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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Vasyl Ivanchuk9/10(+8 -0 =2)[games]
Nigel Short8.5/10(+8 -1 =1)[games]
Kaido Kulaots7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Michael Roiz7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Geetha Narayanan Gopal7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Kiril Georgiev7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Pablo Lafuente7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Salome Melia7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Giorgi Kacheishvili7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Viktor Erdos7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Viacheslav Ikonnikov7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Viorel Iordachescu7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Alexandr Fier7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Daniel Fridman6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Michael Adams6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Victor Bologan6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Rainer Buhmann6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Victor Mikhalevski6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Onischuk6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Anthony Bellaiche6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Romain Edouard6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Emanuel Berg6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Anna Zatonskih6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Joseph G Gallagher6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (232 players total; 200 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2011)

The 9th Gibraltar Masters was a 232-player 10-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta, Gibraltar from 25 January to 3 February 2011. It was part of the Gibraltar Chess Festival, since 2011 sponsored by the Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. A tie for first place to be settled in a playoff. First prize: GBP 17.500. The festival also featured four amateur tournaments (Challengers A and B, Amateurs Week 1 and Week 2). Chief organizers: Stuart C Conquest (tournament director) and Brian Callaghan. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd. Games started at 3 pm (Round 10: 11 am). Number of games played: 1099.

Vassily Ivanchuk won with 9/10, ahead of Short (8.5/10) and two players with 7.5/10. Nana Dzagnidze took home the top women's prize of GBP 10.000.

Official site:
Leonard William Barden in The Guardian:

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 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,098  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs C Monroy 1-0292011Gibraltar MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. H Nezad vs Caruana 0-1382011Gibraltar MastersE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. J Mullon vs Ivanchuk 0-1352011Gibraltar MastersC48 Four Knights
4. F Vallejo Pons vs S Melia 1-0482011Gibraltar MastersB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. C Vernay vs Bologan 0-1502011Gibraltar MastersA58 Benko Gambit
6. Onischuk vs I Gaponenko 1-0302011Gibraltar MastersD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. E Fernandez Romero vs Nisipeanu 0-1352011Gibraltar MastersB40 Sicilian
8. K Georgiev vs N Zhukova 1-0362011Gibraltar MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. J Sarkar vs Harikrishna ½-½872011Gibraltar MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Short vs A Slavin 1-0332011Gibraltar MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. K Stokke vs Fridman 0-1362011Gibraltar MastersA13 English
12. M Roiz vs D Boskovic 1-0522011Gibraltar MastersB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
13. M Andersen vs S Chanda 0-1522011Gibraltar MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. R Edouard vs A H Wohl 1-0452011Gibraltar MastersC60 Ruy Lopez
15. J Bellon Lopez vs V Iordachescu  ½-½172011Gibraltar MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. E Berg vs J Thomassen 1-0302011Gibraltar MastersC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
17. I Karim vs V Akobian 0-1272011Gibraltar MastersC14 French, Classical
18. Kotronias vs R Bellin 1-0262011Gibraltar MastersC45 Scotch Game
19. D Cummings vs G N Gopal  0-1472011Gibraltar MastersA15 English
20. V Erdos vs R S Jones 1-0462011Gibraltar MastersE70 King's Indian
21. E Karavade vs G Jones ½-½1092011Gibraltar MastersE92 King's Indian
22. R Felgaer vs M Peek 1-0422011Gibraltar MastersB58 Sicilian
23. T Kantans vs V Ikonnikov  ½-½292011Gibraltar MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Andersson vs A A Zaremba 1-0412011Gibraltar MastersD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. N Getz vs Mikhalevski ½-½672011Gibraltar MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
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  HeMateMe: Does "spaseba" mean its ok to get spastic? Or, is it some kind of secret code?
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  Domdaniel: Fiendishly clever, those Russians, talking in secret code.

'Spaseba' is an expression of thanks. Commonly used in the phrase "Spaseba, Masta" when a GM teaches you a lesson.

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  Octavia: I heard Ivanchuk go over one of his games. He said: " *** he was better ***he was better *** he made a mistake & I won." Unfortunately I can't remember the actual words or even his opponent, but it was very funny.

& yes, the Elo system is flawed ! Apparently, Mr. Elo warned about it already himself. Look at chessbase to see the follow up.

Feb-06-11  kingfu: spaseba is "thank you" in Russian.
Feb-06-11  acirce: It's "spasibo" (спасибо) rather.
Feb-06-11  kingfu: The Russians have a different letter for everything!

Thanks, acirce.

I guess I need to go back to school!

Feb-06-11  Kinghunt: Does the prize for the best female player go to Melia, who had the most points, or to Nadezhda, who had the highest TPR?
Feb-06-11  Billy Vaughan: <Does the prize for the best female player go to Melia, who had the most points, or to Nadezhda, who had the highest TPR?>

Nana Dzagnidze, who had both.

Feb-07-11  Bratek:
Feb-11-11  jussu: спасибі. Not that I speak Ukrainian...
Feb-15-11  yoozum: It's spelled with an O but pronounced with an A, so "spaseba" would be about right.
Feb-15-11  acirce: <yoozum> It's spelled with an о so it's spelled with an o. It's not "Batvinnik", right?
Apr-10-11  M.D. Wilson: Pronounced Bortvannik

Korchnoi is Karchnoi

Apr-10-11  jussu: <Pronounced Bortvannik >

What the heck?

Apr-12-11  M.D. Wilson: Yes, Bought or Bort, not Bot
Apr-14-11  jussu: No. The second letter o in Botvinnik is to be pronounced very much like a in 'car', but it must very short.

By the way, Wikipedia articles often contain prounounciation; so does this:

Apr-24-11  M.D. Wilson: You're wrong. My Russian friend says you're wrong. He'd know.
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  alexmagnus: Well, it is kind of a very short short, reduced "a". Reduced, that is. If you simply say "Btvinnik" (with an explosive B, so that some kind of noise between B and T comes) you come closer to the true pronounciation than by either "Bo(r)tvinnik" or "Batvinnik".
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  perfidious: <acirce: <yoozum> It's spelled with an î so it's spelled with an o. It's not "Batvinnik", right?>

Another one is Boris Gulko, which is pronounced Bah-REES Gul-KO.

Korchnoi is indeed Karch-NOI.

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  Eric Schiller: It is quite simple. In Russian /o/ in unstressed position is pronounced /a/ or even reduced to schwa, just part of phonology.
May-05-11  14DogKnight: just trying out my new avatar
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  offramp: <May-05-11 14DogKnight: just trying out my new avatar>

Did it work?

Dec-14-17  schweigzwang: Show some patience, man.
May-28-19  jith1207: How much more should one show?
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  Tabanus: The one missing game is Gawain Jones vs Louis Sanchez 1/2 in rd. 4, which for some reason has the same game score as R S Jones vs R Soffer, 2011. Two long games were not scored by Chess-Results (affecting the standings): N Pogonina vs A Oberhofer, 2011 1-0 and D Brown vs D Collier, 2011 1/2.
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