Morozevich leads in Biel

7/30/2003 – Alexander Morozevich, Super-GM from Moscow, is in the lead at the Super-GM tournament at the 36th International Chessfestival in Biel (Switzerland). He is closely followed by the young French player Etienne Bacrot and Israeli Ilia Smirin. We bring you games, results and an illustrated report.

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GM tournament standing after eight rounds
1. Alexander Morozevich 
RUS
2679 6.0
2. Etienne Bacrot
FRA
2645 5.5
3. Ilja Smirin
ISR
2656 5.5
4. Yannick Pelletier
SUI
2602 2.5
5. Christopher Lutz
GER
2631 2.5
6. Viktor Korchnoi
SUI
2628 2.0


Bacrot, Pelletier, Lutz, Korchnoij, Smirin and Morozevich

Picture Gallery


The city of Biel (or Bienne) is famous for it watch manufacturers


The Gerchtigkeitsbrunnen (justice fountain) at the Burgplatz


The Gerchtigkeitsbrunnen surrounded by typical Swiss houses


A real, honest-to-goodness watchmaker in Biel


Chess fever on the streets of the Swiss town


Yannick Pelletier (Switzerland) vs Christopher Lutz (Germany)


Viktor Korchnoij (Switzerland) vs Ilja Smirin (Israel)


Tournament leader Alexander Morozevich


Giant projection display of the games in the playing hall


Viktor Korchnoij and wife Petra watch the action on the screens


Women's world vice champion Alexandra Kosteniuk playing in the Masters


Child prodigy GM Sergey Karjakin (13), accompanied by his mother


Nathalie Bonnafous from France playing in the Masters


Spectator engrossed by the action


One of the contenders in the Masters: GM Pavlovic Milos from Jugoslavia


Another contender: GM Al-Modiakhi from Quatar

Pictures by André Schulz


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