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🏆 5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Alexander Areshchenko, Vladimir Akopian, David Howell, Zahar Efimenko, Ivan Sokolov, Vadim Milov, Emil Sutovsky, Yuriy Kuzubov, Kiril Georgiev, Gregory Kaidanov, Viktor Korchnoi, Mikhail Gurevich, Michael Roiz, Gawain Jones, Vladimir Epishin, Pavel Tregubov, Sandipan Chanda, Jonathan Speelman, Jaan Ehlvest, Ulf Andersson, Kevin Spraggett, Ruben Felgaer, Sarunas Sulskis, Deep Sengupta, Milos Pavlovic, Alon Greenfeld, Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Nana Dzagnidze, Ian Rogers, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Lagno, Pia Cramling, Srinath Narayanan, Thal Abergel, Dronavalli Harika, Zhu Chen, Robin Swinkels, David Smerdon, Pontus Carlsson, Christopher G Ward, Mohamad Naser Al Sayed, Moulthun Ly, Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Anthony Bellaiche, Stefan Kristjansson, Irina Krush, Elisabeth Paehtz, Mohamed Tissir, Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi, Dean Ippolito, Ramachandran Ramesh, David J Eggleston, Rao Prasanna, Jon Viktor Gunnarsson, Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich, Andrew Greet, Robert Ris, Till Wippermann, Kenneth T Solomon, Joseph M Bradford, Justin Sarkar, Mokliss El Adnani, Algimantas Butnorius, Tania Sachdev, Joanna Dworakowska, Ismael Teran Alvarez, Jovanka Houska, Masha Klinova, Simon T Ansell, Robert Bellin, Henry Robert Steel, Thomas E Rendle, Gary Quillan, Nisha Mohota, Nils-Ake Malmdin, Herman Grooten, Anton Aaberg, Alexander van Beek, Selim Citak, Peter Dittmar, Katerina Nemcova, Dimo Werner, Eric Schiller, Carlos Salgado Allaria, Petra Schuurman, Meenakshi Subbaraman, Keith Ruxton, Aarthie Ramaswamy, Johannes Luangtep Kvisla, Robert Graham Wade, Holger Rasch, Juan Antonio Urbina Perez, Michael Tscharotschkin, Zoltan Revesz, Paul Wallace, Odin Blikra Vea plus 80 more players.

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 752  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bradford vs K Georgiev 0-112920075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalA06 Reti Opening
2. Nakamura vs K Arakhamia-Grant 0-110020075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB30 Sicilian
3. Milov vs Bellon Lopez  1-04920075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalA52 Budapest Gambit
4. I Krush vs V Akopian 1-05320075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
5. Adams vs E Paehtz 1-02520075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
6. I Rajlich vs Areshchenko  ½-½4620075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE61 King's Indian
7. I Sokolov vs A Greet 1-03120075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE12 Queen's Indian
8. T Wippermann vs K Spraggett  ½-½2520075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB40 Sicilian
9. M Gurevich vs R Swinkels  ½-½5620075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalA16 English
10. D Harika vs Korchnoi 0-16020075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
11. Sutovsky vs J Gunnarsson 1-03720075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. I Teran Alvarez vs Efimenko  0-12020075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. P Tregubov vs J Sarkar  1-04420075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. R Ris vs Ehlvest  0-12920075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. M Roiz vs Butnorius  1-05920075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. A Aaberg vs Kaidanov  ½-½6920075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. C Walton vs A van Beek  0-12020075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. D Ippolito vs Epishin 0-12720075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalA56 Benoni Defense
19. S Chanda vs S T Ansell  ½-½6920075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB32 Sicilian
20. H Grooten vs M Al-Modiahki  0-17420075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. R Felgaer vs J Houska  1-03620075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB10 Caro-Kann
22. R Bellin vs A Greenfeld  0-13820075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Kuzubov vs T Sachdev  ½-½5320075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
24. J Dworakowska vs Andersson  ½-½4120075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalC10 French
25. Speelman vs T Rendle 1-03520075th Gibraltar Chess FestivalA81 Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-02-07  the wolf: Same here Dr.Lecter,ended up quite average after a positive start.Look forward to see him play the top GM`s once again will probably bring out the best in him.
Feb-02-07  DUS: <VishyFan> Thanks!
Feb-03-07  argishti: vlad won?? yes!! go vlad go!! finally he does something i expect of him to do!!
Feb-03-07  Pawsome: Speaking of players having bad tournaments, Kevin Spraggett has to have had the worst tournament of his career. He has played in Gibraltar before and has always finished near the top. This year he began the tournament rated 2633, lost in the first round and never regained his equilibrium losing and drawing to players rated as many as 300 and 400 points below him. A stunningly poor performance for a strong GM who is normally very difficult to beat. I hope all is well with him.
Feb-03-07  Dr.Lecter: And what did he finish with?
Feb-03-07  Dr.Lecter: Kevin, I mean.
Feb-03-07  strifeknot: Adams finished only one point behind the winner Akopian, that's hardly a bad performance. Five wins in a nine-game tourney isn't shabby. He lost only one game, as did Akopian, and Akopian's defeat came courtesy of a weaker player than the one who beat Adams.
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  Eric Schiller: <whixkeyrebel> There are weird laws, it seems no liquor can be sold for more than 10 pounds per bottle! I've never seen such low prices (6 pounds for most major brands). Only problem is that you can't carry them on board so you have to pack them, in luggage.

Gibraltar is a shopping heaven for electronics and watches, too. Tell your wife!

Feb-04-07  chessmoron: <EC> Just remainder, feel free to post on <chancho>'s forum for the tournament.
Feb-04-07  whiskeyrebel: Eric Schiller, whoa! it's rare when the liquor laws work in one's favor. If I go I may not want to come back. Incidentally, how high up on the rock do they allow tourists to venture?
Feb-04-07  ughaibu: It's a short walk to the top. Walking round the "other" side is more of a trip and scary in places.
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  Eric Schiller: The Caleta Hotel is on the East side of the Rock at Catalan Bay, sitting on the water. You can get to the very top by csble car or steep walk. The apes often come down to play. The #4 bus goes downtown to the shopping and entertainment areas.

The hotel has the best restaurant in Gibraltar and a spa. But it was a bit chilly to use the swimming pool or the beach. Google Earth has pretty good images of the hotel.

We are working on next year's event already, trying to figure out where to put extra people as the Masters will probably break 200 and the amateur events are expected to grow.

By the way, drinks at the opening and closing ceremonies are free!

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  Joshka: Hi Eric! did Korchnoi do??...seems he must have had a poor showing?
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  Joshka: Hi Eric! How did Korchnoi do?....must have had a poor showing?..thanks Bruce
Feb-04-07  argishti: can anyone tell me why there isnt a stinking picture of the winner of this tournement (except the one) on this website:

now this pisses me off.

Feb-04-07  adair10: This will piss you off even more. TWIC did not even list Akopian as a leading player at Gibraltar
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  Eric Schiller: <Joshka> Korchnoi had a bad tournament, blowing an easy win against Bellin and struggling in many games. He didn't even win the Senior prize cleanly, having to split it.

<adair> Akopian wasn't in advance publicity. He entered late because money was in prizes, not start money. He doesn't usually play without appearance fee. So he seemed to feel it was inappropriate for organizers to use his name. Fair enough, and the organizers weren't upset with him in any way.

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  Eric Schiller: Remember, this is an open tournament with sections for amateurs (who play in the morning so they can watch the Masters. The hotel sold out this year so if you want to play next year, make sure you enter early. Dates will be about the same (last 2 weeks of January).

Amateur events have two sections, one the first week and one the second, so you can just come for one week. Everything is FIDE rated and with the list going down to 1400 it is easy to get on the rating list. Hopefully next year the Chinese players will remember to get visas on time so they can play.

Feb-04-07  adair10: <Eric Schiller> Sorry, but it wasn' clear to me on what conditions Akopian played. Did he get appearance fee or eventually played for prize money. Not that interested how much he makes, but did not know that players can negotiate appearance money for participating in opens. Do you know if Adams played on similar terms as Akopian? Thanks.
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  Eric Schiller: <adair> I can't discuss details as conditions are negotiated between organizer and players. He did receive some conditions but not start money. However, he won 10,000 pounds and that's more important.
Feb-04-07  adair10: <Eric Schiller: <adair> I can't discuss details as conditions are negotiated between organizer and players. He did receive some conditions but not start money. However, he won 10,000 pounds and that's more important.>

Fair enough. Thanks.

Feb-09-07  argishti: "Eric Schiller:" wow thats great for akopian eric. thanks for sharing the info. It still sucks his name was not mentioned anywhere. But meh, its life.
Feb-26-07  Dr.Lecter: I remember there was a kibitzer named <real hitman> at the beginning of this forum who went to the masters section in Gibraltar? What became of him?
Feb-26-07  Phoenix: <What became of him?> The monkeys got him.
Oct-11-07  Real Hitman: No! I survived the monkeys :-)
I got a poor tournament :-( but I had a very interesting "tournament" with a very nice female indian player ;-))
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