Four Men In a Boat

Время публикации: 02.08.2013 00:48 | Последнее обновление: 02.08.2013 00:56

Tie-break to decide the winner

The last round results in Biel brought four-way tie: Bacrot drew Moiseenko, while Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Ding Liren in a 6.5 hours fight.


Black tried to escape by objectively the endgame was still lost.
71...Rb6 71...Rd1 72.Rb5 Rh1 73.Ke4 Re1+ 74.Kd4 Rf1 75.Rxb3 Rxf4+ 76.Kd5 Ke7 77.Kc6! also wouldn't help, the Black king is too far from the passed pawn.
72.Kd3 Rd6+ or72...Rb4 73.Re4 Rb7 74.Kc3 and so on.
73.Kc3 Rd1 74.Re4 Kf5 75.Rd4 1-0

As a result four players tied for first.

As you can see from the table the winner of the tournament could be Etienne Bacrot but only if the points were counted in an "ordinary" way. The current system however made four players equal.

According to the regulations the tie-break will be played tomorrow.

There will be semi-finals in blitz (two games with 5’+2’’; if 1-1, one Armageddon game). The semi-finals will be Player 1- Player 4 and Player 2- Player 3 (according to Sonnenborn-Berger), with 1 and 2 having the priority to choose the colour.

Then, the winners make the final: two rapid games with 15 minutes, with increase of 10’’/move.  If 1-1, two games with 5’+2”. If again 1-1, one Armageddon game with 5’ for white (has to win) and 4’ for black.

Information on the tournament


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