Tiebreaks: Vachier -Lagrave wins Biel 2013

by ChessBase
8/2/2013 – With four players finishing equal in the Biel GM tournament, tiebreaks were required. The semi-finals blitz games were won by Alexander Moiseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who knocked out Etienne Bacrot and Ding Liren respectively. In the rapid chess final Vachier-Lagrave won the first game and drew the second to take the title. Final report with an interview with the winner.

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GM Tournament in memoriam Olivier Breisacher

The GM tournament this year was in memory of Olivier Breisacher, who for more than 15 years looked after the organisation, reporting and external communications around the grandmasters tournament in Biel. The tournament was a ten-round double round robin, played from July 22nd to August 1st.


In Biel the games were scored at three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. According to this "soccer" system, which is official in this tournament, the standings are:

Since four players finished with the same number of points, there had to be tiebreaks, beginning with blitz semi-finals (two games with 5’+2’). Here is what happened:

02.08.2013 12:00: Tiebreak semi-finals
Alexander Moiseenko - Etienne Bacrot 1-0
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko 0-1
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren 1-0
Ding Liren - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 0-1

Etienne Bacrot lost both of his blitz games in the semi-finals...

... as did Chinese GM Ding Liren

After this the two winners played in the final, which consisted of two rapid games – 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10 second increment per move (with tiebreak blitz and Armageddon to follow if necessary).

02.08.2013 12:00: Tiebreak final
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Alexander Moiseenko 1-0
Alexander Moiseenko - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

Ukrainian GM Alexander Moiseenko in the first rapid game of the final against ...

... GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France

Moiseenko loses the first game and draws the second, which means that ...

French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is the winner of Biel 2013

The three winners: Moiseenko (second), Vachier-Lagrave (first) and Bacrot (third)

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Interview with the winner of the 2013 Biel GMT - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave


We thank the organiser in Biel and the sponsors of the event for the close and friendly cooperation with ChessBase, which enabled us to provide extraordinary coverage and test new techniques. We also thank GM Daniel King and Pascal Simon whose three to five minute video summaries gave us a feel for what had happened in each round of the Biel GM tournament. We look forward to continued partnership with the organisation in the coming years.

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Schedule and results

22.07.2013 14:00: Round 1
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (46)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Richard Rapport ½-½ (22)
Alexander Moiseenko - Ding Liren ½-½ (41)

23.07.2013 14:00: Round 2
Etienne Bacrot - Ding Liren 1-0 (43)
Richard Rapport - Alexander Moiseenko 0-1 (38)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 0-1 (63)

24.07.2013 14:00: Round 3
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (40)
Alexander Moiseenko - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (27)
Ding Liren - Richard Rapport ½-½ (40)

25.07.2013 14:00: Round 4
Alexander Moiseenko - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (35)
Ding Liren - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 (28)
Richard Rapport - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (35)

26.07.2013 14:00: Round 5
Etienne Bacrot - Richard Rapport 1-0 (35)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren ½-½ (66)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Alexander Moiseenko ½-½ (40)

27.07.2013 14:00: Round 6
Etienne Bacrot - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (38)
Richard Rapport - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ (40)
Ding Liren - Alexander Moiseenko 1-0 (40)

28.07.2013: Rest Day!

29.07.2013 14:00: Round 7
Ding Liren - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (57)
Alexander Moiseenko - Richard Rapport 1-0 (75)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi 1-0 (66)

30.07.2013 14:00: Round 8
Etienne Bacrot - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ (66)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alexander Moiseenko 1-0 (76)
Richard Rapport - Ding Liren 0-1 (59)

31.07.2013 14:00: Round 9
Richard Rapport - Etienne Bacrot ½-½ (42)
Ding Liren - Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ (64)
Alexander Moiseenko - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 (41)

01.08.2013 14:00: Round 10
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Moiseenko ½-½ (32)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren 1-0 (75)
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Richard Rapport ½-½ (55)


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