GOTW: Hambleton - Ivanisevic, Biel Masters 201

IM Aman Hambleton continues his GM Norm Quest at the 2017 Biel Masters. After 5 of 9 rounds he is right on target: =3rd-8th with 4/5 and a 2627 TPR.

Aman started by proving that jet lag would not be a problem, finishing =1st in the Fischer Random/960 event. He lost in round 2 to the occasionally brilliant Salem Saleh (2638, UAE), but won his next three games. 

Canadian Hugues Masse it also playing in the Biel Masters. He lost to a GM in round 1, but has bounced back to 50%, including two draws against IMs in rounds 4 and 5.

Our Game of the Week is Aman's Round 5 win over Serbian GM Ivan Ivanisevic (2623) at the 2017 Biel Masters. From the diagram it is White to play.


2017 Biel Chess Festival
July 22 - Aug 2, 2017

The 50th Biel Chess Festival earns the name "Festival" with multiple events: 

  • A rapid tournament to open featured Karpov, Vaganian and Hort along with the players from the GM tournament.
  • The GM tournament is a 10-player RR, topped by Pentala Harikrishna and David Navara (2737) and includes Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich and Hou Yifan.
  • The Masters Tournament is a 9-round Swiss with 14 players over 2600 and top seed GM Sam Shankland. Two Canadians are playing in the masters group: Hugues Massé and IM Aman Hambleton, who is going after his final GM Norm.
  • There is a also a blitz tournament, a youth tournament, and a Fischer Random/960 event, where Aman finished =1st.

Homepage (includes free video and commentary with GMs Daniel King and Joe Gallagher)

http://beta.bielchessfestival.ch/Homepage.html

or 

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/biel-grandmaster-tournament-2017/1/1/1

Aman Hambleton at the Biel Masters
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr293664.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=CAN&turdet=YES&wi=821&snr=32


Aman has broadened his repertoire in his effort to get his last GM Norm. He used to be a predictable 1.d4 player, but has recently played both 1.e4 and now 1.c4 against 2600+ players. For previous games, see:

1.e4: Hambleton - Vovk, Canadian Open 2017
http://chess.ca/newsfeed/node/977

1.d4: Hambleton - L'Ami, Reykjavik 2017
http://chess.ca/newsfeed/node/958

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