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Biel Tournament

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi20.5/28(+17 -4 =7)[games]
Samuel Shankland18/28(+13 -5 =10)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo16/28(+12 -8 =8)[games]
Peter Leko15/28(+10 -8 =10)[games]
Nodirbek Abdusattorov14.5/28(+11 -10 =7)[games]
Jorge Cori13.5/28(+11 -12 =5)[games]
Nico Georgiadis8/28(+5 -17 =6)[games]
Sebastian Bogner6.5/28(+3 -18 =7)[games] Chess Event Description
Biel (2019)

The Accentus GM tournament of the Biel International Chess Festival was an 8-player tournament taking place from 21-30 July 2019 in Biel, Switzerland. This year, all three time formats counted for the final score. For the Rapid (R) games (21 July, 15 min + 5 sec), a win was worth 2 points and a draw 1 point. For the Classical (C) games (22-30 July with a rest day on July 26, 100 min for 40 moves followed by 50 min for 20 moves then 15 min to the end plus a 30-sec increment starting from move one), a win was worth 3 points, with 1 point for a draw. The Blitz (B) games (27 July, 3 min + 2 sec) were played as a double round-robin with normal score points. In case of a tie for first place, chess960 Rapid games would be played and if necessary a normal Armageddon game. (1) Tournament director: Paul Kohler. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd. (2)

No playoff was necessary, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi won convincingly with 34/28:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 RBBC RBBC RBBC RBBC RBBC RBBC RBBC RBBC 1 Gujrathi 2703 **** 1101 0113 113 201 0113 2111 2113 34 2 Shankland 2713 1011 **** 111 203 1100 1110 2113 1111 28 3 Leko 2686 2000 101 **** 100 2011 203 1111 1113 25 4 Maghsoodloo 2656 100 010 113 **** 213 210 0111 2010 24 5 Abdusattorov 2674 011 1013 0101 000 **** 0001 2113 2111 23 6 Cori 2598 2000 1003 010 003 2111 **** 0100 2111 22 7 Georgiadis 2584 0001 0000 1001 2001 0000 2013 **** 1011 15 8 Bogner 2514 0000 1001 1000 0103 0001 0001 1101 **** 12

Open section: Biel Master Open (2019)

Official site:

Previous edition: Biel (2018)

(1) chess24 (2)

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 112  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Bogner vs N Abdusattorov  0-1502019BielE17 Queen's Indian
2. P Maghsoodloo vs S Shankland 0-1682019BielB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. N Abdusattorov vs Leko  0-1372019BielA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. V S Gujrathi vs N Georgiadis  1-0532019BielE01 Catalan, Closed
5. S Bogner vs V S Gujrathi  0-1392019BielA80 Dutch
6. N Georgiadis vs N Abdusattorov  0-1392019BielE17 Queen's Indian
7. Leko vs P Maghsoodloo  ½-½392019BielA90 Dutch
8. S Shankland vs J Cori  ½-½402019BielE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. S Shankland vs S Bogner  ½-½322019BielD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. J Cori vs Leko  0-1282019BielA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. P Maghsoodloo vs N Georgiadis  0-1562019BielA13 English
12. N Abdusattorov vs V S Gujrathi  0-1662019BielC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. V S Gujrathi vs P Maghsoodloo  ½-½862019BielD85 Grunfeld
14. N Georgiadis vs J Cori 1-0512019BielB30 Sicilian
15. Leko vs S Shankland  ½-½122019BielD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. J Cori vs S Bogner 1-0272019BielD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. J Cori vs P Maghsoodloo 0-1332019BielA80 Dutch
18. S Bogner vs Leko  ½-½372019BielD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. S Shankland vs N Georgiadis  1-0452019BielD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. J Cori vs V S Gujrathi  1-0382019BielD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. P Maghsoodloo vs N Abdusattorov  1-0922019BielC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. P Maghsoodloo vs S Bogner 1-0622019BielC42 Petrov Defense
23. N Abdusattorov vs J Cori 0-1522019BielB33 Sicilian
24. V S Gujrathi vs S Shankland  ½-½742019BielD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. N Georgiadis vs Leko  ½-½302019BielE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 112  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  eternaloptimist: Looking at the list of participants, it looks like they mainly selected young up-and-coming GMs. Im definitely hoping that Shankland will win it. This tournament could be really interesting & give us an idea of which of the young players could be some of the best in the world eventually
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  eternaloptimist: I also love the format b/c it includes classical, rapid & blitz games!
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  Messiah: The currently running Cori - Bogner rapid game is extremely instructive. Black's king got stuck in the center, creating all the horrors.
Jul-22-19  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks <Messiah>.
Jul-22-19  Pedro Fernandez: I'm sorry <Messiah> but the rapid game Cori-Bogner was in Rd.4 and there either king was never at the center. Check it out please.
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  Sargon: The live feed URLs are State Secrets—at least the one for Biel seems to be...
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  Check It Out: <Pedro> I think Messiah means the king got stuck in the center of the back rank, i.e. didn't castle.
Jul-23-19  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks a lot <Check It Out> for correct me, so I apologize with <Messiah>, so sorry.
Jul-23-19  csmath: Maghsoodloo today blundering into checkmate in two moves. Also playing poorly positionally to start with.
Jul-25-19  Pedro Fernandez: Shankland did play horrible vs the kid GM Abdusattorov. IMO, it was the worst game ever played by Shankland in his professional career. He loved his 8th row!
Jul-25-19  csmath: He can redeem himself against Mag who is playing absolutely lousy chess in classical part.

They are playing Najdorf and Mag was already in a bad position out of opening when he made another tactical error.

Mag is playing some real lousy tactical chess in Biel. Most likely third loss in a row.

Jul-25-19  csmath: Yup, Shank won. Mag is playing absolutely horrible chess with blunders in all of his games in classical part.

It is rare to see a super GM so inept in tactics. Maybe he is sick or something bothers him but now he had three losses in a row and all those games he played rather bad. Today he missed simple forced combination that was nothing special. Why playing Najdorf if you cannot see something like that?

Jul-25-19  jphamlore: Some are already annointing Alireza Firouzja as a future world champion. In theory Firouzja and Parham Maghsoodloo will one day anchor a consistent medal contending team in the Olympiad, if political factors don't interfere.
Jul-25-19  Pedro Fernandez: <Biel prize: 30,500 Swiss francs is a joke.>
Jul-25-19  parmetd: Ummm 30,500 is quite quite generous.
Jul-25-19  PhilPlaysChess: How much does a Grandmaster make in a good tournament? I wanna be a grandmaster too!
Jul-25-19  csmath: The way they are playing they do not deserve any money. Look at the game Georgiadis-Vidit, you would hardly think there is a 2700 and 2600 player playing it.
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  PhilFeeley: <csmath> Nico's only 2500, and anyway, Chessbase would seem to disagree with you:

Jul-26-19  jphamlore: <csmath: The way they are playing they do not deserve any money. Look at the game Georgiadis-Vidit, you would hardly think there is a 2700 and 2600 player playing it.>

I believe the game was at 15-minute rapid, not classical, far closer to blitz than classical. Georgiadis at rapid has a FIDE rating about 2488. If the times at ChessBomb are accurate, his blunders started when his time was down to under 2 minutes.

Jul-26-19  Pedro Fernandez: <<parmetd>: Ummm 30,500 is quite quite generous.> My dear, recall that the first prize is just 10,000 CHF. So I'm wondering myself how much is the ticket from Peru, The States, India, etc.? How much is the hotel, meals, transport, some little tourism? Who pays that? The respective Federations? Then, my great friend, they are quite generous, not Biel organization. How is the prize in any stakes Gr.3? Fifty thousands bucks? Yes! I know my friend, there is a lot of money there, but FIDE also has monetized chess in some sense. Did you see the partners of Biel tournament? Switzerland is one out of the richest countries around the world, and quite expensive too, and the one with the highest purchasing power and with less work too! But why Biel tournament is "so poor''? Simple, they have not a Carlsen, and on this sense you're right! Greetings my friend!
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  Tabanus: The xtab: only in CG ;)
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