Tradewise Gibraltar, 2: Unpredictable by IM David Martínez

Jan 25, 2017, 7:28 PM |

The second round of the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters came packed with surprises. Only two of the seven theoretical favourites managed to win their games on the top boards, and it could have been worse! The greatest drama was the loss on time for Vassily Ivanchuk, who turned out to have written down his moves badly...



Ivanchuk was the major victim of a crazy round | photo: Sophie Triay, official Flickr account


It's only in an open like Gibraltar that you can see the world's best players suffer so much only in the second round. Almost right from the beginning we got to witness the ratings favourites suffer against a series of strong masters who had them on the ropes. Let's took a look at some of the encounters.