Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Biel Chess Festival

40th Biel International Chess Festival will take place on 21st July-3rd August 2007. The events list includes Grandmaster, Master (2000+ rating), Main (U2050 rating), Rapid, Simultan, Chess-Tennis, Blitz and Youth (born 1987 and later) tournaments.

Alexander Morozevich (Russia 2762), Judit Polgar (Hungary 2727), Magnus Carlsen (Norway 2693), Loek van Wely (Netherlands 2674), Alexander Onischuk (United States 2663), Bu Xianghzi (China 2656), Boris Avrukh (Israel 2644), Alexander Motylev (Russia 2642), Yannick Pelletier (Switzerland 2602). 10th player to be announced.

Update: Alexander Morozevich canceled his participation due to health reasons. He also wants to prepare for the World Championship which will take place in September. Teimour Radjabov will replace him. 10th player also announced, Alexander Grischuk will play.

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov

2007 Biel Chess Festival Preview


Round 1, July 23:
Alexander Onischuk - Teimour Radjabov draw
Alexander Grischuk - Alexander Motylev draw
Yannick Pelletier - Boris Avrukh draw
Loek Van Wely - Judit Polgar 0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Bu Xianghzi 1-0

Judit PolgarJudit Polgar celebrated her birthday with a win

Brainstore Master Open also started today. Most of the top rated players won their first games, but GM Nikita Vitiugov, GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki and GM Marat Makarov allowed draws against untitled opposition. There are 125 players.

Update, 2nd August:
Magnus Carlsen beat Teimour Radjabov in the last game and qualified for tiebreak match with Onischuk. First four games were draw, Carlsen won Armageddon game. More information on Chessdom.

Final standings:
1-2. Alexander Onischuk (USA 2650) and Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2710) 5.5; 3-6. Teimour Radjabov (AZE 2746), Yannick Pelletier (SUI 2583), Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2726) and Judit Polgar (HUN 2707) 5.0; 7-10. Bu Xianghzi (CHI 2685), Loek van Wely (NED 2679), Alexander Motylev (RUS 2648) and Boris Avrukh (ISR 2645) 3.5


Anonymous said...

Who wrote those biographies? Awful. Worst in history. It isn't that they are badly written, but mean spirited. Very, very mean spirited, SK, you're not helping anyone's PR promotions with those bios. Is it necessary to be so negative toward the players?

Milan said...

I don't get it, what bios?

Anonymous said...

The bios of the players for the Biel tournament. What did they use to write those? A stick in the dirt? A group of irritated DMV workers? A lack of respect shows through from the author in the resulting biographies.

Milan said...

Found them. http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=84&Itemid=118