Bloody Biel!

by Alejandro Ramirez
7/16/2014 – The Biel super tournament continues to provide great entertainment! Today was a day that closed the gaps between all the players of the event. The leaders before today's round, Wojtaszek, Hou Yifan and Harikrishna all lost their game today! Meanwhile Giri picked up his first full point, as did Motylev, while MVL now leads with 2.0/3. And after three rounds everyone has scored a win!

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International Chess Festival in Biel

Round Three

Round 03 – July 16, 2014
Alexander Motylev 2698
1-0
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Hou Yifan 2629
0-1
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Anish Giri 2750
1-0
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733

Video Recap

ready for action!

Another fantastic round that made the tournament much closer than it already was. After only three rounds every player in the tournament has won a game. MVL takes the lead as every single person with 1.5/2 lost their games!

First of all Alexander Motylev essayed some unusual early c4 idea in the Berlin against Pentala Harikrishna. This didn't really give White much of an advantage. However a big mistake by the Indian player allowed Motylev to nearly trap the Black's bishop on an open board. This cost Harikrishna a pawn and eventually the game.

Alexander Motylev showed great technique finishing off Pentala Harikrishna

Meanwhile Anish Giri played a very long game against Radoslaw Wojtaszek. The Dutch player started the game with powerful play, positionally outplaying his Polish opponent. Slowly it seemed that Black's position just became worse and worse and worse, but out of nowhere Giri let his attention slip and Wojtaszek found counterchances. He even had a brilliant draw at some point in the endgame (see the annotations below) but he was unable to find it. Exhaustion must have gotten to him as he blundered again in a difficult to win endgame and Anish Giri collected his first point of the tournament.

Giri picked up a very important point, especially for morale

Radoslaw Wojtaszek made mistakes after many, many hours of play

Finally it was Hou Yifan's turn to fall as she was outplayed in another long game by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In a closed Sicilian, that resembled a Spanish much more than any Sicilian, it seemed that the Frenchman simply had a better grasp of how to play the position. Black's powerful queen and knight duo overpowered the opponent's and White found herself without moves. This puts MVL in the lead with 2.0/3 and the only undefeated player in the tournament.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave slayed the Women's World Champion in a very slow game

A view of the playing stage with the open section in the background

Yanick Pelletier and Danny King do not approve of this move...

Meanwhile GM Sam Shankland, who is playing the open section, talks about his imepending switch to soccer (football?)

Daniel King shows his highlights of round 3

Replay Round Three Games

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Standings

Schedule

Round 01 – July 14, 2014
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
½-½
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Alexander Motylev 2698
0-1
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Hou Yifan 2629
1-0
Anish Giri 2750
Round 02 – July 15, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
1-0
Anish Giri 2750
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
½-½
Hou Yifan 2629
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
½-½
Alexander Motylev 2698
Round 03 – July 16, 2014
Alexander Motylev 2698
1-0
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Hou Yifan 2629
0-1
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Anish Giri 2750
1-0
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Round 04 –July 17, 2014
Hou Yifan 2629   Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Anish Giri 2750   Alexander Motylev 2698
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Round 05 – July 18, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726   Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766   Anish Giri 2750
Alexander Motylev 2698   Hou Yifan 2629
Round 06 – July 19, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733   Alexander Motylev 2698
Anish Giri 2750   Hou Yifan 2629
Round 07 – July 21, 2014
Anish Giri 2750   Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Hou Yifan 2629   Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Alexander Motylev 2698   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Round 08 – July 22, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726   Alexander Motylev 2698
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766   Hou Yifan 2629
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733   Anish Giri 2750
Round 09 – July 23, 2014
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733   Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Anish Giri 2750   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Hou Yifan 2629   Alexander Motylev 2698
Round 10 – July 24, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726   Hou Yifan 2629
Alexander Motylev 2698   Anish Giri 2750
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766   Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733

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Topics: Biel

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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Joseph Boronka Joseph Boronka 7/17/2014 12:10
hahaha... I like the Pictures !! " Yanick Pelletier and Danny King do not approve of this move... " as well the next one... " Meanwhile GM Sam Shankland, who is playing the open section, talks about his imepending switch to soccer (football?) " kudos to the photographer for capturing such entertaining pictures !!
Joseph Boronka Joseph Boronka 7/17/2014 12:06
this is Chess how it should be , with hard fought victories , both players trying hard to outplay the other, to force an advantage , to sacrifice and risk losing for a dynamic advantage ! Wonderful !! Giri plays interesting chess, Harikrishna plays to win , in fact all 6 players are to be comendatd on their fighting spirit ! I like it :)

Joseph
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