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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura8/10(+6 -0 =4)[view games]
David Anton Guijarro8/10(+6 -0 =4)[view games]
Yu Yangyi8/10(+6 -0 =4)[view games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[view games]
Veselin Topalov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[view games]
Ivan Cheparinov7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[view games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[view games]
Emil Sutovsky7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[view games]
Boris Gelfand7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[view games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli7/10(+6 -2 =2)[view games]
Varuzhan Akobian7/10(+4 -0 =6)[view games]
Maxim Matlakov7/10(+4 -0 =6)[view games]
Babu M R Lalith7/10(+6 -2 =2)[view games]
Ju Wenjun7/10(+6 -2 =2)[view games]
Fabiano Caruana7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Peter Svidler7/10(+4 -0 =6)[view games]
Nikita Vitiugov7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Damian Lemos6/10(+2 -0 =8)[view games]
David Howell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman7/10(+6 -2 =2)[view games]
Laurent Fressinet7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Nigel Short7/10(+5 -1 =4)[view games]
Benjamin Gledura6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[view games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[view games]
Miguel Santos Ruiz6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[view games]
Daniele Vocaturo6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[view games]
Victor Mikhalevski6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[view games]
Samuel Shankland6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[view games]
Igor Kovalenko6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[view games]
* (255 players total; 227 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

The 15th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters is taking place in the Caleta Hotel from January 24 to February 2, 2017. The 10-round, 250-player open sees Top 10 stars Nakamura, Caruana and MVL compete for a 23,000 first prize, while the women's top prize of 15,000 has again attracted Women's World Champion Hou Yifan and many of the world's best female players.

Players receive 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes until the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. A tie for first place will be settled in a speed play-off. The Gibraltar Chess Festival also features four separate amateur tournaments. (1)

Official site: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...

(1) chess24: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 967  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Odeh vs E Karavade  0-143 2017 Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Valentin Dragnev vs C Haussernot 1-044 2017 Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
3. A Byron vs N Batsiashvili  0-141 2017 Tradewise GibraltarC70 Ruy Lopez
4. J F Cuenca Jimenez vs Clemens Behrendt  1-032 2017 Tradewise GibraltarD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
5. M Burrows vs B Bellahcene  0-176 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB33 Sicilian
6. A Liang vs S Whatley  1-035 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. A Bendayan Claros vs D Kollars  0-135 2017 Tradewise GibraltarE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. Chopra Aryan vs Weeramantry  1-051 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
9. S Finsterwalder vs V Mikhalevski  1-048 2017 Tradewise GibraltarD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
10. M Seraoui vs L Krysa  0-171 2017 Tradewise GibraltarC70 Ruy Lopez
11. N Steinberg vs L Agbabishvili  1-025 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. P Almagro Llamas vs R Dasaolu  1-034 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
13. Brian Wr Hewson vs E Paehtz  0-149 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB06 Robatsch
14. M Esserman vs G Eagleton 1-035 2017 Tradewise GibraltarD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. M Kandic vs J N Riff  0-138 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB83 Sicilian
16. J Salomon vs S Kozarcanin  1-049 2017 Tradewise GibraltarC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. T Lochte vs D Debashis  0-122 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. O Kobo vs Peter Korning 1-022 2017 Tradewise GibraltarD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. A Compton vs M Santos Ruiz  0-148 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. M Narciso Dublan vs Claus Seyfried  1-044 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB10 Caro-Kann
21. Kim Yew Chan vs A Stefanova  0-137 2017 Tradewise GibraltarA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. A Baert vs A Donchenko  0-127 2017 Tradewise GibraltarE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
23. Grigoriants vs J A V Reymundo  1-031 2017 Tradewise GibraltarC78 Ruy Lopez
24. P Verneuil vs R Vazquez Igarza  0-147 2017 Tradewise GibraltarB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Kaidanov vs B Galmandakh  ½-½42 2017 Tradewise GibraltarA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
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  Sally Simpson: There is a picture of Topalov with a blue jug. It does appear to have best written on it.

Looks like we got that one sorted.

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  Sally Simpson: Talking of pictures...

...the tossing of the coin for the play-off.

They rigged that as well.

Feb-17-17  Riverbeast: <the tossing of the coin for the play-off>

Funny caption

The old two headed coin...It also came out of a machine ;-)

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  Absentee: <Riverbeast: <Should we dig up your previous posts? Eh?>

Have I contradicted myself in any way?>

Yes and no. You're remarkably consistent in being wrong, even when it implies contradicting yourself, moving the goalposts and so on.

Feb-17-17  Riverbeast: <Absentee>

Are you talking to me? The same guy who wrote on Hou's page <Trump's presidency is the best thing that's happened in international politics in years.> ?

If you want to pick a fight with me and get into it Trumpy, we'll get into it....First show me where I'm wrong, and show me these "old posts" you're threatening to dig up

Your attacks against me are vague and meaningless until you come up with the goods

Feb-17-17  Clemens Scheitz: <Absentee>,

Did you really write "Trump's presidency is the best thing that's happened in international politics in years" ?. If so, shame on you, unless your idea of "the best thing" is for the rest of the civilized world to see how culturally bankrupt half of the Americans are. Trump's "simplistic" solutions are nothing but red meat for the ignorant masses, but you are not one of those, are you ?

Feb-17-17  Riverbeast: <the rest of the civilized world to see how culturally bankrupt half of the Americans are.>

Less than half...much less

<Trump's "simplistic" solutions are nothing but red meat for the ignorant masses, but you are not one of those, are you ?>

Well he seems to be one of the belligerent ones, since he's picking a fight with me for no apparent reason....And believe me, this is a fight I'm looking forward to and will happily embrace

Still awaiting your evidence for your previous accusations <Absentee>...Or barring that, an apology for your unsolicited insults...I won't hold my breath on that last one though

Feb-17-17  Shams: <Absentee> did write that comment. Nobody asked him about it. At the time I guessed he was coming from the left when he said that and was contemplating some sort of trotskyite galvanization of the global non-elites as a response to Trump.
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  beatgiant: <all>
There is a page Kenneth S Rogoff where feuding over politics is tolerated.
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  saffuna: <There is a page Kenneth S Rogoff where feuding over politics is tolerated.> That statement is false. That statement is a lie. That statement is a calumny.

Feuding over politics is NOT tolerated on the Rogoff page.

It is actively encouraged.

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  Sally Simpson: Somebody must have liked Donald Trump because he was voted in.......apparently by the silent majority.


How to swing this back to chess without being banished to the Rogoff thread and that band of raving lunatics.

Trump was born on the 14th June and so was Sir George Alan Thomas

Sir George passed away on the 23rd of July 1972 the very same day Bobby Fischer played 1.c4 v Spassky in game 6 of the 1972 World Championship.

And you thought only Spassky was surprised. The shock was too much for Sir George.

Feb-18-17  Riverbeast: <Somebody must have liked Donald Trump because he was voted in.......apparently by the silent majority>

Yeah that one also came out of a machine ;-)

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  Absentee: <Riverbeast: Still awaiting your evidence for your previous accusations <Absentee>...Or barring that, an apology for your unsolicited insults...>

If you insist.

This is what you posted: Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)

<Riverbeast: It's amazing to me how certain rigging in chess is accepted and commonplace, and nobody complains...Rigged pairings, rigged formats


If the organizers had not affronted the game, Hou Yifan, and the tournament in general by rigging the pairings in the first place, such an extreme protest would not have occurred....It wasn't just unfair to Hou...As she said in her interview (in which she very graciously apologized to the fans) it was unfair to all the female players>

It must have been too much of an effort to inform yourself before throwing silly accusations around. The pairings weren't rigged, of course, as has been shown. They weren't random and any manipulation would have been immediately evident.

So... it looks like you really were wrong. But simply being wrong apparently wasn't enough, because you had to compound it with this bit of nonsense: D Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2017 (kibitz #1)

<Riverbeast: I agree with Jovana Houska in her comments to this game...This was another ridiculous pairing, and it puts Fridman in a very uncomfortable position...If he plays with integrity and draws or beats his wife, he costs her (and their family) a sizable amount of money

Such a pairing encourages game fixing....So if this pairing wasn't manipulated beforehand, it should have been tweaked and manipulated after it came out of the computer, to get a different result...And a different result than Hou being paired against all these women, against all odds

Mr. Callaghan patronizingly lectures Hou on her "responsibilities as world champion" and says "she let herself down"...The responsibilities of world champion does not include complying with unfair, illogical, and possibly rigged pairings

The responsibilities of the TD is to ensure the tournament is fair to all players, and remove any possibility or appearance of cheating...In that sense I would say he is the one who failed to meet his responsibilities

And I would say he let himself - and the tournament - down>

The pairings were manipulated? OUTRAGEOUS! Wait, they weren't? OUTRAGEOUS!

Logical wobbliness aside, it should be obvious that you can't change the pairings to accomodate the personal demands of a player. First because it would be unfair to all other players, second because if you did you'd have to do the same for everybody and that would be impossible in practice.

But time marches on, two weeks pass and Riverbeast has all the time he needs to get the full picture. The result is this:

<Riverbeast: I believe the organizers of this tournament are completely full of shyte>

Deliciously ironic.

I'll skip the mildly puzzling questions of what my "unsolicited insults" were and what Trump's got to with anything here.

Feb-18-17  Riverbeast: <Absentee>

No inconsistencies there...I believed the pairings were rigged, and still have not seen proof they weren't...One person who did manual pairings said most of Hou's pairings were correct, but one round was not.

If the pairings were switched just once to pair Hou against a woman, that is a rigged pairing

<The pairings were manipulated? OUTRAGEOUS! Wait, they weren't? OUTRAGEOUS!>

I stand by that, and I see no logical wobbliness there. I was conceding the possibility the organizers didn't rig the pairings (though if I had to bet, I would have bet they were rigged...That is expressed by my first post)...

I don't understand why this is so difficult to understand...The Fridman-Zatonskih pairing should not have been allowed to stand, with so much money at stake. THAT pairing was unfair to all the players (particularly the women competing with Zatonskih for the 10,000 pound woman prize). That pairing not only encourages game fixing, but even if Fridman loses the game legitimately it carries the air of fixing...It casts a pall on the integrity and objectivity of the tournament

Pairings are changed or re-done all the time and there's nothing wrong with that, as long as they are done in the spirit of fairness. That's why I said if they were not manipulated before, they should have been manipulated after...To get a different result

And I believe the Hou pairings should have been re-done if all seven women 'Came out of a machine'...How many of these pairings in a field this size, even in the later and last rounds, are 'forced'?

<Riverbeast: I believe the organizers of this tournament are completely full of shyte>

I stand by that as well...The ridiculous pairings, the prize list not revealed, the Best Game Prize going to an inferior game (yes, I believe the Topalov game was not nearly as deep as Hou's win against Ider)....the patronizing way Callaghan addressed Hou when her legitimate concerns were ignored by the arbiters and she felt forced to draw attention to the pairings in this manner (which incidentally cost her a fair amount of did losing the Best Game prize)

<I'll skip the mildly puzzling questions of what my "unsolicited insults" were and what Trump's got to with anything here.>

Just "digging up old posts"

Feb-18-17  fisayo123: Well she's been granted an undeserved spot in the Grand Prix so I'm sure she's gotten over whatever alleged rigging took place with the pairings.
Feb-18-17  Riverbeast: <fisayo123>

Why so you feel it was undeserved? Because of her rating?

She's the strongest woman player in the world, and a great draw. She brings attention and prestige to a tournament when she participates

Most fields in every sport have 'wild card' entries, automatic entries for hosts, automatic entries for women's champions, junior champions, regional champions etc. It adds to the diversity and appeal of the tournament....Fields are not always chosen just by world ranking

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  Sally Simpson: the full prize winners list from the tournament.


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  zanzibar: Equal pay for equal work?

TPR of ~2730 by Ju (15,000) vs. Howell (576.92), with both scoring 7 points.


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  Sally Simpson: Ju Wenjun also picked up the 3,000 rating prize for players banded between 2550-2649.
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  Tiggler: <Sally Simpson: Somebody must have liked Donald Trump because he was voted in.......apparently by the silent majority.>

I voted for him, and all the pissed off liberals having tantrums are how I know he is keeping his promises.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Tiggler,

I was just talking about him in one of my very rare visits to the Rogoff page.

He's different, I'll give him that. Quite entertaining and who knows, it is early days yet. He may be just what America needs. He will also be a hard act to follow.

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  Sokrates: Trump here, there and everywhere. Can't we at least make CG a Trump-free zone, please?
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  moronovich: MCGGA !
Feb-21-17  Mr. President: Believe me. You'll never get bored with winning. You'll never get bored!
Feb-21-17  Mr. President: <Trumpwise Gibraltar 2018>
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