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44th Biel Chess Festival 2011 (6)

Carlsen back to winning ways in Round 6 of Biel

Magnus Carlsen beat Yannick Pelletier in Round 6. Photo © Janis Nisii.

Magnus Carlsen beat Yannick Pelletier in Round 6. Photo © Janis Nisii. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

Magnus Carlsen returned to winning ways at the Biel Chess Festival 2011 beating Yannick Pelletier in 42 moves of an unsual French Defence. Carlsen now leads on 13/18 three points clear of Alexander Morozevich might well have beaten Alexei Shirov in a very sharp game. 7th round Tuesday July 26th 1 pm UK time: Morozevich-Vachier, Shirov-Carlsen and Pelletier-Caruana.

Magnus Carlsen against Yannick Pelletier

Magnus Carlsen against Yannick Pelletier. Photo © Janis Nisii.

Magnus Carlsen extended his lead again beating Yannick Pelletier from an insipid looking opening choice against the French Defence. Carlsen did retain his favourite two bishops and eventually worked up a decisive attack in a queenless middle-game/ending that proved decisive.

Fabiano Caruana against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Fabiano Caruana against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © Janis Nisii.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Fabiano Caruana drew an interesting English by repetition on move 35.

Alexei Shirov against Alexander Morozevich

Alexei Shirov against Alexander Morozevich. Photo © Janis Nisii.

Alexander Morozevich got a decisive advantage against Alexei Shirov in a very sharp Nimzo-Indian. Shirov launched a dangerous looking but ultimately unsound attack as black. Winning moves for Morozevich included 28.Qc3, 29.Qc1 and finally 31.Qc3 stopping 31...Bf3 after which it was Morozevich who had to be careful. A draw was agreed on move 40.

Note that the organisers are using three points for a win and one for a draw.

Biel ACCENTUS GM 2011 Biel (SUI), 18-29 vii 2011 cat. XIX (2709)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2821 * * ½ . 0 . 1 . 1 1 1 . 13 2863
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 ½ . * * 1 . ½ ½ ½ . 1 . 10 2837
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 1 . 0 . * * ½ . ½ . ½ ½ 7 2706
4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 0 . ½ ½ ½ . * * ½ . 1 . 7 2705
5. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2590 0 0 ½ . ½ . ½ . * * ½ . 4 2622
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2711 0 . 0 . ½ ½ 0 . ½ . * * 3 2517

Round 6 (July 25, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Pelletier, Yannick 1-0 42 C10 French Rubinstein
Morozevich, Alexander - Shirov, Alexei ½-½ 40 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 34 A30 English Symmetrical

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