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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Nigel Short9.5/12(+7 -0 =5)[view games]
Yifan Hou8.5/12(+7 -2 =3)[view games]
Emil Sutovsky7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[view games]
Viktor Bologan7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[view games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[view games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[view games]
Krishnan Sasikiran7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Jan Gustafsson7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Judit Polgar7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
David Howell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Viktor Laznicka7/10(+6 -2 =2)[view games]
Emanuel Berg7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Zoltan Almasi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Le Quang Liem7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Parimarjan Negi6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Alexey Shirov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[view games]
Sergei Movsesian6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Viktor Erdos6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[view games]
Daniel Fridman6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Mathias Womacka6/9(+3 -0 =6)[view games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Alberto David6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Richard Rapport6/10(+5 -3 =2)[view games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave6/10(+4 -2 =4)[view games]
Meelis Kanep6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Antoaneta Stefanova6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Salvador Gabriel Del Rio Angelis6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Abhijeet Gupta6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
(258 players total; 230 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,142  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Hamer vs R Bhopal  0-136 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA03 Bird's Opening
2. A A Lopez vs Judit Polgar 0-123 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
3. R Molina vs Mamedyarov 0-133 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Adams vs N Zhukova 1-033 2012 Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
5. R Aloma Vidal vs Z Almasi  0-133 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. Le Quang Liem vs I Karim 1-028 2012 Tradewise GibraltarD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Svidler vs J Houska 1-041 2012 Tradewise GibraltarB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Sutovsky vs C Hanley 0-133 2012 Tradewise GibraltarC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. Sasikiran vs G Quillan  1-043 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
10. N Getz vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-135 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA15 English
11. Shirov vs P Lyrberg ½-½68 2012 Tradewise GibraltarE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J M Bellon Lopez vs V Laznicka  0-155 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Silas Lund vs Movsesian  0-152 2012 Tradewise GibraltarE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. G Sargissian vs H Nezad  1-045 2012 Tradewise GibraltarD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. J C Alvarez Marquez vs Bologan 0-135 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA50 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Short vs S Melia 1-055 2012 Tradewise GibraltarE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. M Bosboom vs D Fridman 0-129 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA13 English
18. A Gupta vs S Kuipers 0-139 2012 Tradewise GibraltarD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. M Adnani vs M Parligras  0-138 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
20. E Iturrizaga vs S T Ansell  ½-½42 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
21. F Graf vs C Lupulescu  0-149 2012 Tradewise GibraltarE10 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Gustafsson vs F Wantiez  1-029 2012 Tradewise GibraltarD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
23. J Vojinovic vs Negi  0-126 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA13 English
24. V Erdos vs T Coleman  1-043 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA09 Reti Opening
25. M Peek vs Akobian 0-149 2012 Tradewise GibraltarA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
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Feb-03-12  s4life: <frogbert:
hm... what about when the difference in performance 91 points instead of only 41 points then? i guess s4life must have considered it <very> unfair that naka got the 1st prize back in 2008.>

I don't remember the tiebreaks with Ponomariov but I remember the one Bu Xiang Zhi lost .. I thought it was a travesty at the time, I might not have posted then as I don't post often anyway... but it was equally absurd then as it is now.

Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: Every tournament has different formats

Everybody knows the rules going in...If you don't like it, don't play in the tournament

Hou said herself that she doesn't have a preference, that players should prove themselves the best at all formats

I'm guessing she probably doesn't focus on blitz nearly as much as her classical game....Unless she plays on ICC or playchess under an anonymous handle?

Next time she plays in a tournament with a blitz playoff, maybe she should practice with some more blitz games....

Feb-03-12  Ezzy: 'At the end of the day' it's a great tournament and attracts very strong players, male and female. The organisers should be commended rather than criticised. (So I'm not going to anymore)

People travel from all over the world for these tournaments, so there should be good prizes for most. The organisers have done a fantastic job to make it one of the worlds premier opens.

Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: I would like to play in this thing!

A guy I know (won't mention his name) played in the Open, and got to play three Super GMs

Feb-03-12  frogbert: riverbeast, i'm not really arguing anyone, neither strawmans nor anybody else. i'm just pulling a few legs, for fun. :o)
Feb-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: <ezzy> Short also won the Commonwealth prize, so he won the most.
Feb-04-12  LIFE Master AJ: Short wins! Yea.
Feb-04-12  Ezzy: <waustad: <ezzy> Short also won the Commonwealth prize, so he won the most.>

Yes, I just heard that. As an ex president of the Commonwealth Chess Fedeation, perhaps he deserves it. Or at least donate the money back to the Commonwealth Chess Federation. Can't see him doing that though :-)

Nigel with the Gibralter Masters Trophy.

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2012/...

Feb-05-12  LIFE Master AJ: Yifan Hou ... not quite ready to take on the world, not just yet.
Feb-05-12  positionalgenius: Nice to see Adams play well again.
Feb-05-12  LIFE Master AJ: <Feb-05-12 positionalgenius: Nice to see Adams play well again.>

I agree with that, Mickey might have a bad tournament now and then, but he is a great player ... and I am a fan of this player.

IF YOU ARE A GM ... and someone approaches you ... and says: "Do you want to play my super-computer?" (Hydra) ... I think the wise answer is, "Gee! No thanks!!!"

Feb-05-12  LIFE Master AJ: CONGRATS to Nigel Short AND Yifan Hou ... both players had a fantastic tournament! (I think that the lady player gained like a thousand points.)
Feb-06-12  Ladolcevita: I just saw a recent live rating chart of top female players in a Chinese chess forum,and I found it really noteworthy that nearly all the female participants in Gibraltar Masters have picked up substantial points(Judit was like one point down,but it is only natural for she's already over 2700,thus less rating benefit compared with other female players).

Maybe the gender difference over the chess board is not so significant as many people tend to presume,it is perhaps about something more artificial such as the fact that there are much fewer women chess players,and women players might have to go back to family,have kids and suchlike during the prime when their male counterparts are about to embrace their most splendid phase in career...I mean men and women do have much difference in nature,but I doubt that there is so much that there's only Judit over 2700 and only Yifan and Koneru over 2600...

And also my congrats to Short and Yifan!Brilliant performance!

Feb-06-12  The17thPawn: I wonder what Nigel's live rating is after this brilliant result?
Feb-06-12  Ezzy: <The17thPawn: I wonder what Nigel's live rating is after this brilliant result>

Nigel Short was rated 2677. He gained 20 Elo points from gibralter, so moves to 2697.

Feb-06-12  AlphaMale: <How Tony Blair tried to give Gibraltar to Spain to curry favour with the European Union

Tony Blair wanted to hand Gibraltar over to Spain because it was an “obstacle” to Britain’s closer relationship with the European Union, according to a former minister.>

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...

Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I used my last Chessbase radio show to check out some of Nigel Short's wins in this tournament:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOpw...

Cheers, K

Dec-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: With 5 2700+ players this year, Short may find it difficult to repeat, since he is the 9th highest rated player. Here is the list of players for the 2013 edition: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c... It promises to be a fun event to watch.
Dec-27-12  Blunderdome: I hope they are still adding players. Yifan isn't signed up yet.
Dec-28-12  Refused: <Blunderdome: I hope they are still adding players. Yifan isn't signed up yet.>

Yifan plays in Wijk A in 2013. Assuming she can't be in two places at the same time, she won't play Tradewise in 2013.

Wijk starts January 12th and lasts till January 27th. Tradewise Gibraltar starts January 20th and ends January 31st.

Dec-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Maybe they'll add <Blunderdome> to Tradewise.
Dec-28-12  Blunderdome: Maybe they'll add me to Wijk :P
Dec-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Blunderdome> But which section? That is the question which has plagued the sages of the ages.
Dec-28-12  Blunderdome: I always thought there should be a "perfidious" section. I'd play in that one.
Dec-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Yes, I'm looking to travel during a Tata rest day before Gibtel starts. I haven't tried following European chess from the West Coast much. I may just see games later more than usual. I may also just say &%$# it and go walk around because it isn't snowing/cold/ugly out.
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