Biel R05: Bacrot beat Rapport – narrowly

by ChessBase
7/26/2013 – And Alexander Moiseenko narrowly avoided losing to the other Frenchman, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Etienne Bacrot played a super-sharp Botvinnik Variation against Richard Rapport, but the Hungarian's 17th move took the French GM by surprise. Bacrot fought for an advantage, relinquished it on move 23, and then got it back when Rapport blundered on the next move. Round five report.

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GM Tournament in memoriam Olivier Breisacher

The GM tournament this year is in memory of Olivier Breisacher, who for more than 15 years looked after the organisation, reporting and external communications around the grandmasters tournament in Biel. The tournament is a ten-round double round robin, played from July 22nd to August 1st, with games starting at 2 p.m. local time.

Round five report

26.07.2013 14:00: Round 5
Etienne Bacrot - Richard Rapport 1-0 (35)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren ½-½ (66)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Alexander Moiseenko ½-½ (40)

Summary of round five by GM Daniel King

These video summaries represent a pioneer effort by GM Daniel King and Pascal Simon to give us a feel for what has happened in each round of the Biel GM tournament. They require just three minutes of your time and should not be missed. We thank our team for providing them just hours after the rounds end.

Play of the day

Biel 2013 Round 5 Play of the Day - Bacrot vs. Rapport (+ Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren)

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Etienne Bacrot, in the lead with his round five win over ...

... 17-year-old Hungarian chess prodigy Richárd Rapport

What's going on here? French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave missed wins
two days ago against Bacrot and today against Alexander Moiseenko

Commentator Danny King found Ding Liren's 28th move "absolutely brilliant"

Nepomniachtchi,Ian (2717) - Ding,Liren (2714) [E90]
Breisacher Memorial Biel SUI (5.3), 26.07.2013

After the move 28...Bc3! White cannot play 29.Qxc3, since it loses immediately to 29...Bxh3 30.Nxh3 Qxh3+ 31.Kxh3 Rh7+ 32.Bh5 Rxh5#. Nepomniachtchi played 29.Qg3 and the game ended after 66 moves in a draw.

Current standings

Video analysis with the players

Biel 2013 Round 5 Etienne Bacrot - Richard Rapport

Biel 2013 Round 5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Alexander Moiseeenko

Photos by Pascal Simon for ChessBase

Schedule and results

22.07.2013 14:00: Round 1
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (46)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Richard Rapport ½-½ (22)
Alexander Moiseenko - Ding Liren ½-½ (41)

23.07.2013 14:00: Round 2
Etienne Bacrot - Ding Liren 1-0 (43)
Richard Rapport - Alexander Moiseenko 0-1 (38)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 0-1 (63)

24.07.2013 14:00: Round 3
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (40)
Alexander Moiseenko - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (27)
Ding Liren - Richard Rapport ½-½ (40)

25.07.2013 14:00: Round 4
Alexander Moiseenko - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (35)
Ding Liren - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 (28)
Richard Rapport - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (35)

26.07.2013 14:00: Round 5
Etienne Bacrot - Richard Rapport 1-0 (35)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren ½-½ (66)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Alexander Moiseenko ½-½ (40)

27.07.2013 14:00: Round 6
Etienne Bacrot - Ian Nepomniachtchi
Richard Rapport - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Ding Liren - Alexander Moiseenko

28.07.2013: Rest Day!

29.07.2013 14:00: Round 7
Ding Liren - Etienne Bacrot
Alexander Moiseenko - Richard Rapport
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi

30.07.2013 14:00: Round 8
Etienne Bacrot - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexander Moiseenko
Richard Rapport - Ding Liren

31.07.2013 14:00: Round 9
Richard Rapport - Etienne Bacrot
Ding Liren - Ian Nepomniachtchi
Alexander Moiseenko - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

01.08.2013 14:00: Round 10
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Richard Rapport


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