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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Biel Chess Festival Tournament

Fabiano Caruana5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Wesley So4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Anish Giri4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
David Howell3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Parimarjan Negi2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs Tomashevsky ½-½282010Biel Chess FestivalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. D Andreikin vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½282010Biel Chess FestivalC15 French, Winawer
3. D Howell vs W So 0-1322010Biel Chess FestivalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½442010Biel Chess FestivalC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
5. M Rodshtein vs Negi 1-0302010Biel Chess FestivalE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. A Giri vs D Andreikin ½-½1092010Biel Chess FestivalA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. Tomashevsky vs Negi 1-0942010Biel Chess FestivalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½642010Biel Chess FestivalD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
9. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs D Howell  ½-½352010Biel Chess FestivalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Caruana vs M Rodshtein ½-½252010Biel Chess FestivalD85 Grunfeld
11. Negi vs Caruana 0-1282010Biel Chess FestivalA07 King's Indian Attack
12. D Andreikin vs Tomashevsky  ½-½222010Biel Chess FestivalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen ½-½542010Biel Chess FestivalC03 French, Tarrasch
14. D Howell vs A Giri  ½-½272010Biel Chess FestivalC42 Petrov Defense
15. M Rodshtein vs W So 0-1392010Biel Chess FestivalD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
16. D Andreikin vs D Howell 1-0302010Biel Chess FestivalA15 English
17. W So vs Negi ½-½282010Biel Chess FestivalD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs M Rodshtein  ½-½362010Biel Chess FestivalA04 Reti Opening
19. Tomashevsky vs Caruana  ½-½212010Biel Chess FestivalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½432010Biel Chess FestivalE92 King's Indian
21. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Andreikin ½-½562010Biel Chess FestivalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
22. Caruana vs W So 1-0492010Biel Chess FestivalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Negi vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½222010Biel Chess FestivalC16 French, Winawer
24. M Rodshtein vs A Giri 1-0392010Biel Chess FestivalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. D Howell vs Tomashevsky ½-½162010Biel Chess FestivalC53 Giuoco Piano
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Jul-29-10  evlozare: gmwes had two wins, two losses and five draws. the leaders nguyen, lagrave and caruana likewise had two wins, seven draws but no losses. the fourth placer, andreikin had only one win, eight draws, no lost game either.

not a bad result for gmwes at all.

Jul-29-10  asianwarrior: Did anybody noticed that there were 31 draws in 45 matches? And the Top 6 were within one point within each other? It seems that the players were almost even in strength.
Jul-29-10  percyblakeney: Caruana won the Armageddon game against MVL and will meet Ngoc Truongson Nguyen in the final.
Jul-29-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: I get the impression that in the first rapid game, playing quickly (as conditionsd required) Caruana overlooked 29. ... Qd3! In any case, after that move Nguyen had a strong initiative for the remainder of the game. Caruana was quite fortunate to be able to hold the draw.
Jul-29-10  zluria: Good defence by Caruana to draw the first Blitz game.
Jul-29-10  malthrope: Thanks <percyblakeney> for the quick update <'Caruana won the Armageddon game against MVL...'>

WoW - it must have been fun to watch! ;)

PS: OK - got a 2nd browser up so I can follow current kibitzes. :)

Jul-29-10  percyblakeney: <WoW - it must have been fun to watch! ;)>

It was an interesting game, MVL had a win with 27. g4 but missed it and from then on things just went worse for him...

Jul-29-10  MarvinTsai: Lets have Armageddon tournaments and world ranking... is there one? last time i played Armageddon with my niece she threw pieces at my face, she thought the rule is like that
Jul-29-10  malthrope: <percyblakeney: <WoW - it must have been fun to watch! ;)>

It was an interesting game, MVL had a win with 27. g4 but missed it and from then on things just went worse for him...>

Yeah, things go so fast and things get missed... Surprised they didn't follow the finals format (2 rapids and then 2 blitz + Armageddon) as opposed to dropping the rapids altogether (2 blitz + Armageddon)?

Oh well, guess we can't have everything! ;)

Jul-29-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, in describing Caruana's draw in the first rapid game as "fortunate", my intent was that after Nguyen's 29. ... Qd3!, it seemed doubtful that it would be possible to hold the White position. Caruana certainly deserves all credit and congratulations for the tenacity and the accuracy of his defense.
Jul-29-10  percyblakeney: <Yeah, things go so fast and things get missed...>

Indeed, a bit pointless really, they could just share first instead, but still fun to see a few more games.

Jul-29-10  malthrope: <percyblakeney: <Yeah, things go so fast and things get missed...>

Indeed, a bit pointless really, they could just share first instead, but still fun to see a few more games.>

Yep - more Chess is always better than no more Chess! ~lol~ Even though we're only playing for bragging rights and trophy sizes! ;)

Jul-29-10  malthrope: Nicely done by GM Fabiano Caruana! ;) Although kudos to GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son it was a breakthough Chess event for him as he played very well here at Biel (certainly above my expectations). :)
Jul-29-10  Don Cossacks: Well done Fabiano!He displayed nerves of steel and bravery merged with humility and good work ethics that gave him the victory.Where are now the trolls?
Jul-29-10  delftfan: Congrats Fabiano! All these young guns are asset of chess world..no doubt! Wish you good luck, Anish, for the next tourney..
Jul-29-10  falso contacto: bravo fabiano!
Jul-29-10  kingsindian2006: anish giri sure is cocky with his commentating for chessbase, but cant live up to the comp here by his peers. disappointed in his performance.
Jul-29-10  Kinghunt: <kingsindian2006: anish giri sure is cocky with his commentating for chessbase, but cant live up to the comp here by his peers. disappointed in his performance.>

I agree that this tournament was below expectations set for Giri, but -1 isn't a horrible result. Everyone has a bad result from time to time. And at this point in his rise, it almost seems predetermined that this will happen. After all, So and Carlsen also had a couple poor performances just as they were getting close to 2700. Carlsen took a couple months to recover, then never looked back. I imagine it will be similar for So and Giri. It's just amazing that Giri has made it this far with practically no bad (recent) tournament results until this one.

Jul-31-10  eightsquare: so finally , who won the tiebreaker and with it , the tournament?
Jul-31-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: <eightsquare: so finally, who won the tiebreaker and with it, the tournament?>

Caruana became 2010 Biel Champion by winning a two-game playoff against Nguyen at a rapids time control (G/10' + 10"). After getting a difficult position with White in the first rapids game, Caruana defended tenaciously to draw. He then won the second rapids game with Black.

Caruana advanced to the final by prevailing with Black against Vachier-Lagrave in an "Armageddon" game after two blitz games were both won by White in the semi-final playoff. None of the playoff games (either semi-final or final) seems to be currently in the CG database.

Jul-31-10  kurtrichards: <None of the playoff games (either semi-final or final) seems to be currently in the CG database.> Too bad.
Jul-31-10  laskerian: <kurtrchards> and <Peligroso Patzer> With all due respect to chessgames.com, you may go to chessbase.com and there you can find the tiebreak games in PGN.
Jul-31-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: <laskerian: <kurtrchards> and <Peligroso Patzer> With all due respect to chessgames.com, you may go to chessbase.com and there you can find the tiebreak games in PGN.>

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Aug-05-10  Absentee: According co CG, the tiebreaks are still to be played "next Thursday".
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