:: Biel Grandmaster Tournament 19-29.07.2004

Alexander Morozevich is the winner of Biel Tournament. The Russian GM Morozevich took the 1st place with 1.5 point clear from the second Sasikiran from India.
 
Round 1, 19.07.2004
Morozevich, Alexander - McShane, Luke J 1-0
Sasikiran, Krishnan - Pelletier, Yannick 1-0
Bacrot, Etienne - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1/2
Round 2, 20.07.2004
Morozevich, Alexander - Bacrot, Etienne 1-0
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Sasikiran, Krishnan 1-0
McShane, Luke J - Pelletier, Yannick 0-1
Round 3, 21.07.2004
Sasikiran, Krishnan  - Morozevich, Alexander 1/2
Bacrot
, Etienne  - McShane, Luke 1-0 
Pelletier
, Yannick  - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1/2  
Round 4, 22.07.2004
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Morozevich, Alexander 1/2
Pelletier, Yannick - Bacrot, Etienne 1/2
Sasikiran, Krishnan - McShane, Luke 1-0
Round 5, 23.07.2004
Morozevich, Alexander - Pelletier, Yannick 1/2
Bacrot, Etienne - Sasikiran, Krishnan 1/2
McShane, Luke J - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0
Round 6, 25.07.2004
McShane, Luke - Morozevich, Alexander
1/2
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Bacrot, Etienne 1-0
Pelletier, Yannick - Sasikiran, Krishnan 0-1
Round 7, 26.07.2004
Bacrot, Etienne - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1
Sasikiran, Krishnan - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0
Pelletier, Yannick - McShane, Luke 1/2
Round 8, 27.07.2004
Morozevich, Alexander - Sasikiran, Krishnan 1-0
McShane, Luke - Bacrot, Etienne 0-1
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Pelletier, Yannick 0-1
Round 9, 28.07.2004
Pelletier, Yannick - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1
Sasikiran, Krishnan - Bacrot, Etienne 1/2
Ponomariov, Ruslan - McShane, Luke 1/2
Round 10, 29.07.2004
Morozevich, Alexander - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1/2
Bacrot, Etienne - Pelletier, Yannick 1/2
McShane, Luke - Sasikiran, Krishnan 1/2
   

Final Standings: 1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2743 7.5, 2. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2666 6.0, 3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2722 4.5, 4. Pelletier, Yannick g SUI 2597 4.5, 5. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2712 4.5, 6. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2643 3.0

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The Grandmaster Tournament of the 37th Biel International Chess Festival (July 17th-30th 2004) reached category 18, a level that has never been achieved in the history of the closed and round robin competitions in Switzerland.

FIDE World champion in Moscow (February 2002), Ruslan Ponomariov, as is well known, will not defend his title in Libya in the June World Championship. In Biel, he will play again on a high level in a closed tournament. This is something that he has not done for more than a year. This will be Ruslan Ponomariov's second time participating in the Tournament. He played in 2000 when he was 16 years old. That year, the Ukrainian Grandmaster took 3rd place of the GM tournament.

The five-time French champion Etienne Bacrot (21 years old) will come back to Biel, where his phenomenal year began. His last monthis include 11 wins in 11 games in the French Team Championships. With 2715 Elo points on the July list, the best French player will enter the FIDE Top-15 for the first time in his career.

While Yannick Pelletier (Switzerland) is a regular visitor of the GM Tournament, Krisnan Sasikiran (India) and Luke McShane (England) will take part in the competition for the very first time. But the Oxford University student has already won a tournament in Switzerland, last October.

Ten different competitions will be held during 2004 Festival. Biel will also host a Ladies Tournament this summer (with the support of the ACCENTUS fondation). Six of the best girls of the world will play a round-robin tournament: Kateryna Lahno (UKR, nr2 of world among the girls), Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS/nr6), Elisabeth Pähtz (GER/nr 11), Iweta Radziewicz (POL/nr 25) et Monika Seps (ladies swiss champion). The sixth player has yet to be confirmed.

The participants:
- GM Alexander Morozevich RUS (27) 2732 Elo
- GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR (20) 2722
- GM Etienne Bacrot FRA (21) 2675
- GM Krishnan Sasikiran IND (23) 2659
- GM Luke McShane ENG (20) 2656
- GM Yannick Pelletier SUI (27) 2581

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In the photo: Alexander Morozevich

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