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44th Biel Chess Festival 2011 (2)

Carlsen wins again in the second round of Biel

Something clearly went wrong for Shirov in the opening against Carlsen. Photo ©

Something clearly went wrong for Shirov in the opening against Carlsen. Photo © |

Magnus Carlsen won again in the second round of the Biel ACCENTUS GM tournament moving to 6/6 (three points for a win). Alexander Morozevich also won after a miscalculation by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana-Pelletier was drawn. Round 3 1pm UK time on Wednesday: Pelletier-Vachier-Lagrave, Shirov-Caruana, Morozevich-Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen won his second game in the row to move to 6 points with a rather easy win against Alexei Shirov. The players followed Anand-Van Wely from 2005 until Carlsen played an obvious computer improvement. By this stage I think this was not the position Shirov wanted because once Carlsen played his improvement, which was the computer's first choice, Shirov faced a hard battle to stay in the game. Carlsen appeared to have many ways to keep a large advantage and he converted this to a win after 33 moves and only 70 minutes of thinking time.

Carlsen,Magnus - Shirov,Alexei [D47]
Biel ACCENTUS GM Biel SUI (2), 19.07.2011

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 a6 10.e4 c5 11.d5 c4 12.Bc2 Qc7 13.Nd4 e5 14.Nf5 g6 15.Nh6

Alexei Shirov


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 15.Nh6

A first new move but one that Fritz 12 at least thinks is the best. Carlsen played much faster than Shirov and at no point did black's position look satisfactory so it is odd he played this line.

15.Ne3 with an eventual draw was Anand,V (2786)-Van Wely,L (2679)/Monte Carlo MNC 2005 and indeed this does look fine for black almost immediately.

15...Nh5 16.g3 Bc5 17.Qf3 Rf8 18.Bd2 Bd4 19.b4 cxb3 20.Bxb3 Qd6 21.Rac1 Ng7 22.a4 f5 23.axb5 f4 24.Ne2 Bb6 25.bxa6 Bxa6 26.Bc4 g5 27.Bxa6 Rxa6 28.Rc8+ Bd8 29.Nf5 Nxf5 30.exf5 Nf6 31.Qd3 Ra7 32.Qb5+ Qd7 33.Rxd8+

White Time: 0h:52min Black Time: 2min:09s


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was doing well out of the opening against Alexander Morozevich but then badly miscalculated with 28.Ng5+? and after that there was no way back.

Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime - Morozevich,Alexander [D86]
Biel ACCENTUS GM Biel SUI (2), 19.07.2011

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.e4 Nxc3 5.bxc3 g6 6.d4 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Rc1 b6 12.Qd2 Bb7 13.Bh6 Rad8 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.f4


15...Qd7 16.Bb5 Qe6 17.f5 Qd6 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.d5 Bd7 20.c4 Qe5 21.Rc3 Rh8 22.Rh3 f6 23.Qf4 b5 24.Qh6+ Kf7 25.Nf4 Rdg8 26.Ne6


26...bxc4 27.Ra3 Qxe4 28.Ng5+?

Alexander Morozevich


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Position after 28.Ng5+?

A strange and losing blunder, Vachier must have made a simple miscalculation but it is hard to see what he was hoping for.

[28.fxg6+ Rxg6 29.Ng5+ Rxg5 30.Qxg5 Rg8 31.Qh5+ Kf8 32.g3 Qd4+ 33.Rf2]

28...fxg5 29.fxg6+ Ke8 30.Rxa7 hxg6 31.Ra8+ Bc8 32.Qxg5 Kd8 33.d6 Qd4+ 34.Rf2 Qd1+ 35.Rf1 Qd4+ 36.Rf2 Qd1+ 37.Rf1 Qxd6 38.h3 Qd4+ 39.Kh1 Rf8 40.Re1 Rf6 41.Qg3 Rhf8

White Time: 0h:58min Black Time: 0h:56min


Finally Fabiano Caruana tried for a long time against Yannick Pelletier a pawn up in the Rook and pawn ending but had to settle for a draw on move 59.

Three points for a win, 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 * * . . . . 1 . . . 1 . 6
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 . . * * . . ½ . 1 . . . 4 2911
3. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2711 . . . . * * . . ½ . ½ . 2 2656
4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 0 . ½ . . . * * . . . . 1 2564
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 . . 0 . ½ . . . * * . . 1 2509
6. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2590 0 . . . ½ . . . . . * * 1 2573
Round 2 (July 19, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Shirov, Alexei 1-0 33 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Caruana, Fabiano - Pelletier, Yannick ½-½ 59 C10 French Rubinstein
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 41 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin

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