Carlsen sacrificed Queen to beat Navara, shares Biel Chess lead with Mamedyarov


Round 1 results

Carlsen, Magnus Navara, David 1-0

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar Georgiadis, Nico 1-0

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Svidler, Peter ½-½

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The Accentus GM tournament of this year’s Biel International Chess Festival is a 6-player double round-robin tournament taking place from 22 July to 1 August 2018 in Biel, Switzerland featuring the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, David Navara and local hero Nico Georgiadis. Players receive 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

The organizers of the 51st Biel International Chess Festival are delighted. After the announcement of the participation of the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen last March, the 6 participants of the ACCENTUS Grandmaster Chess Tournament are now all known.

And the Norwegian favourite won’t have it easy! Along with the five-time winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, No. 6 in the world), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, No. 3 in the world ranking) will be a serious competitor for the tournament victory.

Defending Russian chess champion Peter Svidler (14th in the world) will also have his say, knowing that he has often caused problems to Magnus Carlsen in the past. The Czech David Navara (24th in the world) and the 22-year-old Swiss Nico Georgiadis (Schindellegi) will complete the field.

The level of the tournament is thus comparable to the 2012 edition, although tournament director Yannick Pelletier adds: “The 51st edition will be much more prestigious due to the presence of the reigning World Champion and two other representatives of the world’s top ten”.

ACCENTUS, main partner of the Grandmaster Tournament, also supports an event for the benefit of young chess players. 75 juniors under the age of 16 will be invited to three simultaneous tournaments on the opening day of July 21. This spectacular event will attract the attention of spectators and the media on the central square in Biel.

The Physicians’ Tournament is being held for the fourth time this year and will take place on Sunday, 29 July.

All information about the tournaments and the participants can be found in three languages on the website of the Festival –


Definitive list of participants (Elo number according to FIDE list May 2018)

Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 27 years old), reigning World Champion and No. 1 in the world, 2843 Elo points

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 33 yo), No. 3, 2808

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 27 yo), No. 6, 2789

Peter Svidler (Russia, 41 yo), No. 14, 2760

David Navara (Czech Republic, 33 yo), No 24, 2727

Nico Georgiadis (Switzerland, 22 yo), 2527

​Carlsen v Navara

1 d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5 10. dxc5 Nd7 11. O-O Nxc5 12. Nb5 a6 13. Nbd4 b5 14. Be2 e5 15. Nc2 Rd8 16. Nxb4

Rxd1 17. Rfxd1 a5 18. Nd5 Qd6 19. Nxe5 Bb7 20. Bf3 Rc8 21. Ng4 Qf8 22. h4 Nd7 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. a3 h5 25. Nh2 g6 26. Be2 Ne5 27. Bxb5 Bb7 28. Nc3 Qe7 29. Rd4 Qe6 30. Nf1 Qb3 31. Rd2 Nc4 32. Rd7 Nxb2 33. Rxb7 Qxc3 34. Be8 Kf8 35. Bxf7 Qc6 36. Rxb2 Kxf7 37. Rd2 Qa4 38. Rd3 Qxh4 39. Rd7+ Kg8 40. Rd4 Qe7 41. a4 Qa3 42. g3 Qa1 43. Kg2 g5 44. Nd2 g4 45. Ne4 Qc1 46. Nf6+ Kf7 47. Nxh5 Qc6+ 48. Kg1 Qc1+ 49. Kh2 Kg6 50. Nf4+ Kf6 51. Ng2 Kg5 52. Rf4 Qd1 53. Nh4 Qc2 54. Nf5 Qd3 55. e4 Qd7 56. e5 Qh7+ 57. Kg1 Qg6 58. Nd6 Qe6 59. Rf5+ Qxf5 60. Nxf5 Kxf5 61. f4 gxf3 62. Kf2 Kxe5 63. Kxf3 Kf5 64. Ke3 1-0