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Biel Chess Festival 2011 (5)

Vachier beats Carlsen in the 5th Round of Biel

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Magnus Carlsen in Round 5. Photo ©

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Magnus Carlsen in Round 5. Photo © |

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave inflicted Magnus Carlsen's first classical chess loss since Nepomniachtchi in January in the 5th round of the Biel Chess Tournament. Vachier had the feeling that Carlsen should have been able to equalise straight from the opening but in the later major piece endgame was miserable for Carlsen and Vachier eventually broke through. Carlsen is on 10 points and Alexander Morozevich moved to within a point with a win against tail-ender Fabiano Caruana. Yannick Pelletier and Alexei Shirov drew. Round 6: Monday July 25th 1pm UK: Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana, Carlsen-Pelletier, Morozevich-Shirov.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Magnus Carlsen

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

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave put an end to Magnus Carlsen's strong run at the start of the Biel Chess Tournament by beating him in Round 5 just prior to the second rest day. Vachier couldn't put his finger on where things went wrong for Carlsen saying that it was may Carlsen's fault he had made the tournament interesting. He thought that Carlsen had chances for complete equality out of the opening but after that he had a very comfortable position and Carlsen was more or less reduced to passivity. The double rook and queen ending was miserable for black because white had chances to break on both sides of the board and could really take his time probing before taking action. Vachier played the resulting position very nicely and when the breakthrough came first on the queenside and then spectacularly on the kingside too there was no holding the position for Carlsen who resigned on move 96.

Whilst I'm sure there will be no excuses from Carlsen it would not be hard to see him being at the very least distracted by the distressing news coming in from Norway.

Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime - Carlsen,Magnus [B30]
Biel ACCENTUS GM Biel SUI (5), 23.07.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3 d6 6.Nd2 Bg5 7.Nf1 Bxc1 8.Rxc1 Nge7 9.Ne3 0-0 10.0-0 Ng6 11.Ncd5 Be6 12.c3 Na5 13.Nf5 Kh8 14.g3 Qd7 15.Nde3 Ne7 16.Nxe7 Nxc4 17.dxc4 Qxe7 18.Qd3 Rad8 19.Rcd1 b6 20.Rd2 Rd7 21.b3 Re8 22.Kg2 Qg5 23.Rfd1 Kg8 24.Qe2 Red8 25.Qf3 Qe7 26.h4 Qf8 27.h5 Qe7 28.h6 g6

Magnus Carlsen


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Position after 28...g6

29.Nd5 Bxd5 30.Rxd5 Qg5 31.Rh1 Kf8 32.Qd3 Qf6 33.Qe3 Qe6 34.Rf1 f6 35.b4 Ke8 36.Rfd1 Kf7 37.a4 Ke7 38.a5 Rc8 39.b5 Qg4 40.axb6 axb6 41.Ra1 Rb8 42.f3 Qe6 43.Qd2 Kf7 44.Rd1 Ke7 45.Ra1 Kf7 46.Ra6 Qe7 47.Qe3 Qe6 48.Qc1 g5 49.Qh1 Kg6 50.g4 Kf7 51.Kf2 Ke7 52.Qf1 Kf7 53.Ke3 Kg6 54.Qh1 Kf7 55.Kd3 Ke7 56.Kc2 Qg8 57.Qa1 Qf8 58.Rd1 Rdb7 59.Rh1 Kf7 60.Kb3 Qe7 61.Qa2 Qd7 62.Ra1 Qe7 63.Qd2 Kg6 64.Qh2 Kf7 65.R1a2 Qd7 66.Qh5+ Kf8 67.Qh1 Kf7 68.Qd1 Kg6 69.Rd2 Rd8 70.Qh1 Kf7 71.Rda2 Rdb8 72.Ra1 Qe7 73.R6a2 Rd7 74.Qd1 Kg6 75.Qh1 Kf7 76.Qb1 Rdb7 77.Qd3 Kg6 78.f4 gxf4 79.Qh3 Kf7 80.Ra8 Qe6 81.Qh5+ Kf8 82.Qf5 Qxf5 83.gxf5 Rxa8 84.Rxa8+ Kf7 85.Kc2 Re7 86.Kd3 Re8 87.Ra7+ Kg8 88.Rg7+ Kf8 89.Rxh7 Kg8 90.Ra7 Kh8 91.h7 Rb8 92.Ke2 Rd8 93.Kf3 Rc8 94.Kg4 Rd8 95.Kh5 f3 96.Kg6

White Time: 7min:26s Black Time: 0h:14min


Caruana against Morozevich

Caruana against Morozevich. Photo © Biel Chess Festival 2011

Alexander Morozevich was critical of his opponent Fabiano Caruana and his own play in a game he won in 52 moves. It seems clear that Morozevich got the advantage as black out of the opening but gradually Caruana got back into the game. Time trouble on the run up to first time control caused less than perfect play, Morozevich in particular was happy to see the queens disappear and after Caruana's 41st move there didn't seem to be much he could do to save the position.

Caruana,Fabiano - Morozevich,Alexander [E04]
Biel ACCENTUS GM Biel SUI (5), 23.07.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.e3 Bd7 8.Nc3 Nd5 9.Nd2 Nb6 10.Qe2 Na5 11.Rd1

Morozevich didn't really understand the purpose of this move in conjunction with the plan Caruana.

11...Bb4 12.Nf3

[12.Nde4 1-0 Berkes,F (2663)-Meier,G (2664)/Paks HUN 2009/The Week in Chess 778 (42)]

12...0-0 13.Bd2 Qe7 14.Ne4 Bb5 15.Bc3

Really strange move Bc3 I didn't understand it - Morozevich.

[15.Qe1 was what he expected.]

15...Na4 16.Qd2 Nxc3 17.Nxc3 Ba4 18.Rdc1 c5

After the game Morozevich said he thought this allowed white compensation and that Rad8 was better.


19.d5 Rad8 20.e4 b5 21.Qe3 Bxc3 22.Qxc3 b4 23.Qe5 Bb5

Trying to be solid - Morozevich.

24.Rd1 Rd6 25.Rac1 Qd8 26.Qh5 exd5 27.exd5 Rh6 28.Qf5 Rf6 29.Qe4 Nb7 30.Qc2 Re8 31.Re1 Nd6 32.Rxe8+

Morozevich was happy to see this exchange.

32...Qxe8 33.Re1 Qc8 34.Ne5 Qf5 35.Qxf5

Alexander Morozevich


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 35.Qxf5

Morozevich thought this was an error.

[35.Qd2 c3 36.bxc3 bxc3 37.Qe3 c2]

35...Rxf5 36.Bh3 Rh5 37.Bg4 Rh6 38.Rc1 f6 39.Nc6 f5

Black only had a minute to make time control and couldn't work out:

[39...Kf8 40.Be2 c3 41.Bxb5 Nxb5 42.bxc3 Nxc3 43.d6]


[40.Ne7+ Kf7 41.Nxf5 Nxf5 42.Bxf5 Rd6 43.Be4 Kf6 44.f4]

40...Kf8 41.Bf3

Ugly: Morozevich.

41...Ne4 42.Bxe4 fxe4 43.Nd8 Ke7 44.Nb7 Rh5 45.Nxc5 e3 46.Re1 Kd6 47.Ne4+ Kxd5 48.Rxe3 Kd4 49.Nd2 Bc6 50.h4 Ra5 51.a3 bxa3 52.bxa3 Rb5

White Time: 5min:44s Black Time: 0h:14min


Yannick Pelletier against Alexei Shirov

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

Yannick Pelletier drew an interesting Semi-Slav against Alexei Shirov. Pelletier gave Shirov doubled e-pawns but Shirov's counterplay proved at least enough, Shirov thought he should have played 24,,,b6 and later created threats round his opponent's king with his knights but this just encouraged Pelletier to draw the game by repetition.

Note that the organisers are using three points for a win and one for a draw. Rest day on Sunday, Round 6 on Monday.

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 . 10 2835
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2694 ½ . * * 1 . ½ . ½ . 1 . 9 2860
3. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 1 . 0 . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . 6 2706
4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2714 0 . ½ . ½ . * * ½ . 1 . 6 2707
5. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2590 0 . ½ . ½ . ½ . * * ½ . 4 2660
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2711 0 . 0 . ½ . 0 . ½ . * * 2 2468
Round 5 (July 23, 2011)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 96 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Pelletier, Yannick - Shirov, Alexei ½-½ 38 D44 Anti-Meran Gambit
Caruana, Fabiano - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 52 E04 Catalan

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