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Gibraltar Finale: The Stage Is Set

  • FM FM_Eric_Schiller
  • on 2/1/12, 2:02 PM.

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Hou Yifan is poised to create history by becoming the first female winner of the Gibraltar International. She told me that her win over Polgar hadn't sunk in as anything special and she wasn't thinking about the enormous cash rewards first place would bring.

Here is the view from the top of the rock:

Final round pairings:

1 25 GM Hou Yifan 2605 v
7 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2747 2
2 14 GM Bologan Viktor 2680 7 v
7 GM Adams Michael 2724 3
3 11 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2700 7 v
7 GM Short Nigel D 2677 15
4 10 GM Movsesian Sergei 2700 v
GM Svidler Peter 2749 1
5 21 GM Gustafsson Jan 2643 v
GM Almasi Zoltan 2717 4
6 22 GM Negi Parimarjan 2641 v
GM Le Quang Liem 2714 5
7 23 GM Erdos Viktor 2634 v
GM Sutovsky Emil 2703 9
8 27 GM Howell David W L 2603 v
6 GM Shirov Alexei 2710 7
9 6 GM Polgar Judit 2710 6 v 6 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2558 37

 

The standings before the final round:

1 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2605 7.5 2892
2 GM Adams Michael ENG 2724 7.0 2826
3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2747 7.0 2808
4 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2677 7.0 2807
5 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2700 7.0 2776
6 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2680 7.0 2740
7 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2714 6.5 2744
8 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2717 6.5 2740
9 GM Howell David W L ENG 2603 6.5 2727
10 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2700 6.5 2707
11 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2749 6.5 2701
12 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2641 6.5 2692
13 GM Erdos Viktor HUN 2634 6.5 2633
14 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2703 6.5 2624
15 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2643 6.5 2618

 

What they are playing for:

Open to all

Prizes for best relative rating achievement

1st Prize

£20,000 Rating Band 1st Prize 2nd Prize

2nd Prize

£12,000 2500-2599 £3,000 £2,000

3rd Prize

£10,000 2400-2499 £2,000 £1,000

4th Prize

£8,000 2300-2399 £2,000 £1,000

5th Prize

£5,000 2200-2299 £2,000 £1,000

6th Prize

£3,500 2100-2199 £2,000 £1,000

7th Prize

£3,000 2000-2099 £2,000 £1,000

8th Prize

£2,500 Under 2000 £2,000 £1,000

9th Prize

£2,000 A player may not win more than

one complete prize from this table.

Open to all Women

1st Prize

£10,000

2nd Prize

£7,000

3rd Prize

£5,000

4th Prize

£3,500

5th Prize

£2,500

6th Prize

£2,000

7th Prize

£1,500

8th Prize

£1,000

9th Prize

£600

10th Prize

£400

 

So Hou Yifan may go home with 30,000 pounds!

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  • 3 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    Now all that remains is yje gala closing dinner, a tradition here unlike most open tournaments. Tomorrow most of the players will boards the British Airways flight to Heathrow and make plans to return next year!

  • 3 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    Nigel won playoff 1.5-.5 and won 8000 additional pounds. Still a great result for the Chinese star.

  • 3 years ago

    2blackrooks

    Come on Nige, draw needed.

    But a great performance by Hou brilliant chess player

  • 3 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    Nigel won first playoff game.

  • 3 years ago

    2blackrooks

    Hou Yifan drew with Nigel winning!!!

    Play off today, come on Nigel good to see you back. after the London disaster

  • 3 years ago

    ruboutman

    wow,china in her hands!

  • 3 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    Short won, so here will be playoff for the money. Bologan could win and join them.

  • 3 years ago

    ANason21

    Wow, what sexist prizes.  A girl can win 30,000 pounds, but a guy can only win 20,000, for the same performance.  Seems like some income-inequality, no?

  • 3 years ago

    SuperCourgette

    There will be a play-off if e.g. Bologan or Short win their games.

  • 3 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    Hou drew. Won tournament, Women's prize and Junior prize!

  • 3 years ago

    StakeOut

    Awesome woman

    power

  • 3 years ago

    fischerblanca

     Yifans Performance is amazing! I hope she wins. To say her play and game is getting better when youv only beaten 2 masters in your life is an understatement. Shes very strong! I think shell be a member of the 2800 club in under a year. maybe 6 months

  • 3 years ago

    bigpaw

    watching her last game round 10 live ! tense stuff going on :O

  • 3 years ago

    novzki41

    the future of women's chess looks promising.. 

    http://azaleapremier.blogspot.com/

  • 3 years ago

    wait4GF

    wow,so proud of her.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    If Yifan wins this thing it will be big for chess...especially for women, and China. I also hope one day we get to see a female become the WCC. Unlike the men...the women's WCC is clearly a cut above her peers in tournaments as well. How do we expalin this anomaly?

  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Gibraltar is very special in the sense that prizes are added. Usually if you get both a regular prize & women's prize, you have to choose one (the highest). Here you get both.

  • 3 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Mamedyarov gets to compete in a very historic game. High-tension chess!

    Correction: Hou Yifan could walk away with 33,000 pounds. 

  • 3 years ago

    templar57

    Magnificent accomplishment by the young Champion. Bravo! Can she become the world champion of both sexes? Can she break the 2800 mark? At her age there isn't a limit and i think she can do both in the next 5 years if not sooner.

    On a less positive note, she can win 30,000 pounds for Gibralter and Aronian only won 10,000 euros for Tata Steel? doesn't seem right somehow.

  • 3 years ago

    chaterbox3007

    bravo, hou yufan, the world is better today

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