Chess24.com (Colin McGourty) Harikrishna wins Chess960 as over-the-board chess is back in Biel
Harikrishna won the Chess960 warm-up at the Biel Chess Festival, but the big news is that the 53rd edition of the festival is happening at all. It’s the first top-level international event to take place since the Candidates Tournament was halted midway while Europe went into lock-down. The world is far from back to normal – as Salem Saleh being unable to travel and replaced by Arkadiy Naiditsch testifies – but with plexiglass screens between the players and other measures in place there’s rapid, classical and blitz chess ahead.
Chessbase.com (Carlos Alberto Colodro) Biel: Naiditsch to replace Salem, Harikrishna wins Chess960 event
Many times it has been suggested for the World Championship matches to play the rapid tiebreakers before the start of the event. The idea is for players to know in advance whether they need to go all-in under given circumstances during the classical games. In Biel, this idea has been implemented, with the added bonus of using a format that has gained a second wind lately -- Chess960.'
Chess.com (Peter Doggers) Harikrishna Wins Biel Chess960 As Plexiglass Separates Players
Did you notice that all three reports used the name chess960? I wonder why that is.