The Boys are back in town (and girls!)

  • FM FM_Eric_Schiller
  • | Jan 25, 2012

The Tradewise Gibaltar Chess Congress, the strongest Open ever, is underway and the excitement is building. The top seeds are truly inpressive:

1 4102142 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2749 bio  
2 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2747 bio  
3 400041 Adams, Michael g ENG 2724 bio  
4 702293 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2717 bio  
5 12401137 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2714 bio  
6 700070 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2710 bio  
7 2209390 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2710 bio  
8 316385 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2704 bio  
9 2802007 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2703 bio  
10 310204 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2700 bio  
11 5004985 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2700 bio  
12 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2699 bio  
13 13300881 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2683 bio  
14 13900048 Bologan, Victor g MDA 2680 bio  
15 400025 Short, Nigel g ENG 2677 bio  
16 11600454 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2660 bio  
17 3901211 Iturrizaga, Eduardo g VEN 2656 bio  
18 5010608 Gupta, Abhijeet g IND 2652 bio  
19 1204297 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian g ROU 2650 bio  
20 1207822 LupThe firulescu, Constantin g ROU 2648



The first round saw plenty of fighting chess, helped by the rule forbidding draws before move 30. Mickey Adams came in with guns blazing and blew away his opponent.

Judit Polgar wasted no time dispatching her opponent.

Viktor the Terrible got off to a fine start.

Finally, a sparkling gem from Hikaru Nakamura's step-dad:

I arrived minutes before the first game after a brief hospital stay and tried to win a drawn position, losing late in the endgame.


  • 5 years ago


    goood play

  • 5 years ago


    "polgar wasted no time dispatching her opponant" 

    its alex! :D looks like he's movin up in the world

  • 5 years ago


    i'm glad to see no draws. for the longest time i thought the future of chess would be all draws, but am gald to see thats not the case. Also,  nice comeback from korchnoi at that level resignation is almost always the reply to a loss of +3 points, but he held on and won the game. surely there was a major blunder on rodriguez's part but didnt bother finding it. on move 16 he had a won position just couldn't keep it. he should of forced trade offs and convert his material advantage into a win

  • 5 years ago


    Yahoo!! :-)

  • 5 years ago


    Thank you, Mr. Schiller for the beautiful myriad of world class games, can't wait to see more!! 

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