Biel GM Final: MVL – The King of Biel!

A resounding victory over GM Richard Rapport allowed GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France to notch up a total of 6.5 points and clinch the title at the Biel GM Tournament 2015. This was MVL’s third consecutive triumph in as many editions of the annual Biel Tournament and his 4th overall.

The second place was secured by GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek, the only player to defeat the winner in their personal encounter. Wojtaszek finished with a total of 6 points by his name.

Meanwhile, GMs Adams and Navara tied for the third place with 5.5 points each.

Round 10 Results: 

Vachier-Lagrave 2731 1-0 Rapport 2671
Wojtaszek 2733 ½-½ Navara 2724
Eljanov 2723 0-1 Adams 2740

Final Standings:


Player Rating



Vachier-Lagrave 2731 6.5
2 Wojtaszek 2733



Adams 2740 5.5
3 Navara 2724



Eljanov 2723 4.5
6 Rapport 2671



Biel GM Round 9: MVL and Wojtaszek on top

A crucial victory by GM Vachier-Lagrave over GM Navara in the penultimate round of the Biel Grandmasters Tournament allowed him to catch up with GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the top of the table. The duo now lead the pack with a score of 5.5/9.

Meanwhile, GM Richard Rapport’s terrible run of form at Biel continued as he lost another game, this time to GM Pavel Eljanov. Rapport, so far, has only managed to score 2 points out of a possible 9 with no wins by his name.

Round 9 Results:

Navara 2724 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave 2731
Rapport 2671 0-1 Eljanov 2723
Adams 2740 ½-½ Wojtaszek 2733

Rankings before the Final Round:

Rank Name Pts
1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 5.5
1 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 5.5
3 Navara, David 5
4 Adams, Michael 4.5
4 Eljanov, Pavel 4.5
6 Rapport, Richard 2

Biel GM Round 6: 3 players in lead as Navara loses

A 6th Round loss for GM David Navara against GM Michael Adams allowed GMs Vachier-Lagrave and Wojtaszek to catch up Navara on the top spot. The Navara – Adams encounter, which took off with the Exchange Variation in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, didn’t go too well for Navara as he failed to obtain any advantage whatsoever from the opening. However, it was Navara’s 21st move which actually allowed Adams to dominate as the latter obtained 3 pawns for a minor piece along with plenty of activity. The matters were never in doubt after that and Navara resigned on move 37.

In the other games, GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek convincingly overcame GM Richard Rapport whilst GMs Eljanov and Vachier-Lagrave drew their personal encounter.

Rankings after Round 6:





David Navara 3.5
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave



Radoslaw Wojtaszek 3.5
4 Michael Adams



Pavel Eljanov 2.5
6 Richard Rapport


Biel GM Round 5: All Draws

The 5th round of the Biel Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2015 saw all the 3 games ending in draws, although none of them were too short. GM Eljanov failed to convert a sizeable advantage against GM Rapport while GM Adams was unsuccessful in making a good Queenless middlegame count against GM Wojtaszek. Meanwhile, GMs Vachier-Lagrave and Navara played out a 36-move draw.

After the first half of the tournament, Navara is in the lead with a tally of 3.5 points followed by Vachier-Lagrave and Wojtaszek on 3 and 2.5 points respectively.

Biel GM Round 4: Navara wins spectacularly, leads!

The 4th round of the Biel GM Tournament 2015 witnessed one of the most spectacular King manoeuvres as GM David Navara overcame GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek in an inspired fashion. In a Queenless middlegame, Navara, playing White, drove his King all the way up to h8 while resourcefully sidestepping any mating nets whatsoever. As such, Wojtaszek, who had already sacrificed a full Bishop to create a mating net, proved unsuccessful and soon resigned on move 48.

In other games, GM Pavel Eljanov defeated GM Michael Adams whilst GMs Rapport and Vachier-Lagrave split points amongst themselves.

After 4 Rounds, Navara leads the table with a tally of 3 points followed by Vachier-Lagrave on 2.5 points.

Biel Chess 02: Navara beats Eljanov

Czech GM David Navara (2724) beat Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov (2723) to reach fifty percent.

Hungarian talent GM Richard Rapport (2671) meanwhile played a wild game against GM Michael Adams (2740), which eventually petered out into a draw. The other game between French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2731) and Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2733) also ended in a draw.


Biel 01: Adams sole winner

English GM Michael Adams (2740) was the sole winner in the first round of the Biel International Chess Festival. He managed to beat Czech GM David Navara (2724).

Hungarian GM Richard Rapport (2671) survived a scary position against Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2733) who let his opponent off the hook. Defending champion GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2731) of France meanwhile settled for a draw with Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov (2723).

Results of Round 1:

Adams, Michael 2740 1-0 Navara, David 2724
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733 ½-½ Rapport, Richard 2671
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2731 ½-½ Eljanov, Pavel 2723