Exciting Second Round in Biel

Exciting Second Round in Biel

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Tuesday's second round at the Biel Chess Festival saw three decisive games. Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Moiseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won their games and took an early lead in the Breisacher Memorial. The tournament follows the football score system and so these three grandmasters have four points after two rounds.

The game between the 17-year-old Hungarian Richard Rapport and the 33-year-old Ukrainian Alexander Moiseenko was a Rossolimo Sicilian. In what is one of the main lines (3...g6), Moiseenko played somewhat provocatively on the kingside even though he had lost the right to castle. His pieces looked a bit clumsy, but somehow it worked and he just kept on pushing pawns there! Rapport's reaction, to break on the queenside and in the center, was logical but he didn't get enough compensation for the sacrificed pawn. Black's last move was a very nice, silent refutation of White's aggressive play.

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

The 30-year-old Frenchman Etienne Bacrot played with White against 20-year-old Ding Liren of China. Bacrot's handling of the King's Indian looked quite impressive; with the modest but subtle 5.h3 variation he managed to get an advantage on both wings. When Ding realized that things were going downhill on the queenside, he went for a remarkable plan on the other half of the board (which involved his own king!) but it led to nowhere.

Here's the post-mortem:

The 23-year-old Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi faced the 22-year-old French player Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, whose favourite defence to 1.d4 is the Gruenfeld. Therefore he was likely to be prepared for 5.h4!?, the move introduced last December by Nepomniachtchi's compatriot Alexander Morozevich. 7.cxd5 was a novelty but White's next moves were not the best, and soon Black was clearly better. Eventually the Frenchman won a pawn, and converted it after 63 moves in a double bishop ending.

Here's the post-mortem:

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 - Nepomniachtchi
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Rapport   Rapport - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Ding Liren   Ding Liren - Moiseenko
Round 2 23.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 7 29.07.12 14:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Ding Liren   Ding Liren - Bacrot
Rapport 0-3 Moiseenko   Moiseenko - Rapport
Nepomniachtchi 0-3 Vachier-Lagrave   Vachier-Lagrave - Nepomniachtchi
Round 3 24.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 8 30.07.12 14:00 CET
Vachier-Lagrave - Bacrot   Bacrot - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko - Nepomniachtchi   Nepomniachtchi - Moiseenko
Ding Liren - Rapport   Rapport - Ding Liren
Round 4 25.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 9 31.07.12 14:00 CET
Moiseenko - Bacrot   Rapport - Bacrot
Ding Liren - Vachier-Lagrave   Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Rapport - Nepomniachtchi   Moiseenko - Vachier-Lagrave
Round 5 26.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 10 01.08.12 11:00 CET
Bacrot - Rapport   Bacrot - Moiseenko
Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren   Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren
Vachier-Lagrave - Moiseenko   Nepomniachtchi - Rapport

Biel, Breisacher Memorial 2013 | Round 2 standings

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

Photos courtesy of the official website, games via TWIC


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