Miraculous MVL

by Alejandro Ramirez
7/21/2014 – Two players can certainly be unhappy with today's results. Hou Yifan let go of a winning advantage against Radoslaw Wojtaszek and had to be content with only 50% of the points. Alexander Motylev played a crushing attack against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and obtained a winning position, but in time trouble the Russian not only failed to convert, but let things turn for the worse...

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International Chess Festival in Biel

Round Seven

Round 07 – July 21, 2014
Anish Giri 2750
½-½
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Hou Yifan 2629
½-½
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Alexander Motylev 2698
0-1
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766

Video Recap

The start of an exciting round

Hou Yifan certainly played a fantastic game against Radoslaw Wojtaszek, finding many important and unusual resources. Tactically sound and strategically backed White's position began steam-rolling her opponent's. Unfortunately for the Chinese she started slipping in time trouble and was unable to finish off the job, only getting half a point

Hou Yifan missed a chance to move to clear second

By the skin of his teeth: Radoslaw Wojtaszek salvaged a draw

Anish Giri had a queen sacrifice in the opening (!) against Pentala Harikrishna but somehow the game ended in an early repetition.

Anish Giri wonders why his preparation left him down a queen

At -1 Anish Giri certainly wants more than this from the tournament

The miracle of the day was certainly by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In a very, very unpleasant position his opponent simply started making bad move after bad move, turning a position that was clearly better for White to a position that was simply lost. MVL will be thanking the chess goddess today!

With a gift from Caissa MVL moves to 5.0/7

MVL leads the tournament, but the race for second is very, very tight

Daniel King shows the highlights of round 7

Replay Round Seven 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
½-½
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Anish Giri 2750
1-0
Alexander Motylev 2698
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
½-½
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Round 05 – July 18, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
½-½
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
1-0
Anish Giri 2750
Alexander Motylev 2698
½-½
Hou Yifan 2629
Round 06 – July 19, 2014
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
½-½
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2766
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
½-½
Alexander Motylev 2698
Anish Giri 2750
½-½
Hou Yifan 2629
Round 07 – July 21, 2014
Anish Giri 2750
½-½
Pentala Harikrishna 2726
Hou Yifan 2629
½-½
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2733
Alexander Motylev 2698
0-1
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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RapidGames83 RapidGames83 7/22/2014 07:43
It seems Hou is playing very well in this tournament, specially beeing a target for his male rivals because of her (relatively) low rating. If only a sponsor could bring enough money in to make Judith participate to the Women's Candidates, we could have a WC very close to a Super-GM match in the Women Section...
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