The 44th edition of the Biel tournament is one of the strongest ever (me, Vachier-Lagrave, Shirov, Caruana, Morozevich and Pelletier, resulting in category 19).
I played in Biel 4 years in a row from 2005 and have always enjoyed the atmosphere and lots of football in the evenings.
As in 2005 and 2006 the whole family spent a week in the Swiss mountains prior to the tournament. The high attitude walks felt as just the right preparation for a 10 round tournament.
After the Zermatt stay, I also visited Zurich giving a presentation in the local chess club and doing a simul last Saturday (28-2-0).

The drawing of lots are not of critical importance in a double round robin, but black against Pelletier (2590) in the first round was not obviously ideal.
I.m glad that in the end it worked out well.
The complicated middle game position resulting from the 9..b6 Grunfeld variation allowed my opponent to make some minor mistakes. The pawn up ending was not at all easy to convert. Trading off the last pair of rooks, the queen ending with 2+2 against 3 kingside pawns should be winning though. He defended well but close to move 90 he resigned as he could no longer stop my b-pawn. 0-3 ! (Biel uses football score.)
Shirov-Morozevich and Caruana-Lagrave both ended draw.
Magnus Carlsen, July 18th, 2011