Reports | January 29, 2008 23:25

Monkey Men Berg & Hillarp Persson

[lang_nl]Vanmorgen gingen Ian & Cathy Rogers, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Emanuel Berg en ik een kijkje nemen bovenop de rots van Gibraltar. Vooral bekend om zijn apenkolonie. Ik had een interview met de twee Zweden en de apen (erbij).[/lang_nl][lang_en]This morning Ian & Cathy Rogers, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Emanuel Berg and I went up the Rock of Gibraltar. Especially known for its ape colony. I did an interview with the two Swedish players and the apes (watching them).[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Gibraltar is eigenlijk gewoon een grote stad gebouwd rondom de rots. Hij is zo imposant, dat het niet verbaast dat hij subject van vele veldslagen is geweest. De Castilianen en Moren vochten er al om in de veertiende eeuw; sinds 1704 is hij in Britse handen. De inwoners zijn Andalusisch van cultuur en spreken Spaans tegen elkaar, maar Engels tegen de Britten en toeristen, en het gekke is dat als je nu in een referendum zou vragen of ze Spaans zouden willen worden, dat een grote meerderheid nee zou zeggen.

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De berberapen (Macaca sylvanus) die op de rots leven (maar zich ook veelvuldig begeven in de rest van de stad) zijn niet volledig inheems te noemen, aangezien ze qua DNA te weinig verschillen van Afrikaanse apen. De legende zegt dat wanneer de apen de rots verlaten, het gedaan zal zijn met de Engelse heerschappij.

Hoe staat het eigenlijk met het toernooi? Wel, na zeven van de tien rondes leidt de oersterke Chinees Bu Xiangzhi met 6,5 punt. Gisteren won hij van titelhouder Kiril Georgiev. Wang Hao was gisteren de eerste mannelijke Chinees die verloor in het toernooi (van Efimenko) en zakte naar de vierde plaats.

Stefanova was met 4 uit 4 begonnen maar daarna werd ze slachtoffer van het Kramnik Gambiet (een verkoudheid). Hoewel, zoveel werd ze er niet door be?ɬØnvloed, eigenlijk bleef ze best goed spelen daarna en ze had goede winstkansen in een wilde partij tegen Bologan gisteren.

De Australische IM Zong-Yuan Zhao is bezig in no-time GM te worden. Hij was al een poosje sterker dan zijn rating en IM-titel, maar had weinig tijd om te spelen. In januari scoorde hij echter twee normen achter elkaar en dit toernooi is hij hard op weg naar zijn derde, onder andere dankzij een overwinning op Nakamura. Het zou betekenen dat niet David Smerdon, maar Zong-Yuan de volgende Australische GM zou worden, na Ian Rogers en Darryl Johansen.

Links vind je een selectie van interessante partijen die tot dusver in Gibraltar zijn gespeeld.



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Volledige stand en indeling hier.

Zojuist is de achtste ronde begonnen, met onder andere de partijen Bu Xiangzhi-Bologan, Efimenko-Socko, Malakhatko-Wang Yue en Agdestein-Petrosian. Livepartijen kunnen hier gevolgd worden.

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[/lang_nl][lang_en]Gibraltar is actually just a big city, built around the Rock. Which is very imposing, and so it's no surprise that it was the subject of many battles in the past. The Castilians and the Moors already fought for it in the 14th century and since 1704 it's been occupied by the British. The inhabitants are mostly of Andalusian culture and speak Spanish to each other, but English to British people and tourists. The funny thing is that if you'd hold a plebiscite and ask if they want to become part of Spain, probably a big majority would say no.

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The Barbary apes or Macaques (Macaca sylvanus) that live on the rock (but can be seen throughout the city) can't really be native because their DNA is too similar to that of African monkeys. The legend goes that whenever the monkeys leave the Rock, it will mean the end of British ruling.

So how's the tournament going? Well, after seven of the ten rounds, the terribly strong Chinese player Bu Xiangzhi leads with 6.5 points. Yesterday he beat current title holder Kiril Georgiev. Wang Hao was the first male Chinese to lose in the tournament yesterday (against Efimenko) and dropped to 4th place.

Stefanova had started with 4 out of 4 but then she became victim of the Kramnik Gambit (she caught a cold). Well, she wasn't affected too much by it, since she kept on playing very well and had good winning chances in a wild game against Bologan yesterday.

The Australian IM Zong-Yuan Zhao is rapidly becoming a GM. For a while, he had been stronger than his title suggested, but didn't have much time to play. This month he already scored two norms and in this tournament he seems to be on route for his third, beating Nakamura for instance. It would mean that not David Smerdon, but Zong-Yuan would become the next GM in Australia, after Ian Rogers and Darryl Johansen.

On the left, you'll find a selection of interesting games played so far in Gibraltar.



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Full standings and pairings here.

Not long ago the 8th round has begun, with e.g. Bu Xiangzhi-Bologan, Efimenko-Socko, Malakhatko-Wang Yue and Agdestein-Petrosian. Live games can be followed here.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Comments

~~~~'s picture

Looks like Bu might be winning again today (plus pawn, better bishop, and Bologan has 3 minutes for 12 moves), which would give him a nice 3000+ tpr.

Anneke's picture

Fantastisch! Haanstra was er niets bij! Ook ik (als niet schaakkenner) heb er van genoten. Veel plezier daar nog en succes.

Amos Sky's picture

Great Video!!!

Vosuram's picture

I am not a zoologist, sorry. Is it a chimpanzee?

Robert's picture

Great video, the muppets in the end! But lets get back to teh chess zoo now, haha

arne's picture

Great report!
Just one curious thing (OT alert): to say that the Barbary macaques can't really be native because their DNA is too similar to African monkeys is a bit like saying that you, Peter, aren't a native European because your DNA is too silimar to African chimpansees...
All jokes aside, the DNA studies (e.g. Modolo, Martin & Salzburger, 2005) of the Gibraltar monkeys are very interesting indeed. If I understand the literature correctly, the current Gibraltar monkeys are in any case descended from a macaque-kind of monkey living in Africa, which split up into two subgroups approximately 1,6 million years ago. The two subgroups are now very distinct; however, the Gibraltar monkeys' DNA shows ancient traces of both subgroups, contrary to what people thought before this research.
Anyway, what's most interesting is that on the isolated rock of Gibraltar one would perhaps expect a genetically homogenous population of monkeys, but this is not the case. Because of mixing of the two subgroups, the monkeys are genetically very diverse, and this is one of the reasons why the question on how long the monkeys have been living on Gibraltar, is still unresolved.

bob's picture

awesome!

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