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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
David Howell8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Yifan Hou7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Dennis Wagner7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Wei Yi7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Axel Bachmann Schiavo7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Yu Yangyi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Daniel Naroditsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Tamir Nabaty7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Benjamin Bok7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Deep Sengupta7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Sandipan Chanda7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Babu M R Lalith6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Ju Wenjun6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Padmini Rout6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
* (257 players total; 228 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

Played in Caleta Hotel, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar 27 January - 5 February 2015. Official site: Crosstable:

Previous edition: Tradewise Gibraltar (2014). Next: Tradewise Gibraltar (2016).

 page 2 of 13; games 26-50 of 309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. L Trent vs D Howell  ½-½562015Tradewise GibraltarC78 Ruy Lopez
27. D Debashis vs Topalov ½-½462015Tradewise GibraltarE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
28. G Oparin vs Yu Yangyi ½-½452015Tradewise GibraltarB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
29. I Krush vs E Iturrizaga  ½-½372015Tradewise GibraltarA30 English, Symmetrical
30. B Bok vs V Havik ½-½502015Tradewise GibraltarC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
31. L Javakhishvili vs M Matlakov  ½-½422015Tradewise GibraltarA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
32. D Wagner vs Svidler ½-½312015Tradewise GibraltarD85 Grunfeld
33. M Hamer vs P Almagro Llamas  ½-½672015Tradewise GibraltarE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
34. D Jameson vs N Georgiadis  ½-½342015Tradewise GibraltarD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
35. G Nagy vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½412015Tradewise GibraltarC44 King's Pawn Game
36. Qi Guo vs I Salgado Lopez  ½-½452015Tradewise GibraltarE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
37. I Teran Alvarez vs S P Sethuraman  ½-½542015Tradewise GibraltarB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
38. Giuseppe Enmanuel Boyer Censore vs A Byron  ½-½472015Tradewise GibraltarE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
39. Edit Machlik vs K Varga  ½-½752015Tradewise GibraltarE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
40. T Rydstrom vs R Freuler  ½-½502015Tradewise GibraltarB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
41. G Popilski vs A Vuilleumier  ½-½502015Tradewise GibraltarB54 Sicilian
42. Lenderman vs N Das  ½-½332015Tradewise GibraltarE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
43. D Opasiak vs Vidal Rodriguez  ½-½402015Tradewise GibraltarB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
44. V Plotkin vs A Boruchovsky  ½-½592015Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
45. Tarjan vs J Salomon  ½-½322015Tradewise GibraltarA37 English, Symmetrical
46. D Sorm vs P Cramling  ½-½402015Tradewise GibraltarA46 Queen's Pawn Game
47. M Muzychuk vs N E Povah  ½-½392015Tradewise GibraltarB20 Sicilian
48. R Bellin vs K Spraggett  ½-½302015Tradewise GibraltarA46 Queen's Pawn Game
49. A Muzychuk vs Paul Zwahr  ½-½312015Tradewise GibraltarC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
50. S Bogner vs S Khademalsharieh  ½-½452015Tradewise GibraltarC53 Giuoco Piano
 page 2 of 13; games 26-50 of 309  PGN Download
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Feb-06-15  Kinghunt: No, Topalov lost 2 rating points. Not much, but down is down.
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  PhilFeeley: <jphamlore> According to, he lost 1.9 points. I don't know whether this keeps him in a candidate position or not.
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  PhilFeeley: It was good to see that no one snuck up the middle to steal this from Nakamura.
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  perfidious: <Dom: Don't confuse the not-quite-so-strong Short and Shirov of latter years with the killers that both were in the 90s.>

Both players were tremendously strong--one actually playing a title match--in an epoch featuring Kasparov and Karpov firmly in the driving seat for spots 1-2.

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  Troller: Congratulations to Nakamura! He eased off the throttle somewhat in the final rounds, but that cannot be held against him when he took clear first. The early opponents were not in his league, but the Topalov and Yangi games were determined efforts against world-class opponents. A very fine performance and a deserved win.

Also a nod to young Englishman Howell. He held his own some years back in the LCC, showing some of his potential on top level, and here he confirmed. Even if he saved a lost position in the final round, he was the first to hold Naka, and the first player in many games to take down the prodigal Wei Yi. That result can be important for him in the future.

Feb-06-15  SirRuthless: I think it's less about easing off the throttle and more about having nothing left in the tank. His play definitely went downhill after he beat Topalov but unlike Tal Memorial 2013 he didn't collapse in the final 4 rounds after starting off 4/5. 10 straight rounds with no rest day at tournament of this level is insane.
Feb-06-15  jphamlore: From what I understand, David Howell is at Cardiff, which is good for him. Only a lunatic would forego university for chess, or someone who is headed to the very top and who has made up their mind at about age 12 such as Carlsen or Caruana.

But I just don't see how a current player who is serious about being a world champion can afford to lose prime years. Not when some are making an all-out commitment. This applies to Hou Yifan as well, which is the real reason I think it is unfair to try and compare her to Judit Polgar.

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  Troller: <SirRuthless: I think it's less about easing off the throttle and more about having nothing left in the tank.>

Valid point - of course it goes for all the players, but his last two opponents were probably satisfied with draws anyway. It can also be described as a prudent strategy when having a clear lead and the goal line within sight.

<But I just don't see how a current player who is serious about being a world champion can afford to lose prime years> Are you thinking of someone in particular?

Feb-06-15  Wavy: I'm most impressed with Dennis Wagner who is still an IM but placed third in the tournament. He managed to draw against Svidler, Matlakov and Yu Yangyi. That's a good feat for a 17 year old player.

Of course we already know Wei Yi so the expectation from him is already high in the first place.

Feb-06-15  shivasuri4: <Wavy>, Dennis Wagner placed 6th on tiebreaks, according to According to the tournament rules, he finished tied 3rd-11th.
Feb-06-15  MindCtrol9: I consider this tournament one of the most intere
sting due to the participation of the new figures making their way to become recognized as strong players in the near future.There was not too much difference in points from the near1st place Nakamura who is playing I really good chess becoming, in my point of view things, one player who can beat anybody because he is playing better than a few years ago.A player who has tactical skills must combine this with positioned play as well, I am think Nak is doing that.Wey Yi has to work on playing different appertures and defenses like QP and others.If he can do this along with positional play,there is no doubt in my mind that he could be a contender for the world title.This young guy has all the time in front of him because he is only 15.Who can ask better performance for such a young player? I wish the best for all the young talents ti give us the enjoyment of their games.
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  chancho: <> the link says: this page is private.
Feb-06-15  schweigzwang: I wonder which game was awarded the "Best Game" prize?
Feb-06-15  jphamlore: <Troller: Are you thinking of someone in particular?>

Wei Yi if as I suspect he goes to university in a few years.

As another illustration, consider MVL who I believe has all of the talent to be a world championship contender. But MVL is already 24. If he does not make the 2016 Candidates, his next shot would be 2018 when he would be around 27 years old, and that's just to make Candidates, with another huge gap being to win it.

When one is 17 it appears one has all of the time in the world, but take a few years off at university and before one knows it one is around 27.

Feb-06-15  schweigzwang: Wish this one were still only 27.
Feb-06-15  zanzibar: <Sandipan> and <Nabaty> both played 10 games without a single draw, scoring 7/10.
Feb-06-15  gaffeur2800: <schweigzwang> Romain Edouard got the prize for his last round win against Lela Javakhishvili : L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015
Feb-06-15  schweigzwang: Thanks <gaffeur>.
Feb-07-15  visayanbraindoctor: <Kanatahodets: <Domdaniel: <Kanatahodets> -- < they couldn't find better opponents for Kasparov than Nigel and Shirov> <paavoh> has already made this point, but let me repeat it: it wasn't a matter of 'finding' opponents ... those GMs qualified for WC matches, in Short's case by beating Karpov and Timman (who later, absurdly, played for the 'FIDE world championship').

Don't confuse the not-quite-so-strong Short and Shirov of latter years with the killers that both were in the 90s.> it seems to me I am talking with deaf:) My point was that today there is more competition on the top level than in 90s and even beginning of 2000.>

I have seen this kind of post in the Grenke page before. I know <Kanatahodets> feels extremely convinced of his thesis. On my part, I believe that the fact that only the veterans from the 1990s (except for Carlsen) have been good enough to qualify for the World Championship matches until this point in time is smoking gun proof of the wrongness of this thesis.

Eventually the old generation of masters will fade as age catches up to them, but it still would not mean that they were any weaker in the 1990s.

Nevertheless I would also say that I would like to see a Carlsen vs a younger player in the next World Championship match. Carlsen vs Caruana, Giri, or So would be fascinating.

Feb-07-15  Wavy: <gaffeur2800: <schweigzwang> Romain Edouard got the prize for his last round win against Lela Javakhishvili : L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015>

That was a wild game.

Feb-07-15  badest: <PhilFeeley: <jphamlore> According to, he lost 1.9 points. I don't know whether this keeps him in a candidate position or not.> I wish more of the top 10 played open tournaments. This was a fun event to watch.
Feb-12-15  chesslearning: Why does it list Dennis Wagner at the top when Nakamura won?
Feb-12-15  disasterion: <chesslearning: Why does it list Dennis Wagner at the top when Nakamura won?>

A rogue game has crept into the database - D Wagner vs A Tate, 2015 seems to be a duplicate with a mistake in the pgn.

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  Tabanus: Standings updated and game results corrected. But two mystery games:

K Solomon vs P Janev, 2015 and S Docx vs J Heinemann, 2015

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