Harikrishna joins leaders in Biel

by Alejandro Ramirez
7/15/2014 – Pentala Harikrishna proved to have immense fighting spirit by pushing a position that might have not been in his favor against Anish Giri. The Dutch player got into time trouble and blundered in a complicated position. Hou Yifan had no problems in the black side of a Ragozin against Radoslaw Wojatszek, while Alexander Motylev also easily held Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Video reports.

ChessBase 14 Download ChessBase 14 Download

Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. Start your personal success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!


Along with the ChessBase 14 program you can access the Live Database of 8 million games, and receive three months of free ChesssBase Account Premium membership and all of our online apps! Have a look today!

More...

International Chess Festival in Biel

Round Two

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

The main stage overlooks the big open tournament

Video Recap by Daniel King

Today's round was not as exciting as yesterday's, but we still saw some impressive struggles in the second round of Biel.

The Indian player Pentala Harikrishna seemed to overextend a little out of the opening against Anish Giri. The Dutch player however seemed to be content with a draw and offered a repetition... but Harikrishna would have none of that! He refused a draw in a position that really held no advantage to him, but was still very complex. Giri gradually fell under time pressure and in a critical decision he moved his rook in the wrong direction which resulted in catastrophe for his undefended king. Harikrishna came in and swept the full point with a powerful attack.

Harikrishna ties with for first with Hou Yifan and Wojtaszek

Giri started in an unusual 0-2

Daniel King's "Play of the Day"

Hou Yifan keeps showing that her unusual openings are not as bad as one would suspcet. She drew relatively effortlessly against Radoslaw Wojtaszek; the Polish player could claim a small edge throughout the game without it being anything special. The game fizzled out to a draw when too many pieces were traded.

A good start with 1.5/2: Radoslaw Wojtaszek

A solid draw, a good result for Hou Yifan, certainly

Last but not least Maxime Vachier-Lagrave essayed, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, an exchange Slav to try to beat Alexander Motylev. However the Russian player had no real problems throughout the game and he was able to draw the Frenchman in an endgame.

Alexander Motylev had no problems with his exchange Slav

Replay Round Two Games

Select from the dropdown menu to replay the games

Standings

Pictures by Simon Bohnenblust and Marie Boyard.

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   Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Hou Yifan 2629   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Anish Giri 2750   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

Links

The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.



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.
Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors


Discuss

Rules for reader comments

 
 

Not registered yet? Register

gubarrak gubarrak 7/17/2014 12:27
Dear chessisamazing
All games are there. Just click player names on top-left part of java board, choose any game.
Regards, love&peace.
chessisamazing chessisamazing 7/16/2014 08:51
In the typical chessbase style, they continue to NOT post the exciting game that they mention about in the title article.

I've been raising this issue since a long time that whenever chessbase says in the title of the article something like "mind-blowing game between Anand and Carlsen", then that's the only game they will not post anywhere in the article!!

Continuing with this silly tradition, even in this article they said in the title something about Harikrishna vs. Giri game, and that's the only game they didn't display on the javaboard. I clicked on "download all games in PGN", it asked me what program I would like to open it in? I had no clue, so I selected Internet explorer and it showed a bunch of notations and not the actual playable game on a javaboard.

Is someone even reading the comments on chessbase?? As usual, I am going to chess.com to see a display of moves. This has been my Nth experience where I have to go on a different website!!!
1