2013 Gibraltar Chess Festival Underway

2013 Gibraltar Chess Festival Underway

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The 2013 Tradwise Gibraltar Chess Festival is underway - the 11th edition of this popular event.

The main competition is a 10-round Swiss 'Masters' tournament with more than 240 players taking part, and featuring 22 players rated above 2600 Elo, and 8 in the 2700+ Elo club.

As usual, the first round of big Swiss events provides opportunities for upsets, and top seed Vassily Ivanchuk and second seed Gata Kamksy were both suprisingly held to draws by players rated more than 500 points below them.  The second round provided yet more shocks as Alexei Shirov was held to a draw and defending champion Nigel Short lost.

A small selection of games from the first two rounds are below.  The well organised official tournament website has full results, games, photos and videos.  There is also live coverage and commentary available. Rounds in the 'Masters' competition start at 15:00 (14:00 UTC) every day except the final round which starts at 11:00 (10:00 UTC).
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Left to right: Tournament director GM Stuart Conquest, James Humphreys of the principal sponsor Tradewise, Brian Callaghan of the Caleta Hotel, Miss Gibraltar Jessica Baldochino and the Hon. Steven Linares, Minister for Sport, Culture, Heritage & Youth.

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The top ranked players in the 2013 Gibraltar Masters

# Name Fed Elo
1 Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758
2 Kamsky Gata USA 2740
3 Adams Michael ENG 2725
4 Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723
5 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711
6 Navara David CZE 2710
7 Shirov Alexei LAT 2708
8 Le Quang Liem VIE 2705
9 Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694
10 Short Nigel D ENG 2690
11 Yu Yangyi CHN 2688
12 Sutovsky Emil ISR 2684
13 Fridman Daniel GER 2667
14 Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650
15 Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650
16 Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643
17 Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632
18 Bartel Mateusz POL 2629
19 Swiercz Dariusz POL 2627
20 Jussupow Artur GER 2611
21 Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606
22 Ehlvest Jaan USA 2603


Games via TWIC.

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