Biel Chess 2007

Magnus Carlsen won the Biel International Chess Festival 2007 in the end, after a five game rapid and blitz playoff win over Alexander Onischuk of the US. Magnus made a truely stunning recovery in round nine to clinch the playoff against Onischuk, after losing the previous two rounds to Pelletier and van Wely respectively.

He had to win against Radjabov and then hope that Onischuk could only draw, or lose, to Motylev. In the end, he crushed Radjabov in a thrilling, spectacular game and Onischuk only drew. Radjabov is no mug himself (he is ranked 9th in the world) and is as tactically astute as any player in the world. But he lost his way pretty quickly once Carlsen turned up the heat. You can read through my notes to the game here.

Here are the final round standings (from the Chessbase news site).

The Biel tournament have an excellent official web site at You can download the games there, or browse through the player’s profiles or look at the pictures.

You can also read great daily reviews at a number of sites, including the New York Times’ chess blog at and Magnus Carlsen’s Dad’s site on



  1. Tony D said,

    August 3, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Little brat was lucky!

    Nah Im joking! Good win but he need to take the sour puss off his face!

  2. shazgood said,

    August 3, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Hey Tony D, your email address indicates you’re an Irish Chess Master. Is that true or is it a joke? The only irish player I know of who has the name Tony D is Tony Donoghue. Is that you?
    I don’t mind if you want to remain anonymous, but was wondering if I have bumped into you in person somewhere…

  3. Tony D said,

    August 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Its not a joke!

    Its an aspiration!

    Actually no – it is sadly a joke- gives me more street cred

    I dont know “Tony Donoghue” while Idoubt you know me very well if at all really. We have bumped into each other in Rathmines but thats all Ill say!

    Is it a bird

    is it a plane?

    No its batman

    Im like zorro! No super powers but….

    One day I will defeat 2000 plus chess player then I will be the


    When I livedin the US youi only needed to be 2000 tpo be an “american chess master” so I always wanted to get to that level- so far not so good!


  4. CK said,

    August 4, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    great play by carlsen

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