From July 18th to 31st 2009 is taking place the 42nd Biel International Chess Festival. The main event is a Category 19 double round robin tournament with six players averaging 2716 Elo points and 28.3 years of age. The participants are: Vassily Ivanchuk, Evgeny Alekseev, Boris Gelfand, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
In this round the young promise Fabiano Caruana beated the experimented Alexander Morozevich.
Caruana, F. (2670) – Morozevich, A. (2751) [D87]
GM Biel SUI (4), 2009-07-19
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Be3 Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. Bf4 Be5 13. Bg3 Bxg3 14. fxg3 Rf8 15. h3 Na5 16. Bd3 e5 17. Qd2 Qe7 18. g4 Bd7 19. d5 c4 20. Bc2 f6 21. Ng3 b6 22. Bd1 Nb7 23. Be2 Nd6 24. Rf2 Rac8 25. Rcf1 Kg7 26. Qe3 h6 27. Rb1 Rc5 28. Bd1 Ra5 29. Qd2 Be8 30. Be2 Qc7 31. Rbf1 Rf7 32. h4 Qe7 33. Qc2 b5 34. Qb1 Qd8 35. Bd1 Qb6 36. Kh2 Qc5 37. Qc1 Ra6 38. Qd2 Rb6 39. Bc2 Rbb7 40. Qc1 a5 41. a3 Rb8 42. Bd1 Bd7 43. Be2 Rh8 44. Qa1 h5 45. gxh5 f5 46. exf5 gxf5 47. Qb1 Qe3 48. Bg4 Qd3 49. Qe1 Re8 50. Rf3 Qxd5 51. Bxf5 e4 52. Bxe4 Qe5 53. h6+ Kf8 54. Rxf7+ Nxf7 55. Qf2 Re7 56. Bg6 Be8 57. Qf6 Qxf6 58. Rxf6 Kg8 59. Nf5 1 – 0 (view game)
This is Kramink’s ninth winning of this tournamet. After a difficult start, Kramink significantly improved his playing and finished a full point ahead his immediate follower.
The final standings are: Kramink 6.5, Leko 5.5, Carlsen 5.5, Jakovenko 5.5, Bacrot 4.0 and Naiditsch 3.0
The following was his final match against Naiditsch obtaining a winning with white pieces.
Kramnik,V (2759) – Naiditsch,A (2697) [D37]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (10), 2009-07-12
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Bxd7+ Nxd7 13.0-0 a6 14.Rb1 Qc7 15.Qh5 Nc5 16.Rb4 Qe5 17.Qh6 Rc8 18.Nf3 Qxc3 19.Rd4 Ke7 20.e5 Nd7 21.Qh4 Rhg8 22.Kh1 b5 23.h3 Rc4 24.Rxd7+ Kxd7 25.Qxf6 Qd3 26.Qxf7+ Kc6 27.Qxe6+ Kb7 28.Re1 Rg6 29.Qf7+ Rc7 30.Qf4 Rc4 31.Qf8 Rc8 32.Qe7+ Rc7 33.Qh4 Qc4 34.Nd4 Qxa2 35.Qe4+ Kb6 36.Qe3 Kb7 37.Qf3+ Kb6 38.Nb3 Rc2 39.Qe3+ Kb7 40.e6 Rxf2 41.Qe4+ Kb6 42.Qd4+ 1 – 0 (view game)
The French GM Etienne Bacrot and the German GM Arkadij Naiditsch drew a Queen’s Indian in 24 moves. At the next table, Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko played a Nimzo Indian which ended in a 25-move draw. And in the last match Russian GM Dmitiy Jakovenko and Magnus Carlsen drew a Sicilian Sveshnikov by repetition on move 45.
Carlsen leads the table with 4.0 pts followed by Leko and Kramink both with 3.5 pts.
From July 2nd to 12th is taking place the 37th eition of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting. Six of the world’s strongest grandmasters are taking part in this tournament.
Each player has to play two games against each other, one with white and one with black pieces. The winner of this tournament will be determined after ten rounds.
In this round Jakovenko won against Naiditsch but Carlsen with a draw in black pieces against Leko leads the tournament.
Current standings after 2 rounds: Carlsen 1.5, Leko, Kramnik, Bacrot and Jakovenko 1.0, Naiditsch 0.