Bacrot Maintains Lead After Exciting Seventh Round in Biel

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  • on 29.07.13, 14:28.

Etienne Bacrot still tops the leaderboard at the Biel Chess Festival after what was a very exciting seventh round on Monday. The Frenchman miraculously held the draw against Ding Liren, who is still a point behind the Frenchman. However, the Chinese GM was caught in second place by both Alexander Moiseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who won their games against Richard Rapport and Ian Nepomniachtchi respectively.

Bacrot could hardly believe it himself. "I was very lucky," he said after his game with Ding Liren. Both players were not sure if there was a forced win for White, and even after their analysis at the press conference they didn't know! In a Nimzo-Indian, Ding Liren played quite aggressively and he seemed to get the advantage when the queens were traded. Bacrot, however, used all the tactics available to stay alive, spending a lot of time on the clock. In time trouble he had to give a pawn, but luckily for him the rook ending was not winning for White.

Here's the post-mortem of the game, hosted by GM Danny King:

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had spoilt two White games already, but this time he finally managed to win a won position! The Frenchman nicely outplayed Ian Nepomniachtchi in a Fianchetto Grünfeld. It was quite an achievement for the Russian to survive the attack and reach a position with QR vs QR and two pawns each, but even there White was still winning.

Alexander Moiseenko played an excellent game and defeated Richard Rapport, who had spent his rest day playing the blitz tournament (and winning it!). The Hungarian's 27...g5!? was described by Moiseenko as "a move suitable for blitz". With enough time on the clock, the Ukrainian could easily refute it. It took a while before he won the ending with an extra knight, but the result was never in doubt.

Here's GM Danny King's round report video:

Biel 2013 | Breisacher Memorial | Pairings & results

Round 1 22.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 6 27.07.12 14:00 CET
Nepomniachtchi 1-1 Bacrot   Bacrot 1-1 Nepomniachtchi
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Rapport   Rapport 1-1 Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Ding Liren   Ding Liren 3-0 Moiseenko
Round 2 23.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 7 29.07.12 14:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Ding Liren   Ding Liren 1-1 Bacrot
Rapport 0-3 Moiseenko   Moiseenko 3-0 Rapport
Nepomniachtchi 0-3 Vachier-Lagrave   Vachier-Lagrave 3-0 Nepomniachtchi
Round 3 24.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 8 30.07.12 14:00 CET
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Bacrot   Bacrot - Vachier-Lagrave
Moiseenko 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Nepomniachtchi - Moiseenko
Ding Liren 1-1 Rapport   Rapport - Ding Liren
Round 4 25.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 9 31.07.12 14:00 CET
Moiseenko 1-1 Bacrot   Rapport - Bacrot
Ding Liren 3-0 Vachier-Lagrave   Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Rapport 1-1 Nepomniachtchi   Moiseenko - Vachier-Lagrave
Round 5 26.07.12 14:00 CET   Round 10 01.08.12 11:00 CET
Bacrot 3-0 Rapport   Bacrot - Moiseenko
Nepomniachtchi 1-1 Ding Liren   Vachier-Lagrave - Ding Liren
Vachier-Lagrave 1-1 Moiseenko   Nepomniachtchi - Rapport

Biel, Breisacher Memorial 2013 | Round 7 standings

# Name Fed Rtg + = - Pts
1 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 2 5 0 11
2 Ding, Liren CHN 2714 2 4 1 10
3 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2699 2 4 1 10
4 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2719 2 4 1 10
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2717 0 5 2 5
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2693 0 4 3 4

Photos courtesy of the official website, games via TWIC

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  • vor 3 Jahre


    @Bab3s... yeap either draw by repetition with Rf8 Kg5, Rc8 Kf5.... The move Rf8 Rc8 doesn't force white into any sequence he just repeats the moves. Should be a simple draw.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    GM Danny King's recap ... made this report interesting!

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NM Bab3s

    @Marcokim - I don't understand what you're saying. Are you suggesting that White repeat the moves?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Thanks for mentioning the mistake; the correct video is now up!

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Bab3s wrote:

    EDIT: Just watched their post-mortem. Black's clever idea was to play ...Rf8+ and then back to c8,...


    But won't the King just go back to Kf5 and there will be no change in tempo/position? The c7 pawn is a gonner, blacks hero the g-pawn controls the critical f6 square, i don't see how White can win in whatever variations you look at it. Whites attempt to take the h-pawn runs into a known draw (check Dvorestky's book again!) because the pawn is not enough compensation for a misplaced Rook. So realizing that he goes back to 45. Rg4..... 

    With due respect I see you are a strong player but you haven't been studying the manual well enough buddy, at least its principles. Game was drawn by move 36. Rc7 Rxc7 37. dxc7 (DRAW)


    Not I don't see why this is so complicated.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NM Bab3s

    In Ding-Bacrot, how on Earth is White not winning the rook ending around move 40? I mean, I know there are practical difficulties for White to actually convert this ending, but it seems to me that a pawn storm (g4-g5 and h4-h5-h6) followed by giving up the c-pawn to win Black's h-pawn is a strong plan for White. What can Black do to oppose this?

    EDIT: Just watched their post-mortem. Black's clever idea was to play ...Rf8+ and then back to c8, so that White doesn't win the pawn ending after trades on c7. It's a close call:  42. h4 Rf8+ 43. Kg5 Rc8 44. h5 Rxc7 45. Rxc7+ Kxc7 46. h6 g6 47. Kf6 Kd6 48. Kg7 Ke7 49. Kxh7 Kf7 50. g4 g5 = (this is all from their post-mortem).

    I guess I learned something about rook endgames that Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual doesn't cover! Namely that this sort of endgame where the weaker side's rook is in front of the passed pawn is much more likely to be drawn when the passed pawn is a c-pawn rather than a b or a-pawn. In this case, it was drawn with a c-pawn, but had it been a b-pawn Black would've been dead lost. Endgames!

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Here is the link to the Round 7 report:

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Cool video.  

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NM MarshKnight

    Thanks for the coverage on the tournament! Just wanted to let you know that the video you posted is the round 6 report and the article is about round 7. 

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