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46th Biel Chess Festival 2013 (1)

Three draws open Biel Olivier Breisacher Memorial

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Etienne Bacrot in Biel. Photo © Biel Chess Festival.

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Etienne Bacrot in Biel. Photo © Biel Chess Festival. | http://www.bielchessfestival.ch

The Grandmaster Group of the Biel Chess tournament saw three draws on day one. The event is named after the long time organiser of the tournament Olivier Breisacher who died just after last year's edition. I only knew him via email but he was unfailingly helpful and I will miss him.

Etienne Bacrot followed in Vladimir Kramnik's footsteps by playing 4....Nxd5 in the Queen's Gambit Exchange against Ian Nepomniachtchi and even ended up a pawn up but his exposed king guaranteed the draw.

Alexander Moiseenko played an interesting sideline in the King's Indian against Ding Liren (5.Bd3 6.Nge2) but even though there was a complex middlegame pieces came off and a draw resulted.

The most interesting game of the day was the first to finish with Richard Rapport playing the Birds Variation of the Ruy Lopez against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. White seemed to be doing well in a very sharp position but his 15.Bb2 seems careless after he underestimated 15...Bxh3 which led to a draw by repetition.

Round 2 Tue 23rd July 2013: Bacrot-Ding Liren, Rapport-Moiseenko, Nepomniachtchi-Vachier-Lagrave.

Breisacher Memorial Biel (SUI), 22 vii-1 viii 2013 cat. XIX (2709)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2719 * * . . . . . . . . ½ . ½ 2693
2. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2717 . . * * ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2714
3. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2714 . . ½ . * * . . . . . . ½ 2717
4. Ding, Liren g CHN 2714 . . . . . . * * ½ . . . ½ 2699
5. Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2699 . . . . . . ½ . * * . . ½ 2714
6. Rapport, Richard g HUN 2693 ½ . . . . . . . . . * * ½ 2719
Round 1 (July 22, 2013)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Rapport, Richard ½-½ 22 C61 Ruy Lopez Bird's Defence
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 46 D35 QGD Exchange
Moiseenko, Alexander - Ding, Liren ½-½ 40 E70 King's Indian Fianchetto

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