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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Michael Adams7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jan Gustafsson7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Sandipan Chanda7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Sergei Movsesian7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Geetha Narayanan Gopal7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Laurent Fressinet7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Humpy Koneru7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Stelios Halkias7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Michael Hoffmann7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Vadim Malakhatko7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Andrei Istratescu7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Jonathan Speelman7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Drasko Boskovic7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Namig Guliyev7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Daniel Fridman6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Falko Bindrich6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Pia Cramling6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Tobias Hirneise6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Naumann6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Sam Shankland6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Damian Lemos6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
* (225 players total; 193 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2010)

The 8th Gibraltar Masters was a 224-player 10-round Swiss tournament held in the Caleta Hotel, La Caleta, Gibraltar from 26 January to 4 February 2010, as part of the Gibtelecom Gibraltar Chess Festival. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. A tie for first place to be settled in a knockout playoff (two 10 min + 10 sec games, and if needed an Armageddon game). First prize: GBP 15.000. The festival also featured four amateur tournaments (Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B) and other events. Chief organizer: the English Chess Federation with Stuart C Conquest and others. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd. Games started at 3 pm (Round 10 contenders for tiebreaks: 10 am).

Michael Adams won the event by beating Gustafsson and Vallejo Pons in the 4-player Gibraltar Masters (Tiebreaks) (2010). The top 4 players (out of 9) were decided on performance rating. Zhukova won the women's top prize of GBP 8.000.

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 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,060  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Camus de Solliers vs Bacrot  ½-½542010Gibraltar MastersE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. Movsesian vs M Peek  1-0422010Gibraltar MastersB56 Sicilian
3. L Lovik vs F Vallejo Pons 0-1282010Gibraltar MastersC45 Scotch Game
4. Adams vs D Reizniece-Ozola 1-0292010Gibraltar MastersB07 Pirc
5. P Dittmar vs Kamsky 0-1702010Gibraltar MastersA10 English
6. Fressinet vs A Zozulia  1-0462010Gibraltar MastersB06 Robatsch
7. F Wantiez vs Fridman  0-1362010Gibraltar MastersB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. J Gustafsson vs G Andre  1-0912010Gibraltar MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. E Forsaa vs S Chanda  0-1532010Gibraltar MastersB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. M Schoene vs Koneru  0-1432010Gibraltar MastersB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. R Edouard vs I Videnova  1-0342010Gibraltar MastersB30 Sicilian
12. J C Perez Pardo vs A Istratescu  0-1362010Gibraltar MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J M Lopez Martinez vs A Stebbings  ½-½732010Gibraltar MastersB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. N Getz vs G N Gopal  0-1352010Gibraltar MastersA04 Reti Opening
15. R Felgaer vs O Kozlov ½-½462010Gibraltar MastersB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. P N Royset vs S Halkias  0-1942010Gibraltar MastersB30 Sicilian
17. Lenderman vs N Schuetze 1-0322010Gibraltar MastersA48 King's Indian
18. K Nikolaidis vs D Lemos  ½-½622010Gibraltar MastersA48 King's Indian
19. V Malakhatko vs A Stephan  1-0312010Gibraltar MastersD80 Grunfeld
20. A Stefanova vs M Overeem  1-0262010Gibraltar MastersE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. R Montero Melendez vs V Bhat 0-1282010Gibraltar MastersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. O W Hartvig vs P Cramling  ½-½722010Gibraltar MastersB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. A Naumann vs J Avalos Parra  ½-½782010Gibraltar MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. F Marchand vs Speelman  ½-½352010Gibraltar MastersA10 English
25. Kosteniuk vs Y Duhayon 1-0322010Gibraltar MastersC58 Two Knights
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  whiteshark: ...won by Adams.
Feb-04-10  ROADDOG: <whiteshark: Third game is an Armageddon game...> Yes, and just won by Adams. So he'll face Vallejo-Pons for the Championship.
Feb-04-10  A.G. Argent: Go to for the live feed with commentary by Conquest.
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  whiteshark: <ROADDOG> Right. Pieces have been built up for the final: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...
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  whiteshark: So Adams has won the 1st 10 min game vs Vallejo Pons

from the chat: <(1-0 england....)> :D

Feb-04-10  ROADDOG: Great game by Adams. All he has to do is draw game 2 to win the tournament. If Vallejo-Pons wins game 2, Armageddon again?
Feb-04-10  amadeus: This site works really well. I think we can expect more reliable transmissions from now on.
Feb-04-10  aorist: Adams drew the second game and won the tournament. Congratulations! He needed this.
Feb-04-10  amadeus: Congrats, Mickey :)
Feb-04-10  swordfish: Congrats to Mickey for a hard-earned victory. It is a bit odd though; even as the playoffs, there are still games going on which could result in even more players ending up with 7.5 points in the tourney.
Feb-04-10  siamesedream: Congratulations to Michael Adams.
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  whiteshark: Not to big efforts from Pons in the 2nd game. In a must win situation he sacrificed a pieces for only two pawns without getting any play.

Well congrats to Adams for winning 1st price, though (GBP 15,000).

Feb-04-10  shalgo: <Congrats to Mickey for a hard-earned victory. It is a bit odd though; even as the playoffs, there are still games going on which could result in even more players ending up with 7.5 points in the tourney.>

The organizers calculated in advance that none of the potential winners of those games could end up among the top four TPRs and therefore be part of the playoff.

It does seem a bit unfair that TPR is the only factor that decides who makes the playoff when some players (Gustafsson) had 6 whites out of 10 games while others (Kamsky) had only 4.

Feb-04-10  sakii: how do chess players make money ?
hotel accommodation was 1000 pounds and they had to finish among top 10 to get that amount in prize.
Feb-04-10  gmgomes: Go Mickey go!
Feb-04-10  parmetd: sakii: The top players are generally given free entry and free hotel plus paid appearance fees.

But to answer your question, most chess players out of the top100 barely make minimum wage when all is said and done. They also make most of their money from teaching and not prize money or appearance fees.

Feb-04-10  turbo231: The top woman recieved 8,000 pounds runnerup 3,000. It's a shame that the greatest game that the world has ever known doesn't pay what it should.
Feb-04-10  waustad: One thing I like about this tournament is that so many families participate. Looking through the player lists in the other sections, one sees a lot of last names of players in the pro section. Ana Cramling Bellon even got a win. I think she's 7. I also see several Norwegians named Carlsen and Agdestein. Last year they had a lot of pictures of parents with their kids there. It sounds like a nice way to spend a week during the Winter.
Feb-04-10  dx9293: Congrats to Gata Kamsky and Alex Lenderman for finishing tied for the top spot with 7.5/10.

This is Alex's 5th (!) GM norm, achieved with a TPR of 2652. His "live" FIDE rating should be about 2601 now (2560 + 18 over three already rated events, +10 more from the Golden State Open which hasn't been rated yet, +13.3 from Gibraltar). When is FIDE finally going to give him his GM title?

Feb-04-10  indianchessupdates: .

There was a tie for first place with 9 players with 7.5/10 points. The top four players on tie-break played off in a knockout.

play off
Michael Adams beat Jan Gustafsson 2-1
Francisco Vallejo Pons beat Chanda Sandipan 1.5-0.5.

Adams beat Vallejo 1.5-0.5 in the final of the playoff to take the title.

India's Gopal also ended with 7.5 points but finished 8th on lower tie break score

for more visit

Feb-05-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Feb-08-10  Ezzy: Congrats to my fellow countrymam 'Mickey' Adams for winning Gibralter 2010. He han't been winning much for a while and is a good tonic for the new year ahead. He must have desperately wanted the number 1 British spot back.
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  Tabanus: Yes, congrats to GM Michael Adams.

http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c... http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...

Mar-17-10  SetNoEscapeOn: Not a bad result for Adams at all. +7...
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  Tabanus: On O B Vea vs Shankland, 2010, Vea did not play in the Masters group but in Challengers A & B, see also

So who did Shankland play against in Round 1? Well, he was paired against Cyril S Sigamoney. And indeed, Sigamoney is listed as playing vs Shankland on Sigamoney's FIDE page: But if we go to Shankland's FIDE page,, the Round 1 game vs Sigamoney is not listed!

Moreover, the databases have A Bryn vs C Sigamoney, 2010 in Round 1. But Bryn was paired vs Jose Malia Ramirez in Round 1, and probably also played him, see

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