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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:04
All three games in the top group of this year's Biel Chess Festival ended in draws on Monday. Nepomniachtchi-Bacrot was a Semi-Tarrasch where the Frenchman got a slight advantage with Black, but the Russian GM kept thins under control. Richard Rapport successfully employed the Bird Defence against  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's Ruy Lopez and could give...
Biel participants announced
Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:20
The organizers of the Biel Chess Festival have announced the list of participants of their main event. This year the six players are Etienne Bacrot, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Moiseenko, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren, and Richard Rapport. The festival takes place 20 July - 2 August in Biel, Switzerland. Biel is one of those tournaments...
Olivier Breisacher
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Monday, August 13, 2012 14:40
Olivier Breisacher, one of the organizers and driving force behind the Biel Chess Festival, passed away on Thursday. The 44-year-old journalist drowned during a holiday in Mallorca, according to Swiss media. Breisacher grew up in Biel and studied in Geneva, where he earned a master's degree at the Institute of International Studies. Working as a...
Wang Hao
Thursday, August 02, 2012 20:11
Wang Hao became the sole winner of the 2012 Biel Chess Festival's Grandmaster group. The Chinese grandmaster, who will turn 23 in two days, defeated Anish Giri in the last round to finish on 19 points. Carlsen, who had to settle for a draw against Etienne Bacrot, finished on 18 points. Hikaru Nakamura finished shared third with Giri (both 16...
Bologan beats Wang Hao in a very nice game
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 19:58
Magnus Carlsen is the sole leader in Biel with one round to go. On Wednesday the Norwegian drew with Anish Giri, but co-leader Wang Hao lost against Victor Bologan. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Etienne Bacrot, who made a terrible blunder. Bologan beats Wang Hao in a very nice game | Photo Biel Chess Festival Event Biel Chess Festival | PGN Dates July...
The playing hall in Biel
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 18:57
Magnus Carlsen and Wang Hao are still tied for first place in Biel as both won their games in round 8. The Norwegian defeated Victor Bologan with White, while the Chinese won with Black against Hikaru Nakamura. With two rounds to go, Anish Giri is still one point behind the leaders as he won against Etienne Bacrot. Carlsen's live rating is now...
Two wins in a row make a difference for Magnus Carlsen
Monday, July 30, 2012 19:52
Magnus Carlsen collected six points in just two days, and is now in shared first place in Biel together with Wang Hao. On Sunday Carlsen beat Victor Bologan with Black in their postponed game, and in Monday's 7th round the Norwegian also won against the tournament leader from China. The other two games, Giri-Nakamura and Bologan-Bacrot, ended in...
Bologan and Giri at the start of a game that would last seven hours
Saturday, July 28, 2012 21:07
Wang Hao is still leading the Biel Chess Festival after round 6, but runner-up Anish Giri is just 2 points behind the leader. On Saturday the Dutch grandmaster defeated Victor Bologan in a game that lasted just over seven hours. Long before this result, the games Nakamura-Carlsen and Bacrot-Wang Hao had ended in draws. Bologan, who substituted for...
Wang Hao, 4 points ahead of Giri & Nakamura
Friday, July 27, 2012 19:02
Wang Hao increased his lead to 4 points at the Biel Chess Festival on Friday. The Chinese grandmaster defeated Victor Bologan to score 3 more points, while runner-up Anish Giri only collected 1 point after drawing with Magnus Carlsen. Hikaru Nakamura beat Etienne Bacrot and is now in shared second place with the Dutch GM. Wang Hao, 4 points ahead...
Wang Hao beats Giri, leads in Biel after round 4
Friday, July 27, 2012 0:08
Wang Hao is the new leader at the GM tournament of the Biel Chess Festival. On Thursday the Chinese grandmaster defeated Dutchman Anish Giri to reach 9 points out of 4 games. Hikaru Nakamura won his first game, against Victor Bologan, while Etienne Bacrot and Magnus Carlsen drew their game. Wang Hao, the leader after round 4 | Photo © Biel Chess...

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