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2013 Gibraltar Chess Festival Underway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.01.24. 1:52.

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The 2013 Tradwise Gibraltar Chess Festival is underway - the 11th edition of this popular event.

The main competition is a 10-round Swiss 'Masters' tournament with more than 240 players taking part, and featuring 22 players rated above 2600 Elo, and 8 in the 2700+ Elo club.

As usual, the first round of big Swiss events provides opportunities for upsets, and top seed Vassily Ivanchuk and second seed Gata Kamksy were both suprisingly held to draws by players rated more than 500 points below them.  The second round provided yet more shocks as Alexei Shirov was held to a draw and defending champion Nigel Short lost.

A small selection of games from the first two rounds are below.  The well organised official tournament website has full results, games, photos and videos.  There is also live coverage and commentary available. Rounds in the 'Masters' competition start at 15:00 (14:00 UTC) every day except the final round which starts at 11:00 (10:00 UTC).
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Left to right: Tournament director GM Stuart Conquest, James Humphreys of the principal sponsor Tradewise, Brian Callaghan of the Caleta Hotel, Miss Gibraltar Jessica Baldochino and the Hon. Steven Linares, Minister for Sport, Culture, Heritage & Youth.

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The top ranked players in the 2013 Gibraltar Masters

# Name Fed Elo
1 Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758
2 Kamsky Gata USA 2740
3 Adams Michael ENG 2725
4 Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723
5 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711
6 Navara David CZE 2710
7 Shirov Alexei LAT 2708
8 Le Quang Liem VIE 2705
9 Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694
10 Short Nigel D ENG 2690
11 Yu Yangyi CHN 2688
12 Sutovsky Emil ISR 2684
13 Fridman Daniel GER 2667
14 Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650
15 Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650
16 Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643
17 Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632
18 Bartel Mateusz POL 2629
19 Swiercz Dariusz POL 2627
20 Jussupow Artur GER 2611
21 Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606
22 Ehlvest Jaan USA 2603


Games via TWIC.

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  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    Roeczak

    zygouris is an amateur and draws chucky... because he is greek lol

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    killarikan

    well i guess everybody wanted to  play the <swiss>;but i guess it works against them since all of them did the same

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    For those who don't already know, the "Swiss Gambit" is informal slang for the (alleged) practice of deliberately drawing/losing in the first round of a Swiss event so that you get - in theory - easier pairings for most of the rest of the event.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    bigbikefan

    These two with 2700+ rating must've played blindfolded or something...

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Capablanca was the greatest chess player of all time and Carlsen is starting to play like Capablanca because he knows that the secret to win games is to learn how to simplify the middle game into a slightly better endgame. Endgame knowledge is more important that opening theory and Carlsen is living prove of this fact.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Who played the swiss gambit, so we can see the game and have a comment about it.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    sidpn

    Hope everyone will forgive me for what im about to say but...Swiss gambit?! really?!:))) what is it with this f pawn system fashion?!

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    calemcc

    I wonder if anyone has figured out that the swiss gambit doesn't actually work when EVERYONE does it

    Two huge upsets and the rest are draws... seems pretty unlikely...

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    shahrokh1975

    I wish I was thereFrown

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    ashish9819

    I sense evry one is going for swiss gambit???

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ Turnierspieler - only 4.2 points according to the calculations at 2700Chess.com.

  • 20 hónap ezelőtt

    Turnierspieler

    ouch, ivanchuk drawing against a 2200 - that might cost him some points!

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