Biel: Vachier-Lagrave wins game two

by André Schulz
7/28/2016 – On Tuesday, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored the first win in his match against Peter Svidler in Biel. In their second game with classical time-control Vachier-Lagrave used a small inaccuracy by Svidler to liquidate into a better endgame which he could win. In the "Junior Challenge" Benjamin Bok outplayed Nico Georgiadis in a Benoni. Daniel King talked with the winners and the losers of the day. Video, impressions, games...

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The 49th International Chess Festival Biel is taking place from Saturday, July 23 until Wednesday, August 3 2016. The exact schedule and further information are now published on the official website. Here are the main links:

Video of day two

The second of four games with classical time-control - and the first time Vachier-Lagrave had White - was a theoretical duel in the Marshall Gambit. On move 19 Svidler deviated from a game he had previously played against Vishy Anand and got a satisfying position but later came into trouble after a small inaccuracy.

 

With this win Maxime Vachier-Lagrave entered the free day on Wednesday with a 1.5-0.5 lead. On Thursday, 28th July, Svidler has White in game three and the chance to equalize the score.

Svidler-Vachier Lagrave, classical games

 

Parallel to the Masters Challenge - the match between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler - a Junior Challenge - two matches between young talents - is played on the stage of the congress hall in Biel. On Monday Francisco Rambaldi had won the first game of his match against Noel Studer, their second game was drawn.

Rambaldi-Studer

 

 

In the second match of the Junior Challenge, Benjamin Bok went 2-0 ahead by beating Nico Georgiadis with a Benoni.

 

 

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Photos and video: Pascal Simon

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