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44th Biel Chess Festival (10)

Magnus Carlsen's Biel victory finishes with draw

Morozevich beat Pelletier in the final round but it wasn't enough to catch Carlsen.

Morozevich beat Pelletier in the final round but it wasn't enough to catch Carlsen. | http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/en/home/

Magnus Carlsen won the ACCENTUS GM tournament of the 44th Biel Chess Festival with a score of 19/30 two points clear of Alexander Morozevich. This is Carlsen's second title in four visits. He had a comfortable draw in the final round against Caruana having already secured the title. This victory cements his position as world number one. Alexander Morozevich took second place with a second fine performance in a row after the Russian Higher League to finish on 17 points. Shirov and Vachier-Lagrave finished tied for 3rd.

Magnus Carlsen drew as black against Fabiano Caruana

Magnus Carlsen drew as black against Fabiano Caruana. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

Magnus Carlsen finished with a comfortable draw as black against Fabiano Caruana using the Philidor Defence. Carlsen has been a fairly regular visitor to Biel finished in first place with five wins four draws and just the one loss for a score of 19 points under the 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

Carlsen has played in Biel three times before, he was second in 2006, first in 2007 beating Alexander Onischuk in a playoff and third in 2008. Only with new sponsorship could the organisers afford to bring the world number one back to Biel.

Alexander Morozevich against Yannick Pelletier

Alexander Morozevich against Yannick Pelletier. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

I worried we would never see the best of Alexander Morozevich again, but he surprised, even himself apparently, with a stellar performance in the Russian Championship Higher League. He almost kept pace with Carlsen until being well beaten by Caruana in Round 9. He however finished with another win grinding down Yannick Pelletier in the final round.

Alexei Shirov playing as black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Alexei Shirov playing as black against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave forced a draw by repetition against Alexander Morozevich in an Open Catalan and they finished level on 12 points that is 2 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses each.

Note that the organisers are used 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 ½ 1 1 19 2835
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 ½ ½ * * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 17 2821
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 1 ½ 0 0 * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 12 2706
4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * * 1 1 ½ ½ 12 2707
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2711 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 * * ½ 1 10 2636
6. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2590 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 5 2539
Round 10 (July 29, 2011)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Shirov, Alexei ½-½ 21 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 39 C41 Philidor's Defence
Pelletier, Yannick - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 51 D02 Queen's Pawn Game

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