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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Ivan Cheparinov8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Chao Li7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksey Dreev7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Mohamad Naser Al Sayed7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Michael Adams7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Gata Kamsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Eric Hansen7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Romain Edouard7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
David Navara7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Sergei Movsesian7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Wei Yi7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Simen Agdestein7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
A R Saleh Salem7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Thomas Henrichs7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Xue Zhao7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Sandro Mareco6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Kevin Spraggett6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Xu Jun6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Alexandr Fier6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Pavel Eljanov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
* (256 players total; 224 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2014)

The 12th Gibraltar Masters was a 256-player 10-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta, Gibraltar from 28 January - 6 February 2014, 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 to 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 four amateur tournaments (Challengers A and B and Amateurs A and B). Chief organizers: Stuart C Conquest and Brian Callaghan. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd. Number of games played: 1235 + 6 = 1241.

Ivan Cheparinov beat Vitiugov in the Gibraltar Masters (Tiebreaks) (2014). Ivanchuk was 3rd. Mariya Muzychuk received GBP 15.000 for best female player (on tie-break from Zhao Xue and Zhukova).

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 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,240  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dreev vs L Sanchez Botella  1-0402014Gibraltar MastersE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. N Berry vs I Cheparinov  0-1342014Gibraltar MastersD85 Grunfeld
3. Sutovsky vs F Semprun Martinez  1-0392014Gibraltar MastersC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
4. B Galmandakh vs Bologan ½-½1292014Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
5. R Edouard vs P Scharrer  1-0242014Gibraltar MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
6. S Sanchez Castillo vs K Georgiev  1-0402014Gibraltar MastersB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. S Agdestein vs D Rowe 1-0412014Gibraltar MastersA60 Benoni Defense
8. O B Vea vs Ganguly  ½-½552014Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Dubov vs D Spence  ½-½512014Gibraltar MastersC01 French, Exchange
10. T Stenzel vs S Chanda  0-1312014Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Wei Yi vs M Zvarik 1-0292014Gibraltar MastersC48 Four Knights
12. H Al-Tamimi vs Van Kampen 0-1502014Gibraltar MastersB40 Sicilian
13. I Salgado Lopez vs G Barrenechea Bahamonde  1-0372014Gibraltar MastersC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. O Dolzhikova vs B Adhiban  0-1322014Gibraltar MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. S Mareco vs G Veltkamp  1-0272014Gibraltar MastersA09 Reti Opening
16. M Tscharotschkin vs Vocaturo  0-1582014Gibraltar MastersE91 King's Indian
17. D Dvirnyy vs T Marttala  1-0422014Gibraltar MastersA15 English
18. L Mueller vs A Fier  0-1402014Gibraltar MastersA09 Reti Opening
19. X Zhao vs A B Gikas  1-0532014Gibraltar MastersD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. S Mihajlov vs K Mekhitarian  1-0372014Gibraltar MastersE15 Queen's Indian
21. A Muzychuk vs J Urbina Perez  1-0292014Gibraltar MastersC70 Ruy Lopez
22. N Malmdin vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1242014Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Lenderman vs G Valenti  1-0292014Gibraltar MastersE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
24. R G Iagar vs E Hansen  ½-½612014Gibraltar MastersD94 Grunfeld
25. D Anton Guijarro vs J Kvisla  1-0502014Gibraltar MastersA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,240  PGN Download
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Feb-07-14  parmetd: why would you not include Anand, Kramnik and Carlsen...
Feb-07-14  SirRuthless: Congrats to Cheparinov for a well played event and a special finish!
Feb-07-14  diagonal: <ikipemiko: Ivanchuk played far better players. Cheparinov also said afterwards that the real deserved winner should be Chucky> Fair estimation by Chepa to Chucky!

The tournaments rules for tie-break here are really weird:

<The playoff system when there are three players in Gibraltar is hard to explain. One players gets to 'sit out' and wait for the winner of the other two players in the finals, but this isn't done by a tournament tiebreak or any other method, its just luck. This seems unfair to Ivanchuk especially as he had by far the most impressive performance solidly holding board one throughout the event.> Alejandro Ramirez, reporting for chessbase.

If you have an uneven number of players (and you don't want to play a mini-tournament each all, obviously with the possibility / probability that at last still all or some players had the same amounts of points again), then the two seeded players for a final encounter should be decided by the TPR, the tournament performance rating of a player, at least if other plausible and measurable criteria (as number of played rounds, Vitiugov for instance opted for a time-out in round 7 with a bye half-point free, or number of wins, number of wins with black) can not decide.

Or you declare all shared first as winners, such as frequently happened in chess tournaments in earlier times.

It's hard to believe that in the year of 2014 and digital era, a chess tournament (and prize sharing) is according to the rules decided deliberately by luck, the drawing of lots! In other sports, this would cause an upset.

The notorious roulette ball from the Candidates at Velden in 1983 should have learned the chess organisers better options than solutions by hazard.

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  perfidious: <diagonal: The notorious roulette ball from the Candidates at Velden in 1983 should have learned the chess organisers better options than solutions by hazard.>

Quite so; thirty years on and foolish organisers still haven't got a frigging clue.

Feb-07-14  theodor: EVALA CHEP!
Feb-08-14  PhilFeeley: <diagonal> If they were playing a rapids play-off, why wasn't it round robin? With only 3, even 2 games each would have been easy.

This tie-break was weird. As Cheparinov said, the real winner was Ivanchuk. I hope they change this tie-break system next year. TPR is used in a lot of events. Why didn't they just go with that?

Feb-08-14  Hercules Unchained: Wow PhilFeeley, you seem really upset by Chepa`s win. Relax bro Chepa is the man. He needed the win more than anyone else. Fate knows its job and this is only the beginning for Cheparinov so get used to it.
Feb-08-14  messachess: <KingchecksQueen: <Who is the Greatest among the 3 according to your criteria?> Vote now.


Kasparov----------------6 votes
Fischer------------------5 votes
Karpov------- ----------1 vote>

This is about right. Kasparov and Fischer could switch places, probably should: Fischer did it all on his own.--no computers then either. His relatively short career skews the judgement somewhat. Karpov should have more votes, at least 2, maybe 3. He was truly great.

Feb-08-14  Bob Loblaw: Both Ivanchuk and Vitiugov are stronger players than Cheparinov. You simply can't go thru a gruelling last round game then a match against one of the strongest players in the world then do your best against a rested player. Drawing lots should never be used at the end of a tournament. The organizers of the Tradewise tourney should have used a three way playoff format to decide first place - a round robin rapid, perhaps. Cheparinov would have come in third on a S-B tie break. He benefitted from the Swiss Gambit. Chucky and the Iceman were robbed.
Feb-08-14  PhilFeeley: <Bob> Agreed. <HU> Disagree.
Feb-09-14  ikipemiko: <Bob Loblaw: Both Ivanchuk and Vitiugov are stronger players than Cheparinov> Chucky - of course, Vitiugov - simply no.
Feb-09-14  Boomie: <ikipemiko: <Bob Loblaw: Both Ivanchuk and Vitiugov are stronger players than Cheparinov> Chucky - of course, Vitiugov - simply no.>

Vitiugov is younger than Chep and rated 60 points higher. By what criteria are you saying he is not stronger?

Feb-09-14  botevist: Chuky had a great tournament and deserved the win. But didn't win. Chaparinov did. Now suck it up, people. All the coulda-shoulda-wouldas are pointless.
Feb-10-14  parmetd: all 3 won. period. end of story. Next.
Feb-11-14  KingchecksQueen: <messachess> I interpret your comment as a Fischer vote. Thanks.


Kasparov ------6 votes
Fischer----------6 votes
Karpov-----------1 vote
*1 vote per kibitzer

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  Everett: <This is about right. Kasparov and Fischer could switch places, probably should: Fischer did it all on his own.>

No he didn't. He assiduously procured all the Soviet chess analysis materials he could get his hands on. In the magazines the Soviets offered up their way of thinking, their top suggestions, their chess culture, in the only viable format available at the time. He also has Euwe (who switched the tourney to matches for Fischer), Benko (for shortening the qualification process for Fischer by gifting his spot), and Spassky (for being such a gentleman) to thank. And despite being a jackass (or because of it), everyone in the chess world wanted him to win. This is not "doing it alone."

As far as this little popularity contest, Karpov was hardly a slave to chess, and took it as it came, yet was on top, beating everyone, for years and years. At 45 (with seconds like Ron Henley) he was still a beast, when Kasparov at the same age was retired for 3 years, Fischer for 15.

I cast one vote, split amongst all the famous chess players, and remain ever amused by supposed knowledgeable chess fans who forever underrate Karpov.

And it is not a surprise that Karpov has shifted so smoothly into the public and private realms after leaving chess. Chess indeed does mirror life in ways, and Karpov was ever the master of pragmatically going with the flow OTB.

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  perfidious: <Everett> Dr Euwe only became FIDE president in 1970; Folke Rogard was at the helm in the aftermath of Curacao.
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  Everett: <perfidious> Thanks for the correction. I misremembered something Seirawan stated in Chess Duels, that Euwe really wanted Fischer to make it to the Championship. I though Euwe was influential with the change from tournament to match formats.
Mar-29-14  offramp: Wow!

I've just seen that Maserati, the Modenese garage, repair centre and car-maker, has brought out a new family car called the Maserati Giblet.

It is a bit pricey at £7,232 but as a special prize at Gibletcom's annual tournament what could be more appropriate?

Mar-29-14  waustad: I was thinking that it must have a lot of heart, but then saw that it's really called the Maserati Ghibli.
Mar-30-14  offramp: In some Indonesian languages ghible means pooh-pooh so they are using the name Maserati Giblet.

When you buy it for nearly €8,000 it arrives with a boot-load of giblets!

Quite funny, unless delivery is delayed by a fortnight.

Apr-18-14  offramp: As a tribute to the victory of Cheparinov and Ivanchuk I have just bought a colossal turkey. I have thrown away the carcass and my family & I are only going to eat the 16kg of boiled giblets.


Jan-25-15  Mr 1100: Has the page for this year's Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival been opened yet?

I expect Topalov will be favourite to win. Given Caruana's current rating, I wouldn't be surprised if Topalov rises up to the second spot in the world rankings. He might even stay there for a little while – I wouldn't be surprised if Caruana is "saving prep" for the Grands Prix. Then again, Caruana might do really well at Baden-Baden and Zurich - he could just qualify for Candidates '16 on rating alone. Chinese wunderkind Wei Yi will also be one to watch.

Jan-25-15  cro777: The 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has just started with the opening simuls given by Salome Melia and Jovanka Houska.

The Opening Ceremony is tomorrow (Monday 26th). Round 1 of the Masters tournament starts on Tuesday (January 27th) at 15:00 local time.

Rating favorites are Veseslin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler. Immediately after the Tata Steel tournament, Hou Yifan and Wei Yi, the winner of Tata Steel Challengers, are also participating.

Jan-25-15  cro777: Jovanka Houska: "Well, that was a tough simul!!! Quite pleased to have finished on 8.5/10!"
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