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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Nikita Vitiugov8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Nigel Short8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Sandipan Chanda8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Kiril Georgiev7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
David Navara7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Yangyi Yu7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Daniel Fridman7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Xue Zhao7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Gawain Jones7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Ruben Felgaer7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Joseph G Gallagher7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Mateusz Bartel7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Stefan Kuipers7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Dariusz Swiercz6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Jose Carlos Ibarra Jerez6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
David Larino Nieto6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Stefan Docx6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (247 players total; 215 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2013)

The 11th Gibraltar Masters was a 247-player 10-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta, Gibraltar, 22-31 January 2013, as part of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. 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 20.000. The festival also featured several amateur tournaments (Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B, and others). Chief organizers: Stuart C Conquest (tournament director) and Brian Callaghan. Chief arbiters: Laurent Freyd and David Welch. Games started at 3 pm (Round 10: 11 am). Number of games played: 1197 + 6 = 1203.

Nikita Vitiugov won the event by beating Chanda and Short in the 4-player Gibraltar Masters (Tiebreaks) (2013).

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 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,126  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Swiercz vs C Vinas Guerrero  1-0432013Gibraltar MastersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Tkachiev vs K Meyer  1-0512013Gibraltar MastersA13 English
3. Fridman vs M Taus  1-0412013Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
4. A Jaunooby vs Iturrizaga Bonelli  0-1392013Gibraltar MastersA57 Benko Gambit
5. C Seyfried vs K Georgiev  0-1352013Gibraltar MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. A Byron vs M Bartel  0-1382013Gibraltar MastersC70 Ruy Lopez
7. G Jones vs A P Smith 1-0232013Gibraltar MastersB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. J Karlsson vs Yusupov  0-1602013Gibraltar MastersA13 English
9. J Urbina Perez vs Wojtaszek  0-1502013Gibraltar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. A Aerni vs Kamsky ½-½242013Gibraltar MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Adams vs J Lind 1-0562013Gibraltar MastersE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
12. Ivanchuk vs H Zygouris ½-½312013Gibraltar MastersD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. I Salgado Lopez vs M Herbold  1-0292013Gibraltar MastersB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. Vachier-Lagrave vs M Tscharotschkin 1-0242013Gibraltar MastersA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
15. Shirov vs T Valgmae 1-0332013Gibraltar MastersB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. A Bird vs Navara 0-1412013Gibraltar MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. T Marttala vs Le Quang Liem  0-1472013Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Short vs S Sanchez Castillo 1-0232013Gibraltar MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. F Semprun Martinez vs Vitiugov 0-1432013Gibraltar MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. Y Yu vs G Veltkamp  1-0512013Gibraltar MastersC45 Scotch Game
21. L Sanchez Botella vs Sutovsky 0-1332013Gibraltar MastersA33 English, Symmetrical
22. K Lee vs Ehlvest 0-1372013Gibraltar MastersC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
23. A David vs E Osuna Vega  1-0432013Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
24. A Pena Riasco vs S Chanda  0-1422013Gibraltar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. K Kulaots vs A Baert  1-0312013Gibraltar MastersA47 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,126  PGN Download
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Jan-31-13  kellmano: Short goes down in game one. Live commentary of the second now:


Jan-31-13  kellmano: Great coverage. My man Williams and Krush just bouncing ideas about
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  HeMateMe: Final Gibraltar standings, after the playoff?
Jan-31-13  kellmano: <HHM> Vitiugov has just this second won after drawing with Black in playoff game two
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  chrisowen: Don't look a glint it shore in the mouth Nigel game one?
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  chrisowen: To my line up ride a lion in green king nikita vs nigel at he door first heading over nikita point of view cruised down in digga wain alike herds of cattle adams loping force got it is he in just a gripped coin terminal flight in decline exactly it sire grind ivanchuk him have back you in dread age for had opening clinch in la grave the lead og hurt nikita lives in gb acute a mind to adams it hope in good games to date chin up brits in ergo crack it stronghold etc heavens to my crowd a wave in jones and mine adam for dutiful finger short i gore what ail him et al ligament or it see quench in a longer bill you jibbed!
Jan-31-13  strifeknot: You're not James Joyce, Owen. Give it a rest.
Jan-31-13  waustad: The final round draw by Zhou Xue against Ivanchuk clinched the top female prize for her when Pia Cramling lost to Yu Yangyi. That result took her from contention for first to a many way tie for 5th after Antoaneta Stefanova, Valentina Gunina and Anna Muzychuk tied for 2nd-4th with 7 pts.
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  HeMateMe: Anna M. lost an earlier Chuk/Chuk battle to Vlad. He chucked her out. It was "ground Chuk". He "Chukled", he...oh, never mind.
Jan-31-13  Ezzy: Well done Vitiugov! Superb play in the 'play offs.' Well deserved winner with the highest performance rating.

Great effort from Nigel. A hairs breadth away from winning his 4th Gibralter Open. I'm sure his £12,000 for his efforts will make him feel a little better.

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  HeMateMe: In these tie breaks, are the top four purse amounts split equally, and the playoff is done just to actually award the tournament to a player?
Jan-31-13  Ezzy: <HeMateMe:>

Vitiugov wins first and £20,000

Vachier-Lagrave, Short and Sandipan share 2nd, 3rd and 4th prize, which amounts to £12,000 each.

Jan-31-13  Ezzy: Vachier-Lagrave looked to have big chances in the last round and missed his opportuniyt to win it outright.
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  chrisowen: Nevermind again short bad luck this time you arose to the challenge really for the road to console i think also your source of trouble o lay in lighter call have a bath for juiced in energy it is single a mind for duty ramble on in a gauge next time chain call it is why rupture a figuretiviley good record in get rid enter a mission for headig off administer coup de grace next year buckle at the pearly gates save in account second i ment rich in a post give over creedence free you got swamped in cut down jelly belly before also bad result an drown it your sorrow in wheel about forget good games to fetch in among i jostling for grateful learning to bind maybe next i method in jangle for opening dilligent lesson!
Jan-31-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Nikita Vitiugov! ^^
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  Peligroso Patzer: <strifeknot: You're not James Joyce, [chris]Owen. Give it a rest.>

Hear! Hear! Great comment. Very well said.

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  HeMateMe: So, the playoffs were for some serious euros, and not just a trophy. I was watching some of the live feed, the playoffs. I like the setup--you see a live feed of the players, with a small chessboard sitting above them, with an arrow showing last move. I think I was watching Short-Vitiugov, a minor piece ending. Every tournament should have a set up like that.
Feb-01-13  PhilFeeley: <HeMateMe> I too liked the live covereage, except for the playoffs. Simon kept bouncing from one game to the other and I couldn't follow the moves as they came too fast and the board display kept reverting to the beginning position before going to the next move. Very frustrating to follow. Then near the end, Simon went, as he says "schizophrenic" and just lost the thread of both games so I wasn't able to follow them to the end. I'm not sure rapid games should be covered this way.
Feb-01-13  paavoh: No losses for Vitiugov here or in the play-off. Appropriately "rock solid".
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  Troller: <paavoh: No losses for Vitiugov here or in the play-off. Appropriately "rock solid".>

You might want to take a look at his game vs MVL then, nothing solid about that draw.

Feb-01-13  BUNA: Congratulations Nikita!
Feb-01-13  paavoh: Yep <troller>, I saw the game. Nevertheless, it was not a loss no matter which way it was played :-)
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  Peligroso Patzer: The two tie-break games:

N Vitiugov vs Short, 2013, 1-0, 103; and

Short vs N Vitiugov, 2013, 1/2-1/2, 70.

Feb-04-13  14DogKnight: Happy Birthday, Nikita Vitiugov
Feb-05-13  Alien Math: Chinese chess grandmaster stranded in Gibraltar after being blocked from UK

Women's world No 15 Ju Wenjun refused permission to board flight to London as she did not hold a transit visa

"I don't have a UK transit visa and they let me board (in Hong Kong). When I arrived in the UK, I told them I was going to play in Gibraltar at the Tradewise festival.

I showed them my airline ticket and they let me pass through. They let me show my tickets and my invitation," said Ju on the telephone from Gibraltar.

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