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Carlsen champion, Morozevich second

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Magnus Carlsen finished off with a draw and thus obtained 7/10. In second place Alexander Morozevich won against tail-ender Yannick Pelletier and was just behind on 6½, so probably regrets having lost his ninth round game against Fabiano Caruana! This is Carlsen's second title in Biel.

In the final round, Magnus Carlsen made a surprising opening choice. He opted for a Philidor Defence, but with the modern 'Lion' move-order. After freeing his position Carlsen advanced his c-pawn seeking active play. Caruana snatched this pawn, but enabled Carlsen to obtain the initiative. This proved sufficient to regain the pawn, but no more, and a balanced position ensued.

Alexander Morozevich's is renowned for some unusual opening choices. Here 3...a6 in the Queen's Gambit was another example of the Russian going his own way. Pelletier opted for the Carlsbad structure and then opened up play in the centre, but Morozevich gradually took control of some key squares. The Queen and Knight pseudo-endgame turned out to be very unpleasant for the defender.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave chose to meet the Semi-Slav with 5.g3 when play reverted to a Catalan. Alexei Shirov snatched, and then held onto the c-pawn, which induced complications as the Frenchman sought compensation. Vachier-Lagrave was more active for his pawn deficit, but didn't find anything better than a repetition.

The Round 10 summary:

White Rating Results Black Rating Moves Opening
Yannick Pelletier 2590 0-1 Alexander Morozevich  2694 51 Queen's Gambit Declined
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  2722 ½-½ Alexei Shirov  2714  21 Catalan (by Transposition) Opening
Fabiano Caruana   2711 ½-½ Magnus Carlsen  2821 39 Philidor Defence

The standings after round 10:

Rank Name Country Rating 1w 1b 2w 2b 3w 3b 4w 4b 5w 5b 6w 6b Points
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2821 * * ½ ½  1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 7
2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694 ½ ½  * * ½  ½  1 1 0 1 ½  1 6.5
3-4 Alexei Shirov ESP 2714 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½  5
3-4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ *   ½ ½  1 ½ 5
5 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 ½  ½  *   ½ 1 4
6 Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½  0 ½    2.5

The classification according to the Biel points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw) is as follows:

Position Name Country Rating Biel Points
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2815 19
2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694 17
3-4 Alexei Shirov ESP 2714 12
3-4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 12
5 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711 10
6 Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590 5

A fine result for Morozevich who will gain further rating points, and should pass the 2700-mark easily on the next list which comes out on the 1st of September. 

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