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49th Biel Chess Festival 2016

49th Biel Chess Festival 2016 Games and Results

The 49th Biel Chess Festival takes place 23rd July to 3rd August 2016. The main event is a 4 game classical match between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. They started with a 4 game rapid match which finished 2.5-1.5 to Vachier-Lagrave. The main open has Nikita Vitiugov as top seed. There are also two Junior matches: Benjamin Bok vs Nico Georgiadis and Noel Studer vs Fracesco Rambaldi.. Read more ....

49th Biel Chess Festival 2016 (Biel SUI)
Sat 23rd Jul 2016 - Wed 3rd Aug 2016 - Official Site - Live

49th Biel Masters Match (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Classical | Live Classical

49th Biel Masters Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

49th Biel Juniors Match (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1))

49th Biel Juniors Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Games Junior Rapid

49th Biel Master Open (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

Winner Carlsen finishes Bilbao Masters with a draw

9th Bilbao Masters Final 2016 10

Magnus Carlsen was satisfied with his performance in the Bilbao Masters tournament saying "This is the best tournament that I've played in a while in terms of content and quality of my games".

Wesley So went down a known drawing line of the Ragozin with white against Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen seemed happy enough to draw with the tournament already won and he admitted to having developed a cold at the end of the tournament.

Anish Giri had a slight edge against Hikaru Nakamura but couldn't make much of it. The same was more or less true for Sergey Karjakin as white against Wei Yi. Both games finished in a draw in a quiet final round.

Just 7 games of the 30 were decisive. It doesn't seem that 3 points for a win had much, if any, effect on the players.

Final Round 10 Standings: Carlsen 17pts, Nakamura 12pts, Wei Yi 11pts, So 11pts, Karjakin 9pts, Giri 7pts.

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IX Bilbao Masters Final 2016 (Bilbao ESP)
Wed 13th Jul 2016 - Sat 23rd Jul 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

9th Masters Final 2016 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:60m+10spm(41)) - Games in PGN: Games

9th Bilbao Open 2016 (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:60m+10spm(41))

9th Bilbao Living Chess (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv )

17th Karpov Poikovsky 2016

17th Karpov Poikovsky 2016 Games and Results

The 17th Karpov Poikovsky tournament takes place 23rd July to 1st August 2016. Players: Anton Korobov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Emil Sutovsky, Dmitry Andreikin, Ilia Smirin, Dmitry Jakovenko, Maxim Matlakov, Igor Kovalenko, Victor Bologan and Alexander Motylev.

Round 1 2pm, Round 2-8 11am, Round 9 9am all UK time. Rest day after round 4: 27th July. Read more ....

17th Karpov Poikovsky 2016 (Poikovsky RUS)
Fri 22nd Jul 2016 - Tue 2nd Aug 2016 - Official Site - Live

17th Karpov Poikovsky (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100m:50+30smp(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Ding Liren vs Grischuk match 2016

Ding Liren vs Grischuk match 2016 Games and Results

Ding Liren vs Grischuk game 1. Photo ©

Ding Liren vs Grischuk game 1. Photo © | http://www.cmsa.cn/archives/35088

Ding Liren and Alexander Grischuk play a 4 game match in Wenzhou, China 19th to 22nd July 2016. The match ends once someone reaches 2.5 points. If tied there will be rapid and blitz tie-breaks. Read more ....

Ding Liren vs Grischuk Match 2016 (Wenzhou CHN)
Mon 18th Jul 2016 - Fri 22nd Jul 2016 - Official Site - Live

Ding vs Grischuk Match (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

John Watson Book Review #115 Kings of Chess

John Watson Book Review 115

The Big Book of World Chess Championships by ChessBase' Andre Schulz is available in English and German. Photo ©

The Big Book of World Chess Championships by ChessBase' Andre Schulz is available in English and German. Photo © | http://www.newinchess.com

John Watson returns with the first of a series of reviews over the summer. He looks at The Big Book of World Chess Championships; 46 Title Fights – from Steinitz to Carlsen by Andre Schulz. Read more ....

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