Gibraltar 2012: Short Wins Tie-Break Playoff

Gibraltar 2012: Short Wins Tie-Break Playoff

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There was a dramatic tiebreak playoff at the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, after Hou Yifan drew her final round game with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and was caught on 8/10 points by England's Nigel Short, who beat Krishnan Sasikiran.

Short won the first rapid playoff game (10 mins plus 5 second increment) with the white pieces and drew the second to take the Masters title and £20,000.

Despite this, the 2012 Gibraltar tournament has been all about Hou! Her win against Judit Polgar proved to be no fluke, as she continued to hold her own in the rest of the event, achieving a fantastic final result.

Gibraltar 2012 Rd10 Hou Yifan - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 Rd10 Nigel SHort - Krishnan Sasikran.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 First playoff game Hou Yifan - Nigel Short.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 Second playoff game Hou Yifan - Nigel Short 2.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 Nigel Short with Trophy.jpg

 

The top finishers at the 2012 Gibraltar Masters:


Name Nat Elo Pts.  TB1
1 Hou Yifan  CHN 2605 8.0 2872
2 Short Nigel D  ENG 2677 8.0 2838
3 Adams Michael  ENG 2724 7.5 2807
4 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  AZE 2747 7.5 2783
5 Bologan Viktor  MDA 2680 7.5 2734
6 Sutovsky Emil  ISR 2703 7.5 2669
7 Le Quang Liem  VIE 2714 7.0 2733
8 Almasi Zoltan  HUN 2717 7.0 2730
9 Howell David W L  ENG 2603 7.0 2725
10 Sasikiran Krishnan  IND 2700 7.0 2717
11 Movsesian Sergei  ARM 2700 7.0 2711
12 Svidler Peter  RUS 2749 7.0 2700
13 Negi Parimarjan  IND 2641 7.0 2694
14 Polgar Judit  HUN 2710 7.0 2693
15 Laznicka Viktor  CZE 2704 7.0 2681
16 Fridman Daniel  GER 2660 7.0 2632
17 Gustafsson Jan  GER 2643 7.0 2628
18 Jussupow Artur  GER 2569 7.0 2625
19 Salem A R  Saleh  UAE 2505 7.0 2621
20 Berg Emanuel  SWE 2550 7.0 2603

 

The results on the top boards in the final round:


No. Name Elo Pts. Result  Pts. Name Elo No.
1 25 Hou Yifan  2605 ½ - ½  7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  2747 2
2 14 Bologan Viktor  2680 7 ½ - ½  7 Adams Michael  2724 3
3 11 Sasikiran Krishnan  2700 7 0 - 1  7 Short Nigel
2677 15
4 10 Movsesian Sergei  2700 ½ - ½  Svidler Peter  2749 1
5 21 Gustafsson Jan  2643 ½ - ½  Almasi Zoltan  2717 4
6 22 Negi Parimarjan  2641 ½ - ½  Le Quang Liem  2714 5
7 23 Erdos Viktor  2634 0 - 1  Sutovsky Emil  2703 9
8 27 Howell David
2603 ½ - ½  6 Shirov Alexei  2710 7
9 6 Polgar Judit  2710 6 1 - 0  6 Korchnoi Viktor  2558 37
10 8 Laznicka Viktor  2704 6 1 - 0  6 Rapport Richard  2543 39

 

More details are at the excellent official website. All photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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