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46th Biel Chess Festival 2013 (7)

Bacrot holds on to Biel lead after 7 rounds

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in Biel. Photo © Biel Chess Festival.

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in Biel. Photo © Biel Chess Festival. | http://www.bielchessfestival.ch

Etienne Bacrot escaped with a draw against Liren Ding in Round 7 of the Biel Breisacher Memorial and leads the event on 11/21 points a point clear of Ding Liren, Alexander Moiseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Liren Ding looked very close to a win but the players couldn't find a definitive win for him in a very sharp 4.f3 Nimzo-Indian and so Bacrot got a draw and kept his lead.

Richard Rapport took an aggressive approach against Alexander Moiseenko's solid opening and ended up with a difficult position to play with positional weaknesses which quickly started to tell and after 26...Qg4 he was busted although it took a very long time to grind the point out.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave slowly crushed the life out of Ian Nepomniachtchi's Gruenfeld with a Fianchetto system where black's position gradually became more and more passive. 34.Bxd5 won a pawn without compensation but Nepomniachtchi fought on to a rook and pawn ending before being forced to resign.

Round 7 Standings: Bacrot 11pts, Liren Ding, Moiseenko, Vachier-Lagrave 10pts, Nepomniachtchi 5 pts, Rapport 4pts.

Round 8 Pairings: Bacrot-Vachier-Lagrave, Nepomniachtchi-Moiseenko, Rapport-Ding Liren.

Breisacher Memorial Biel (SUI), 22 vii-1 viii 2013 cat. XIX (2709)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2714 * * 1 ½ ½ . ½ . ½ ½ 1 . 11 2812
2. Ding, Liren g CHN 2714 0 ½ * * ½ 1 1 . ½ . ½ . 10 2757
3. Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2699 ½ . ½ 0 * * ½ . ½ . 1 1 10 2759
4. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2719 ½ . 0 . ½ . * * 1 1 ½ ½ 10 2756
5. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2717 ½ ½ ½ . ½ . 0 0 * * ½ . 5 2608
6. Rapport, Richard g HUN 2693 0 . ½ . 0 0 ½ ½ ½ . * * 4 2553
Round 7 (July 29, 2013)
Ding, Liren - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 57 E20 Nimzo Indian
Moiseenko, Alexander - Rapport, Richard 1-0 75 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 1-0 66 E60 King's Indian without Nc3

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