Biel: Vachier-Lagrave wins game two

by André Schulz
7/28/2016 – On Tuesday, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored the first win in his match against Peter Svidler in Biel. In their second game with classical time-control Vachier-Lagrave used a small inaccuracy by Svidler to liquidate into a better endgame which he could win. In the "Junior Challenge" Benjamin Bok outplayed Nico Georgiadis in a Benoni. Daniel King talked with the winners and the losers of the day. Video, impressions, games...

ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024 ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024

It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.



The 49th International Chess Festival Biel is taking place from Saturday, July 23 until Wednesday, August 3 2016. The exact schedule and further information are now published on the official website. Here are the main links:

Video of day two

The second of four games with classical time-control - and the first time Vachier-Lagrave had White - was a theoretical duel in the Marshall Gambit. On move 19 Svidler deviated from a game he had previously played against Vishy Anand and got a satisfying position but later came into trouble after a small inaccuracy.


With this win Maxime Vachier-Lagrave entered the free day on Wednesday with a 1.5-0.5 lead. On Thursday, 28th July, Svidler has White in game three and the chance to equalize the score.

Svidler-Vachier Lagrave, classical games


Parallel to the Masters Challenge - the match between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler - a Junior Challenge - two matches between young talents - is played on the stage of the congress hall in Biel. On Monday Francisco Rambaldi had won the first game of his match against Noel Studer, their second game was drawn.




In the second match of the Junior Challenge, Benjamin Bok went 2-0 ahead by beating Nico Georgiadis with a Benoni.



Eltaj Safarli

Photos and video: Pascal Simon

Tournament page of the Chessfestival Biel...

All videos are saved in the ChessBase account Video Portal

ChessBase Shows

“Power Play” show with Daniel King
What is the key to a successful attack on the king? How can I improve the harmony of my pieces? The Power Play show continues in the vein of Daniel King’s DVD series – except that the games are from current events. It is geared toward improving your chess knowledge in a fun and entertaining way.

“Endgame Magic Show” with Karsten Müller
The endgames expert from Hamburg regularly welcomes guests to the ChessBase studios, including Peter Heine-Nielsen, Mihail Marin, Alexei Shirov, Sergei Tiviakov and others! Come along and explore the ever fascinating world of endgames!

“Simon says” with Simon Williams
English GM Simon Williams invites you to actively participate in his show to further your own chess understanding when looking at games of all types: "I want interaction on the show, so I encourage your thoughts and ideas!". Tune in for an educational dialog on chess.

Get a full Account now

Order Daniel King's DVDs in the ChessBase Shop

André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register