Biel Rd.7: Post-game analysis, statistics of an exciting event

7/27/2011 – Last year the Biel Chess Festival was a somewhat lack-luster affair. This year, in contrast, it is pure fireworks. Just three games in under 30 moves, as opposed to 17 in 2010, and 48.6% draws vs 69% in the previous edition. We have some theories why this is so. Also the post-game analysis on Playchess, which can be watched by spectators all over the world. Enjoy.

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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

Standings...

The special scoring system in Biel (three points for a win, one for a draw) yields the following table:

The traditional method of scoring (1 - ½ - 0) produced exactly the same rankings:

However, the dynamics are different: if Magnus were to draw in the next round and Morozevich would win, then the Russian would have caught his Norwegian counterpart in the traditional table, but would be a point behind in the Biel system.

... statistics

Now let us look at draw quotients. Last year we complained about the luke-warm play of the young masters (much to the chagrin of the organisers); this year we are witnessing one of the most exciting, hard-fought games of the year. Let us compare the statistics for this year (so far) and 2010:

Number of games
White wins
Draws
Black wins

2011

21
28.6%
47.6%
23.8%

2010

45
20.0%
68.9%
11.1%

And if you look at the lengths of the games you also see a marked difference: in 2010 there were six games of less than 23 moves, and a total of 17 games of less than 30 moves (16 draws and one black win). This year so far, with slightly less than half the number of games played, there have been zero games of less than 23 moves, and just three with less than 30 moves (including a win by Carlsen over Caruana in 27 moves). Possible conclusions: odd years produce more exciting chess, or it has something to do with global warming, or it is critical to invite the right mix or players.

... and live ratings

Finally let us take a look at the current live ratings, as calculated by a site run by IM Artiom Tsepotan together with International Arbiter Dr. Christopher Wright. It is appropriately named Live Chess Ratings and is updated regularly, often minutes after each game in a tournament is completed. Yesterday, 26 July 2011, at 18:26 GMT, the ratings of the top twenty players in the world were as follows:

# Name
Rating
+/-
Games
FIDE Age/birthday
1 Carlsen
2827.6
+6.6
7
Chart 20 (30.11.1990)
2 Anand
2817.0
0.0
0
Chart 41 (11.12.1969)
3 Aronian
2807.0
+2.0
8
Chart 28 (06.10.1982)
4 Kramnik
2796.9
+15.9
5
Chart 36 (25.06.1975)
5 Karjakin
2774.6
-13.4
6
Chart 21 (12.01.1990)
6 Topalov
2768.0
0.0
0
Chart 36 (15.03.1975)
7 Ivanchuk
2764.7
-3.3
15
Chart 42 (18.03.1969)
8 Ponomariov
2761.2
-2.8
5
Chart 27 (11.10.1983)
9 Nakamura
2756.7
-13.3
5
Chart 23 (09.12.1987)
10 Gashimov
2756.4
-3.6
9
Chart 25 (24.07.1986)
11 Kamsky
2755.8
+14.8
18
Chart 37 (02.06.1974)
12 Grischuk
2755.3
+9.3
8
Chart 27 (31.10.1983)
13 Mamedyarov
2754.5
-10.5
9
Chart 26 (12.04.1985)
14 Radjabov
2751.8
+7.8
9
Chart 24 (12.03.1987)
15 Gelfand
2746.0
0.0
0
Chart 43 (24.06.1968)
16 Wang, Hao
2739.2
+21.2
13
Chart 21 (04.08.1989)
17 Leko
2727.7
+10.7
9
Chart 31 (08.09.1979)
18 Svidler
2727.5
-11.5
7
Chart 35 (17.06.1976)
19 Vitiugov
2726.2
-6.8
17
Chart 24 (04.02.1987)
20 Moiseenko
2725.5
+10.5
8
Chart 31 (17.05.1980)

We draw your attention to the fact that on Friday, July 22, Magnus Carlsen had reached his highest ever rating of 2828.4 (in July and September 2010 he was 2826), the second highest rating of any human chess player ever. But he still has a bit to go to reach the mystical 2851 set up by one Garry Kimovich in July 1999 and January 2000.

Live GM commentary and interviews on Playchess

During the games of the Biel Chess Festival there is live commentary – by GM Miso Cebalo in German and GMs like Danny King, Jan Gustafsson or Jan Smeets in English. After the games are over the players come to the stage where Cebalo analyses the moves with them (in English). These are particularly interesting sessions, since the proponents have everything still fresh in their minds, and are in fact exploring, in real time, what happened just minutes ago.

All this is available to a world-wide audience on Playchess and with a normal Internet browser on our special Chesslive broadcast page. In this report we show you the postgame interviews as video captures. At the end of the report you will find a PGN file to download and analyse yourself, assisted by your favourite chess engine.


Alexander Morozevich at the start of round seven...


... and analysing with Vachier-Lagrav and Miso Cebalo on Playchess after the game


Maxime Vachier-Lagrav understandably not so happy with the result


Magnus Carlsen analyses with Miso Cabalo after yet another successful round


Magnus enters the moves himself on the Playchess server...


... making some interesting points about the game (see video below)


Live GM commentary on Playchess

There is live audio and video commentary on the chess server Playchess. The English commentary starts at 3:30 p.m., and German commentary directly from the playing site begins at 4:00 p.m.


GM Jan Gustafsson doing live audio commentary on Playchess in English


Directly from the playing venue: GM Miso Cebalo with live commentary in German

As a special treat the multimedia commentary live from Biel is also available in our live browser coverage. This also includes the players analysing after their games.

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 

Links

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