43rd Biel Chess Festival: Master Open

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7/31/2010 – Although the grandmaster tournament is understandably the highlight of the Biel Chess Festival, it is hardly the only one. Parallel to it was a very strong 11-round open, that brought together no less than 17 GMs and 14 IMs. GM Alexander Raziantsev took the laurels on tiebreak, but in second was IM Nadezhda Kosintseva who came one step closer to her grandmaster title. Report and games.

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During the 43rd edition of the annual Biel Chess Festival which took place in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, aside from the high-profile Young Grandmaster tournament won by Fabiano Caruana, there were also two significant Opens. The first was the Master Tournament, and was an 11-round swiss system at 40/2h + 60min KO held from July 19th to July 30th, 2010. This tournament was reserved for players with a FIDE or Swiss rating over 2000 with a prize fund of CHF 43,000 with the top prizes distributed as CHF 7'000, 5'000, 4'000, 3'000, 2'500, 2'000, and many prizes per category.

The event attracted 112 players, including 17 grandmasters, and 14 international masters, and was won by the Elo favorite, Russian GM Alexander Riazantsev, 2682, on tiebreak, ahead of six others. International master Nadezhda Kosintseva, 2551, had an excellent tournament, coming in second, and scoring a grandmaster norm in the process. In third place, was German GM Leonid Kritz, 2618.

The winner's podium (from the left): Peter Burri (Technical Director), Nadezhda
Kosintseva, Alexander Riazantsev, Leonid Kritz, and Peter Bohnenblust (President
of the Festival).

Final standings

1. Riazantsev,Alexan GM 2682 RUS 8.0 74.5
2. Kosintseva,Nadezh IM 2551 RUS 8.0 73.5
3. Kritz,Leonid GM 2618 GER 8.0 72.0
4. Feller,Sebastien GM 2611 FRA 8.0 71.5
5. Bauer,Christian GM 2612 FRA 8.0 71.5
6. Golod,Vitali GM 2585 ISR 8.0 71.0
7. Maze,Sebastien GM 2573 FRA 8.0 64.0
8. Hauchard,Arnaud GM 2526 FRA 7.5 71.5
9. Mikhalevski,Victo GM 2610 ISR 7.5 70.0
10. Roiz,Michael GM 2645 ISR 7.5 66.5
11. Gleizerov,Evgeny GM 2573 RUS 7.5 63.5
12. Lysyj,Igor GM 2631 RUS 7.0 71.5
13. Ulibin,Mikhail GM 2540 RUS 7.0 71.5
14. Kaplan,Sasha IM 2422 ISR 7.0 69.5
15. Pavlovic,Milos GM 2534 SRB 7.0 66.5
16. Bok,Benjamin FM 2449 NED 7.0 66.5
17. Pelletier,Yannick GM 2589 SUI 7.0 66.0
18. Onoprienko,Vladim IM 2343 RUS 7.0 64.5
19. Al-Sayed,Mohammed GM 2498 QAT 7.0 64.5
20. Cebalo,Miso GM 2500 CRO 7.0 64.0
21. Domont,Alex IM 2328 SUI 7.0 64.0
22. Nezad,Husein Aziz IM 2398 QAT 7.0 61.5
23. Efroimski,Marsel WFM 2169 ISR 7.0 58.0

Riazantsev in the foreground, added another impressive feather to his cap

The winner on tiebreak points: GM Alexander Riazantsev

Here are a couple of highlights that certainly grab one's attention. The first belongs to IM Nadezhda Kosintseva.

Nadezhda Kosintseva on her way to becoming a grandmaster

Kosintseva,Nadezhda (2551) - Mikhalevski,Victor (2610) [C80]
Biel MTO (8), 26.07.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 12.cxd4 Ncxd4 13.a4 Bb4 14.axb5 Nxb5 15.Qa4 Bxd2 16.Bxd2 0-0 17.Rfd1 c5 18.Be3 Qb6 19.h3 Nbc7 20.Rd2 Rad8 21.Rad1 Rxd2 22.Rxd2 Qb5 23.Qc2 h6 24.Nh4 Qb4 25.Nf5 a5 26.Rd7 Qb5 27.Qd2 c4.

28.Nxg7!! Kxg7 29.Bxh6+ Kg8 30.Rxc7 Qxe5. The rook is untouchable since after 30...Nxc7?? Black is mated with 31.Qg5+ Kh7 32.Qg7# 31.Rxc4 Rd8 32.Qc1 Qe2 33.Rc8 Rxc8 34.Qxc8+ Kh7 35.Qc1 Qd3 36.Be3 a4 37.Kh2 Qd6+ 38.Kg1 Qd3 39.Kh2 Qd6+ 40.g3 Qd3 41.Qc6 Qb3 42.Qe4+ Kg8 43.Qe5 Qd1 44.h4 Qg4 45.Qb5 Kh7 46.Qd5 Kg8 47.h5 Qb4 48.Qa8+ Kh7 49.Qe8 Qb7 50.h6 Qf3 51.Qxa4 Ng5 52.Qf4 Qh5+ 53.Kg2 1-0 [Click to Replay]

The next game was a game by French GM Sebastien Maze who overcame his higher rated opponent, Russian GM Igor Lysyj, 2631, in great style in the last round.

GM Sebastien Maze

Maze,Sebastien (2573) - Lysyj,Igor (2631)
Biel MTO Biel (11), 30.07.2010
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 c6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Qc2 0-0 9.a4 Qe7 10.Bf4 Nd5 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bd2 a5 13.e4 N5b6 14.Be3 Rd8 15.Rad1 Nf8 16.d5 Qc7 17.dxe6 Bxe6 18.Nd4 Bg4 19.f3 Bd7 20.Qf2 Nc8 21.f4 Bg4 22.Rd2 Re8 23.h3 Bh5 24.g4 Bf7 25.Nf5 Ne7 26.Bb6 Qb8 27.Rfd1 Nc8 28.Be3 Ne6 29.h4 Bf8 30.Rd7 g6.

31.e5!! gxf5 32.gxf5 fxe5. If Black tries to save the knight via 32...Ng7 White can follow up with 33.Ne4 fxe5 (33...Be7 34.exf6 Nxf5 35.fxe7 Ncxe7 36.Nf6+) 34.Nf6+ Kh8 35.Nxe8 Bxe8 36.Rd8 Qc7 37.f6 And the bishop is lost. 33.Ne4 Bg7 34.Rxf7 1-0 [Click to Replay]

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