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Carlsen is imperial!

Magnus Carlsen against Fabiano Caruana © official site
Magnus Carlsen won again, this time against Fabiano Cariano in the Scotch. Two relatively quick draws in the other games have left the Norwegian wunderkind well ahead of the remaining players.

The summary of Round 4:

White Rating Results Black Rating Moves Opening
Alexei Shirov 2714  ½-½ Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2722  24 Sicilian Najdorf
Alexander Morozevich 2694  ½-½ Yannick Pelletier 2690  31 French Rubinstein
Magnus Carlsen 2821  1-0 Fabiano Caruana 2711  27 Scotch Opening

One unusual factor in the pairings system is that the players sometimes have three consecutive games with the same colour: Pelletier started with three Whites, and Caruana has just had three Blacks!

Here is the table after four rounds:

Posn. Name Country Rating 1w 1b 2w 2b 3w 3b 4w 4b 5w 5b 6w 6b Standard pts Perf.
1. Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2821 * * . ½  1 . . 1 . . 1 . 3.5 3013
2. Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2694 ½ . * * . ½  ½ . . 1 . . 2.5 2806
3. Shirov, Alexei ESP 2714 . 0 ½ . * * . . ½ . 1 . 2 2737
4. Pelletier, Yannick SUI 2590 0 . . ½ . . * * ½ . ½ . 1.5 2650
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2722 . . 0 . . ½ . ½  * * . ½ 1.5 2590
6. Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2711 . 0 . . . 0 . ½ ½ . * * 1 2518

The classification according to the Biel points is even more striking:

Position Name Country Rating Biel Points
 1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2815    10
 2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694      6
 3 Alexei Shirov ESP 2714      5
 4-5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722      3
 4-5 Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590      3
 6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711      2

 

The rate of play:

120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 mins for 20 further moves

and then 15 mins (with a 30 seconds increment per move) for the rest of the game.

No draw offers are permitted before move 30.

The schedule:

18th to 20th of July: Rounds 1 to 3 at 2 pm (local time)

21st rest day

22nd to 23rd: Rounds 4 and 5 at 2 pm

24th rest day

25th to 28th: Rounds 6 to 9 at 2 pm

29th: Round 10 at 11 am

Note that 2pm in Switzerland is the same time as in Paris and Madrid.

Subtract one hour for London and six for New York.

Official site: www.bielchessfestival.ch

Live games: http://live.bielchessfestival.ch/


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