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Tradewise Gibraltar Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Richard Rapport7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
David Howell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Das Debashis7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Wang Hao7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Daniil Dubov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Lance Henderson de La Fuente7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Ori Kobo7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Alexander Motylev7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Falko Bindrich7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Mikhail Antipov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Benjamin Gledura6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Victor Markovich Mikhalevski6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (286 players total; 257 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)

The 16th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters took place in Caleta Hotel from January 23 to February 1, 2018. This year had a notably strong line-up with top seeds including Aronian, Nakamura, Harikrishna, Vitiugov, Vachier-Lagrave, Navara, Quang Liem Le, and Ivanchuk.

After 10 rounds, seven players ended on 7.5 points. The rules stipulated a single winner, and only allowed the four players with the best tournament rating performance to proceed to the playoff stage. In the playoff, the winners of the semifinals were Levon Aronian, who beat Richard Rapport, and Maxime Vachier Lagrave, who beat Hikaru Nakamura, thus ending the American's hope of a fourth successive Gibraltar title and a fifth in total. Aronian won both rapid games, but Vachier-Lagrave needed a further pair of blitz games to qualify for the tie-break final, after the two rapid games ended in a draw. The final showdown was thus between Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave. They drew the two scheduled rapid games (with 10 minutes each, and an extra 2 seconds added after each move) and then the first blitz game (3 minutes each plus an add-on of 2 seconds). Finally Aronian managed to win the second blitz game to clinch overall victory. (1, 2)

Official site: https://www.gibchess.com/. Schedule: https://www.gibchess.com/schedule-2.... Crosstable: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr301...

Previous edition: Tradewise Gibraltar (2017).

(1) https://www.gibchess.com/round-10-2..., (2) https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 476  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Morozov vs A Mikaelyan  1-0402018Tradewise GibraltarC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. P Maghsoodloo vs V Moiseenko 1-0612018Tradewise GibraltarA04 Reti Opening
3. N Batsiashvili vs D Spence  1-0212018Tradewise GibraltarE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. X Wemmers vs A Cramling Bellon 1-0262018Tradewise GibraltarD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Tarjan vs T Biegel  1-0802018Tradewise GibraltarA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
6. M Esserman vs J Roman Lopez  1-0302018Tradewise GibraltarA35 English, Symmetrical
7. E Grinberg vs R Bryant  1-0402018Tradewise GibraltarC05 French, Tarrasch
8. L Yankelevich vs M Hamer  1-0432018Tradewise GibraltarE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. Lou Yiping vs M Janiszewski 1-0452018Tradewise GibraltarB01 Scandinavian
10. D Larino Nieto vs S Kozarcanin  1-0382018Tradewise GibraltarA00 Uncommon Opening
11. G Gaehwiler vs B Bozinovic  1-0412018Tradewise GibraltarB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. S Vega Gutierrez vs R Edvardsen  1-0302018Tradewise GibraltarC50 Giuoco Piano
13. J C Pigott vs M Athar Ansari  1-0342018Tradewise GibraltarB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
14. V Keymer vs A Chibnall 1-0292018Tradewise GibraltarE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. E Shachar vs P Mozelius  1-0272018Tradewise GibraltarB06 Robatsch
16. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Celia Gillis Onieva  1-0252018Tradewise GibraltarA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. T Batchimeg vs A Gravett  1-0182018Tradewise GibraltarE60 King's Indian Defense
18. A Erenberg vs M R Wilson  1-0282018Tradewise GibraltarD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. M Nubairshah Shaikh vs Said Francois-Haugrin  1-0302018Tradewise GibraltarA25 English
20. R Haria vs Lee Bullock  1-0212018Tradewise GibraltarA04 Reti Opening
21. L Cernousek vs D Coleman  1-0482018Tradewise GibraltarE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. N Studer vs R Dasaolu  1-0382018Tradewise GibraltarA04 Reti Opening
23. R Praggnanandhaa vs D de Graaf  1-0622018Tradewise GibraltarB07 Pirc
24. G Antal vs T Bopp  1-0342018Tradewise GibraltarB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. F Libiszewski vs D Movileanu  1-0472018Tradewise GibraltarE60 King's Indian Defense
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 476  PGN Download
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Feb-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Agree with <mike1> re the numerous over the top comments.

Nakamura can now officially throw it over--his life is done and he might as well go to poker full time. (rolls eyes)

Maybe Naka and I will cross swords at the WSOP.

Feb-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: "I won the tournament!"

(With 50 others lol)

Feb-03-18  SometimesGood: <JustAnotherMaster: Yes <sometimesgood> MC definitely broke him at bullet, his last hold on hope, now he is like a destroyed fighter after having doing his best and getting destroyed, he has nothing worthy left.> Yes, Naka was the best in 4th generation, but Magnus is a 5th generation fighter. Time to go for ramming!
Feb-03-18  SometimesGood: saying this I would prefer Naka's personality to Magnus, not a big fun of these type of guys. Still have to acknowledge his superiority. As human beings I would prefer Wesley, Vishy, Ding and Levon. Add to these Asian guys Adams whose personality is just awesome.
Feb-03-18  Boomie: It would have been easy to have three rapid matches with the highest TPR seeded into to second round. But after all, this is an open tournament and how they decide who gets the trophy is not all that important.
Feb-03-18  JimNorCal: Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!
Feb-03-18  john barleycorn: <JimNorCal: Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!>

Yes, if you cannot handle it, ignore it. The issue will not go away but you can have a happy life.

Feb-03-18  Absentee: First they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they win.
Feb-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: Buy Wesley Soap!
Feb-04-18  Justin Flint: https://vimeo.com/71346622
Feb-04-18  SometimesGood: <john barleycorn: if you cannot handle it, ignore it.> ha-ha, right. i don't ignore anyone:)
Feb-04-18  SometimesGood: <Absentee: First they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they win.> First they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they lose.
Feb-04-18  zborris8: <perfidious> Nakamura's shining career may be waning, but think of the third place finisher here, 18 yr old Benjamin Gledura. Now that guy has a bright future!
Feb-05-18  JustAnotherMaster: No one cares about any of you "nutjobs" posting here every day, get a life huh, help out at the homeless shelter or soup kitchen if you are so well off, otherwise stfu. Naka is on fast downward spiral to nothingness, MC can crush him at every speed, and H-Bomb cant even beat 2700s any more, suck-it losers.
Feb-05-18  happyjuggler0: <zborris8: think of the third place finisher here, 18 yr old Benjamin Gledura. Now that guy has a bright future!>

Actually he didn't finish anywhere close to third place; he finished tied for 26th-49th. http://www.chess-results.com/tnr301...

However, his +3 score is indeed impressive against such a field, not to mention at such a young age too.

Feb-05-18  zborris8: <happyjuggler0> I think it's your English. You cannot be "tied" for a place. You are "tied' with a "person" meaning you have the same points as that person. That is why prizes are not awarded separately for same point receivers. They are grouped together and divided equally among players with the same points. First place wins the first prize. If the next nine players have the same points, they are "tied" with each other for second place and the money is grouped together and divided equally among them. Anyway, what it is to you?
Feb-05-18  Illogic: Of course someone can be tied for a place.
Feb-05-18  happyjuggler0: <zborris8>: Someone who finishes third is someone who has 2 people ahead of him. When you have 25 people ahead of you, you are not in third, you are in 26th.
Feb-05-18  Ang Dalubhasa: <zborris8> is referencing something that <Wesley So> himself said. I am not sure, though. ^^
Feb-05-18  Ang Dalubhasa: Heck, he's not referencing, that's what he actually said. LOL
Feb-05-18  zborris8: <happyjuggler0 --> Ang Dalubhasa>

The convo starts about ten posts before this link: Wesley So

Feb-06-18  Pulo y Gata: Besides, Nakamura won this tournament and he taught himself chess.
Feb-10-18  JimNorCal: <Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!>

The downside is that when you go to the "Wesley So" page the comment section is nearly empty! j/k

Feb-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: Under the new placement rules, I would like to congratulate Howell, Gupta, Debashis, Duda, Oparin, Hao, Vocaturo, Gelfand, Sethuraman, Sutovsky, Dubov, Fuente, Kobo, Cheparinov, Motylev, Narayanan, Epishin, and Bindrich for finishing in second place!
Feb-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  BPBurton: Where are the game-logs for the tie-break games?
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