Biel Rd.6: Carlsen beats Pelletier, takes a commanding lead

7/25/2011 – After his unexpected lapse against Vachier-Lagrave, Carlsen refused to take his foot off the accelerator. He beat Pelletier in their return game, and is now leading with thirteen points. Morozevich missed a golden opportunity to stay abreast after Shirov took incredible risks, was lost for a long time in a chaotic position, and finally managed to draw. Updated report with postgame analysis and videos.

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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.


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 6: Monday, July 25, 14:00h
Maxime Vachier 
½-½
 Fabiano Caruana
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Yannick Pelletier
Alex. Morozevich 
½-½
 Alexei Shirov

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2711"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "A30"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. b3 d6 8. Bb2 Nbd7 9. e3 O-O 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. Rfd1 a6 12. Rac1 Rfe8 13. d4 Ne4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Ne1 Bxg2 16. Nxg2 cxd4 17. exd4 Qb7 18. Ne3 Rac8 19. Ba3 Bf8 20. d5 e5 21. h4 g6 22. h5 f5 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. Kg2 Nf6 25. Rh1 Qd7 26. Rh4 Bg7 27. Rch1 g5 28. Rh5 f4 29. Rxg5 fxe3 30. Qxe3 Rf8 31. Rh4 Nh7 32. Rgh5 Nf6 33. Rg5 Nh7 34. Rgh5 1/2-1/2

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Carlsen,M"] [Black "Pelletier,Y"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2821"] [BlackElo "2590"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "C10"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 Ngf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Nf3 Nd5 9. Qd3 Nb4 10. Qd2 c5 11. O-O cxd4 12. Nxd4 Nb6 13. a3 e5 14. axb4 exd4 15. Nb5 Bf6 16. Rd1 Bg4 17. f3 Bf5 18. g4 a6 19. Nxd4 Bxd4+ 20. Qxd4 Bxc2 21. Qxd8 Raxd8 22. Rxd8 Rxd8 23. f4 Rd7 24. b5 Rd1+ 25. Kf2 axb5 26. Bxb7 f5 27. Bf3 Rd8 28. Ra5 fxg4 29. Bxg4 Bd3 30. Be6+ Kh8 31. b3 h6 32. Bb2 Nd5 33. Ra7 Nf6 34. Rf7 Rd6 35. f5 Bc2 36. Rf8+ Kh7 37. Bxf6 gxf6 38. Rxf6 Rd2+ 39. Ke3 Rd3+ 40. Ke2 h5 41. Rf7+ Kh6 42. Rc7 1-0

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Morozevich,A"] [Black "Shirov,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2694"] [BlackElo "2714"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. Bg5 c5 8. dxc5 d4 9. Qc2 Nbd7 10. b4 h6 11. Bd2 a5 12. Rd1 axb4 13. axb4 e5 14. Nf3 Re8 15. g3 e4 16. Nxd4 Ne5 17. Qc3 Nfg4 18. Be3 Nxe3 19. fxe3 Qg5 20. Bg2 Nd3+ 21. exd3 Qxe3+ 22. Kf1 Bh3 23. Qb2 Bg4 24. Re1 Qxd3+ 25. Kg1 Rad8 26. Nb5 e3 27. h3 e2 28. Kh2 Qe3 29. Nd6 Qf2 30. Nxe8 Rxe8 31. Qd2 Bf3 32. Rhg1 Re3 33. b5 f5 34. Qd4 Be4 35. Qxe3 Qxe3 36. Bxe4 Qxe4 37. c6 bxc6 38. bxc6 f4 39. c7 fxg3+ 40. Rxg3 Qxc4 1/2-1/2

Standings

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


Live GM commentary and interviews on Playchess

During the games of the Biel Chess Festival there is 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.

All this is available to a world-wide audience on Playchess and with a normal Internet browser on our special Chesslive broadcast page. In this report we show you the postgame interviews as video captures. At the end of the report you will find a PGN file to download and analyse yourself, assisted by your favourite chess engine.


Fabiano Caruana, Miso Cebalo and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave analysing together


French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave


US-Italian GM Fabiano Caruana


Magnus Carlsen and Yannick Pelletier discussing their game on Playchess


Back to his winning ways: Magnus Carlsen


Yannick Pelletier, who at minus two is still gaining rating points


Spanish GM Alexei Shirov makes a point for Festival host Miso Cebalo


In second place and pressing: GM Alexander Morozevich


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

As a special treat the multimedia commentary live from Biel is also available on our live browser coverage. This also includes the players analysing after their games.


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 
   Maxime Vachier
Alexei Shirov 
   Magnus Carlsen 
Yannick Pelletier 
   Fabiano Caruana
Round 8: Wednesday, July 27, 14:00h
Maxime Vachier  
   Yannick Pelletier
Fabiano Caruana 
   Alexei Shirov
Magnus Carlsen 
   Alex. Morozevich
Round 9: Thursday, July 28, 14:00h
Magnus Carlsen 
   Maxime Vachier
Alex. Morozevich 
   Fabiano Caruana
Alexei Shirov 
   Yannick Pelletier
Round 10: Friday, July 29, 11:00h
Maxime Vachier 
   Alexei Shirov
Yannick Pelletier 
   Alex. Morozevich
Fabiano Caruana 
   Magnus Carlsen 

Links

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