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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 13; games 1-25 of 309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Roiz vs Harikrishna  ½-½312015Tradewise GibraltarE15 Queen's Indian
2. A Donchenko vs Sutovsky  ½-½522015Tradewise GibraltarA15 English
3. G Popilski vs E Iturrizaga ½-½572015Tradewise GibraltarA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
4. M Rodshtein vs M Roiz  ½-½302015Tradewise GibraltarD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. R Edouard vs S M Shyam  ½-½352015Tradewise GibraltarD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Lenderman vs G Oparin  ½-½322015Tradewise GibraltarE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. Motylev vs D Debashis  ½-½302015Tradewise GibraltarB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Ganguly vs Harikrishna  ½-½362015Tradewise GibraltarE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. L Trent vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½232015Tradewise GibraltarA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
10. Jakovenko vs A Muzychuk  ½-½472015Tradewise GibraltarD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. S M Shyam vs Motylev  ½-½422015Tradewise GibraltarB10 Caro-Kann
12. D Debashis vs I Cheparinov  ½-½392015Tradewise GibraltarD85 Grunfeld
13. K Spraggett vs R Rapport  ½-½402015Tradewise GibraltarA13 English
14. I Salgado Lopez vs A Stefanova  ½-½202015Tradewise GibraltarC10 French
15. V Plotkin vs S Mareco  ½-½612015Tradewise GibraltarB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Vitiugov vs B Bok  ½-½432015Tradewise GibraltarA34 English, Symmetrical
17. D Naroditsky vs K Spraggett ½-½322015Tradewise GibraltarB08 Pirc, Classical
18. Yifan Hou vs B Lalith ½-½412015Tradewise GibraltarB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. Bologan vs Svidler  ½-½342015Tradewise GibraltarA15 English
20. A Tari vs R Edouard  ½-½302015Tradewise GibraltarB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Stefansson vs Vitiugov  ½-½202015Tradewise GibraltarC01 French, Exchange
22. Jakovenko vs V M Mikhalevski  ½-½422015Tradewise GibraltarA15 English
23. M R Venkatesh vs Ganguly  ½-½322015Tradewise GibraltarC77 Ruy Lopez
24. P V Vishnu vs D Naroditsky  ½-½402015Tradewise GibraltarC78 Ruy Lopez
25. E Blomqvist vs G Jones  ½-½342015Tradewise GibraltarB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 309  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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