Caruana leads in Young Grandmaster Biel

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7/25/2010 – Going into the seventh round, the Young Grandmaster Tournament in Biel, Switzerland, is not the most exciting event in the world. Italian GM Fabiano Caruana, 17 years old, is in the lead with plus two, behind him five GMs with plus one. In round six most games lasted less than 25 moves, in five rounds 70% of the games were drawn. Pictorial report.

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The Biel Chess Festival is taking place from July 17th-30th 2010 at the Congress Center (Zentralstr. 60
CH - 2502 Biel-Bienne). The main group this year concentrated exclusively on young talents. The youngest, Anish Giri, is 16, the oldest, Evgeny Tomashevsky, is 23. Here are the participants sorted according to their current FIDE rating.

Group photo of the Young GM group in Biel: Negi, Tomashevsky, Andreikin,
Rodshtein, city mayor Hans Stoeckli, So and Jannick Pelletier

Wesley So and Evgeny Tomashevsky drew their round six game in 24 moves

16-year-old Wesley So, at 2674 the strongest player on the Philippines

"Local derby": GMs Anish Giri, 16, vs GM Parimarjan Negi, 17, was drawn in 20

Dmitry Andreikin vs Maxim Rodshtein was also drawn in 20

This game between the top Italian GM and the Vietnamese prodigy was a draw in 31

In this one France defeated England after errors on both sides

Howell,D (2616) - Vachier Lagrave,M (2723) [E90]
YGM Biel SUI (6), 24.07.2010
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Be3 Nc5 10.Nd2 a5 11.g4 c6 12.a3 a4 13.Be2 Bd7 14.h4 cxd5 15.cxd5 Rc8 16.g5 hxg5 17.hxg5 Nh7 18.Rg1 f5 19.gxf6 Qxf6 20.Qc2 Bh6 21.0-0-0 Bxe3 22.fxe3 Kg7 23.Kb1 Be8 24.Bb5 Bxb5 25.Nxb5 Ng5 26.Nc3 Nf3 27.Rg2 Nxd2+ 28.Qxd2 Qf3 29.Rdg1 Rf6 30.Rg4 Rh8

In this position, White could have tried 31.Nxa4 Nxa4 32.Qa5, but the 19-year-old Brit went astray: 31.Ka2? Rh1 32.Qc2? Rxg1 33.Rxg1 Qxe3 and Black is well on the path to victory. 34.Qh2 Qf2 35.Qh1 b5 36.Nxb5 Nd3? 36...Qc2 would have cleared matters up. Now White can draw. 37.Rg2 Qf3 38.Rh2? [38.Nc7!] Qxh1 39.Rxh1 Nc5 40.Re1 g5 and now he is lost again: 0-1.

Current standings

Pictures provided by the tournament organisers



Of the 30 games played in the first six rounds:

21 games = 70% were drawn
5 games = 17% were won by White
4 games = 13% were won by Black

13 games were shorter than 30 moves – 29 of these were drawn. The longest game was Giri-Andreikin, which lasted 109 moves and was drawn. Tomashevsky won a 94-mover against Negi.


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