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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
David Howell8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Yifan Hou7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Veselin Topalov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Dennis Wagner7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Wei Yi7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Axel Bachmann7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Yangyi Yu7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Daniel Naroditsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Tamir Nabaty7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Benjamin Bok7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Deep Sengupta7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Sandipan Chanda7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Babu M R Lalith6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Wenjun Ju6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Padmini Rout6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Eylon Nakar6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Stefan Kuipers6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Anna Muzychuk6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (257 players total; 225 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2015)

The 13th Gibraltar Masters was a 257-player 10-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta, Gibraltar from 27 January to 5 February 2015, 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. The festival also featured four amateur tournaments (Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B). Chief organizers: Brian Callaghan and Stuart C Conquest. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd. Number of games played: 1224.

Hikaru Nakamura won with 8.5/10, ahead of Howell (2nd, 8/10). Yifan Hou (=3rd) took home the women's top prize of GBP 15.000.

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 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,220  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Rodshtein vs Vitiugov  0-1322015Gibraltar MastersB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. Svidler vs E Frisk 1-0342015Gibraltar MastersB30 Sicilian
3. Jakovenko vs T Rydstrom  1-0432015Gibraltar MastersA13 English
4. J Rapport vs Nakamura 0-1332015Gibraltar MastersA80 Dutch
5. Topalov vs E Sanchez Jerez 1-0332015Gibraltar MastersE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
6. K Nuri vs Y Yu 0-1322015Gibraltar MastersB41 Sicilian, Kan
7. Harikrishna vs E de Haan 1-0332015Gibraltar MastersB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
8. A Tate vs Rapport 0-1442015Gibraltar MastersB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. M Matlakov vs P Lombaers  1-0322015Gibraltar MastersA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
10. S Buchal vs I Cheparinov 0-1702015Gibraltar MastersA15 English
11. M Rodshtein vs D Viana de Assis  1-0392015Gibraltar MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. V Prosviriakov vs Wei Yi 0-1312015Gibraltar MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. Y Hou vs H Cordes 1-0392015Gibraltar MastersC11 French
14. F Semprun Martinez vs G Jones 0-1242015Gibraltar MastersC78 Ruy Lopez
15. D Howell vs F K Menna Barreto 1-0372015Gibraltar MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
16. B Galmandakh vs Motylev 1-0772015Gibraltar MastersA00 Uncommon Opening
17. Iturrizaga Bonelli vs P Scharrer  1-0482015Gibraltar MastersE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. D Spence vs R Edouard  0-1352015Gibraltar MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Sutovsky vs P Hommerson 1-0362015Gibraltar MastersC42 Petrov Defense
20. G Barrenechea Bahamonde vs M Bartel  0-1322015Gibraltar MastersB10 Caro-Kann
21. B Adhiban vs J Urbina Perez  1-0322015Gibraltar MastersC70 Ruy Lopez
22. F Terron Elena vs Bachmann 0-1372015Gibraltar MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
23. I Salgado Lopez vs H Al-Tamimi 1-0332015Gibraltar MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. Alejandro Perez Garcia vs S Agdestein  0-1362015Gibraltar MastersA06 Reti Opening
25. S P Sethuraman vs H Hoffmann  1-0232015Gibraltar MastersD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,220  PGN Download
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Feb-06-15  Kinghunt: No, Topalov lost 2 rating points. Not much, but down is down.
Feb-06-15  PhilFeeley: <jphamlore> According to, he lost 1.9 points. I don't know whether this keeps him in a candidate position or not.
Feb-06-15  PhilFeeley: It was good to see that no one snuck up the middle to steal this from Nakamura.
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  perfidious: <Dom: Don't confuse the not-quite-so-strong Short and Shirov of latter years with the killers that both were in the 90s.>

Both players were tremendously strong--one actually playing a title match--in an epoch featuring Kasparov and Karpov firmly in the driving seat for spots 1-2.

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  Troller: Congratulations to Nakamura! He eased off the throttle somewhat in the final rounds, but that cannot be held against him when he took clear first. The early opponents were not in his league, but the Topalov and Yangi games were determined efforts against world-class opponents. A very fine performance and a deserved win.

Also a nod to young Englishman Howell. He held his own some years back in the LCC, showing some of his potential on top level, and here he confirmed. Even if he saved a lost position in the final round, he was the first to hold Naka, and the first player in many games to take down the prodigal Wei Yi. That result can be important for him in the future.

Feb-06-15  SirRuthless: I think it's less about easing off the throttle and more about having nothing left in the tank. His play definitely went downhill after he beat Topalov but unlike Tal Memorial 2013 he didn't collapse in the final 4 rounds after starting off 4/5. 10 straight rounds with no rest day at tournament of this level is insane.
Feb-06-15  jphamlore: From what I understand, David Howell is at Cardiff, which is good for him. Only a lunatic would forego university for chess, or someone who is headed to the very top and who has made up their mind at about age 12 such as Carlsen or Caruana.

But I just don't see how a current player who is serious about being a world champion can afford to lose prime years. Not when some are making an all-out commitment. This applies to Hou Yifan as well, which is the real reason I think it is unfair to try and compare her to Judit Polgar.

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  Troller: <SirRuthless: I think it's less about easing off the throttle and more about having nothing left in the tank.>

Valid point - of course it goes for all the players, but his last two opponents were probably satisfied with draws anyway. It can also be described as a prudent strategy when having a clear lead and the goal line within sight.

<But I just don't see how a current player who is serious about being a world champion can afford to lose prime years> Are you thinking of someone in particular?

Feb-06-15  Wavy: I'm most impressed with Dennis Wagner who is still an IM but placed third in the tournament. He managed to draw against Svidler, Matlakov and Yu Yangyi. That's a good feat for a 17 year old player.

Of course we already know Wei Yi so the expectation from him is already high in the first place.

Feb-06-15  shivasuri4: <Wavy>, Dennis Wagner placed 6th on tiebreaks, according to According to the tournament rules, he finished tied 3rd-11th.
Feb-06-15  MindCtrol9: I consider this tournament one of the most intere
sting due to the participation of the new figures making their way to become recognized as strong players in the near future.There was not too much difference in points from the near1st place Nakamura who is playing I really good chess becoming, in my point of view things, one player who can beat anybody because he is playing better than a few years ago.A player who has tactical skills must combine this with positioned play as well, I am think Nak is doing that.Wey Yi has to work on playing different appertures and defenses like QP and others.If he can do this along with positional play,there is no doubt in my mind that he could be a contender for the world title.This young guy has all the time in front of him because he is only 15.Who can ask better performance for such a young player? I wish the best for all the young talents ti give us the enjoyment of their games.
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  chancho: <> the link says: this page is private.
Feb-06-15  schweigzwang: I wonder which game was awarded the "Best Game" prize?
Feb-06-15  jphamlore: <Troller: Are you thinking of someone in particular?>

Wei Yi if as I suspect he goes to university in a few years.

As another illustration, consider MVL who I believe has all of the talent to be a world championship contender. But MVL is already 24. If he does not make the 2016 Candidates, his next shot would be 2018 when he would be around 27 years old, and that's just to make Candidates, with another huge gap being to win it.

When one is 17 it appears one has all of the time in the world, but take a few years off at university and before one knows it one is around 27.

Feb-06-15  schweigzwang: Wish this one were still only 27.
Feb-06-15  zanzibar: <Sandipan> and <Nabaty> both played 10 games without a single draw, scoring 7/10.
Feb-06-15  gaffeur2800: <schweigzwang> Romain Edouard got the prize for his last round win against Lela Javakhishvili : L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015
Feb-06-15  schweigzwang: Thanks <gaffeur>.
Feb-07-15  visayanbraindoctor: <Kanatahodets: <Domdaniel: <Kanatahodets> -- < they couldn't find better opponents for Kasparov than Nigel and Shirov> <paavoh> has already made this point, but let me repeat it: it wasn't a matter of 'finding' opponents ... those GMs qualified for WC matches, in Short's case by beating Karpov and Timman (who later, absurdly, played for the 'FIDE world championship').

Don't confuse the not-quite-so-strong Short and Shirov of latter years with the killers that both were in the 90s.> it seems to me I am talking with deaf:) My point was that today there is more competition on the top level than in 90s and even beginning of 2000.>

I have seen this kind of post in the Grenke page before. I know <Kanatahodets> feels extremely convinced of his thesis. On my part, I believe that the fact that only the veterans from the 1990s (except for Carlsen) have been good enough to qualify for the World Championship matches until this point in time is smoking gun proof of the wrongness of this thesis.

Eventually the old generation of masters will fade as age catches up to them, but it still would not mean that they were any weaker in the 1990s.

Nevertheless I would also say that I would like to see a Carlsen vs a younger player in the next World Championship match. Carlsen vs Caruana, Giri, or So would be fascinating.

Feb-07-15  Wavy: <gaffeur2800: <schweigzwang> Romain Edouard got the prize for his last round win against Lela Javakhishvili : L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015>

That was a wild game.

Feb-07-15  badest: <PhilFeeley: <jphamlore> According to, he lost 1.9 points. I don't know whether this keeps him in a candidate position or not.> I wish more of the top 10 played open tournaments. This was a fun event to watch.
Feb-12-15  chesslearning: Why does it list Dennis Wagner at the top when Nakamura won?
Feb-12-15  disasterion: <chesslearning: Why does it list Dennis Wagner at the top when Nakamura won?>

A rogue game has crept into the database - D Wagner vs A Tate, 2015 seems to be a duplicate with a mistake in the pgn.

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  Tabanus: Standings updated and game results corrected. But two mystery games:

K Solomon vs P Janev, 2015 and S Docx vs J Heinemann, 2015

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