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Tradewise Gibraltar 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 Bachmann Schiavo7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Maxim Matlakov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Yu Yangyi7/10(+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 Davidovich 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]
Ju Wenjun6.5/10(+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]
* (257 players total; 228 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

Played in Caleta Hotel, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar 27 January - 5 February 2015. Official site: Crosstable:

Previous edition: Tradewise Gibraltar (2014). Next: Tradewise Gibraltar (2016).

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,220  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Rodshtein vs Vitiugov  0-1322015Tradewise GibraltarB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. Svidler vs E Frisk 1-0342015Tradewise GibraltarB30 Sicilian
3. Jakovenko vs T Rydstrom  1-0432015Tradewise GibraltarA13 English
4. J Rapport vs Nakamura 0-1332015Tradewise GibraltarA80 Dutch
5. Topalov vs E Sanchez Jerez 1-0332015Tradewise GibraltarE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
6. K Nuri vs Yu Yangyi  0-1322015Tradewise GibraltarB41 Sicilian, Kan
7. Harikrishna vs E de Haan 1-0332015Tradewise GibraltarB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
8. A Tate vs R Rapport 0-1442015Tradewise GibraltarB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. M Matlakov vs P Lombaers  1-0322015Tradewise GibraltarA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
10. S Buchal vs I Cheparinov 0-1702015Tradewise GibraltarA15 English
11. M Rodshtein vs D Viana de Assis  1-0392015Tradewise GibraltarD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. V Prosviriakov vs Wei Yi 0-1312015Tradewise GibraltarB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. Yifan Hou vs H J Cordes 1-0392015Tradewise GibraltarC11 French
14. F M Semprun Martinez vs G Jones 0-1242015Tradewise GibraltarC78 Ruy Lopez
15. D Howell vs Felipe Kubiaki Menna Barreto 1-0372015Tradewise GibraltarE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
16. B Galmandakh vs Motylev 1-0772015Tradewise GibraltarA00 Uncommon Opening
17. E Iturrizaga vs P Scharrer  1-0482015Tradewise GibraltarE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. D Spence vs R Edouard  0-1352015Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Sutovsky vs P Hommerson 1-0362015Tradewise GibraltarC42 Petrov Defense
20. G Barrenechea Bahamonde vs M Bartel  0-1322015Tradewise GibraltarB10 Caro-Kann
21. B Adhiban vs J Urbina Perez  1-0322015Tradewise GibraltarC70 Ruy Lopez
22. R Rapport vs A Tari 1-0192015Tradewise GibraltarA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. F Terron Elena vs A Bachmann 0-1372015Tradewise GibraltarE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
24. I Salgado Lopez vs H Al-Tamimi 1-0332015Tradewise GibraltarE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Alejandro Perez Garcia vs S Agdestein  0-1362015Tradewise GibraltarA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,220  PGN Download
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Feb-05-15  qstone: <jphamlore> Yes, it is true. According to the master class video on the Gibraltar tournament website, Hou will not play in the knock-out championship. We will have a new woman world champion in March, and She can only enjoy the title for about half year, then in October, she will facing Hou in the 2015 Woman World Championship match.
Feb-05-15  schweigzwang: <Three, he was able to close out the event. Usually when he has been doing well in an event he has failed to finish the job.>

And that's twice now recently--the London Rapid tournament he won very convincingly. Ok, that wasn't classical time controls but he was even further ahead of 2nd place in that one, in arguably a stronger field.

Feb-05-15  bobthebob: <Agreed. If Carlsen at his current strength were transported back to the 80's, I think he would not only rival Kasparov( pure speculation as to who would be stronger), but he would also completely crush just about everyone else out there.>

Only because Carlsen has the benefit of 30 years of theory and tons of computer experience.

If Kasparov of 1980s had a modern quad core PC running Houdini, Stockfish and had Chessbase 14, he would have been even more unbelievable.

Feb-05-15  kellmano: Brilliant tournament. One day I'd love to play in it. Would involve tricking my wife into a holiday in Spain at the end of January, then saying 'Oh wow, a chess tournament, don't suppose you'd mind if I enter'. Will probably have to wait 30 years until I'm retired.
Feb-05-15  Kaspablanca: I think Hou is thinking to play in men tournament only if FIDE continue with the ridicolous system that the current women world champion have to "defend" her title playing the KO championship instead of a match against the winner of the womens candidates tournaments as played by the men.
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  paavoh: <Say in 90 they couldn't find better opponents for Kasparov than Nigel and Shirov. They are good but now we have: Vichy, Fabiano, Naka, Grishh, Levon, Topa, Gir, So and a "small" guy Vlad.>

I think there might be a slight flaw in this line of reasoning. Both Short and Shirov emerged thru matches to challenge Kasparov, Shirov being unfairly denied of the match taking place. There were plenty more "fine rivals" in the 90s, they just did not qualify to face GK. Same thing today, from your list of great players, only three (and all of the older generation) have made it thru equal qualifications. I am not arguing the fact that now there are more high-level players, but I do not subscribe to the view that there were only few back then.

Feb-05-15  MarkFinan: <<john barleycorn: Mark, I wish you win. You'll need the money for reducing the size by 2 inches. Did Harry already declared his willingness to buy the surplus?>>

He's more than willing. An extra 2" on his forehead won't make a difference, lol.

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  HeMateMe: with appearance fees maybe Hou makes as much as is needed and doesn't have the need to play in the mini match tournament. Probably doesn't matter as long as she gets a match with the winner. I think the match should be at least 12 games. I think last year it was 8. In her case it might not matter as she has been destroying people in these matches.
Feb-05-15  SirRuthless: Playing with IMs and weak GMS all the time is limiting her potential. She knows she needs to compete with the best regularly to improve. I think it would be the smart choice for her to make in order to reach her potential.
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  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.

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  Mating Net: I think this was a tremendous performance by Howell. Zero losses and finishing above Topalov, Svidler and Hou, not too shabby.
Feb-05-15  Tomlinsky: A great outing for Howell indeed <Mating Net>. He's shot up to #60 in the live ratings with +21. A very spider-like display at times, who he could be zeroing in on in the not too distant future if he keeps this up.
Feb-05-15  Tomlinsky: Absolutely <Dom>. It's been pointed out time and again how well SHort actually did against the moster that was Kasparov if one actually looks at the score sheets. Shirov always gets a hard time about telling Kasparov to stick the terms he was offered for the WCC, but he played the the Candidates on the premise of figures that were to be upheld for the qualifying challenger which didn't transpire. In principle I don't blame him. Carlsen also got grief sticking to what he believed in, standing up for what you think is right seems to be an outdated notion these days.
Feb-05-15  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.

Feb-05-15  chessmoron: Did Hou missed a win against Howell?
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  chancho: Yes, it would appear so.

From Chessbase:

< Hou Yifan blundered in a winning position against the Englishman and a win would have given her clear second.>

Feb-05-15  achieve: <kana> <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.> Yet your point is mute;

Ivanchuk, Anand, Kramnik and Gelfand were all in their prime, 15 years ago.

Just add Morozevich, Kamsky, Adams and even Karpov and Topalov, who was not even in the top 10 in Jan 2000, for <good measure>.

Feb-06-15  jphamlore: Did Topalov at least break even ratings-wise to maintain his position in the ratings race for Candidates 2016?
Feb-06-15  Kinghunt: No, Topalov lost 2 rating points. Not much, but down is down.
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  PhilFeeley: <jphamlore> According to, he lost 1.9 points. I don't know whether this keeps him in a candidate position or not.
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  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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