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Dramatic Finish In Biel!

Alekseev caught Dominguez and then beat him in the tiebreaks

The main event of the 2008 Biel Chess Festival, Grandmaster Tournament, had a thrilling last round when Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev caught Leinier Dominguez on the first place tie and then beat him in head-to-head blitz tiebreaks to claim the trophy. Dominguez enjoyed a full point lead ahead of Alekseev and Carlsen prior to the last round and only needed a draw against Etienne Bacrot to secure the top place. Bacrot, however, played in a full swing after the shaky start and beat Dominguez with white to sign fantastic 4.0/5 in the second tournament leg.

Earlier, Magnus Carlsen signed a draw with Alexander Onischuk after black equalized in Ruy Lopez and forced reduction in material. These results presented Alekseev with wonderful opportunity to win with white against Yannick Pelletier and catch up with Dominguez. He succeeded and later won the tiebreaks against already downhearted Cuban.

Evgeny Alekseev 1 sq Leinier Dominguez sq

Evgeny Alekseev and Leinier Dominguez (photos by official website)

10th round (July 31st):

Evgeny Alekseev – Yannick Pelletier 1 – 0

Magnus Carlsen – Alexander Onischuk ½ – ½

Etienne Bacrot – Leinier Dominguez 1 – 0

Tournament standings:

1-2. GM Leinier Dominguez (CUB 2708) and GM Evgeny Alekseev (RUS 2708) – 6.5

3. GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2775) – 6.0

4. GM Etienne Bacrot (FRA 2691) – 5.5

5. GM Alexander Onischuk (USA 2670) – 4.0

6. GM Yannick Pelletier (SUI 2569) – 1.5

Tie-break (July 31st):

Evgeny Alekseev – Leinier Dominguez ½ – ½ (37, rapid)

Leinier Dominguez – Evgeny Alekseev ½ – ½ (65, rapid)

Evgeny Alekseev – Leinier Dominguez ½ – ½ (47, blitz)

Leinier Dominguez – Evgeny Alekseev 0 – 1 (44, blitz)


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