Gibraltar Round 7: Hou Yifan Vs. Judit Polgar!

Gibraltar Round 7: Hou Yifan Vs. Judit Polgar!

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January has been an excellent month for fans of top-quality chess, and with the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Masters in full swing the excitement isn't over yet!

After six completed rounds the big English guns of Nigel Short and Mickey Adams claim their place at the top of the leaderboard, but there is a huge array of talent chasing them in this 10th Anniversary edition of the tournament.

The line-up in this 10-round Swiss competition includes the most impressive collection of female chess talent ever to grace an Open event, including the women's #1 for more than two decades, Judit Polgar, and the 17 year-old women's world champion Hou Yifan.

As chance would have it (and perhaps a helping hand from the organisers?Wink), Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan faced each other today in round seven.  This was the first time that Polgar had faced Hou and the game attracted a massive amount of interest.  The result was sensational...

The start of the historic game between Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan (photo from the official website)

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A fantastic result for Hou Yifan! Is there any stopping the young champion from China?



The top standings going into the seventh round:

Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Short Nigel D  ENG 2677 5.0
2 Adams Michael  ENG 2724 5.0
3 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  AZE 2747 5.0
4 Sasikiran Krishnan  IND 2700 5.0
5 Howell David W L  ENG 2603 5.0
6 Gopal G N  IND 2566 5.0
7 Dzagnidze Nana  GEO 2535 5.0
8 Negi Parimarjan  IND 2641 5.0
9 Le Quang Liem  VIE 2714 4.5
10 Hou Yifan  CHN 2605 4.5
11 Polgar Judit  HUN 2710 4.5
12 Almasi Zoltan  HUN 2717 4.5
13 Movsesian Sergei  ARM 2700 4.5
14 David Alberto  LUX 2598 4.5
15 Bologan Viktor  MDA 2680 4.5
16 Felgaer Ruben  ARG 2571 4.5
17 El Debs Felipe De Cresce  BRA 2497 4.5
18 Akobian Varuzhan  USA 2617 4.5
19 Nabaty Tamir  ISR 2563 4.5
20 Salem A R  Saleh  UAE 2505 4.5


The official website is excellent, with extensive coverage of the games and much more.

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