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🏆 Biel (2020)

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Pentala Harikrishna, Michael Adams, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Arkadij Naiditsch, David Anton Guijarro, Romain Edouard, Noel Studer, Vincent Keymer Chess Event Description
Biel (2020)

The Grandmaster Triathlon was the highlight of the 53rd Biel/Bienne International Chess Festival. The 8-player tournament took place from 19-29 July 2020 in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, with all three time formats counting towards the final score. For the Classical (Cl) games the players received 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. A win in a Classical game was worth 4 points, with 1.5 points for a draw. In the Rapid (R, 15 min + 5 sec) phase a win was worth 2 points and a draw 1 point. The Blitz (Bl, 3+2) was played as a double round robin with normal points. In case of a tie for first place, Chess960 rapid games would be played and, if necessary, an Armageddon game. Due to the Corona virus regulations, watching in situ was not allowed. Tournament director: Paul Kohler. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek won with 37 points (out of 56 possible).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Cl R Bl Cl R Bl Cl R Bl Cl R Bl Cl R Bl Cl R Bl Cl R Bl Cl R Bl 1 Wojtaszek ******* 0 1 1½ 1½ 1 ½1 1½ 2 ½½ 4 2 11 1½ 2 ½½ 1½ 2 11 4 2 11 37 2 Harikrishna 4 1 0½ ******* 1½ 2 0½ 4 1 ½1 1½ 2 00 4 1 01 4 2 01 1½ 1 ½1 36½ 3 Adams 1½ 1 ½0 1½ 0 1½ ******* 4 0 11 4 2 11 0 1 11 1½ 2 11 4 2 01 35½ 4 Keymer 1½ 0 ½½ 0 1 ½0 0 2 00 ******* 4 2 10 4 2 00 0 1 10 4 2 01 28 5 Naiditsch 0 0 00 1½ 0 11 0 0 00 0 0 01 ******* 4 1 0½ 1½ 2 11 4 2 01 22½ 6 Antón 1½ 0 ½½ 0 1 10 4 1 00 0 0 11 0 1 1½ ******* 4 1 ½1 0 0 1½ 22 7 Édouard 1½ 0 00 0 0 10 1½ 0 00 4 1 01 1½ 0 00 0 1 ½0 ******* 1½ 2 10 17½ 8 Studer 0 0 00 1½ 1 ½0 0 0 10 0 0 10 0 0 10 4 2 0½ 1½ 0 01 ******* 15

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 112  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Studer vs Naiditsch  0-1352020BielE10 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Adams vs Harikrishna  0-1402020BielC78 Ruy Lopez
3. D Anton Guijarro vs Keymer 0-1342020BielA13 English
4. R Edouard vs Wojtaszek  0-1442020BielA28 English
5. R Edouard vs N Studer  1-0502020BielA28 English
6. Wojtaszek vs D Anton Guijarro  1-0492020BielD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Keymer vs Adams 1-0522020BielD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Harikrishna vs Naiditsch  1-0392020BielC50 Giuoco Piano
9. N Studer vs Harikrishna  ½-½452020BielD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Naiditsch vs Keymer 0-1242020BielD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Adams vs Wojtaszek  ½-½312020BielB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. D Anton Guijarro vs R Edouard  ½-½532020BielD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. D Anton Guijarro vs N Studer  0-1462020BielA13 English
14. R Edouard vs Adams 0-1422020BielE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Wojtaszek vs Naiditsch  1-0392020BielE01 Catalan, Closed
16. Keymer vs Harikrishna  ½-½432020BielA35 English, Symmetrical
17. N Studer vs Keymer 0-1562020BielE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Harikrishna vs Wojtaszek  ½-½732020BielD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
19. Naiditsch vs R Edouard 1-0262020BielC07 French, Tarrasch
20. Adams vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½222020BielC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Adams vs N Studer 1-0302020BielB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. D Anton Guijarro vs Naiditsch  ½-½242020BielA06 Reti Opening
23. R Edouard vs Harikrishna 0-1272020BielD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Wojtaszek vs Keymer  1-0322020BielA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
25. N Studer vs Wojtaszek  0-1392020BielE16 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-21-20  savage sanctuary: A win is worth 4 points??
Un Biel ievable!!
Jul-22-20  savage sanctuary: <In case of a tie for first place chess960 rapid games will be played and, if necessary, a normal Armageddon game.>

What a way to spice things up... "You tied me in crazy chess, now you must blow me out of the water with white if you desire that 1st prize mulah."

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  Annie K.: It gets worse - the chess24 intro says "In case of a tie for first place chess960 rapid games will be played", but in fact the official site specifies that the chess960 tiebreaks in question are the ACCENTUS 960 games - which have already been played on the 18th, the event's first day. So basically, the players already know what their tiebreaks would be if it came to that.

Jul-22-20  savage sanctuary: "Gentlemen, We can't start Round 1 because Pentala hasn't finished his 960 tiebreakers yet."

<Annie K> Wow!

Jul-23-20  greed and death: Wojtaszek won the rapid section. After two classical games he's still 1 point ahead of Keymer.
Jul-23-20  greed and death: It's worth noting that he won the rapid section with an astounding +5 =2 -0!
Jul-23-20  offramp: There was a to and fro game between Anand & Kramnik today.
[Event "Biel"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2020.07.23"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, V."]
[Black "Kramnik, V."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "2751"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "126"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 a6 9. Bd3 b5 10. a3 c4 11. Be2 Nb6 12. O-O Bd7 13. Bd1 g6 14. h3 Qc7 15. Bf2 h6 16. Ne2 a5 17. c3 O-O-O 18. Bh4 Bxh4 19. Nxh4 Kb7 20. Nf3 Ra8 21. Bc2 Qd8 22. g4 Qe7 23. Ng3 b4 24. axb4 axb4 25. Rxa8 Rxa8 26. f5 gxf5 27. gxf5 Ra2 28. Qc1 bxc3 29. bxc3 Qa3 30. Bb1 Qxc1 31. Rxc1 Rb2 32. f6 Na4 33. Bh7 Na5 34. Bg6 Nb3 35. Re1 Be8 36. Nf5 fxg6 37. Nd6+ Kc7 38. Nxe8+ Kd7 39. Nd6 g5 40. Nf5 Ke8 41. Nxh6 Nxc3 42. Nxg5 Nxd4 43. f7+ Ke7 44. Ra1 Nce2+ 45. Kf2 Nf4+ 46. Kg3 Ng6 47. Ra7+ Kd8 $8 48. Ra8+ (48. h4 Rb3+ 49. Kf2 c3 50. h5 Nf8 $11) 48... Kc7 49. Rg8 Ne2+ 50. Kf2 Nef4+ 51. Ke3 c3 52. Nxe6+ Nxe6 53. Rxg6 d4+ 54. Ke4 Re2+ 55. Kf3 Re3+ 56. Kg4 Nf8 57. Rg8 Nd7 58. Nf5 c2 59. Nxe3 c1=Q 60. Nd5+ Kb7 61. e6 Qd1+ 62. Kg5 Qd2+ 63. Kg6 Qg2+ 0-1

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  fredthebear: My man <offramp> hangin' w/the night owls!

The game link is up now: Anand vs Kramnik, 2020

Kramnik has just 25 games in the database on the Black side of the French Defense, and over 500 combining 1...e5 and 1...c5.

Jul-24-20  offramp: <fredthebear: My man <offramp> hangin' w/the night owls!>

Hello, Fred! I put the game in the wrong place but couldn't be bothered to change it.

I am like that. A wilful, hard-nosed, four-flushing, horse manure stomping will-o'-the-wisp.

Jul-24-20  savage sanctuary: <Kramnik has just 25 games in the database on the Black side of the French Defense, and over 500 combining 1...e5 and 1...c5.>

27 games is more correct.

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  fredthebear: I ran out of fingers and toes at 22, and eyeballed the rest, but me eyesight aint what it used tobe. Had to count by tens those darn Sicilians for a guess. Each locale serves up yummy food and wine, yes.

Offramp was right about the game, to and fro, with play on opposite wings. Kramnik would make a fine full-time Frenchman if'n he chose tobe.

Jul-24-20  savage sanctuary: Wuz gone for a minute but now I'm back. I know I've changed, now I paint my toenails black. Sittin' on my recliner here at 7am , should I make tea, Joe, perhaps crack an eggy from some hen? He wouldn't be no chef, Parisian, or film makeree. But indeed a fine Frenchman he'd maketh, if that he chooseth to be.

Wow... You've kibitz over 3000 times in 11 years.. I had to quit at 1,000 since 2006 and sign up under a new persona.

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  fredthebear: Ha! Ha! <sa sa> Did you "crack an eggy" today?:-)

3,000, eh? Too bad this was not major league baseball.

Being semi-retired, I have the time to peruse and post. Generally, I'm here to get in two dozen "finishes" each day (traps, checkmates, resignations, or end games), games for lessons and repertoires, and some chess history. Covering so many games day after day uncovers something unsaid.

We are what we repeated do. (I'm a fast typist).

The vast majority of my posts are honest chess comments under actual games; not very social, funny or poetic. Chess-wise, I generally shun debates and computer analysis (often one and the same). So my posts are usually rather basic, just calling attention to some point not mentioned, or supporting others comments in agreement. The approach is to alert or help someone understand, and to recall/re-enforce the many ideas/lessons that I've learned over the years. Chess can repeat itself!

My commentary almost gives away the time of day; as my personality keeps it on the straight and narrow during daylight hours, but I get a bit loose-lipped in the evenings and occasionally find myself embarrassed the next day. If I offend someone, it's not intentional. I take no pleasure in bashing others.

Occasionally I have deliberately made some political comments that rankle feathers, but most of the time I'm holding way back on that given my education. Displaying basic human kindness and decency is the way to go (as well as learning some real facts instead of just forming rude opinions off propaganda television).

This sight has lost much of it's membership the past few years. The personal, non-chess commentary has hurt us. seems to be functioning fine right now, though... a bit worse on the weekends due to volume.

Make this sight work for you in whatever way it suits you. Chess should be fun, and a bit interactive. Your chess poetry is pretty entertaining!

Jul-25-20  savage sanctuary: <Displaying basic human kindness and decency is the way to go>

Fred Mr. Bear, me momma taught me that one when I was but a lil' sprout. And I do agree this "sight" (he he) has lost many of its members due to personal, non-chess commentary which most definitely comes with attack posts against others.

I don't know you but you don't sound like a bad person. I hope your good soul finds itself surrounded if not by love, by some kind of warmness everyday.

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  fredthebear: Thank you! Mrs. FTB is real gem!! I'm one lucky bear! God has blessed me so!! (But I still play the lottery occasionally when the jackpot climbs:-)
Jul-27-20  Whitehat1963: Interesting to alter the scoring in that way, but I don’t think it’s enough of an incentive to play for the win. The win = 3 points, draw = 1 is a much stronger incentive. By I think it would be more interesting to alter the values by colors:

Win with black = 1.2
Win with white = 1.0
Draw with black = 0.6
Draw with white = 0.4
Loss = 0

Jul-27-20  savage sanctuary: <By I think it would be more interesting to alter the values by colors

Win with black = 1.2
Win with white = 1.0
Draw with black = 0.6
Draw with white = 0.4
Loss = 0>

It's interesting that many GM's are happy to draw with black. Add more points to the value of a draw (even by fractions) and they'd be even happier to draw.

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  beatgiant: I think it's important that the sum of (player1 score + player2 score) be constant. Otherwise it becomes profitable to set up pacts for prearranging games.

For example, consider:
<Win with black = 1.2
Win with white = 1.0
Draw with black = 0.6
Draw with white = 0.4
Loss = 0>

Suppose we have a double round robin and player A and player B conspire to throw their white games to each other while player C and player D draw their games.

Players A and B will then score 1.2 points, and players C and D will score 1.0 points.

Jul-27-20  Whitehat1963: <beatgiant>, very interesting and valid point!
Jul-29-20  GlennOliver: Returning after a six-month layoff from tournament chess, an excellent third place for Micky Adams at Biel 2020.

Top three of Wojtaszek, Harikrishna and Adams covered by just a 1.5 point margin after 28 games of varying format.

Jul-29-20  JimNorCal: I'm a bit confused about the Anand v. Kramnik comments? I don't see them in the cross table ...

Or maybe that's why offie was apologizing

Jul-30-20  morfishine: Yes, it was great to see Adams perform so well, but in the bookie game I had him to win :(

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