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Biel's Breisacher Memorial: Three Draws In Round 1

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  • on 22/07/13 17:46.

The 46th edition of the Biel Chess Festival has started on Monday. This year, the main event is a memorial for Olivier Breisacher, the festival's tournament director who sadly passed away last summer during a holiday. The first round saw three draws in the games Nepomniachtchi-Bacrot, Vachier-Lagrave-Rapport and Moiseenko-Ding Liren.

As always the festival in Biel (this year running from July 20th-August 2nd) has many side events, for instance a big open, rapid, blitz and Chess960 tournaments, a youth tournament and even a chess-tennis tournament! The main event is again a six-player double round robin tournament, this time slighly weaker than in previous years. The players are Etienne Bacrot (France), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), Alexander Moiseenko (Ukraine), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Ding Liren (China), and Richard Rapport (Hungary).

The first round started peacefully, with all three games ending in draws. The shortest game was still very interesting, and right from the start! Rapport played 3...Nd4 in the Ruy Lopez, known as the Bird Defence, and his opponent Maxime Vachier-Lagrave reacted aggressively with 6.b4 and 7.c4. Just when White seemed to be getting the upper hand, Black suddenly chopped off a pawn on h3 and the game ended in perpetual check! 

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

Etienne Bacrot repeated a line in the Semi-Tarrasch in which he had lost to Peter Svidler at the recent Grand Prix in Thessaloniki. Back then the opening wasn't the problem, and also in this game the opening went well for the Frenchman. Black's Ra8-a7-a8 was remarkable but it worked thanks to his 22nd and 23rd move. Great tactics, based on 24.Rxe7?! Bxf3 25.Qxf3 Rb1+ 26.Rd1 Qe4!. Black won a pawn, but Nepomniachtchi found a tricky way to reach a queen ending which was just enough to hold the game.

Here's the post-mortem:

Alexander Moiseenko and Ding Liren played a King's Indian. 5.Bd3 is a solid sideline which has quite some theory these days. Black's temporary pawn sac on d4 was known and after that the Chinese used some nice tactics to "keep White busy".

Here's the post-mortem:

The organizers also offered the following video in which GM Danny King gives a round report. It includes comments by Vachier-Lagrave and Rapport:

 Tomorrow's second round has Bacrot - Ding Liren, Rapport - Moiseenko and Nepomniachtchi - Vachier-Lagrave starting at 14:00 local time.

Biel 2013 | Breisacher Memorial | Pairings & results

Round 1 22.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 6 27.07.12 14:00 CET
Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Bacrot   Bacrot - Nepomniachtchi
Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Rapport   Rapport - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko ½-½ Ding Liren   Ding Liren - Moiseenko
Round 2 23.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 7 29.07.12 14:00 CET
Bacrot - Ding Liren   Ding Liren - Bacrot
Rapport - Moiseenko   Moiseenko - Rapport
Nepomniachtchi - 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 1 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1 Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime 2719 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
2 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2717 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
3 Ding,Liren 2714 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
4 Bacrot,Etienne 2714 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
5 Moiseenko,Alexander 2699 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
6 Rapport,Richard 2693 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25

Photos courtesy of the official website, games via TWIC

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  • hace 15 meses

    SebLeb0210

    Biel is Carlsen's favourite tournament.

  • hace 15 meses

    Incredibletactic

    am going to definetely read round 2

  • hace 15 meses

    webmaster

    @Bab3s

    Strange mistake indeed! That should be Moiseenko everywhere.

  • hace 15 meses

    NM flashboy2222

    When I saw three draws, I thought boring. All three games were actually rather interesting

  • hace 15 meses

    NM Bab3s

    I just looked at this tournament's schedule. Why is Moiseenko only playing two rounds before he is replaced by Bologan?

  • hace 15 meses

    deepmac

    respect for Richard  he is great talent 

  • hace 15 meses

    tina66

    good games

  • hace 15 meses

    hirachess73

    Hi all

  • hace 15 meses

    ChocolateTeapot

    Interesting to see Rapport there. It looks as if he has moved up into the ranks of the super GMs who get invited to this sort of gig.

  • hace 15 meses

    -_KNiGHt_-

    This is cool.  

     

    =)

  • hace 15 meses

    stupid_chess

    nice

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