2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival

2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 22, 2012, 2:44 AM |
11 | Chess Event Coverage

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The 2012 edition of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival marks the 10th anniversary of an event which has grown to become a popular fixture on the chess calendar.

This year's festival runs from 25 January - 2 February and the Masters tournament will feature the strongest field yet with 57 Grandmasters, 11 of which are rated over 2700 Elo.

The format is a 10-round Swiss with a time control of 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, and finally 15 minutes to finish with a 30 second second increment from the start of the game.  Games start at 15:00 local time (14:00 UTC), except the last round which is at 11:00 (10:00 UTC). The top 70 rated entries are:

1 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2749   36 Nabaty, Tamir  ISR  2563
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2747   37 Korchnoi, Viktor  SUI  2558
3 Adams, Michael  ENG  2724   38 Berg, Emanuel  SWE  2550
4 Almasi, Zoltan  HUN  2717   39 Rapport, Richard  HUN  2543
5 Le, Quang Liem  VIE  2714   40 Kosintseva, Nadezhda  RUS  2537
6 Polgar, Judit  HUN  2710   41 Dzagnidze, Nana  GEO  2535
7 Shirov, Alexei  LAT  2710   42 Del Rio, Salvador G.  ESP  2531
8 Laznicka, Viktor  CZE  2704   43 Ikonnikov, Vyacheslav  RUS  2531
9 Sutovsky, Emil  ISR  2703   44 Pavlovic, Milos  SRB  2531
10 Movsesian, Sergei  ARM  2700   45 AL-Sayed, Mohammed  QAT  2524
11 Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND  2700   46 Stefanova, Antoaneta  BUL  2523
12 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA  2699   47 Huschenbeth, Niclas  GER  2518
13 Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM  2683   48 Sebag, Marie  FRA  2512
14 Bologan, Victor  MDA  2680   49 Kanep, Meelis  EST  2509
15 Short, Nigel  ENG  2677   50 Zatonskih, Anna  USA  2506
16 Fridman, Daniel  GER  2660   51 Gallagher, Joseph G.  SUI  2505
17 Iturrizaga, Eduardo  VEN  2656   52 Salem, A.R. Saleh  UAE  2505
18 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2652   53 Cabrera, Alexis  ESP  2504
19 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian  ROU  2650   54 Baron, Tal  ISR  2498
20 Lupulescu, Constantin  ROU  2648   55 El Debs, Felipe de Cresce  BRA  2497
21 Gustafsson, Jan  GER  2643   56 Dvirnyy, Daniyyl  ITA  2492
22 Negi, Parimarjan  IND  2641   57 Cramling, Pia  SWE  2491
23 Erdos, Viktor  HUN  2634   58 Muzychuk, Mariya  UKR  2483
24 Akobian, Varuzhan  USA  2617   59 Arnold, Marc T  USA  2482
25 Yifan, Hou  CHN  2605   60 Zhu, Chen  QAT  2472
26 Fier, Alexandr  BRA  2603   61 Krush, Irina  USA  2467
27 Howell, David W L  ENG  2603   62 Hunt, Adam C  ENG  2462
28 David, Alberto  LUX  2598   63 Womacka, Mathias  GER  2455
29 Koneru, Humpy  IND  2589   64 Javakhishvili, Lela  GEO  2454
30 Brunello, Sabino  ITA  2581   65 Molner, Mackenzie  USA  2449
31 Kulaots, Kaido  EST  2581   66 Vaibhav, Suri  IND  2448
32 Muzychuk, Anna  SLO  2580   67 Khurtsidze, Nino  GEO  2444
33 Felgaer, Ruben  ARG  2573   68 Cernousek, Lukas  CZE  2438
34 Jussupow, Artur  GER  2569   69 Raznikov, Danny  ISR  2436
35 Geetha Narayanan Gopal  IND  2566   70 Lyrberg, Patrik  SWE  2435

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Peter Svidler Judit Polgar
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Alongside the Masters tournament, there are also two Challenger events (for those rated under 2250 Elo) and two Amateur events (under 1800 Elo), all of which are 5-round Swiss competitions. The full schedule looks like this:

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The impressive new official website will have live coverage and commentary of the top games in the Masters event, with webcams in the main playing hall and commentary room.

First place in the Masters competition attracts a £20,000 prize, with the top placed woman receiving £10,000. There are also rating category prizes, and a special £5,000 prize to the top placed player from a Commonwealth country, in celebration of the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee.  Full details of all prizes can be found here.

Also, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Gibraltar Chess Festival, a set of commemorative chess-themed stamps have been issued, each with a specially chosen game from the many thousands of games that have been played during the decade of chess on the Rock.

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Follow the 2012 Tradwise Gibraltar Chess Festival action at the official website, or the tournament's Facebook or Twitter pages.

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