Carlsen Back to Playing in Biel, ChessFriends.com 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.
Standings after the round 3:
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.
All games will be broadcast at the Broadcasts section of ChessFriends.com.
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