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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Levon Aronian7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Zahar Efimenko7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Kiril Georgiev7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Alexey Shirov7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Daniel Gormally7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Vasilios Kotronias7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Boris Avrukh6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Aleksey Dreev6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Sergey Erenburg6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Colin McNab6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Kevin Spraggett6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Peter K Wells6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Mohamad Naser Al Sayed6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Pia Cramling6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Salvador del Rio de Angelis6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Hichem Hamdouchi6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Mark Hebden6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
David Howell6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Jasem Al-Huwar6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Nicholas Pert6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Evgeny Postny6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Thomas E Rendle6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Ian Rogers6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
John Shaw6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
* (124 players total; 92 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2005)

The 3rd Gibraltar Masters was a 124-player 10-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta (Catalan Bay), Gibraltar, from 25 January to 3 February 2005, as part of the Gibtelecom Gibraltar Chess Festival. Time control: 100 minutes for the whole game, with 60 seconds added per move from move 1. First to fifth prizes: GBP 4000, 3000, 2000, 1500, 1000. The festival also featured four amateur tournaments (Ace Challengers, Saccone & Speed Challengers, Gibmaroc Amateurs, Victor Chandler Amateurs) and two Blitz events. Chief organizer: Stewart Reuben. Chief arbiter: David Welch. All rounds started at 3 pm.

Aronian, Efimenko, Georgiev, Shirov and Sutovsky shared the victory with 7.5/10. They earned GBP 2300 each. Best game prize: D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005. Gormally took his 3rd GM norm.

Official site:
Chess Mix:
Bill O'Rourke in Chess Moves, March/April 2005, p. 5:

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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 470  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shirov vs Shaw ½-½272005Gibraltar MastersC41 Philidor Defense
2. C McNab vs Dreev 0-1312005Gibraltar MastersA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
3. Aronian vs S Kristjansson 1-0442005Gibraltar MastersD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
4. B Thorfinnsson vs Sutovsky  ½-½342005Gibraltar MastersD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
5. Sasikiran vs Bellon Lopez 1-0492005Gibraltar MastersD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. M Tissir vs K Georgiev 0-1462005Gibraltar MastersB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. R Pert vs P Tregubov  ½-½302005Gibraltar MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Avrukh vs W Kobese  1-0482005Gibraltar MastersD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Nakamura vs M Hennigan 1-0602005Gibraltar MastersE77 King's Indian
10. A Belezky vs G Sargissian 0-1342005Gibraltar MastersC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
11. Efimenko vs J Dworakowska  1-0282005Gibraltar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. S Estremera Panos vs I Rogers  ½-½282005Gibraltar MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. K Spraggett vs A Mortazavi 1-0522005Gibraltar MastersB41 Sicilian, Kan
14. T Rendle vs Kotronias 0-1372005Gibraltar MastersA02 Bird's Opening
15. Areshchenko vs G Welling  1-0332005Gibraltar MastersB01 Scandinavian
16. P Kekki vs E Postny  0-1832005Gibraltar MastersA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
17. H Hamdouchi vs H Abdullah 1-0372005Gibraltar MastersC03 French, Tarrasch
18. B Thorfinnsson vs S Erenburg  0-1432005Gibraltar MastersD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Speelman vs H Nezad 1-0352005Gibraltar MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. D Howell vs Hebden  ½-½382005Gibraltar MastersC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
21. P K Wells vs J Al-Huwar  1-0262005Gibraltar MastersE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. J Radovanovic vs S del Rio de Angelis  ½-½332005Gibraltar MastersB08 Pirc, Classical
23. N Pert vs M Orr  ½-½732005Gibraltar MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. G Quillan vs S Williams  1-0532005Gibraltar MastersB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. C Ward vs L Tolhuizen  1-0302005Gibraltar MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member We now have some games from the Gibralter Masters Tournament (now referred to as the Masters International).

There was a five way tie for first place among Levon Aronian, Zahar Efimenko, Kiril D Georgiev, Emil Sutovsky and local favorite Alexey Shirov, all with 7.5/10.

Also, congratulations to Daniel Gormally for making his third and final GM norm.

Official homepage of the tournament is

Feb-08-05  shr0pshire: Nakamura finished 7.0 a half point behind the leaders. A strong showing by him, and I look forward to other international appearances by the reigning US champ.
Feb-08-05  Prashanth: <shr0pshire> any idea what's(and when?) the next tournament Nakamura is going to play?
Feb-08-05  roni.chessman: Hey <shropshire> Do you have a FICS account? Might be cool if we can play some standard and blitz games...and yes, you don't know me...
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  alexmagnus: one game is not here Lahno vs.Wells
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  alexmagnus: was a soulless draw, but also a game:)
Feb-09-05  shr0pshire: I don't have an FICS account, but I can register, and I love to play blitz.

I am not sure about his next tournament, but I am glad that me made another strong showing after he won the US title.

I think that Nakamura is strong, and on the rise.

Feb-09-05  Pawsome: <> <There was a five way tie for first place among Levon Aronian, Zahar Efimenko, Kiril D Georgiev, Emil Sutovsky and local favorite Alexey Shirov, all with 7.5/10> There was a five-way tie for first place BETWEEN .... Offered as constructive criticism. : ). Feel free to correct my diction at any time.
Feb-10-05  Dillinger: howdy <shr0pshire>, i'm still waiting for you to respond to my challenges on gameknot for the UCCCT. Cheers.
Premium Chessgames Member <between/among> I believe that "among" is correct and "between' would be distinctly incorrect, as there are more than two elements to the list.
Feb-12-05  me to play: is correct, I checked some grammar sources on the net. See the following information.

Among and between are both prepositions that take plural objects According to the Harbrace College Handbook. Among and between are used in the following complimentary distribution: “use among with objects denoting three or more (a group), and use between with those denoting only two (or twos)”. The Concise English Handbook confirms this “simple” rule: “among refers to a relationship involving three or more, whereas between refers to a relationship of two”.

Feb-28-05  Pawsome: Right, I was incorrect. Thanks for correcting my incorrect correction.
Sep-19-08  wolfmaster: <Pawsome> you were as wrong as wrong can be.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <wolfmaster> Not really: I've seen wronger wrongs.

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