Biel Rd.7: Carlsen, Morozevich, Caruana win, Carlsen leads

7/26/2011 – Morozevich has found his stride – he beat Vachier-Lagrave in round seven to take his score to 13/7 with a 2870+ performance. At this rate, it won’t take long to see him back in the Top Ten. Carlsen one-upped Morozevich by playing a positional masterpiece against Shirov and leads with a superb 16/7. Caruana finally notched his first win, beating Pelletier in a fine game. Express report.

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The 2011 Biel Chess Festival is taking place from July 16 to 29, in a number of groups: the Master Tournament (eleven rounds Swiss); the Main Tournament (nine rounds Swiss); a Rapid and a Blitz tournament; Chess960; Youth, Simultaneous, Chess Tennis, ChessBase training seminars. Of greatest interest is of course the Accentus Grandmaster Tournament with six very strong grandmasters playing a double round robin: Magnus Carlsen, Maximee Vachier-Lagrave, Alexei Shirov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich and Yannick Pelletier.


The participants: Caruana, Pelletier, Shirov, Carlsen, Morozevich, Vachier-Lagrave

The rate of play: 2 hours for 40 moves, then one hour for 20 and 15 min for the rest of the game, with 30 sec increment per move. The scoring system is three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. No draw offers are permitted before move 30.

Round 7: Tuesday, July 26, 14:00h
Alex. Morozevich 
1-0
 Maxime Vachier
Alexei Shirov 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen 
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Fabiano Caruana

Morozevich seems to have found his stride, and beat Vachier-Lagrave in round seven to take his score to an impressive 5.0/7 with a 2870+ performance. He was white in the Russian variation of the Gruenfeld, and soon emerged with an extra pawn in the middlegame. The Frenchman chose to instead give up the exchange hoping to gain compensation for a passed pawn but the counterplay never materialized as the Russian held strong on to the tiller, and steered unerringly to victory. At this rate, it won’t take long to see him back in the Top Ten.

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.26"] [Round "7"] [White "Morozevich,A"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2694"] [BlackElo "2722"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "D97"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Nc6 8. Be2 e5 9. d5 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Qxd4 c6 12. d6 Re8 13. Qd3 b5 14. f3 b4 15. Nd1 Re6 16. Qc2 Nh5 17. Be3 Be5 18. g3 Rxd6 19. Qc5 Bd4 20. Bxd4 Rxd4 21. Ne3 Be6 22. Nc2 Rd2 23. Nxb4 Rxb2 24. Qc3 Rxb4 25. Qxb4 Rb8 26. Qc3 Qb6 27. a3 Bh3 28. Bf1 Be6 29. Rd1 Qc7 30. Kf2 Rb3 31. Qd4 Rxa3 32. Qd8+ Qxd8 33. Rxd8+ Kg7 34. Be2 Nf6 35. Rc1 Ra2 36. Ke3 a5 37. Rd2 Ra3+ 38. Rd3 Ra2 39. Rxc6 a4 40. Rcc3 Nd7 41. Ra3 Rb2 42. Rd2 Rb4 43. Rd4 1-0

Carlsen one-upped Morozevich by playing a positional masterpiece against Shirov and keeping the lead with a superb 5.5/7 and 2906 performance. He played an offbeat Berlin and gave up a pawn to install a beast of a bishop on e5 that acted as a sniper overlooking the entire board. In contrast, Shirov’s bishop was little more than a shy spectator confined by both Carlsen’s pawns and his own. Little by little, the Spaniard’s attempts to fire up counterplay were snuffed out, and Carlsen brought home the win.

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.26"] [Round "7"] [White "Shirov,A"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2821"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "C65"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Be7 8. Nbd2 d6 9. Nf1 Nb8 10. Ne3 Ng4 11. Bg3 Nxe3 12. fxe3 Nd7 13. d4 Nf6 14. Bd3 Ng4 15. Qe2 Bg5 16. dxe5 dxe5 17. Bxe5 Bh4+ 18. g3 Nxe5 19. Nxe5 Bf6 20. Nf3 Qe7 21. O-O-O c6 22. Nd4 a6 23. Rhf1 c5 24. Nf5 Bxf5 25. Rxf5 b5 26. Bc2 c4 27. Rfd5 Be5 28. Qh5 Rae8 29. a3 Qa7 30. Kd2 Qb8 31. Ke2 Re6 32. Qh4 Qb6 33. Rd8 Ree8 34. Rxe8 Rxe8 35. Rd5 Qc7 36. a4 Qb6 37. axb5 axb5 38. Qh5 Qb8 39. Rd7 g6 40. Qf3 Rf8 41. Kf2 b4 42. Qe2 bxc3 43. bxc3 Qc8 44. Qd2 Bxc3 45. Qd5 Qa6 46. e5 Qa2 47. Qe4 Bxe5 48. h4 Re8 49. Kg2 h5 50. Kh3 c3 51. Rd5 Qa6 52. Bd3 Qc8+ 53. Kg2 Bg7 54. Rc5 Qd7 55. Qc4 Rxe3 56. Rc7 Rxg3+ 57. Kxg3 Be5+ 58. Kf2 Qxc7 59. Qxc7 Bxc7 60. Kf3 0-1

The round did not see a single draw, and the game between Pelletier and Caruana was the last to finish. Pelletier managed to stick a huge d6-pawn into Caruana’s position, and by all appearances, this seemed more than enough to hold, or even win. Instead the Italian gave it a very modern treatment, and instead worked his pieces and play around it while preventing the Swiss from improving his position. Pelletier was outplayed, and saw all his attempts at activity frustrated, allowing Caruana to notch up his first win of the event and remove himself from the bottom of the crosstable.

[Event "Biel ACCENTUS GM"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2011.07.26"] [Round "7"] [White "Pelletier,Y"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2590"] [BlackElo "2711"] [EventDate "2011.07.18"] [ECO "D85"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 Nc6 10. d5 Ne5 11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. Qd2 e6 13. f4 Bc7 14. O-O exd5 15. exd5 Ba5 16. d6 Rb8 17. Bb2 b5 18. Rbd1 Bd7 19. Bf3 c4 20. Kh1 Bf5 21. Qd4 Bb6 22. Qd5 Be6 23. Qe5 Qd7 24. Ba3 Rfe8 25. Rfe1 Bf2 26. Rf1 Bb6 27. Rfe1 Bf2 28. Rf1 Bf5 29. Qf6 Be3 30. Bd5 Be4 31. Bxe4 Rxe4 32. f5 Rbe8 33. h3 Bh6 34. Bb4 Bg7 35. Qg5 h6 36. Qd2 gxf5 37. Qf2 f4 38. Qc5 Be5 39. Qd5 Re3 40. a4 bxa4 41. Qxc4 a5 42. Bxa5 Kh8 43. Rd3 Rxd3 44. Qxd3 Qxd6 45. Qxd6 Bxd6 46. Bb4 Bc7 47. Ra1 Ra8 48. Kg1 Kg7 49. Kf2 Kf6 50. Ke2 Ke5 51. Kd3 Kd5 52. Rd1 Be5 53. Kc2+ Kc4 54. Re1 f6 55. Re4+ Kb5 56. Kb2 Rg8 57. Re2 Rg3 58. Rf2 h5 59. Ka2 Re3 60. Kb2 Re1 61. Ka2 Kc4 62. Ka3 Ra1+ 63. Kb2 Rd1 64. Ka3 Re1 65. Ba5 Kd3 66. Kxa4 Re2 0-1

Standings

Scoring system: a win counts as three points, a draw as one and a loss zero.


Video impressions from round five


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Commentary schedule

Monday 18/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Tuesday 19/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Wednesday 20/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Smeets
Friday 22/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Saturday 23/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Gustafsson
Monday 25/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Gustafsson
Tuesday 26/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Jan Gustafsson
Wednesday 27/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Thursday 28/07/2011 Miso Cebalo Daniel King
Friday 29/07/2011 Miso Cebalo to be announced

Overview: schedule and results

Round 1: Monday, July 18, 14:00h
Fabiano Caruana 
½-½
 Maxime Vachier
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich 
Round 2: Tuesday, July 19, 14:00h
Maxime Vachier 
0-1
 Alex. Morozevich
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Alexei Shirov
Yannick Pelletier 
½-½
 Fabiano Caruana
Round 3: Wednesday, July 20, 14:00h
Yannick Pelletier 
½-½
 Maxime Vachier
Alexei Shirov 
1-0
 Fabiano Caruana
Alex. Morozevich 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen 
Round 4: Friday, July 22, 14:00h
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Maxime Vachier
Alex. Morozevich 
½-½
 Yannick Pelletier
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Fabiano Caruana
Round 5: Saturday, July 23, 14:00h
Maxime Vachier 
1-0
 Magnus Carlsen 
Fabiano Caruana 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Alexei Shirov
Round 6: Monday, July 25, 14:00h
Maxime Vachier 
½-½
 Fabiano Caruana
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Yannick Pelletier
Alex. Morozevich 
½-½
 Alexei Shirov
Round 7: Tuesday, July 26, 14:00h
Alex. Morozevich 
1-0
 Maxime Vachier
Alexei Shirov 
0-1
 Magnus Carlsen 
Yannick Pelletier 
0-1
 Fabiano Caruana
Round 8: Wednesday, July 27, 14:00h
Maxime Vachier  
   Yannick Pelletier
Fabiano Caruana 
   Alexei Shirov
Magnus Carlsen 
   Alex. Morozevich
Round 9: Thursday, July 28, 14:00h
Magnus Carlsen 
   Maxime Vachier
Alex. Morozevich 
   Fabiano Caruana
Alexei Shirov 
   Yannick Pelletier
Round 10: Friday, July 29, 11:00h
Maxime Vachier 
   Alexei Shirov
Yannick Pelletier 
   Alex. Morozevich
Fabiano Caruana 
   Magnus Carlsen 

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