Biel Rd.10: Morozevich wins game, Carlsen set and match

7/29/2011 – Lagrave and Shirov drew their final round game to share 3-4th place; Caruana probably went into the round with secret hopes of beating the leader, but was suprised by a Philidor (Magnus, it seems, can play anything) and never had any winning chances. Alexander Morozevich beat the lowest seed Yannick Pelletier to improve his second-place score. Express report.

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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, Maximee Vachier-Lagrave, Alexei Shirov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich and Yannick Pelletier.


The participants: Caruana, Pelletier, Shirov, Carlsen, Morozevich, Vachier-Lagrave

The rate of play: 2 hours for 40 moves, then one hour for 20 and 15 min for the rest of the game, with 30 sec increment per move. The scoring system is three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. No draw offers are permitted before move 30.

Round 10: Friday, July 29, 11:00h
Maxime Vachier 
½-½
 Alexei Shirov
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Alex. Morozevich
Fabiano Caruana 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen 

Alexei Shirov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who were equal on points (11/9) and tiebreak (103), sharing 3-4 after nine rounds, were satisfied to follow a 2009 game between Topalov and Ivanchuk for eleven moves. The Open Catalan looks interesting, but neither side got an advantage and the game was drawn after a three-fold repetition on move 21.

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.29"] [Round "10"] [White "Vachier Lagrave, M."] [Black "Shirov, A."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D43"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2714"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 dxc4 6. Bg2 b5 7. Ne5 a6 8. O-O Bb7 9. a4 Be7 10. axb5 axb5 11. Rxa8 Bxa8 12. Bf4 (12. Nxb5 cxb5 13. Bxa8 O-O 14. Bf3 Nd5 15. h4 Qc7 16. Bd2 Bf6 17. e4 Bxe5 18. dxe5 Ne7 19. Bb4 Nbc6 20. Bd6 Qb6 21. b3 Ra8 22. bxc4 bxc4 23. Qc1 Ng6 24. Qxc4 Ncxe5 25. Bxe5 Nxe5 26. Qc3 Qd4 27. Rc1 g5 28. Kg2 Qxc3 29. Rxc3 g4 30. Be2 Kg7 31. f4 gxf3+ 32. Bxf3 Ra2+ 33. Kf1 Ra4 34. Kf2 Kf6 35. Ke3 Nc4+ 36. Kd3 Ne5+ 37. Ke3 Nc4+ 38. Kd3 Ne5+ 39. Ke3 {1/2-1/2 (39) Topalov,V (2796)-Ivanchuk,V (2779)/Nice 2009/CBM 129 Extra}) 12... Nd5 13. Qa1 Bb7 14. Qa7 Qc8 15. Nxc4 Nxf4 16. Nb6 Nxe2+ 17. Nxe2 Qc7 18. Na8 Qc8 19. Nb6 Qc7 20. Na8 Qc8 21. Nb6 1/2-1/2

After his unexpecetd loss the previous day to Caruana, and with his second place in no danger, one might have reasonably expetced Alexander Morozevich to choose a peaceful result. However one gets the impression it was Yannick Pelletier who was not content with this. Their game was a strange Semi-Slav of sorts, and at the crucial moment the Swiss player choose a very ambitious 0-0-0 which seemed hard to recommend, no matter how you looked at it. Morozevich was up to the challenge and showed why he was clear second, far ahead of the rest, locking up his tournament with yet another magnificent result for 2011.

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.29"] [Round "10"] [White "Pelletier, Yannick"] [Black "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2590"] [BlackElo "2694"] [ECO "D02"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [WhiteFideId "1301837"] [BlackFideId "4116992"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 a6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nc3 c6 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bg5 Ne7 8. e3 f6 9. Bh4 Bf5 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 Nd7 12. Bg3 Nb6 13. O-O-O Bb4 14. Nd2 O-O 15. Kb1 a5 16. Rhe1 a4 17. a3 Ba5 18. f3 Qd7 19. e4 f5 20. Be5 f4 21. g3 Ng6 22. gxf4 Nxf4 23. Qc2 Ng6 24. Bg3 dxe4 25. Rxe4 Bxc3 26. Qxc3 Nd5 27. Qc2 b5 28. Be5 Rae8 29. Rde1 Nxe5 30. Rxe5 h6 31. Rc1 Rxe5 32. dxe5 Ne7 33. Ne4 Qd5 34. Nc5 Rf4 35. Rd1 Rd4 36. Rxd4 Qxd4 37. Nd3 Qe3 38. f4 Qe4 39. Ka1 Nd5 40. Qd2 Kh7 41. Qd1 Kg8 42. Qd2 Ne3 43. Qc3 Nf5 44. Nc5 Qxf4 45. Ne6 Qf1+ 46. Ka2 Ne7 47. Qd4 Nd5 48. Nd8 Qh3 49. e6 b4 50. Qd1 Qxh2 51. Qc1 bxa3 0-1

Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen, the battle of the youngest, both former child prodigies. Fabiano was keen to get a win from this game, to join Vachier and Shirov (who had drawn their game) in the 12-point bracket, and maybe regain some of the rating points he is dropping. He never had a chance. Carlsen surprised him from the get-go with a Philidor Defense, taking him out of any preparation he might have had. Magnus quickly took control of the game, leaving nary a chance for Fabiano. Caruana did not get into any genuine trouble, but Magnus was the one calling the shots, and a draw was all the Italian could hope for.

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.29"] [Round "10"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2711"] [BlackElo "2821"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "C41"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a4 a6 8. a5 h6 9. Re1 exd4 10. Nxd4 Ne5 11. Bf1 c5 12. Nb3 Be6 13. Bf4 Rc8 14. h3 Re8 15. Bxe5 dxe5 16. Nd2 c4 17. Ra4 Bc5 18. Nxc4 Bd4 19. Qf3 Rc5 20. Nd1 Qc7 21. Nde3 Bxe3 22. Nxe3 Rxa5 23. Rb4 Rd8 24. Rd1 Rxd1 25. Qxd1 Rc5 26. Ra4 Rc6 27. Bd3 Rd6 28. Qe1 b5 29. Ra3 g6 30. b4 Rc6 31. Qa1 Qd6 32. Kh2 h5 33. Rc3 Rxc3 34. Qxc3 h4 35. Nf1 Nh5 36. Nd2 g5 37. Nf3 f6 38. g3 hxg3+ 39. fxg3 Ng7 1/2-1/2

Final standings

Scoring system: a win counts as three points, a draw as one and a loss zero


Overview: schedule and results

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

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