Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wang Hao, Giri Win First Round, Biel Festival 2012

Wang Hao, China Anish Giri, Netherlands

24 July 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The Biel Chess Festival is currently being held and six grandmasters are playing a double round robin. Carlsen drew against Nakamura, while Wang Hao won against Bacrot (game below) and Giri won against Morozevich. Both Wang Hao and Anish Giri are ahead with 3 points.

The official website reported that the beauty of the day was the King's Indian played in the game Wang Hao - Bacrot. Against the classical Mar del Plata line White has chosen the so called Bayonet Attack, Kramnik's favorite line in this opening. As usually in this line, White sacrificed a pawn for the initiative, but after couple of moves his pressure became so unpleasant that Black decided to give it back, trying to equalize chances by exchanging pieces. Unfortunately, that was not enough to save the game because White had a strong passer on the sixth rank which helped him to organize an attack against black’s king which was crowned with a decisive rook sacrifice.

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Standings after Round 1:

Official website: http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/en/grandmaster-tournament/

(Photos from official website)

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