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Biel 1997
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 30th annual Biel International Chess Festival was a category XVII event held in Biel, Switzerland from July 20th to August 1st, 1997. Six grandmasters, including the FIDE world champion were invited to take part in the "Credit Suisse" double round robin tournament. The participants were (in order of ELO): Vishwanathan Anand (2789), Anatoli Karpov (2725), Boris Gelfand (2714), Joel Lautier (2617), Vadim Milov (2613), and Yannick Pelletier (2499). Despite a few unexpected game results, such as Milov's win over Anand in round seven and Karpov's draw offer in the final round, each of the players finished according to his rating position with Anand clear first. The final standings and crosstable are as follow:

1 Anand 7/10 ** ½½ 1½ 11 ½0 11

2 Karpov 6.5/10 ½½ ** ½½ 10 ½1 11

3 Gelfand 5.5/10 0½ ½½ ** ½½ 1½ 1½

4 Lautier 4.5/10 00 01 ½½ ** 1½ ½½

5 Milov 4/10 ½1 ½0 0½ 0½ ** 10

6 Pelletier 2.5/10 00 00 0½ ½½ 01 **

Round One, Game #1
Pelletier vs Karpov, 1997 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #2
Milov vs Gelfand, 1997 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 50 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #3
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #4
Gelfand vs Karpov, 1997 
(A14) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #5
Milov vs Anand, 1997
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #6
Lautier vs Pelletier, 1997
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #7
Karpov vs Lautier, 1997 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #8
Anand vs Gelfand, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #9
Pelletier vs Milov, 1997
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #10
Lautier vs Milov, 1997
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #11
Karpov vs Anand, 1997
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #12
Pelletier vs Gelfand, 1997
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #13
Milov vs Karpov, 1997
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #14
Anand vs Pelletier, 1997 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #15
Gelfand vs Lautier, 1997
(E12) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #16
Karpov vs Pelletier, 1997 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #17
Lautier vs Anand, 1997 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 34 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #18
Gelfand vs Milov, 1997
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #19
Karpov vs Gelfand, 1997
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #20
Pelletier vs Lautier, 1997
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #21
Anand vs Milov, 1997 
(A15) English, 61 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #22
Lautier vs Karpov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #23
Gelfand vs Anand, 1997 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #24
Milov vs Pelletier, 1997
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 51 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #25
Lautier vs Gelfand, 1997
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #26
Pelletier vs Anand, 1997 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #27
Karpov vs Milov, 1997 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #28
Gelfand vs Pelletier, 1997
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #29
Milov vs Lautier, 1997
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #30
Anand vs Karpov, 1997
(E15) Queen's Indian, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

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