Reports | January 27, 2012 16:10

Meanwhile, 'Gibraltar' is under way and Judit Polgar will give a Masterclass

Meanwhile, Gibraltar is under way and Polgar will give a Masterclass

Besides the Tata Steel tournament, another strong event has started a few days ago: the 2012 Tradewise Chess Festival. After three rounds only Nigel Short, Mickey Adams, Hou Yifan, Sabino Brunello and Ruben Felgaer still have a 100% score.

Event Tradewise Chess Festival | PGN via TWIC
Dates January 24th-February 2nd, 2012
Location Gibraltar, UK
System Swiss, different groups
Players Top players in the Masters include Peter Svidler, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, Zoltan Almasi, Le Quang Liem, Judit Polgar and Alexei Shirov
Rate of play 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds increment for each move starting from the first move.

This year the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival celebrates its 10th edition. The open tournament, the Gibraltar Masters, has the largest concentration of grandmasters and players ever. The event started on Tuesday, 24 January, and so three rounds have been played so far. 

Among the players who are on 3/3 we don't find the two top seeds, Peter Svidler and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. After beating Jovanka Houska in the first round, Svidler had to be satisfied with a draw against both Artur Jussupow and Anna Muzychuk. Mamedyarov won his first two games, but then suffered a loss against Nigel Short, who explains his win here:

Tonight Judit Polgar will be giving a Masterclass in the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar. You'll be able to follow it online here!
 
After the Tata Steel tournament we'll be covering the tournament in Gibraltar more extensively.

Selection of games rounds 1-3

 
 

 

Tradewise Chess Festival | Masters | Round 3 standings (top 30)

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1
1 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2677 3.0 3348.0
2 GM Adams Michael ENG 2724 3.0 3345.0
3 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2605 3.0 3311.0
4 GM Brunello Sabino ITA 2581 3.0 3260.0
5 GM Felgaer Ruben BRA 2571 3.0 3195.0
6 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2650 2.5 2805.0
7 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2714 2.5 2802.0
8 GM Polgar Judit HUN 2710 2.5 2789.0
9 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2704 2.5 2787.0
10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2700 2.5 2783.0
11 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2700 2.5 2779.0
12 GM Howell David W L ENG 2603 2.5 2772.0
13 GM David Alberto LUX 2598 2.5 2760.0
14 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2589 2.5 2751.0
15 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2581 2.5 2728.0
16 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2643 2.5 2713.0
17 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2710 2.5 2703.0
18 IM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2580 2.5 2693.0
19 GM Jussupow Artur GER 2569 2.5 2676.0
20 IM Zatonskih Anna USA 2506 2.5 2625.0
21 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2603 2.5 2611.0
22 CM Osuna Vega Enrique ESP 2122 2.5 2526.0
23 GM Gopal G N IND 2566 2.5 2520.0
24 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2543 2.5 2512.0
25 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2535 2.5 2496.0
26 IM Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2518 2.5 2467.0
27   Allor Chukwuka NGR 2145 2.5 2389.0
28   Sos Andreu Eric ESP 2113 2.5 2284.0
29 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2747 2.0 2677.0
30 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2660 2.0 2666.0

 

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Comments

what the heck's picture

Nigel needs lubricating! He said it, not me.

RealityCheck's picture

Trivia. Which GM tournament gave its winner a trophy and a large jug of virgin olive oil?

unknown's picture

Bad time controls.

Official gives: 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.

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