46th Biel Chess Festival 2013 (7)
Bacrot holds on to Biel lead after 7 rounds
Mark Crowther - Monday 29th July 2013
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)|
|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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