Biel R10: Tiebreak with four players!

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8/2/2013 – "Note that if Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beats Ding Liren and Etienne Bacrot draws Alexander Moiseenko, there will be tiebreaks with four players on Friday!" That is what we wrote in our previous report, and that is exactly what happened in the final round. The four will meet on Friday, with blitz knockout games in the semi-finals and rapid in the final. The action starts at 12:00 noon CEST.

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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 ten report

01.08.2013 14:00: Round 10
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko ½-½ (32)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren 1-0 (75)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Richard Rapport ½-½ (55)

Summary of round ten 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 to five 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 10 Play of the Day: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren

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The critical game: French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs GM Ding Liren from China

Even tail-ender Richard Raport is interested in the outcome of this game

Ding, the only player who could have won the title on his own steam
(by beating Vachier-Lagrave), faltered and joined the pack of four leaders

This man forced the four-player tiebreak: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Alexander Moiseenko and Etienne Bacrot drew, with both proceeding to the tiebreaks

Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi finised in fifth place ...

... while Hungarian youngster GM Richard Rapport was last

Photos by Pascal Simon for ChessBase

Final standings

In Biel the games are scored three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. According to this "soccer" system, which is official in this tournament, the standings are:

Here are the standing according to the traditional 2-1-0 scoring system:

Note that the three players with 5.5/10 in the traditional scoring caught Etienne Bacrot, who finished with 6.0/10 by virtue of having more decisive games. Bacrot won two and drew the rest, with no losses. Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren and Alexander Moiseenko had three wins and two losses each, which allowed them to catch Bacrot.


Since four players finished with the same amount of points after the last round, there will be semi-finals in blitz (two games with 5’+2’’; if 1-1, one Armageddon game). The semi-finals will be Player 1 vs Player 4 and Player 2 vs Player 3, with 1 and 2 having the priority to choose the colour. So the pairings are:

02.08.2013 12:00: Tiebreak semi-finals
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren

After this the two winners play in the final, which consists of two rapid games – 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10 second increment per move. If this ends 1-1, two blitz games with 5’+2” are played. If this too finishes 1-1, one Armageddon game will be played, with 5 minutes for White, who has to win, and 4 minutes for Black, who only needs to draw.

Video analysis with the players

Biel 2013 Round 10: Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko

Biel 2013 Round 10: Ian Nepomniachtchi - Richard Rapport

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 ½-½ (38)
Richard Rapport - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ (40)
Ding Liren - Alexander Moiseenko 1-0 (40)

28.07.2013: Rest Day!

29.07.2013 14:00: Round 7
Ding Liren - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (57)
Alexander Moiseenko - Richard Rapport 1-0 (75)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi 1-0 (66)

30.07.2013 14:00: Round 8
Etienne Bacrot - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ (66)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexander Moiseenko 1-0 (76)
Richard Rapport - Ding Liren 0-1 (59)

31.07.2013 14:00: Round 9
Richard Rapport - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (42)
Ding Liren - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (64)
Alexander Moiseenko - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 (41)

01.08.2013 14:00: Round 10
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko ½-½ (32)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren 1-0 (75)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Richard Rapport ½-½ (55)


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