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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Nigel Short9.5/12(+7 -0 =5)[games]
Yifan Hou8.5/12(+7 -2 =3)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Zoltan Almasi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Emanuel Berg7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Le Quang Liem7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
David Howell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Viktor Laznicka7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Judit Polgar7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Jan Gustafsson7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Viktor Erdos6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Alexey Shirov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Parimarjan Negi6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Sergei Movsesian6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
A R Saleh Salem6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Geetha Narayanan Gopal6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alberto David6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Salvador Gabriel Del Rio Angelis6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Meelis Kanep6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Pia Cramling6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Felipe de Cresce El Debs6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Zhu Chen6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
(258 players total; 229 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 16 of 16; games 376-394 of 394  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
376. M Molner vs M Parligras  0-1622012Tradewise GibraltarB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
377. Shirov vs Yifan Hou 0-1532012Tradewise GibraltarB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
378. R Rapport vs Sasikiran  0-1362012Tradewise GibraltarE12 Queen's Indian
379. G N Gopal vs Bologan 0-1412012Tradewise GibraltarB12 Caro-Kann Defense
380. S Ali vs N Kosintseva  0-1532012Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
381. S Phadke vs M Pavlovic  0-1452012Tradewise GibraltarB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
382. Z Cibickova vs J Gallagher  0-1422012Tradewise GibraltarB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
383. I Krush vs V Laznicka  0-1402012Tradewise GibraltarD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
384. J Urbina Perez vs I Karim  0-1402012Tradewise GibraltarC77 Ruy Lopez
385. J Henriksson vs M Hamer  0-1392012Tradewise GibraltarD02 Queen's Pawn Game
386. A J Walton vs F Graf  0-1262012Tradewise GibraltarA45 Queen's Pawn Game
387. R Freuler vs P Dukaczewski  0-1472012Tradewise GibraltarB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
388. E Thingstad vs S Melia  0-1312012Tradewise GibraltarA50 Queen's Pawn Game
389. K Nuri vs N Zhukova  0-1442012Tradewise GibraltarB08 Pirc, Classical
390. Khurtsidze vs S Swaminathan  0-1522012Tradewise GibraltarA48 King's Indian
391. A R Saleh Salem vs Short 0-1362012Tradewise GibraltarE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
392. Sasikiran vs Short 0-1502012Tradewise GibraltarA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
393. V Erdos vs Sutovsky 0-1792012Tradewise GibraltarD76 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
394. N Dzagnidze vs G Sargissian 0-1482012Tradewise GibraltarA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
 page 16 of 16; games 376-394 of 394  PGN Download
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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  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
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  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  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  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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