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Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid) Tournament

David Navara5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Morozevich2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
Yannick Pelletier2/4(+2 -2 =0)[games]
Yifan Hou1/3(+1 -2 =0)[games]
Anatoly Karpov0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]
Vlastimil Hort0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]
Rafael Vaganian0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid) (2017)

Played in Biel, Switzerland 23 July 2017, as part of the Biel Chess Festival, the day before the main event Biel (2017) started. Official site:


Two Rapid games (10' + 5'' per move. Armageddon (5'/4') if 1-1 after Rapid). (1)

1st round knock-outs

A: Alexander Morozevich 1 - Anatoly Karpov | David Navara 2 - 1 Yifan Hou (Armageddon game: Navara vs Yifan Hou, 2017) B: Yannick Pelletier 2 - 0 Rafael Vaganian | Pentala Harikrishna 1 - Vlastimil Hort

The winners in the A side (Morozevich, Navara) met in the 2nd round, as did the winners in the B side (Pelletier, Harikrishna).

2nd round knock-outs

Navara vs Morozevich, 2017 1-0 in the 1st game, followed by Morozevich vs Navara, 2017 which was drawn; Pelletier vs Harikrishna, 2017 0-1 in the 1st game meant that Harikrishna vs Pelletier, 2017 would require a black win to play a possible Armageddon game, but Harikrishna instead also won the 2nd game. So Harikrishna and Navara met for the finals.

3rd round knock-out final

Navara vs Harikrishna, 2017 1-0, followed by Harikrishna vs Navara, 2017 - determined Navara the winner.

Video coverage

(1) (not to be confused with which was held earlier that morning).

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs Yifan Hou 1-0472017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. Navara vs Harikrishna 1-0372017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Pelletier vs Harikrishna 0-1352017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
4. Morozevich vs Navara  ½-½722017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. Harikrishna vs Pelletier  1-0562017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)C07 French, Tarrasch
6. Navara vs Morozevich 1-0572017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)A56 Benoni Defense
7. Navara vs Yifan Hou 1-0362017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)A10 English
8. Hort vs Harikrishna  ½-½432017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Vaganian vs Pelletier 0-1492017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Karpov vs Morozevich  ½-½362017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. Yifan Hou vs Navara 1-0372017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Harikrishna vs Hort  1-0452017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)C10 French
13. Pelletier vs Vaganian  1-0332017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. Morozevich vs Karpov 1-0312017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)C45 Scotch Game
15. Harikrishna vs Navara  ½-½462017Biel (ACCENTUS Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-23-17  waustad: The number of games for each suggests a knockout event. Does the winner get any advantage in the classical time event?
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  whiteshark: Related CB report <The 50th Biel Chess Festival kicks off>:
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  Marmot PFL: Looks like the old guys (Karpov, Hort, Vaganian) are getting stomped. Just once it would be nice to see someone come back and do well.
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