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Stanislav Pavlovič | July 26, 2012 – 12:38One Comment | 530 views
Carlsen Back to Playing in Biel, Broadcasts All Games

The winners of the third round of the grandmasters tournament at International Chess Festival in Biel, Switzerland are Dutch Anish Giri and Chinese Wang Hao. Their victories were overshadowed by the resignation of Alexander Morozevich.

Morozevich resigned after two rounds. The organisers cited health issues as the main reason of the abrupt withdrawal. In their offcial statement, officials wrote that the Russian grandmaster visited hospital and doctors did not recommend him to cointinue playing the tournament. Alexander flew to Moscow, the length of his recovery is unknown.

Russian grandmaster will be substitued by Moldovan grandmaster Victor Bologan. Two victories acheived by Anish Giri and Etienne Bacrot against Morozevich and three points for each of them will be kept. Victor Bologan accepted to be two games short in contrast to his opponents. Chess fans will be compensated for the cancelled match of Morozevich-Carlsen with a game between Carlsen and Bologan on July 29, 2012.

Apart from these events, the two games are also very interesting. Although Nakamura showed great courage by playing the uncommon Polugaevsky variation of the Sicilian Najdorf, his spirit was not awarded with a victory, as Hao was able to crush him. Anish Giri, on the other hand, is a surprise of the tournament. He performs highly above his rating and after yesterday’s win against Bacrot, he rightfully occupies the first place.

Round 3
Wang Hao 1-0 Nakamura
Bologan postp. Carlsen
Giri 1-0 Bacrot

Standings after the round 3:

# Name Rtg GP + = - Pts Perf
2 Giri,A 2696 3 2 1 0 7 3033
3 Wang Hao 2739 3 2 0 1 6 2896
1 Carlsen,M 2837 2 1 1 0 4 2949
4 Bacrot,E 2713 3 1 0 2 3 2615
5 Nakamura,H 2778 3 0 2 1 2 2637
6 Morozevich,A 2770 2 0 0 2 0 2447
7 Bologan,V 2732 0 0 0 0 0 -

Next round is played today at 14:00 CET. The pairings are as following:

Carlsen played only 2 games, Morozevich retired from the tournament with Bologan as a substitute.

Round 4
Bologan - Nakamura
Giri - Wang Hao
Bacrot - Carlsen

All games will be broadcast at the Broadcasts section of

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Comments (1)

  • Pepo says:

    Hi Will, an interesting post espcaielly considering the stiff challenge you’ve taken on. In general, I agree with the sentiments that following main line positions makes more sense. They are main lines for a reason. However, particularly with your university workload some realism has to come into play. Kaufmann wrote Chess Advantage in Black and White advocating Michael Adams’s approach. That is, playing good sound opening but maybe the second or third choice from an absolute best or most popular point of view. He justified this by comparing results with e.g. Nf3 / d4 against the Sicilian versus Bb5, then comparing the amount of work necessary to play each. often there are only one or two percentage points difference in the results obtained but a factor of 5 or 10 in the amount of work to do.Sticking to 1.e4 as White can’t be wrong, building on your experience so far. The Ruy Lopez is very popular with top class players but the theory is vast. Would the Scotch be more manageable ? It is still theoretically approved, has more bite than 3.Bc4 and may be more economical in terms of up-keep.Answering 1.e4 with e5 is very sound. Probably at least some period playing this is essential for all players. I played the Archangel for a number of years. I shouldn’t worry about it not being played at the very top. I think these things are often fashion. The advantage is that sidelines are already known to you. You could an an alternate line, the Marshall, Chigorin or even the Open. Building incrementally on your current knowledge is important. While the Marshall is popular with the stars at present, something like the Open is out of favour and may be a fertile ground where your opponents are less familiar. Unfortunately, there is not a recent high quality book on which to base your exploration.Ultimately you will need a second choice. However, quality of knowledge should override the breadth. Options after 1.e4 e5 soundly understood will serve better than three different answers to 1.e4 only partially grasped. If possible maintain 1.e4 e5 when you choose another choice. My preference is for the Caro Kann, the choice is mostly personal. My only proviso would be to avoid the most theoretical choices like the Najdorf or Sveshnikov. I don’t know how anybody can feel comfortable with the rate of advances in these lines.The Tarrasch French is one of my favourite lines, espcaielly now that I play lines based on Ngf3 (Korchnoi Gambit etc.), rather than ed. These score very well. One indication is considering playing the French as Black, I cannot think of a line I could face playing against the Tarrasch !White against the Caro, the Fantasy is okay. Smyslov played it so it can’t be positionally bad. In the end maybe a switch to the Short Advance will be necessary. In the Nc3 lines, Bf5 is very tough to get much against.Good luck in your quest !

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