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Biel Round 2: Bacrot and Carlsen Victorious, Our Broadcasts Continue

Stanislav Pavlovič | July 25, 2012 – 13:51No Comment | 596 views
Biel Round 2: Bacrot and Carlsen Victorious, Our Broadcasts Continue

Round 2 of the grandmaster’s tournament at International Chess Festival in Biel, Switzerland has ended with two victories and a draw.

Hikaru Nakamura played for a win, but his opponent, Anish Giri, prevented him from achieving it. The game between expats ended in a draw and both players gained a point.

Magnus Carlsen crushed the Chinese grandmaster Hao. After the game, young Norwegian admitted that his opponent made a mistake early in the game, specifically in the fifth move. After that, the game was pretty straightforward. In the last game, French Bacrot got himself under a serious time pressure, but still was able to beat Russian Morozevich.

The results could be found in the following table:

Hikaru Nakamura - Anish Giri ½ – ½
Etienne Bacrot - Alexander Morozevich 1 – 0
Magnus Carlsen - Wang Hao 1 – 0

Standings after Round 2:

1. Magnus Carlsen 2837 Norway 4
Anish Giri 2696 nl 4
3. Wang Hao 2739 China 3
Etienne Bacrot 2713 France 3
5. Hikaru Nakamura 2778 USA 2
6. Alexander Morozevich 2770 Russia 0

Yesterday’s broadcast was well received, therefore we continue with the next, third round. World’s top player, Magnus Carlsen, will face Alexander Morozevich, who stays without a point. Morozevich is in a difficult position, so he should do his best and strive to gain three points from the strong opponent.

Etienne Bacrot, who played exceptionally yesterday, is about to play a match against Anish Giri, a very young chess player of Nepalese and Russian descent. Although he plays under the flag of Netherlands, he also resided in Japan and Russia.

Wang Hao and Hikaru Nakamura are the last pairing. Nakamura has not yet won a game at the tournament and Hao suffered a crushing defeat yesterday. We’ll see how these two chess players could cope with the previous course of the tournament.

The matches can be watched live at our chess site.

All games from Round 2 can be viewed here:

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