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44th Biel Chess Festival 2011 (9)

Carlsen wins the Biel chess tournament with a round to spare

Fabiano Caruana ended Alexander Morozevich's chances in the tournament in beating him in Round 9. Photo ©

Fabiano Caruana ended Alexander Morozevich's chances in the tournament in beating him in Round 9. Photo © | http://www.bielchessfestival.ch

Magnus Carlsen scored yet another tournament win in taking the ACCENTUS GM group of the 44th Biel Chess Festival with a round to spare. Carlsen drew a game with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave where only he in the end was in any danger at all, in a generally balanced struggle. Closest rival Alexander Morozevich was worse shortly out of the opening on the white side of a Semi-Slav and just was gradually ground down. Shirov-Pelletier was a dull draw in a French. Rd10 July 29th 10am UK Pairs: Vachier-Lagrave-Shirov, Pelletier-Morozevich and Caruana-Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen draw Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Magnus Carlsen against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Magnus Carlsen against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

Magnus Carlsen drew on the white side of a Fianchetto Gruenfeld against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Carlsen of course retained his two bishops for much of the game but in a blocked position they weren't a big factor and decided to give them both up for equality and the draw on move 48.

Alexander Morozevich 0-1 Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana against Alexander Morozevich

Fabiano Caruana against Alexander Morozevich. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

Alexander Morozevich got the worse of the Semi-Slav against Fabiano Caruana and really just couldn't fix it. and was ground down quite nicely in the end. This loss gave Carlsen the tournament with a round to go.

Alexei Shirov draw Yannick Pelletier

Alexei Shirov against Yannick Pelletier

Alexei Shirov against Yannick Pelletier. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

Alexei Shirov made no progress against Yannick Pelletier's French Defence the game was drawn by repetition on move 30.

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 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 . 1 1 18 2849
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 ½ ½ * * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ . 14 2805
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 1 ½ 0 0 * * ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 11 2705
4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 0 0 ½ ½ ½ . * * 1 1 ½ ½ 11 2706
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2711 0 . 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 * * ½ 1 9 2615
6. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2590 0 0 ½ . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 5 2570
Round 9 (July 28, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 48 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Morozevich, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 47 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Shirov, Alexei - Pelletier, Yannick ½-½ 30 C10 French Rubinstein

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