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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Nigel Short9.5/12(+7 -0 =5)[games]
Yifan Hou8.5/12(+7 -2 =3)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jan Gustafsson7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Le Quang Liem7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
David Howell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Viktor Laznicka7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Judit Polgar7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Emanuel Berg7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Zoltan Almasi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Parimarjan Negi6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Sergei Movsesian6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Viktor Erdos6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Lukas Cernousek6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Mathias Womacka6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Felipe de Cresce El Debs6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Meelis Kanep6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Kaido Kulaots6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
(258 players total; 229 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 394  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Hamer vs R Bhopal  0-1362012Tradewise GibraltarA03 Bird's Opening
2. D Dimitrijevic vs Ralf Schmidt  0-1772012Tradewise GibraltarE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
3. M Frey vs A Lipecki  0-1222012Tradewise GibraltarB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. S Lochte vs B Adler  0-1502012Tradewise GibraltarD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Flynn vs F Scheckenbach 0-1262012Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. P Obiamiwe vs D de Graaf  0-1502012Tradewise GibraltarC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. C Becker vs I Agrest 0-1322012Tradewise GibraltarA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. H Groffen vs D Raznikov  0-1402012Tradewise GibraltarA57 Benko Gambit
9. L Cernousek vs H Zygouris  0-1642012Tradewise GibraltarE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. M Molner vs T Valgmae  0-1442012Tradewise GibraltarB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. Y Duhayon vs L Javakhishvili 0-1162012Tradewise GibraltarD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. D Spence vs A Hunt  0-1332012Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. E Thingstad vs Zhu Chen  0-1332012Tradewise GibraltarD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. V Kuehnast vs H Daurelle  0-1402012Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Auvinen vs Claus Seyfried 0-1552012Tradewise GibraltarB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. K Lundback vs D Boesch  0-1302012Tradewise GibraltarA07 King's Indian Attack
17. A Pettersson vs M Fenollar Jorda  0-1492012Tradewise GibraltarD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. S Tranter vs M Hamer  0-1572012Tradewise GibraltarB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. A Vasse vs G Suez-Panama  0-1322012Tradewise GibraltarC00 French Defense
20. L K Nilsson vs M Midonet  0-1252012Tradewise GibraltarB32 Sicilian
21. R Pollo Mancilla vs S Ungureanu  0-1422012Tradewise GibraltarC02 French, Advance
22. N Savage vs R Valhondo Morales  0-1262012Tradewise GibraltarB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. S Whatley vs J D Thornton  0-1252012Tradewise GibraltarA80 Dutch
24. R E Rough vs A Compton  0-1612012Tradewise GibraltarD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Y Gallach Perez vs R Freuler  0-1792012Tradewise GibraltarA57 Benko Gambit
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  ray keene: i believe nigel short also picked up the Queens jubilee prize of five thousand pounds for top commonwealth player so he made 25k and Hou took around 23k since she also got junior and gradings prizes i think.In any case Nigel emerged with a higher slice of the pot then Hou did.
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  alexmagnus: <Hou took around 23k since she also got junior and gradings prizes i think>

She didn't. "Common" prizes cannot be summed with any "special" prizes except for the women's one, see the prize table at the official site.

As for one player - one prize, I find it ridiculous. I mean it would be ridiculous if the <second-best player> in his category gets a category prize because the best one won a "common" prize. Being called best while being second-best? Is the best one not a woman/junior/whatever else?

Feb-03-12  s4life: <Strongest Force: 20.000 based on 2 stupid blitz games? That's super dumb. Maybe they should have the whole tournament a blitz one. >
I completely agree, Hou Yifan deserved the first prize because her performance in classical chess was much more impressive than Short's. To decide 10 rounds of hard fought classical chess matches with 2 blitz games is as dumb as anything I've seen in chess recently.
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  virginmind: congratulations to nigel short and especially to hou yifan!
Feb-03-12  Agent Bouncy: What's the obsession with tiebreaks anyway? If players finish with the same score just call it a tie. There is then no controversy about absurd or unfair tiebreak methods. The exception is in elimination events where a player must advance to meet the next opponent -- there does have to be a tiebreak provision in those cases. Otherwise, let them stay tied!
Feb-03-12  Shams: <Agent Bouncy> In principle I agree with you, though I confess to a persistent infatuation with Most Wins.
Feb-03-12  frogbert: <To decide 10 rounds of hard fought classical chess matches with 2 blitz games is as dumb as anything I've seen in chess recently.>

s4life, same question to you as to strongest force. where did you post your grievance with the above when <nakamura> won 1) gibraltar 2008 and 2) san sebastian 2009 due to winning 2 game blitz play-offs against bu and ponomariov - after having had the inferior sonneborn-berger tie-break from the main, classical event?

i can't remember reading any such post, but i might well have missed it ...

Feb-03-12  Agent Bouncy: Hi Shams --
If you win a tiebreak with most wins, it also means you had more losses. Reckless play tends to be rewarded.
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  alexmagnus: In the Swiss system, performace is the most reasonable tie-breaker.
Feb-03-12  frogbert: <performance is the most reasonable tie-breaker.>

and in 2008 in gibraltar (a swiss), bu's performance (tpr 2835) was nearly hundred points above that of nakamura (tpr 2744). san sebastian 2009 was a round robin.

Feb-03-12  Shams: <Agent Bouncy> Yes, I make no claim that it is a better system. Draws are so much a part of our sport compared to most any other, that it seems fitting to award co-champions of tournaments, I'm with you.
Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: The format is the format

When Hou gets better at blitz, maybe she'll start winning more blitz playoffs

But she was still the best classical player in what was supposedly the strongest open tournament in history

Which is pretty awesome for a 17 year old, I think

I can't wait until she goes over 2700, and starts playing in the elite round robins ;-)

Feb-03-12  frogbert: <Nigel had a much easier road to 7.5 points.. it all seems a bit unfair imho, but that's what often happens in swiss tourneys>

<Appears that Hou had a 2877.5 performance rating while Nigel's was only 2836.3. So <s4life> is right, Hou's performance was more impressive during the tournament's classical phase.>

hm... what about when the difference in performance 91 points instead of only 41 points then? i guess s4life must have considered it <very> unfair that naka got the 1st prize back in 2008.

riverbeast loved it, though:

<Five wins in the final five rounds, then 2-0 in the playoff (against Bu Xiangxi, a very strong GM) - a seven game streak to end the tournament.

Very impressive, Grandmaster Nakamura!>

and hated it when a much higher performing short won the tie-break blitz play-off in 2012. :o)

no bias here, of course.

Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: <frogbert>

You didn't read my last post, apparently

I had no complaints about the format. Perhaps you're arguing with a straw man, or somebody else here?

Feb-03-12  JamTin: Completely disagree with the concept that TPR should be used as a tie breaker rather than tie break games. Ratings should have no place in attributing the result IMO. Fact is having played 10 games Short and Hou had the same scores. Hou had played a slightly stronger field, so what?! You can only play what's in front of you. I'd far rather the prizes were awarded on matches played rather than ratings, even if those tie break matches are blitz.
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  alexmagnus: <Hou had played a slightly stronger field, so what?! You can only play what's in front of you.>

But who you play depends on your results. After all, first round is seeded entirely by ratings - and thereafter the seeding position also contributes to your opponent (as well as points scored, where stronger players tend to come up with more :)).

Feb-03-12  s4life: <frogbert:
hm... what about when the difference in performance 91 points instead of only 41 points then? i guess s4life must have considered it <very> unfair that naka got the 1st prize back in 2008.>

I don't remember the tiebreaks with Ponomariov but I remember the one Bu Xiang Zhi lost .. I thought it was a travesty at the time, I might not have posted then as I don't post often anyway... but it was equally absurd then as it is now.

Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: Every tournament has different formats

Everybody knows the rules going in...If you don't like it, don't play in the tournament

Hou said herself that she doesn't have a preference, that players should prove themselves the best at all formats

I'm guessing she probably doesn't focus on blitz nearly as much as her classical game....Unless she plays on ICC or playchess under an anonymous handle?

Next time she plays in a tournament with a blitz playoff, maybe she should practice with some more blitz games....

Feb-03-12  Ezzy: 'At the end of the day' it's a great tournament and attracts very strong players, male and female. The organisers should be commended rather than criticised. (So I'm not going to anymore)

People travel from all over the world for these tournaments, so there should be good prizes for most. The organisers have done a fantastic job to make it one of the worlds premier opens.

Feb-03-12  Riverbeast: I would like to play in this thing!

A guy I know (won't mention his name) played in the Open, and got to play three Super GMs

Feb-03-12  frogbert: riverbeast, i'm not really arguing anyone, neither strawmans nor anybody else. i'm just pulling a few legs, for fun. :o)
Feb-03-12  waustad: <ezzy> Short also won the Commonwealth prize, so he won the most.
Feb-04-12  LIFE Master AJ: Short wins! Yea.
Feb-04-12  Ezzy: <waustad: <ezzy> Short also won the Commonwealth prize, so he won the most.>

Yes, I just heard that. As an ex president of the Commonwealth Chess Fedeation, perhaps he deserves it. Or at least donate the money back to the Commonwealth Chess Federation. Can't see him doing that though :-)

Nigel with the Gibralter Masters Trophy.

Feb-05-12  LIFE Master AJ: Yifan Hou ... not quite ready to take on the world, not just yet.
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