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Biel goes to a tie-break!

Both pre-round leaders drew fairly quickly thus ensuring that they were equal first.
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son took the opportunity to catch them by outplaying Anish Giri.
The three player tie-break will go ahead Thursday morning.

The Biel Young Masters round robin ended with a three-way tie for first place.

If you like play-offs then it's worth finding a live connection for tomorrow morning (29/7/10). The official site has had problems the last couple of days so I've been going via 'The Week in Chess' site.

Negi against Vachier-Lagrave was a complex Taimanov Sicilian with opposite-sides castling, but just as the game was hotting up the players agreed to a draw. I presume that the Frenchman didn't like his position and Negi had probably had enough of this tournament!

Fabiano Caruana led the game off the beaten track with 3.f3 (an Anti-Grünfeld ploy), which was especially the case after David Howell's off-beat reply 3...Nc6!?. The tense struggle for central squares soon fizzled out into a drawish position around the time when the players agreed to call it a day.

These early peace deals must have encouraged Andreikin and Nguyen, as a win (by either of them) then had the added incentive of getting into a share of first prize.

NameFed.RatingResultNameFed.RatingNo. of Moves
Maxim RodshteinISR26090.5-0.5Evgeny TomashevskyRUS270860
Parimarjan NegiIND26150.5-0.5Maxime Vachier-LagraveFRA272324
Fabiano CaruanaITA26970.5-0.5David HowellENG261626
Wesley SoPHI26740.5-0.5Dmitry AndreikinRUS265086
Nguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE26171-0Anish GiriNED267259

Both Andreikin and Nguyen went for gold, but with mixed success.

In Wesley So's Old Indian against Dmitry Andreikin, things played out very much like the main line of the Spanish. White had more space but Black was very solid. Later the Russian avoided a repetition as his knight was superior to White's bishop with a blocked centre. He tried very hard to extract winning chances out of the endgame but So held fast.

Nguyen played a King's Indian Attack, a system which is familiar to many club players, but is rare at this level. Later a tactical flurry led to Nguyen sacrificing a pawn or two for active pieces. He regained his material in the endgame and won the resulting rook ending.

In Rodshtein-Tomashevsky the Bogo-Indian defence soon turned into a type of King's Indian. A surprising turn of events! Later Black's king proved to be the most vulnerable as Rodshtein again had a 'good knight vs inferior bishop' scenario. The Israeli's play against the Russian's king netted him a pawn but the queen ending was only drawn.

The final table is as follows.

SeedNameCountryRatingPoints
1st-3rdMaxime Vachier-LagraveFRA27235.5
1st-3rdFabiano CaruanaITA26975.5
1st-3rdNguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE26175.5
4thDmitry AndreikinRUS26505
5th-7thEvgeny TomashevskyRUS27084.5
5th-7thWesley SoPHI26744.5
5th-7thMaxim RodshteinISR26094.5
8thAnish GiriNED26724
9thDavid HowellENG26163.5
10thParimarjan NegiIND26152.5

The leading three will have their play-off tomorrow morning.

For more information see the Official site

No losses for Maxime @ chessbase
Another draw for Fabiano @ Zugzwang

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