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July 22nd, 2012

Sensation in Biel: Kosteniuk beats Wang Hao ELO 2739 and finishes above Magnus Carlsen

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beats Wan HaoToday I was invited to one of the world’s most prestigious exhibition blitz tournaments, in Biel, Switzerland. Most of the other players were super-Grandmasters 2700+ including world’s #1 Magnus Carlsen (2837). In the quarter finals, I was able to beat 1.5-0.5 Chinese super-GM Wang Hao (2739), rated almost 300 points above me, and was only eliminated in the semi-finals against GM Etienne Bacrot (2713), who created the other sensation of the day by beating Magnus Carlsen. The tournament was finally won by Hikaru Nakamura (2778) who beat Etienne Bacrot in the final, congratulations to him!


Here is the final table of the tournament:


Full rankings:

1. Winner: Hikaru Nakamura

2. Finalist: Etienne Bacrot

3-4. Semi-Finalists: Alexander Morozevich, Alexandra Kosteniuk

5-8. Quarter-Finalists: Wang Hao, Magnus Carlsen, Yannick Pelletier, Harikrishna


Etienne Bacrot created the first sensation by beating Magnus Carlsen


Above: Etienne Bacrot created the first sensation by beating Magnus Carlsen


Alexandra Kosteniuk created a sensation by beating Wang Hao


Above: I (Alexandra Kosteniuk) created the second sensation by beating Wang Hao (2739)



Above: All the players in the quarter finals, Carlsen, Nakamura, Morozevich, Wang Hao, Bacrot, Harikrishna, Pelletier, and me, Alexandra Kosteniuk


Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beats Wan Hao in Biel


Above: Lots of spectators were watching our game Wan Hao – Kosteniuk in which I managed to mate my opponent on g2


Etienne Bacrot eliminated Magnus Carlsen in the quarter finals


Above: Etienne Bacrot eliminated Magnus Carlsen in the quarter finals


A view of the players of the Biel Blitz Exhibition 2012


Above: A view of the players of the Biel Blitz Exhibition 2012


Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beats super-GM Wan Hao (2739)


Above: Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beats super-GM Wan Hao (2739) 1.5-0.5


Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beats super-GM Wan Hao (2739)


Above: Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk beats super-GM Wan Hao (2739) 1.5-0.5



Above: You don’t want to miss this 2-minute YouTube chess video on the “brutal” checkmate of the game Wang Hao – Kosteniuk


Magnus Carlsen will lose this game to Etienne Bacrot and will be eliminated


Above: Magnus Carlsen will lose this game to Etienne Bacrot and will be eliminated


Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk in Biel 2012


Above: That’s me looking at the demonstration board


Alexandra Kosteniuk plays Etienne Bacrot


Above: That’s me playing GM Etienne Bacrot (2713), I lost the first game and drew the second of my match


Winners of the Biel Show Blitz: Nakamura, Bacrot, Kosteniuk


Above: The winners of the Biel Show Blitz: 1. Nakamura, 2. Bacrot, 3-4. Kosteniuk (and Morozevich not in the photo)


Players of the Biel Show Blitz 2012


Above: Players of the Biel Show Blitz: Carlsen, Wan Hao, Pelletier (places 5-8), Kosteniuk (places 3-4 with Morozevich not in photo), Bacrot (second place), grand winner Hikaru Nakamura, and Harikrishna (places 5-8)


Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk in Biel 2012


Posted by yours truly Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk
12th women’s world chess champion
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Posted in Chess Tournament, Chess Video | 17 Comments »

17 Responses to “Sensation in Biel: Kosteniuk beats Wang Hao ELO 2739 and finishes above Magnus Carlsen”

  1. Dennis says:

    Great tournament great phots , well done chess queen nice play and great Win game , your the best :) xox

  2. samuel says:

    Awesome and congratulations –way to go!

  3. Alberto says:

    Very pretty as always! Congratulations on a great performance

  4. Erdzky says:

    Congratz! you are awesome! Hope we have in the Philippines like you? My daughter is one of your fans here in playing chess in our place. . . .

  5. fantaziano says:

    Your behaviours are like a princes,every body feels it,and you merit it.

  6. Cane and Able, New York says:

    Oh Boy WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW

  7. Kalle Virtanen says:

    2nd photo. Freezing “Angry Bird”-eyes. Lovely :D

  8. Ali, Dubai says:

    congratulations chess queen that was awesome. you should soon be up past 2550!

  9. anonymous says:

    You always win more when you wear this top! Congrats dearest Chess Queen.

  10. nikhil says:

    Congrats Nakamura…!!!

  11. Li Cheng, Beijing says:

    Oh oh you wiped out the Chinese No. 1 AWESOME PLAY

  12. john marceaux says:

    I am amazed at the fantastic coverage you provide the fans! I must say your coverage, the photographs, the inside information, comes in at number 1. Since I am in usa and Nakamura is american, I am interested in how he does. The big tournament in turkey soon will be so interesting, so I wish you and your team the best of luck. Maybe you will win the gold!

    I would think playing against these strong chess players is a real thrill, and by the way has it occurred to you that you are the only woman! haha just kidding.

    So, I hope you will kept up the great coverage of these chess events! and keeping playing chess….!

    aerodarts

  13. javier says:

    definitivamente estas en tu mejor momento felicidades

  14. tim jones says:

    Congratulations on a fine performance. Wonderful video clip of the end of the game with Wang Hao….. I know just how he felt. Reminds me why I stopped playing competitively.

  15. Thanks Alexandra Kosteniuk! My professional is art! But I play also chess! All friendship to chess world!

    Ilpo

  16. Erwin D. Ragadio says:

    Your smile is a deadly weapon to watch, a chess master is already defeated even before the start of the match! :)
    -Silentknight0311-