45th Biel Chess Festival 2012 (Carlsen Invitation)
Magnus Carlsen comes back to Biel
Mark Crowther - Friday 6th July 2012
Carlsen playing Morozevich at last year's Biel tournament. Photo © | http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/en/home/
To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Festival is pleased to announce that World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen, who has already won twice in Biel (2007 and 2011), will come back for the 2012 edition. The Norwegian will replace Leinier Dominguez Perez to take part on Sunday, July 22 in the 45th anniversary blitz tournament and from Monday, July 23, in the Grandmaster Tournament, which will be a category XXI tournament (2756 Elo average) for the first time in its history.
This will be the strongest invitational tournament ever played in Biel and in Switzerland. With Magnus Carlsen (No. 1), Hikaru Nakamura (No. 7) and Alexander Morozevich (No. 9), three members of the Top-10 and four from the Top-15 will be competing, with Wang Hao’s (No. 15) first participation. Etienne Bacrot and Anish Giri will complete the line-up.
|BIEL GRANDMASTER TOURNAMENT 2012 Categorie XXI (2756 Elo) 23rd July - 2nd August 2012|
|1||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||1990, 21 yo||FIDE 1||2837|
|2||Hikaru Nakamura||USA||1987, 25 yo||FIDE 7||2778|
|3||Alexander Morozevich||RUS||1977, 35 yo||FIDE 9||2770|
|4||Wang Hao||CHN||1989, 23 yo||FIDE 15||2739|
|5||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||1983, 29 yo||FIDE 31||2713|
|6||Anish Giri||NED||1994, 18 yo||FIDE 49||2696|