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44th Biel Chess Festival 2011 (3)

Carlsen finally held as Shirov beats Caruana in Biel

Magnus Carlsen pressed quite hard eventually against Alexander Morozevich in an interesting game. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen pressed quite hard eventually against Alexander Morozevich in an interesting game. Photo © | http://www.bielchessfestival.ch

Alexander Morozevich and Magnus Carlsen drew a fascinating and difficult Gruenfeld in the ACCENTUS GM section of the 44th Biel Chess Festival. Alexei Shirov ground down Caruana and Vachier gave perpetual check against Pelletier. There is a rest day Thursday. Round 4 July 22nd 1 pm UK time Shirov-Vachier-Lagrave, Morozevich-Pelletier, Carlsen-Caruana.

Alexei Shirov beat Fabiano Caruana in the only decisive game of the day of the top section in Biel. Caruana had more than enough compensation for a pawn but once he lost his passed d-pawn it was only a matter of time before Shirov ground him down.

Alexander Morozevich and Magnus Carlsen halved the points in a very complicated and interesting Gruenfeld Defence with 4.Bg5. Carlsen looked to be taking quite a few risks and eventually emerged with a slightly better position but it was not enough.

Yannick Pelletier looked to have slightly the better of it early on against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's King's Indian but once black sacrificed a piece to open up his king a draw was the most likely result.

Note that the organisers are using three points for a win. Round 4 22nd July 2011.

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 . 1 . . . . . 1 . 7 2939
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 ½ . * * ½ . 1 . . . . . 5 2877
3. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 0 . ½ . * * . . 1 . . . 4 2742
4. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 . . 0 . . . * * ½ . ½ . 2 2540
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2711 . . . . 0 . ½ . * * ½ . 2 2550
6. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2590 0 . . . . . ½ . ½ . * * 2 2626
Round 3 (July 20, 2011)
Morozevich, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 52 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Shirov, Alexei - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 63 C24 Bishop's Opening
Pelletier, Yannick - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 34 E92 King's Indian Classical

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