Carlsen continues his winning way right off the bat in Biel. He is now once again unofficially rated #2 and inching closer toward the #1 crown.

GM Carlsen (2775) – GM Pelletier (2569) [E15]
20.07.2008 / Biel – Round 1

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.d5 exd5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.0–0 Be7 10.Rd1 Nc6 11.Qf5 Nf6 12.e4 d6 13.e5 Qd7 14.Qxd7+ Nxd7 15.exd6 Bf6 16.Re1+ Kf8 17.Nc3 Nb4 18.Bg5 Nc2 19.Re7 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 Bxg5 21.Rxd7 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Bxd8 23.Rd1 Nd4 24.Bg2 h5 25.a4 a6 26.Bb7 Rh6 27.d7 Rd6 28.Bc8 Nf3+ 29.Kg2 Rxd1 30.Nxd1 Ne1+ 31.Kf1 Nf3 32.h4 Ke7 33.Ne3 g6 34.Bxa6 Kxd7 35.Ke2 Ne5 36.f4 Ng4 37.Bb5+ Ke7 38.Nd5+ Kd6 39.Bc4 Nh6 40.Ne3 Bf6 41.Bd3 Bd8 42.Kf3 Ng4 43.Nxg4 hxg4+ 44.Kxg4 Ke6 45.Bc4+ Ke7 46.Kf3 f5 47.Ke2 Kf8 48.Kd3 Bf6 49.b3 Bb2 50.Bd5 Ba3 51.Kc4 Bb4 52.Kb5 Ba5 53.Bc4 Ke7 54.Kc6 Kf6 55.Bd3 Kf7 56.h5 gxh5 57.Bxf5 Kf6 58.Be4 Kg7 59.Bf3 Kh6 60.Kb5 Kg6 61.Bd1 Kh6 62.Be2 Kg6 63.Bf3 Kh6 64.Bc6 White wins 1–0

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GM Alekseev (2708) – GM Bacrot (2691) [D15]
20.07.2008 / Biel – Round 1

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8.Qc2 Qc7 9.e4 e5 10.exd5 cxd5 11.b4 Be7 12.Be2 0–0 13.0–0 e4 14.Ne1 Nb8 15.Qc1 Be6 16.Nc2 Nc6 17.Rb1 Bd8 18.a4 Ne7 19.Bf4 Qd7 20.b5 Ba5 21.Rb3 Bg4 22.Bxg4 Nxg4 23.Ne3 Nxe3 24.fxe3 Nf5 25.Ne2 axb5 26.axb5 g6 27.Qb2 Bd8 28.Rc1 Be7 29.c6 bxc6 30.bxc6 Qe6 31.c7 Rac8 32.Rb6 Qd7 33.Qb5 Qxb5 34.Rxb5 g5 35.Rxd5 gxf4 36.Rxf5 fxe3 37.Rc6 Ra8 38.Rf1 Rfc8 39.d5 Ra2 40.d6 Bxd6 41.Rxd6 Rxc7 42.Rd8+ Kg7 43.Ng3 White wins 1–0

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GM Dominguez (2708) – GM Onischuk (2670) [C78]
20.07.2008 / Biel – Round 1

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bg4 9.axb5 axb5 10.Rxa8 Qxa8 11.h3 Bh5 12.d3 0–0 13.Bg5 Nd7 14.g4 Bg6 15.Nh4 Kh8 16.Bd5 h6 17.Bc1 Nf6 18.b4 Bb6 19.Bb3 Ne7 20.Qf3 c5 21.bxc5 dxc5 22.Bxh6 c4 23.Bg5 cxb3 24.Bxf6 Nc6 25.Bg5 b4 26.Qd1 bxc3 27.Qxb3 Ba5 28.Be3 Qd8 29.Nxg6+ fxg6 30.Nxc3 Qxd3 31.Qa4 Nd4 32.Qxa5 Nf3+ 33.Kg2 Nh4+ 34.Kg1 Nf3+ 35.Kg2 Nh4+ 36.Kg1 Game drawn ½–½

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