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Friday, August 3, 2012

Biel Chess Fest: Wang Hao Wins, Carlsen Second

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The Biel Chess Festival needed no more excitement but to have the victor's decision go right down to the tape to the last round No. 10. World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen went into the last round with a lead over Wang Hao and Anish Giri. While Hao and Giri were to play each other in the last round, Carlsen was to take on Etienne Bacrot. That meant, whoever of Hao and Giri would win could take the title.

Wang Hao and Anish Giri finished their game the fastest in the round with White's error being mirrored by Black and allowing Wang Hao to get back into the game with tactical finesse to win.

Magnus Carlsen - under pressure as he now required a win to get the overall title - could only draw with Bacrot. In the third game of the last round, US chess champion Hikaru Nakamura beat Viktor Bologan.

The Sofia rule of scoring was used. Chinese No. 1 Wang Hao finished the 45th Biel Chess Festival with 19 points. Defending champion Magnus Carlsen though had no losses, but because of the Sofia Rule had to finish with 18 points. Giri and Nakamura shared the third place with 16 points.

More information is available at the official Biel Chess Festival website. Here are some nice links related to the Biel Chess Fest that you would love to explore:

Biel Chess Fest R10: Wang Hao-Anish Giri 1-0
Biel Chess Fest R9: Bologan’s Sicilian Win Over Wang Hao
Biel Chess Fest R8: Giri Turns the Tables on Bacrot
Biel Chess Fest: Carlsen’s Sicilian Smothering of Bologan
Biel Chess Fest R6: Giri Breaks Bologan’s Dogged Defense
Biel Chess Fest: Carlsen Steamrolls Wang Hao
Biel Chess Fest R4: Wang Hao Beats Anish Giri, Leads
Biel Chess Fest Round 3: Wang Hao-Nakamura Wild, Wild Game 1-0
Biel Chess Fest: Giri Hunting Out Morozevich’s King
Biel Chess Festival R2: Bacrot Spikes Moro’s Plans

The best of the lot:
Kosteniuk’s Slow Motion Checkmate Knockout chess video vs Wang Hao goes viral on YouTube

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