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Bacrot Beats Rapport, Leads in Biel

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  • on 26.07.2013, 14:14.

In yet another fascinating round in Biel, Etienne Bacrot of France grabbed sole lead by defeating Richard Rapport of Hungary in a Botvinnik Semi-Slav. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave missed several wins against Alexander Moiseenko in a c3-Sicilian while Ding Liren played one absolutely stunning move against Ian Nepomniachtchi, a King's Indian that also ended in a draw. The Biel Chess Festival will see five more rounds.

Rapport was well prepared in today's game. He played the sharp Botvinnik, and then the even more daring 11...Rg8!? which Bacrot considered "winning for White". In the game things weren't so clear, and Black missed a clear draw with the move 24...Qg4! when White has to allow a perpetual check.

Here's the post-mortem of the game, hosted by GM Danny King:

The question was not if Vachier-Lagrave missed a win in his game with Moiseenko, but how many. After looking at it many times for the black side, the Frenchman decided to give it a go today with white. 13...Bd7 and 19...Bf8 were dubious, and with 20.g4 White got a very strong attack. Here are some winning lines for White, missed by Vachier-Lagrave:

  • 26. Rc2! Qd3 27. Ng5
  • 28. Bxe6! fxe6 29. Qh6 Ng6 30. Rxg6 Bxg6 31. Qxg6
  • 29. Ng5! Ng6 30.Bxe6! (or 30.Rxe6!).

Here's the post-mortem:

The longest game of the round was Nepomniachtchi-Ding Liren, a King's Indian with an early h3 - Bacrot played something similar against the Chinese GM earlier in the tournament. Before giving the whole game, maybe you want to try and find the surprising move Black played at move 28:

By the way, this is why the bishop can't be taken: 29. Qxc3 Bxh3-+; 29. Nxc3 Bxh3 30. Nxh3 Rh7-+.

Here's GM Danny King's round report video:

Biel 2013 | Breisacher Memorial | Pairings & results

Round 1 22.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 6 27.07.12 14:00 CET
Nepomniachtchi 1-1 Bacrot   Bacrot - Nepomniachtchi
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Rapport   Rapport - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Ding Liren   Ding Liren - Moiseenko
Round 2 23.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 7 29.07.12 14:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Ding Liren   Ding Liren - Bacrot
Rapport 0-3 Moiseenko   Moiseenko - Rapport
Nepomniachtchi 0-3 Vachier-Lagrave   Vachier-Lagrave - Nepomniachtchi
Round 3 24.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 8 30.07.12 14:00 CET
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Bacrot   Bacrot - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Nepomniachtchi - Moiseenko
Ding Liren 1-1 Rapport   Rapport - Ding Liren
Round 4 25.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 9 31.07.12 14:00 CET
Moiseenko 1-1 Bacrot   Rapport - Bacrot
Ding Liren 3-0 Vachier-Lagrave   Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Rapport 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Moiseenko - Vachier-Lagrave
Round 5 26.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 10 01.08.12 11:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Rapport   Bacrot - Moiseenko
Nepomniachtchi 1-1 Ding Liren   Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Moiseenko   Nepomniachtchi - Rapport
 

Biel, Breisacher Memorial 2013 | Round 5 standings

# Name Fed Rtg + = - Pts
1 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 2 3 0 9
2 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2699 1 4 0 7
3-4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2719 1 3 1 6
3-4 Ding, Liren CHN 2714 1 3 1 6
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2717 0 4 1 4
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2693 0 3 2 3

Photos courtesy of the official website, games via TWIC

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  • 12 miesięcy temu

    -_KNiGHt_-

    Great coverage on the tournament.  

     

    =)

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