Biel International: the great chess analysis festival

7/19/2011 – The 2011 Biel Chess Festival, a double round robin with six top GMs, offers chess fans something very special: breathless live analysis by the players immediately after the game is over. You can watch these sessions on Playchess, or even in your plain vanilla Internet browser. We also capture the analysis and can present it to you here to explore. A wonderful lesson on how grandmasters think.

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The 2011 Biel Chess Festival is taking place from July 16 to 29, in a number of groups: the Master Tournament (eleven rounds Swiss); the Main Tournament (nine rounds Swiss); a Rapid and a Blitz tournament; Chess960; Youth, Simultaneous, Chess Tennis, ChessBase training seminars. Of greatest interest is of course the Accentus Grandmaster Tournament with six very strong grandmasters playing a double round robin: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexei Shirov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich and Yannick Pelletier.

Round 1: Monday, July 18, 14:00h
Fabiano Caruana 
½-½
 Maxim Vachier
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich 

During the games of the Biel Chess Festival there is, as mentioned in our round one report, live commentary – by GM Miso Cebalo in German and GMs like Danny King, Jan Gustafsson or Jan Smeets in English. After the games are over the players come to the stage where Cebalo analyses the moves with them (in English). These are particularly interesting sessions, since the proponents have everything still fresh in their minds, and are in fact exploring, in real time, what happened just minutes ago.

In the following we provide you with images of the analysis sessions, a video of one of them, and most importantly the lines that were discussed, both on JavaScript replay boards as well as in a PGN file which you can load into Fritz and analyse yourself, assisted by your favourite chess engine.


Maxim Vachier-Lagrave analysing with GM Miso Cebalo after his game against Fabiano Caruana

[Event "Biel 44. ACCENTUS-GM-Turnier"] [Site "Biel/Switzerland"] [Date "2011.07.18"] [Round "1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B96"] [WhiteElo "2711"] [BlackElo "2722"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 h6 8. Bh4 Qb6 9. a3 Nbd7 (9... Nc6 10. Bf2 (10. Nxc6 Qxc6) (10. e5 dxe5 11. Nxc6 bxc6) 10... Qc7) 10. Bc4 (10. Qf3 Qxd4 (10... Qxb2 11. Nb3 Qxc2 12. Bc4 g5 13. Ra2 Qxa2 14. Nxa2 gxh4 15. e5) (10... e5 11. Nf5 exf4 (11... Qxb2 12. Rb1 Qxc2) 12. O-O-O Ne5 (12... g5 13. Bf2 Qc7 (13... Qc6 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. exd5) 14. Bb5) 13. Qxf4 g5 14. Nxd6+ Qxd6 (14... Bxd6 15. Qxf6 Nd3+ 16. Rxd3 Bf4+ 17. Qxf4 gxf4 18. Nd5) 15. Rxd6 gxf4 16. Rxf6 Be7 17. Nd5) 11. Bf2 {[%csl Rb4,Rd4][%cal Ra3b4]} Ne5 12. Qh3 {[%csl Rd4]}) 10... g5 (10... Qc7 11. Qe2) 11. Bf2 (11. fxg5 hxg5 12. Bxg5 Qc5 13. Bxf6 Nxf6) 11... Qc7 12. Qe2 (12. Bxe6 fxe6 13. Nxe6 Qc4) 12... Nb6 (12... gxf4 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. Nxe6 Qa5 15. Bd4 Kf7 (15... Ne5 16. b4) 16. Nxf4) 13. Bb3 gxf4 14. O-O-O Be7 15. Rhe1 (15. e5 dxe5 16. Ndb5 axb5 17. Nxb5 Qc6 18. Qxe5 Nbd7) 15... Rg8 (15... Bd7 16. Nf5) 16. g3 fxg3 17. Bxg3 (17. hxg3 Ng4) 17... e5 (17... Nfd7 18. Bxe6 fxe6 19. Qh5+) (17... Ng4 18. e5 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Nxe6 Bxe6 21. Bxe6 Bg5+) 18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 Rg7 20. Kb1 (20. Rd3 Nbd7 (20... Nc4)) 20... O-O-O 21. Bf2 Rd7 (21... Kb8 22. Qe3 Nc4 (22... Nc8 23. Nd5 Nxd5 24. Bxd5 {[%cal Gd1d3,Gd3b3]}) 23. Qa7+) 22. Bxb6 Qxb6 23. Bxf7 Kb8 24. Bb3 Rc7 25. Rd3 Rg5 26. Rf1 h5 27. h3 Rg1 28. Rxg1 Qxg1+ 29. Ka2 Qg5 30. Qf3 h4 (30... Rc5 31. Bd5) 31. Re3 Rc5 32. Ne4 (32. Bd5 Nxd5 33. Nxd5 Rxd5) 32... Nxe4 33. Rxe4 Bf6 34. Rb4 (34. Rg4 e4) 34... Qg7 35. Qd3 Qd7 36. Rb6 (36. Qxa6 e4) 36... Rc6 37. Rb4 (37. Ba4 Rxb6 38. Bxd7 e4 39. Qb3 ( 39. Qe3 Rxb2+ 40. Ka1 Rb3+ 41. c3 Bxc3+ 42. Ka2 Rb2+ 43. Ka1 Be5 44. Qh6 e3) 39... Rxb3 40. cxb3 e3) (37. Qxa6 Bd8 38. Be6 Qe7) 37... Qc7 {[%cal Gc2c3, Gd3d5,Gb3d5,Gb4g4,Gg4g6,Gd5g8]} (37... Rc5 38. Qxa6 (38. Bd5 Rb5 (38... b5 39. Rg4) 39. Rxb5 Qxb5 40. Qxb5 axb5 41. b4 {[%csl Ga3,Gb4,Gc2,Gd5,Rd6,Re5,Gf5] [%cal Gc2c4,Ga2b3]}) 38... d5) 38. Qd5 Ka7 39. Rg4 Qc8 40. Qe4 (40. Qf7 Qxf5 41. Rb4 Rb6 42. Bd5 e4 43. Bxb7) 40... d5 41. Qxd5 (41. Bxd5 Rxc2 42. Bxb7 (42. Qe3+ Kb8 (42... Qc5 43. Qb3) 43. Rb4) 42... Qc3 43. Qb4 e4 (43... Qxb4 44. Rxb4 ) 44. Qxc3 Bxc3 45. Kb3) 41... Qxf5 42. c3 Qf2 43. Qf7 e4 44. Rg7 (44. Rxe4 Rxc3 45. Qe6 Rc6 (45... Re3 46. Qxf6 Qxf6 47. Rxe3) 46. Re2) 44... Rb6 (44... Qb6 45. Rg8 (45. Rg2 e3 46. Re2 Rd6 47. Qe8 Rd2 48. Qxe3 Bxc3) 45... Rxc3 46. bxc3 Qf2+ 47. Kb1 Qe1+ 48. Ka2 (48. Kc2 Qxc3+ 49. Kd1 Qd3+ 50. Ke1 (50. Kc1 Qf1+ 51. Kc2 Qf2+ 52. Kc1 Qb2+ 53. Kd1 e3) 50... e3) 48... Qxc3 {[%csl Ra1,Rb2] }) 45. Rg8 Rd6 46. Bd5 Rb6 47. Bb3 1/2-1/2


Video of the analysis session of Vachier-Lagrave and Cebalo


An animated session where Carlsen and Pelletier operate the Playchess program themselves and analyse
in full view of thousands of visitors all over the world, who can see and hear them going through the game


The host of the show, Croatian GM Miso Cebalo, interjects questions


World's number one and top seed in Biel: Magnus Carlsen


Swiss GM Yannick Pelletier

[Event "Biel 44. ACCENTUS-GM-Turnier"] [Site "Biel/Switzerland"] [Date "2011.07.18"] [Round "1"] [White "Pelletier, Yannick"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2590"] [BlackElo "2821"] [PlyCount "175"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. d5 Bxc3 12. Bc4 Bg7 13. Qd3 Qc8 14. Bg5 Re8 15. e5 e6 16. dxe6 fxe6 17. Rbd1 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 Nc6 19. Bb5 (19. Qe4) (19. Rd6 Nxe5 (19... Nd4 20. Qe4 Bf8 21. Rxd4 cxd4 22. Bd3 Be7 (22... Qd7 23. h4 Qf7 24. Qg4 Be7) 23. Bd2) 20. Bxe6+ Qxe6 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rxe6 Nd3) 19... Nxe5 20. Qe4 (20. Qxa8 Qxa8 21. Bxe8 Qxe8 22. Rd8 Qxd8 23. Bxd8 Nd3) 20... Nf7 (20... Rf8 21. Be7) 21. Bh4 (21. Bxe8 Nxg5 22. Qe3 Qxe8 23. Qxg5 Bd4) 21... Bd4 22. Rxd4 ( 22. Bxe8 Qxe8 23. Rfe1 e5 24. Kh1 g5 25. Bg3 Rc8 26. h4 (26. f4 gxf4 27. Bxf4 Qc6) 26... Qc6 27. Qg4 h6) 22... cxd4 23. Bxe8 Qxe8 24. Qxd4 Rc8 25. Re1 e5 26. Qg4 (26. Qa1 Qe6 27. Bg3 Rc5 (27... Rc2 28. a4 Qd5 29. h3 Ra2 30. Qc3) 28. h3) 26... Rc2 27. h3 Qc6 (27... Rxa2 28. Rc1 Kg7 (28... Qa4 29. Bf6) 29. Qf3 Qe6 30. Rc6 Ra1+ 31. Kh2 Qf5 32. Bf6+) 28. Bg3 Rxa2 29. Bxe5 Nxe5 30. Rxe5 Ra4 31. Qd1 Rf4 32. Qb3+ Rf7 33. Re7 Qc1+ 34. Kh2 Qf4+ 35. Kh1 Kf8 36. Re2 Kg7 37. Qd5 a5 38. f3 Rc7 39. Re1 Rc1 40. Rxc1 Qxc1+ 41. Kh2 Qc7+ 42. Kh1 Kf6 43. Qd4+ Ke6 44. Qg4+ Kd6 45. Qd4+ Kc6 46. Qe4+ Kb5 47. Qe2+ Qc4 48. Qe8+ Qc6 (48... Kb4 49. Qe7+ Ka4 50. Qd7+ b5 51. Qd1+ Qb3 52. Qa1+ Kb4 53. Qd4+) 49. Qe2+ Kc5 50. Qe3+ Kb4 (50... Kd6 51. Qf4+ Kd7 52. Qf7+ Kc8 53. Qg8+ Kb7 54. Qxh7+ Ka6) 51. Qe1+ Kc4 52. Qe2+ Kc3 53. Qe3+ Kb2 54. Qd2+ (54. Qd4+ Kb3) 54... Kb1 55. Qd3+ Qc2 56. Qb5+ Ka1 (56... Qb2 57. Qd3+ Ka1) 57. Kh2 Qc7+ 58. Kh1 Qc1+ 59. Kh2 Qf4+ 60. Kh1 Qd4 61. Qf1+ Kb2 62. Qe2+ (62. Qb5+ Kc1 63. Qc6+ Qc5) 62... Kc1 63. Qe4 (63. Kh2) 63... Qc3 (63... Qxe4 64. fxe4 a4 65. e5 a3 66. e6 a2 67. e7 a1=Q 68. e8=Q) 64. f4 b5 65. Qe5 Qc4 66. Qa1+ Kc2 67. Qxa5 b4 68. Qa4+ Kb2 69. f5 (69. Kh2 Qxf4+ 70. Kh1) 69... gxf5 70. Kh2 h5 71. Qd7 Qf4+ 72. Kh1 b3 73. Qd3 Qf2 74. Qd5 h4 75. Kh2 Qf4+ 76. Kh1 Kc2 77. Qc5+ Kb1 78. Qb5 b2 79. Qd3+ Ka2 80. Qa6+ Kb3 81. Qb5+ Ka3 82. Qa5+ Qa4 83. Qc5+ Ka2 84. Qd5+ Ka1 85. Qe5 Qe4 86. Qa5+ Kb1 87. Qc3 f4 88. Qd2 0-1


Video of the analysis session of Carlsen and Pelletier


Miso Cebalo and Alexei Shirov analysing

[Event "Biel 44. ACCENTUS-GM-Turnier"] [Site "Biel/Switzerland"] [Date "2011.07.18"] [Round "1"] [White "Shirov, Alexei"] [Black "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2694"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qb6 (8... Bc5) 9. Qd2 (9. a3 Bc5 10. Na4 Qa5+ 11. c3 Bxd4 12. Bxd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 b6) 9... Qxb2 10. Rb1 Qa3 11. Bb5 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 a6 13. Bxd7+ (13. Rb3 Qe7 14. Ba4 b5 15. Bxb5 axb5 16. Nxb5 Qd8 17. Qc3 Qa5 18. Nc7+ Kd8 19. Nxa8 Qxa8 20. O-O) 13... Bxd7 14. Rb3 Qe7 15. Rxb7 Qh4+ 16. Qf2 (16. g3 Qh3 17. Ne4 (17. f5 Be7 (17... Qxf5 18. Rf1 Qg6)) 17... dxe4 18. Rxd7 Kxd7 19. Be3+ Ke8 20. Qc3 Rd8) (16. Bf2 Qd8 17. O-O Qc8 (17... Bc6 18. Bb6 (18. Rb6 Qc8 19. f5 Be7 20. Bd4 Bd8 (20... exf5 21. Ne2 O-O 22. Nf4) 21. fxe6 fxe6 22. Rb3 (22. Rbb1) 22... Rf8) 18... Bc5+) 18. Rfb1 Bc6 19. Ra7 Be7 20. Qd4) 16... Be7 17. Qxh4 (17. g3 Qh3 18. Bc5 Bd8 19. Kd2 Bc6) 17... Bxh4+ 18. Kd2 Bd8 19. Rhb1 Bc6 20. Rb8 Rxb8 21. Rxb8 O-O 22. Rc8 Bb7 23. Rb8 Bc6 24. Rc8 Bb7 1/2-1/2


Video of the analysis session of Cebalo and Shirov

Download the three game analyses in PGN


Live GM commentary on Playchess

There is live audio and video commentary on the chess server Playchess. The English commentary starts at 3:30 p.m., and German commentary directly from the playing site begins at 4:00 p.m. In addition Daniel King is doing round-up shows at 8:00 p.m. on the days he is commenting.


GM Daniel King commenting on the games in round one

Commentary schedule

Monday 18/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Tuesday 19/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Wednesday 20/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Smeets
Friday 22/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Saturday 23/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Gustafsson
Monday 25/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Gustafsson
Tuesday 26/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Gustafsson
Wednesday 27/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Thursday 28/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Friday 29/07/2011 Miso Cebalo to be announced

Overview: schedule and results

Round 1: Monday, July 18, 14:00h
Fabiano Caruana 
½-½
 Maxim Vachier
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich 
Round 2: Tuesday, July 19, 14:00h
Maxim Vachier 
   Alex. Morozevich
Magnus Carlsen 
   Alexei Shirov
Yannick Pelletier 
   Fabiano Caruana
Round 3: Wednesday, July 20, 14:00h
Yannick Pelletier 
   Maxim Vachier
Alexei Shirov 
   Fabiano Caruana
Alex. Morozevich 
   Magnus Carlsen 
Round 4: Friday, July 22, 14:00h
Alexei Shirov 
   Maxim Vachier
Alex. Morozevich 
   Yannick Pelletier
Magnus Carlsen 
   Fabiano Caruana
Round 5: Saturday, July 23, 14:00h
Maxim Vachier 
   Magnus Carlsen 
Fabiano Caruana 
   Alex. Morozevich
Yannick Pelletier 
   Alexei Shirov
Round 6: Monday, July 25, 14:00h
Maxim Vachier 
   Fabiano Caruana
Magnus Carlsen 
   Yannick Pelletier
Alex. Morozevich 
   Alexei Shirov
Round 7: Tuesday, July 26, 14:00h
Alex. Morozevich 
   Maxim Vachier
Alexei Shirov 
   Magnus Carlsen 
Yannick Pelletier 
   Fabiano Caruana
Round 8: Wednesday, July 27, 14:00h
Maxim Vachier  
   Yannick Pelletier
Fabiano Caruana 
   Alexei Shirov
Magnus Carlsen 
   Alex. Morozevich
Round 9: Thursday, July 28, 14:00h
Magnus Carlsen 
   Maxim Vachier
Alex. Morozevich 
   Fabiano Caruana
Alexei Shirov 
   Yannick Pelletier
Round 10: Friday, July 29, 11:00h
Maxim Vachier 
   Alexei Shirov
Yannick Pelletier 
   Alex. Morozevich
Fabiano Caruana 
   Magnus Carlsen 

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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