792 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 5.0/7 13.5
4 Adams,Michael 2689 2655 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 4.0/7
5 Naiditsch,Arkadij 2584 2518 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 2.5/7
6 Anton Guijarro,David 2718 2442 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 2.0/7 6.75
7 Edouard,Romain 2654 2451 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 2.0/7 5
8 Studer,Noel 2437 2415 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 1.5/7

Biel Rapid | All games

These rapid games count for the final standings in what is called the "Chess Triathlon." The following points system is used in Biel:

  • 7 rounds of Chess960 rapid on July 18 (tiebreak)
  • 7 rounds of rapid on July 19 (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw)
  • 4 rounds of standard chess on July 21-24 (4 points for a win, 1.5 for a draw)
  • 14 rounds of blitz on July 25 (1 point for a win, 0.5 for a draw)
  • 3 more rounds of standard chess on July 27-29 (4 points for a win, 1.5 for a draw)

As can be seen from this schedule, four standard rounds have been completed as well as the blitz tournament. The standard tournament currently has a tie for first place among Harikrishna, Wojtaszek, and the English grandmaster Michael Adams.

Biel Standard | Games rounds 1-4

The blitz tournament on Sunday, July 26, was a double round-robin—so 14 rounds—and the players played each other twice. The time control was three minutes for the game plus a two-second increment.

At 48, Adams is the oldest participant. He took the spotlights with a swashbuckling win in the blitz tournament against GM Romain Edouard and ended in a tie for first with Wojtaszek.

Biel Blitz | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2690 2804 ½1 ½½ 11 11 ½½ 11 11.0/14 68.5
2 Adams,Michael 2709 2802 ½0 11 11 01 11 11 11.0/14 65.5
3 Anton Guijarro,David 2590 2669 ½½ 00 10 11 ½1 8.5/14
4 Naiditsch,Arkadij 2581 2570 00 00 11 01 01 11 6.5/14
5 Harikrishna,Pentala 2663 2534 01 0 ½1 ½1 01 6.0/14
6 Studer,Noel 2422 2515 00 10 10 ½0 10 01 5.0/14
7 Keymer,Vincent 2476 2480 ½½ 00 00 10 ½0 01 10 4.5/14
8 Edouard,Romain 2614 2400 00 00 ½0 00 10 10 01 3.5/14

Biel Blitz | All games

Face masks chess Biel
For the blitz tournament, the plexiglass was removed, and instead the players wore face masks. Photo: Biel Chess Festival.  

Biel 2020 | Overall Standings

# Fed Name Games Classical Rapid Blitz Total
1 Radoslaw Wojtaszek 25 8.5 12 11 31.5
2 Michael Adams 25 8.5 8 11 27.5
3 Pentala Harikrishna 25 8.5 10 6 24.5
4 Vincent Keymer 25 8 10 4.5 22.5
5 David Anton Guijarro 25 5.5 4 8.5 18
6 Arkadij Naiditsch 25 5.5 5 6.5 17
7 Noel Studer 25 7 3 5 15
8 Romain Edouard 25 4.5 4 3.5 12


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