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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Richard Rapport7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
David Howell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Das Debashis7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Wang Hao7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Daniil Dubov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Lance Henderson de La Fuente7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Ori Kobo7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Alexander Motylev7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Falko Bindrich7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Mikhail Antipov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Benjamin Gledura6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Victor Markovich Mikhalevski6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (286 players total; 257 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)

The 16th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters took place in Caleta Hotel from January 23 to February 1, 2018. This year had a notably strong line-up with top seeds including Aronian, Nakamura, Harikrishna, Vitiugov, Vachier-Lagrave, Navara, Quang Liem Le, and Ivanchuk.

After 10 rounds, seven players ended on 7.5 points. The rules stipulated a single winner, and only allowed the four players with the best tournament rating performance to proceed to the playoff stage. In the playoff, the winners of the semifinals were Levon Aronian, who beat Richard Rapport, and Maxime Vachier Lagrave, who beat Hikaru Nakamura, thus ending the American's hope of a fourth successive Gibraltar title and a fifth in total. Aronian won both rapid games, but Vachier-Lagrave needed a further pair of blitz games to qualify for the tie-break final, after the two rapid games ended in a draw. The final showdown was thus between Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave. They drew the two scheduled rapid games (with 10 minutes each, and an extra 2 seconds added after each move) and then the first blitz game (3 minutes each plus an add-on of 2 seconds). Finally Aronian managed to win the second blitz game to clinch overall victory. (1, 2)

Official site: https://www.gibchess.com/. Schedule: https://www.gibchess.com/schedule-2.... Crosstable: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr301...

Previous edition: Tradewise Gibraltar (2017).

(1) https://www.gibchess.com/round-10-2..., (2) https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 2 of 47; games 26-50 of 1,170  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. B Gledura vs Andres Merario Alarcon  1-0402018Tradewise GibraltarA06 Reti Opening
27. K De Francesco vs A Gupta  0-1502018Tradewise GibraltarB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
28. M Antipov vs Y Schwartz 1-0172018Tradewise GibraltarB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
29. N Maisuradze vs A Esipenko  0-1342018Tradewise GibraltarE12 Queen's Indian
30. S del Hemant vs Harikrishna  ½-½882018Tradewise GibraltarA20 English
31. Gelfand vs R Bellin 1-0402018Tradewise GibraltarE00 Queen's Pawn Game
32. D Anton Guijarro vs P Rout  1-0392018Tradewise GibraltarC11 French
33. I Lopez Mulet vs S P Sethuraman  0-1512018Tradewise GibraltarA21 English
34. E de Haan vs R Edouard  0-1382018Tradewise GibraltarE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
35. N Mohota vs G N Gopal  ½-½342018Tradewise GibraltarD71 Neo-Grunfeld
36. G Antova vs R Buhmann 0-1352018Tradewise GibraltarD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
37. M Gavilan Diaz vs J C Ibarra Jerez  ½-½392018Tradewise GibraltarC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
38. Ju Wenjun vs V Plotkin  ½-½512018Tradewise GibraltarA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
39. S Vajda vs J K Duda  0-1542018Tradewise GibraltarA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
40. P Lombaers vs I Cheparinov  1-0552018Tradewise GibraltarA13 English
41. T Gara vs Short  ½-½652018Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
42. Motylev vs E Sanchez Jerez  1-0482018Tradewise GibraltarC41 Philidor Defense
43. Raunak Sadhwani vs Akobian  ½-½502018Tradewise GibraltarB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
44. D Vocaturo vs S R Burns-Mannion  ½-½512018Tradewise GibraltarD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
45. V Bliumberg vs F Bindrich  ½-½722018Tradewise GibraltarA45 Queen's Pawn Game
46. C Woojin Yoo vs A Donchenko  0-1742018Tradewise GibraltarB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
47. N Huschenbeth vs A Meszaros  1-0542018Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
48. N Renman vs Adams 0-1742018Tradewise GibraltarD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
49. R Rapport vs V Gandrud 1-0742018Tradewise GibraltarA04 Reti Opening
50. Dominik Horvath vs Sutovsky ½-½712018Tradewise GibraltarD85 Grunfeld
 page 2 of 47; games 26-50 of 1,170  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Agree with <mike1> re the numerous over the top comments.

Nakamura can now officially throw it over--his life is done and he might as well go to poker full time. (rolls eyes)

Maybe Naka and I will cross swords at the WSOP.

Feb-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: "I won the tournament!"

(With 50 others lol)

Feb-03-18  SometimesGood: <JustAnotherMaster: Yes <sometimesgood> MC definitely broke him at bullet, his last hold on hope, now he is like a destroyed fighter after having doing his best and getting destroyed, he has nothing worthy left.> Yes, Naka was the best in 4th generation, but Magnus is a 5th generation fighter. Time to go for ramming!
Feb-03-18  SometimesGood: saying this I would prefer Naka's personality to Magnus, not a big fun of these type of guys. Still have to acknowledge his superiority. As human beings I would prefer Wesley, Vishy, Ding and Levon. Add to these Asian guys Adams whose personality is just awesome.
Feb-03-18  Boomie: It would have been easy to have three rapid matches with the highest TPR seeded into to second round. But after all, this is an open tournament and how they decide who gets the trophy is not all that important.
Feb-03-18  JimNorCal: Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!
Feb-03-18  john barleycorn: <JimNorCal: Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!>

Yes, if you cannot handle it, ignore it. The issue will not go away but you can have a happy life.

Feb-03-18  Absentee: First they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they win.
Feb-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: Buy Wesley Soap!
Feb-04-18  Justin Flint: https://vimeo.com/71346622
Feb-04-18  SometimesGood: <john barleycorn: if you cannot handle it, ignore it.> ha-ha, right. i don't ignore anyone:)
Feb-04-18  SometimesGood: <Absentee: First they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they win.> First they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they lose.
Feb-04-18  zborris8: <perfidious> Nakamura's shining career may be waning, but think of the third place finisher here, 18 yr old Benjamin Gledura. Now that guy has a bright future!
Feb-05-18  JustAnotherMaster: No one cares about any of you "nutjobs" posting here every day, get a life huh, help out at the homeless shelter or soup kitchen if you are so well off, otherwise stfu. Naka is on fast downward spiral to nothingness, MC can crush him at every speed, and H-Bomb cant even beat 2700s any more, suck-it losers.
Feb-05-18  happyjuggler0: <zborris8: think of the third place finisher here, 18 yr old Benjamin Gledura. Now that guy has a bright future!>

Actually he didn't finish anywhere close to third place; he finished tied for 26th-49th. http://www.chess-results.com/tnr301...

However, his +3 score is indeed impressive against such a field, not to mention at such a young age too.

Feb-05-18  zborris8: <happyjuggler0> I think it's your English. You cannot be "tied" for a place. You are "tied' with a "person" meaning you have the same points as that person. That is why prizes are not awarded separately for same point receivers. They are grouped together and divided equally among players with the same points. First place wins the first prize. If the next nine players have the same points, they are "tied" with each other for second place and the money is grouped together and divided equally among them. Anyway, what it is to you?
Feb-05-18  Illogic: Of course someone can be tied for a place.
Feb-05-18  happyjuggler0: <zborris8>: Someone who finishes third is someone who has 2 people ahead of him. When you have 25 people ahead of you, you are not in third, you are in 26th.
Feb-05-18  Ang Dalubhasa: <zborris8> is referencing something that <Wesley So> himself said. I am not sure, though. ^^
Feb-05-18  Ang Dalubhasa: Heck, he's not referencing, that's what he actually said. LOL
Feb-05-18  zborris8: <happyjuggler0 --> Ang Dalubhasa>

The convo starts about ten posts before this link: Wesley So

Feb-06-18  Pulo y Gata: Besides, Nakamura won this tournament and he taught himself chess.
Feb-10-18  JimNorCal: <Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!>

The downside is that when you go to the "Wesley So" page the comment section is nearly empty! j/k

Feb-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: Under the new placement rules, I would like to congratulate Howell, Gupta, Debashis, Duda, Oparin, Hao, Vocaturo, Gelfand, Sethuraman, Sutovsky, Dubov, Fuente, Kobo, Cheparinov, Motylev, Narayanan, Epishin, and Bindrich for finishing in second place!
Feb-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  BPBurton: Where are the game-logs for the tie-break games?
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