The curtain rises on the eight players, in order of their Elo ranking:
- Kirill Alekseenko (24 years): he was among the eight who were fighting for the spot against Carlsen for the world crown at the end of the year!
- Boris Gelfand (53 years): He was crowned in Biel for the first time in 1993 by winning the Interzonal. But it was in 2012 that he challenged the world champion, Vishy Anand.
- Gata Kamsky (47 years): He was also on the podium in Biel in 1993! This led him to face Karpov in the final of the World Championships in 1996!
- Maxime Lagarde (27 years): The 2019 French champion has a great opportunity to surprise his world!
- Alan Pichot: the young (22 years) Argentinean number one, recently invited by Magnus Carlsen in a stage of the Champions Chess Tour, is looking forward to create the exploit while discovering the European continent!
- Nihal Sarin: The Indian prodigy (17 years) could well continue the momentum that has seen him win two important Opens in Serbia in recent weeks.
- Vincent Keymer (16 years): Fourth last year, the young German has now the experience of the Triathlon and will perhaps know how to measure the effort even better than his rivals to get to the top this year.
- Noël Studer (24 years): the local native has gone all in by abstaining from the Swiss championship to better prepare for the Grand Masters Tournament, a torunament more open than it has ever been!
A brief biography of the players can be found here, as well as the most important information in the attached documentation.
Follow the festival online
Unfortunately, current health restrictions mean that the organisers cannot allow spectators to enter the venue. But fortunately, chess fans will be able to follow the GMT games with commentary by Latvian GM Arturs Neiksans, and post-mortem interviews moderated by Angelika Valkova.
In addition, for the first time this year, all the games of the Masters Tournament (MTO) will be available live online, as well as the best chess boards of the Amateur Tournament (ATO). The same will be true for all games of the five categories of the Swiss Junior Championship finals (U16, U14, U12, U10, U08)!
Information for streamers
This year we will share with the interested community all the multimedia content we produce during the festival.
If you are planning to feature the Biel Chess Festival in your streaming channel, please join our Discord channel. There you will find all additional information:
- Link to the PGN files.
- Link to the online rating and pairings.
- URLs to GMT player videos, post-match interviews and photos from the game room.
We hope to see you on Discord!
Only people with a badge can enter the Biel Congress Centre. The badge will be issued to participants at the time of check-in. Other persons, in particular those accompanying juniors (ATO and MTO: max. 1/player; SJM: max. 2/player) and disabled players, as well as journalists and photographers, are requested to send an e-mail in advance to email@example.com indicating their surname, first name, address, telephone number and the name of the player they are accompanying, or the name of the media outlet they are representing.
As the number of people present at the same time in the Biel Congress Centre is limited to 250, and the capacity of the game room cannot be used to more than 2/3, it is unfortunately not possible to accommodate spectators.
For further inquiries:
Peter Bohnenblust, chairperson of the organising committee: 076 405 80 87
Paul Kohler, general secretary and director of the tournaments: firstname.lastname@example.org