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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Vladimir Akopian7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Michael Adams6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Mohamad Al-Modiahki6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Zahar Efimenko6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Jaan Ehlvest6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Mikhail Gurevich6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Vadim Milov6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Milos Pavlovic6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Thomas E Rendle6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Robert Ris6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Michael Roiz6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Sandipan Chanda6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Ivan Sokolov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Mohamad Naser Al Sayed6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Epishin6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Kiril Georgiev6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Andrew Greet6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Herman Grooten6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Jovanka Houska6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Gawain Jones6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ramachandran Ramesh6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Deep Sengupta6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Sarunas Sulskis6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Thal Abergel5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Anthony Bellaiche5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Joseph Bradford5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Pia Cramling5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
* (176 players total; 144 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2007)

The 5th Gibraltar Masters was a 176-player 9-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta, Gibraltar, from 23 January to 1 February 2007, as part of the Gibtelecom Gibraltar Chess Festival. Rest day: 28 January (after Round 5). Time control: 80 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 20 more minutes until the end of the game, with 60 seconds added per move from move 1. Draws by mutual agreement in under 40 moves not allowed without the agreement of the arbiter. A tie for first place to be settled in a playoff. Prize fund: GBP 56.500, with GBP 10.000 to the winner. The festival also featured four amateur tournaments (Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B) and two Blitz events. Chief organizer: Stewart Reuben. Chief arbiter: David Welch. Games started at 3 pm (Round 9 contenders for tiebreaks: 0:30 pm).

Vladimir Akopian won with 7.5/9, ahead of Areshchenko, Nakamura and Sutovsky with 7/9.

Official site:
Jonathan Speelman in The Guardian, 11 February 2007:

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 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 752  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bradford vs K Georgiev 0-11292007Gibraltar MastersA06 Reti Opening
2. Nakamura vs K Arakhamia-Grant 0-11002007Gibraltar MastersB30 Sicilian
3. Milov vs J Bellon Lopez  1-0492007Gibraltar MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
4. I Krush vs V Akopian 1-0532007Gibraltar MastersE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
5. Adams vs E Paehtz 1-0252007Gibraltar MastersB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
6. I Rajlich vs Areshchenko  ½-½462007Gibraltar MastersE61 King's Indian
7. I Sokolov vs A Greet 1-0312007Gibraltar MastersE12 Queen's Indian
8. T Wippermann vs K Spraggett  ½-½252007Gibraltar MastersB40 Sicilian
9. M Gurevich vs R Swinkels  ½-½562007Gibraltar MastersA16 English
10. H Dronavalli vs Korchnoi 0-1602007Gibraltar MastersB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
11. Sutovsky vs J V Gunnarsson 1-0372007Gibraltar MastersB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. I Teran Alvarez vs Efimenko  0-1202007Gibraltar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. P Tregubov vs J Sarkar  1-0442007Gibraltar MastersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. R Ris vs Ehlvest  0-1292007Gibraltar MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. M Roiz vs A Butnorius  1-0592007Gibraltar MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. A Aaberg vs Kaidanov  ½-½692007Gibraltar MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. C Walton vs A van Beek  0-1202007Gibraltar MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. D Ippolito vs Epishin 0-1272007Gibraltar MastersA56 Benoni Defense
19. S Chanda vs S T Ansell  ½-½692007Gibraltar MastersB32 Sicilian
20. H Grooten vs M Al-Modiahki  0-1742007Gibraltar MastersD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. R Felgaer vs J Houska  1-0362007Gibraltar MastersB10 Caro-Kann
22. R Bellin vs A Greenfeld  0-1382007Gibraltar MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Kuzubov vs T Sachdev  ½-½532007Gibraltar MastersE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
24. J Dworakowska vs Andersson  ½-½412007Gibraltar MastersC10 French
25. Speelman vs T Rendle 1-0352007Gibraltar MastersA81 Dutch
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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!

Feb-04-07  Joshka: Hi Eric! did Korchnoi do??...seems he must have had a poor showing?
Feb-04-07  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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