An exceptional line-up in Biel

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5/9/2018 – The Chess Festival in Biel takes place from July 21 to August 1, 2018, and the grandmaster tournament will be exceptionally strong. All six players of the ACCENTUS Grandmaster Tournament are now known. World Champion Magnus Carlsen will also face world number 3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) in Biel. A new multi-round Fischer Random Chess Tournament will be held at the Biel Chess Festival, as well as three ACCENTUS simultaneous tournaments for 75 juniors. Press release.

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World Class players meet in Biel

The organizers of the 51st Biel International Chess Festival are delighted. After the announcement of the participation of the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen last March, the 6 participants of the ACCENTUS Grandmaster Tournament are now all known. And the Norwegian favourite won't have it easy! Along with the five-time winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, No. 6 in the world), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, No. 3 in the world ranking) will be a serious competitor for the tournament victory. Defending Russian champion Peter Svidler (14th in the world) will also have his say, knowing that he has often caused problems to Magnus Carlsen in the past. The Czech David Navara (24th in the world) and the 22-year-old Swiss Nico Georgiadis (Schindellegi) will complete the field.

The level of the tournament is thus comparable to the 2012 edition, although tournament director Yannick Pelletier adds: "The 51st edition will be much more prestigious due to the presence of the reigning World Champion and two other representatives of the world’s top ten".

ACCENTUS, main partner of the Grandmaster Tournament, also supports an event for the benefit of young chess players. 75 juniors under the age of 16 will be invited to three simultaneous tournaments on the opening day of July 21. This spectacular event will attract the attention of spectators and the media on the central square in Biel.

The Organising Committee of the Festival also welcomes the new Fischer Random Chess Tournament, which will take place every morning from July 23 to 29. This variant of chess, in which the starting position of the pieces is drawn by lot, requires less theoretical knowledge and allows players of all levels to compete against each other. The Physicians' Tournament is being held for the fourth time this year and will take place on Sunday, 29 July.

All information about the tournaments and the participants can be found in three languages on the website of the Festival -


Definitive list of participants (Elo number according to FIDE list May 2018)

  • Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 27 years old), reigning World Champion and No. 1 in the world, 2843 Elo points
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 33 yo), No. 3, 2808
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 27 yo), No. 6, 2789
  • Peter Svidler (Russia, 41 yo), No. 14, 2760
  • David Navara (Czech Republic, 33 yo), No 24, 2727
  • Nico Georgiadis (Switzerland, 22 yo), 2527


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