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Biel Tournament

Yifan Hou6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Etienne Bacrot6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Leko5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Nico Georgiadis5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Morozevich5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
David Navara4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Rafael Vaganian2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Noel Studer1/9(+0 -7 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Biel (2017)

The GM tournament of the 50th Biel International Chess Festival took place in Switzerland July 24 - Aug 2. Top seeds included Harikrishna, Navara, Ponomariov, Leko, and Bacrot. Yifan Hou placed first with 6.5/9. Crosstable: and

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Yifan Hou * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 6½ 2 Bacrot 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 3 Harikrishna 1 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ 4 Ponomariov ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 5 5 Leko ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 0 1 1 5 6 Georgiadis 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 5 7 Morozevich 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * 1 1 1 5 8 Navara 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 4 9 Vaganian 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 * 1 2 10 Studer ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1

Chief arbiter: IA Matthias Gallus. Time control: 100'/40, 50'/20, 15'/Rest + 30'' incr.

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Previous edition: Biel (Svidler - MVL) (2016). Next: Biel (2018)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bacrot vs Ponomariov  ½-½442017BielB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. Vaganian vs Harikrishna ½-½212017BielD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
3. N Studer vs Leko 0-1662017BielA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
4. N Georgiadis vs Navara  ½-½592017BielB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Morozevich vs Yifan Hou 0-1372017BielA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Bacrot vs Vaganian 1-0332017BielC18 French, Winawer
7. Navara vs Morozevich 0-1412017BielA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
8. Ponomariov vs Leko 1-0462017BielC53 Giuoco Piano
9. Harikrishna vs N Georgiadis  ½-½552017BielA04 Reti Opening
10. Yifan Hou vs N Studer ½-½572017BielC11 French
11. Morozevich vs Harikrishna ½-½412017BielE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. N Studer vs Navara ½-½832017BielA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
13. Leko vs Yifan Hou  ½-½302017BielC42 Petrov Defense
14. Vaganian vs Ponomariov ½-½402017BielD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
15. N Georgiadis vs Bacrot  ½-½372017BielC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Harikrishna vs N Studer 1-0242017BielC11 French
17. Navara vs Leko 1-0392017BielD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Bacrot vs Morozevich 1-0402017BielB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Vaganian vs N Georgiadis 0-1392017BielA48 King's Indian
20. Ponomariov vs Yifan Hou  ½-½492017BielC28 Vienna Game
21. Leko vs Harikrishna  ½-½572017BielC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. N Studer vs Bacrot 0-1462017BielE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. Yifan Hou vs Navara 1-0402017BielB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. N Georgiadis vs Ponomariov  ½-½292017BielB30 Sicilian
25. Morozevich vs Vaganian 1-0432017BielC16 French, Winawer
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  Sally Simpson: Hi stst.

Off hand I can recall Judit Polgar

And Zsofia Polgar doing the sac of Rome.

Aug-02-17  Nf8: <stst: Have to check history whether this is the first win of a gal among all rest men??>

Of course not - Judit Polgar had quite a few, and several of them more impressive than this one; most impressive of all is probably Madrid 1994, where at the age of 18 she won by a margin of 1.5 points, ahead of four top-10 players (Shirov, Kamsky, Salov, Bareev) & two more top-20 players (Sokolov, Tiviakov).

Game Collection: Madrid 1994

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Am I seriously deluded, or did this tournament have more wins than losses? If yes, why do we not discuss that?
Aug-02-17  Boomie: The Sack of Rome by Zsofia Polgar was considered the highest TPR in history at the time (8.5/9). This coupled with the fact that Polgar was 14 years old at the time says to me that she could have gone as far as Judit had she made chess her profession. Her sisters considered Zsofia to be the best player among them. Her games are great fun to play over, as are Judit's.
Aug-02-17  ColdSong: Congratulations gm Hou Yifan.A very special day for the female chess.
Aug-02-17  Nerwal: <If yes, why do we not discuss that?>

Because the conclusions would be unpleasant.

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  FSR: Congratulations to Hou Yifan on a brilliant (and historic) victory!
Aug-03-17  stst: <..Of course not - Judit Polgar had quite a few, and several of them more impressive than this one; most impressive of all is probably Madrid 1994...>

When I said to check with history, I meant to be uncertain... therefore check with history. If I knew in advance, I did not need to check. The logic is plain and clear, or, some may mistook that I ignored history?

Aug-03-17  Imran Iskandar: Congratulations to Hou Yifan for winning this year's edition of Biel ahead of 3 2700 players!

On to 2700, Hou!

Aug-03-17  Steve Skojec: This is a fix.

There is no credible way that all these male GMs could lose to Hou Yifan.

Also, note that <Imran Iskandar> is the first to rejoice over it. Why is it that in <Imran Iskandar>'s country of origin, women would be stoned and beheaded for dressing as Hou Yifan did, much less taking part in a chess tournament with men?

Liberal hypocrisy sickens me, especially when it leads to the throwing of grandmaster games.

Aug-03-17  ex0duz: <beenthere240: <exOduz> I suppose you disapprove of the WNBA or the LPGA or women's tennis. I suppose you dislike title IX and disapprove of women's sports in general.>

No, i don't, because women tennis players or WNBA players don't pretend that they are just as good as the men, and/or don't say that they lack opportunity to play their sport, and that if they have just as many females playing for just as long, they will be just as good as the men etc.. there's an obvious physical disadvantage for women when it comes to PHYSICAL activities such as Tennis/Basketball etc.

Actually, Venus Williams once boasted that she could beat any male outside of the top 200.

<Venus and Serena Williams had claimed that they could beat any male player ranked outside the world's top 200, so Braasch, then ranked 203rd, challenged them both. Braasch was described by one journalist as "a man whose training regime centered around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple bottles of ice cold lager".[52][53] The matches took place on court number 12 in Melbourne Park,[54] after Braasch had finished a round of golf and two beers. He first took on Serena and after leading 5–0, beat her 6–1. Venus then walked on court and again Braasch was victorious, this time winning 6–2.[55] Braasch said afterwards, "500 and above, no chance". He added that he had played like someone ranked 600th in order to keep the game "fun".[56] Braasch said the big difference was that men can chase down shots much easier, and that men put spin on the ball that the women can't handle. The Williams sisters adjusted their claim to beating men outside the top 350.>

You get the idea. We'll see who has to adjust our claims in the future, but right now, i don't have to adjust anything, since your assumption was wrong, and your comparison of brain games with physical sports is also silly.

<Sure it's an anomaly that in brain games like Chess or Bridge men seem to have an edge over women as a group. But that shouldn't prevent groups like FIDE from hosting women's tournaments. It's not as though the modest prize money ("big bucks"? really?) is overwhelming, but it gives women a chance to learn and compete.>

Why is it an 'anomaly'? If it was JUST chess, then it would be anomaly. But as you have just stated, it's also in other 'brain games' also.. so it seems like it's more of a pattern than just a lone exception to the rule, no?

Also, i'm not against womens tourneys, and them using it as incentive to get more women to play chess. But that's not my argument. My argument was that it is SEXIST and DISCRIMINATORY AGAINST MEN of SIMILAR STRENGTH, or even HIGHER STRENGTH(2500-2699) who DON'T get the chance to play for such huge prizemoney vs such low rated players.

<But that makes you angry doesn't it?>

What does? Being right and you having no argument against my original claims(ie that womens only tournaments are sexist/discriminatory AND don't help improve womens chess strength at all)? That women are not for equality, and that they are just abusing the system and don't want to play with the men(or rather, they don't want to play vs the best or put the time/effort into improving so they can play on equal basis with all the other non women 2500+ players?), but would rather play vs lower rated players and stay there because of the 'incentive' that such 'protectionism' offers them?

Seems like you are the one angry at me telling the truth, and then you making some completely incorrect assumptions about me which only serve to reinforce my original argument/s.

Aug-03-17  ex0duz: In this day and age of internet, women should have no more excuses about 'limited exposure' or 'no time to play' or whatever excuse they want to use.

Where are the 2700+ female blitz players? Like i said, there was a study that showed that women played worse when they knew that the person on the other end was a male. But online, they can not worry about this because they have no proof and only assumption, but maybe even assumption is enough?

But to me that's just reaching, and ignoring all the current evidence that all points towards women being weaker than men, even at 'brain games' for whatever reason. Maybe women just aren't as competitive as men at the most extreme/elite levels? Who knows.

Gonna go off on a tangent/rant now, and if you're easily offended, i suggest you stop reading now.

But yeah, even in all of human history, for war, it has mostly been men.. even when guns have equalized the battlefield basically, women are still inferior on it, and in general, two untrained people(one male/one female), chances are higher than the male would be the more useful one in all/most competitive aspects.. Both physically AND mentally.

Of course the above is just my opinion, and i'm not even going to try to prove it because it would be impossible, even if it was possible(like how i proved that if sexist discrimination exists, it is against men, but no one except Sally Simpson admitted it)..

And before you/everyone starts crying and calling me sexist etc, it's just an opinion, and not even a controversial one. It's only 'controversial' because we live in a "buzzfeed feminazi world" where everything must be PC and no one can speak their mind without being ridiculed/ostracised by feminazi groupthink.. even when all points made are factual and are stated simply to reflect the reality of the situation, rather than an emotional+politically correct one, like how those 2 posters above tried to make it sound like women are the ones being discriminated against. hah

Aug-03-17  Magpye: Very nice performance by Hou, fully deserving of the win.
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  AylerKupp: <An Englishman> Without a lot of calculation I would say that this tournament had <exactly> the same number of wins as losses, and so has every other tournament ever held. :-)

I suspect that you meant to say that this tournament had a greater number of <decisive> games than draws. If so, you are correct, as I pointed out above, 60% of the games were decisive and only 40% were draws.

The reason? Good question. One possibility is that it had 2 players that were much lower rated than the rest of the other players and therefore one would think that the higher rated players would munch on the lower rated players. But Georgiadis played much better than expected and beat several higher rated players, so this was not the reason.

In short, I don't know why. Any thoughts out there?

Aug-03-17  beenthere240: You have a lot of people who were on top but who won't get on top again unless they get their ELOs up. Or win some tournaments. So they went at each other with hammer and tongs.

Curiously one of the most interesting games (IMO) was Harikrishna-Hou. At one point the game seemed even although Hari had more space and chances. Hou went into a very deep and long think and could't come up with an answer. I think/hope that Hou learned a lot from that game.

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  FSR: Does anyone know what the Category of this tournament was?
Aug-04-17  Sokrates: Live ratings for Yifan Hou by the completion of this tournament:

On the ranking list she moved 27 places up and is now no. 73 on the list.

Her rating was increased with 17.6 points and it is now 2669.6 or 2670 if you will.

A huge step upwards, a mighty achievement, and hopefully she will continue the good work. Crossing the 2700 borderline would be the next goal.

Aug-04-17  Absentee: <FSR: Does anyone know what the Category of this tournament was?>

The average rating was 2645, which would make it a category 16.

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  FSR: <Absentee> Thanks!
Aug-05-17  Imran Iskandar: <Steve Skojec: This is a fix.

There is no credible way that all these male GMs could lose to Hou Yifan.

Also, note that <Imran Iskandar> is the first to rejoice over it. Why is it that in <Imran Iskandar>'s country of origin, women would be stoned and beheaded for dressing as Hou Yifan did, much less taking part in a chess tournament with men?

Liberal hypocrisy sickens me, especially when it leads to the throwing of grandmaster games.>

Er, if you mean that I was the first to congratulate Hou, you're just plain wrong. Look at the posts above mine.

Secondly, in my country of origin, which you're not aware of if I may point that out, they do no such things to women for dressing as Hou does.

Sexism sickens me, and it would be nice for you to stop singling out other kibitzers based on their username especially when there isn't anything to find fault with their posts.

Aug-06-17  John Abraham: Incredible performance from Yifan...Hopefully she can inspire generations of young girls to take an interest in chess!
Aug-06-17  Sokrates: Well responded, <Imran>. Your posts here are always balanced, fair, and interesting to read. An example to follow, in this world of hasty assumptions and superficial conclusions. My very best wishes to you, my friend!


Aug-06-17  Imran Iskandar: Thanks, <Sokrates>! The same goes for your posts. Best wishes to you, too.
Aug-07-17  PhilFeeley: Yes <Skojec>'s comment was disgusting - especially the unfounded <throwing of grandmaster games> insult. Hou Yifan was in fine form here and deserved to win.

Another to put on the ignore list.

Aug-07-17  Absentee: Obvious troll is obvious.
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