MVL one point ahead in Biel

by Alejandro Ramirez
7/18/2014 – With absolutely masterful positional understanding and technique MVL cleanly won an important game against Anish Giri in the fifth round of Biel. In an unusual couple of other games, Harikrishna essayed a strange idea as early as move six in a Najdorf against Wojtaszek while Hou Yifan had to suffer somewhat after playing a long theoretical line against Motylev. Round five analysis.

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International Chess Festival in Biel

Round Five

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

Video Recap

Pentala Harikrishna chose a very strange opening against Radoslaw Wojtaszek and he obtained nearly no advantage. Some simplifications later the game ended in a drawish endgame that was played out until the very end.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek was faced with something unusual in move six of the Najdorf

Pentala Harikrishna might have taken inspiration from one of his own old games

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave showed excellent positional understanding and technique in his victory over Anish Giri. With the slightest of advantages, the pair of bishops in a closed position, MVL was somehow able to improve, improve and improve his position until Giri was forced to resign in a hopeless endgame!

Giri has five decisive games so far! But he has lost more than he has won...

MVL on the other hand remains undefeated and is one point ahead of the field

An important game between the top rated players

In an unusual turn of events the World Champion Hou Yifan used a deep theoretical line against Alexander Motylev. The Russian player, however, had an improvement on move 21! Hou Yifan had to use some creativity but she was able to hold the draw in an endgame that was maybe slightly better for White.

Hou Yifan: the opening expert?!

The Biel Open is running concurrently with the Grandmaster tournament

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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   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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johnmk johnmk 7/20/2014 02:31
Comment for Motylev-Hou R5 game:
"21 Bxa6 makes more sense and was played in the game Ter Sahakya-Polgar, 2014! Polgar lost that game, but she shouldn't have. "
But does it make sense to clear away the a6 pawn so that Black's rook at a8 is perfectly positioned to support his a4 pawn? To me it doesn't, but then I'm not a GM so I might be missing something.
dr.genial@yahoo.com.br dr.genial@yahoo.com.br 7/19/2014 07:45
How does she keep this level? she is doing great indeed
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