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Gibraltar Masters Tournament

Justin2 Tan0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Gawain Jones7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Chao Li7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Markus Ragger7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Sebastien Maze7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
David Anton Guijarro7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Nils Grandelius7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Zoltan Almasi7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Romain Edouard7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Federico Perez Ponsa7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Laurent Fressinet7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Gata Kamsky7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Luka Lenic6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Benjamin Gledura6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Aryan Tari6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Yangyi Yu6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Hua Ni6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Babu M R Lalith6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (255 players total; 223 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Gibraltar Masters (2016)

The Gibraltar Chess Festival (sponsored 2011-2018 by Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd) started in 2003 and became one of the premier open events in the world. The 14th edition in 2016 attracted a huge field of competitors from around the globe including over 70 grandmasters and over 500 players in all sections. Tournament director: Stuart C Conquest. Chief arbiter: Laurent Freyd.

Where: In the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar.

When: The Masters Open started on 26 January and concluded on 4 February.

Format: Swiss-style format with ten rounds.

Time control: 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds added per move from the start.

Tiebreaker: Tied scores to be scaled by performance rating. First prize to be determined by Rapid and Blitz game playoff if tied game scores. Performance rating was only used to determine final placements as prize money was shared between players who had the same final score.


The total prizemoney for the festival was GBP 185,000 (over US $266,000). The prize money for the Masters Open was as follows:

<1st Prize> GBP 20,000 <4th Prize> GBP 10,000 <7th Prize> GBP 4,000 <10th Prize> GBP 1,500 <13th Prize> GBP 1,000

<2nd Prize> GBP 16,000 <5th Prize> GBP 8,000 <8th Prize> GBP 3,000 <11th Prize> GBP 1,500 <14th Prize> GBP 1,000

<3rd Prize> GBP 14,000 <6th Prize> GBP 6,000 <9th Prize> GBP 2,000 <12th Prize> GBP 1,500 <15th Prize> GBP 1,000

Best game prize:

The winner of the game submitted to be adjudged the best game would receive GBP 1,000. However this prize did not seem to have been awarded in 2016.


The 256-player field took seven rounds to produce a sole leader when young Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro emerged at the top of the leader table. However, three of the chasing pack caught up in round eight to produce four players sharing the lead at this stage, namely Vachier-Lagrave, Anton, Bacrot and Harikrishna. Round nine caused the leader pack to become even more congested when the four leaders from round eight all drew, and were joined in the lead by Nakamura, Maze, Li Chao and Sethuraman to produce eight leaders on 7/9.

In the final round, only two of the eight leaders won their games, namely Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave, each finishing with 8/10. This tie resulted in a Rapid (10+5) and Blitz (3+2) game playoff for first. Nakamura won the fifth game, an Armageddon game (4+2 for white and 3+2 for black) (Nakamura winning the right via a lots draw to choose color and choosing black) to take the full GBP 20,000 first prize. Vachier-Lagrave took the uncontested GBP 16,000 second prize.

The steady performance of women was a feature of the tournament with Anna Muzychuk winning the GBP 15,000 women's prize with 7/10, as well as a share of the prizes that accrued to players tied on 9th (i. e. 7/9). In the lead up to the Candidates in March, Anand returned one of the worst results of his career, losing two games to much lower rated players, dropping out of the top ten in the world and being dethroned for the first time as the top ranked player in Asia.

Tiebreak games:

Gibraltar Masters (Tiebreaks) (2016)

Official site:

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 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,234  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jakovenko vs S Maze 0-1402016Gibraltar MastersE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
2. Nakamura vs R Bellin 1-0392016Gibraltar MastersA92 Dutch
3. E Shachar vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1422016Gibraltar MastersB50 Sicilian
4. Anand vs S Vajda  ½-½452016Gibraltar MastersD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. A Tate vs Harikrishna  0-1452016Gibraltar MastersA04 Reti Opening
6. C Li vs X Wemmers  1-0502016Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
7. A Vuilleumier vs Y Yu  ½-½452016Gibraltar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Jakovenko vs J Rapport 1-0462016Gibraltar MastersB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
9. K Arakhamia-Grant vs Wojtaszek 0-1412016Gibraltar MastersB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. Rapport vs A Gara 1-0552016Gibraltar MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. C Foisor vs Fressinet  0-1572016Gibraltar MastersA48 King's Indian
12. Bacrot vs A Pourkashiyan  1-0412016Gibraltar MastersD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. S Mihajlov vs H Ni  0-1402016Gibraltar MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Naiditsch vs S R Mannion  1-0412016Gibraltar MastersA30 English, Symmetrical
15. Paul Zwahr vs M Ragger  0-1392016Gibraltar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. D Howell vs R O Perez Garcia  1-0372016Gibraltar MastersB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
17. P Lombaers vs Z Almasi  0-1772016Gibraltar MastersE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
18. Short vs E Kharous 1-0262016Gibraltar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
19. E de Haan vs L Bruzon Batista  0-1412016Gibraltar MastersE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
20. Kamsky vs M Ripari 1-0442016Gibraltar MastersB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. P Papp vs Duda  0-1212016Gibraltar MastersB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Ganguly vs M Bach ½-½442016Gibraltar MastersC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
23. J Goriatchkin vs Sutovsky  ½-½302016Gibraltar MastersD85 Grunfeld
24. V S Gujrathi vs R Bergstrom  1-0282016Gibraltar MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. V Plotkin vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½342016Gibraltar MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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Feb-17-16  nok: <who's <Denkla>? A woman, of course.> So we're into ad hominem now. She has a PhD in neurology, but hey, she's a woman. Anyway, you posted that.

<In short, hormone production affects brain development and behavior. Brain development and behavior create a loop that further influences brain development. Hormone type and amount of hormone produced are greatly determined by sex. That is my argument. Refutation?>

Nobody's refuting that, because it's generally true. What we're saying is these brains, different from the get-go, handle chess equally well until teen age. This, in spite of fetal and childhood differences, like the testosterone boost at age 4. You cherry-pick the puberty boost because it somehow fits the data.

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  Everett: <nok> No one is playing chess before 4, so there is no before/after like puberty. By 6-7-8, hormone profiles are pretty similar between genders, which is likely the time kids are getting into the game.

<there is no refutation> that's right.

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  Everett: <s4life> <but a teenage girl studying chess really is a weirdo> You claim that this feeling is widely held by the majority, and that it is socially constructed.

Prove it

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  Everett: <nok> the change at puberty is not just testosterone influence, but the onset of the menstrual cycle, and hormones part and parcel of that process. This also is not happening at 4 (just making sure you're following here). So we have two distinct groups getting heavy hits of select drugs pumped into their system.

You are ignoring that hormones affect behavior. Hormones literally <change the environment> of the brain, and thus directly and indirectly shift the direction of development, through different chosen experiences while under their influence. They both change the environment and the experiences of how the organism interacts with the world, and how that interaction will be processed in the brain.

<Denckla> is wrong. She is not speaking about neurology when she says girls should be pushed into sports like soccer. At most it's been 55/45 boys/girls since 1995, most recently 52/48 so girls are getting plenty of "spatial" reps in. Her entire hypothesis is based on a faulty premise that there is gender bias.

But, then, everything changed physiologically at puberty, and it even affects chess strength. In a world where everything affects everything, and the nature/nurture line is continually shown to be quite blurry, there is absolutely no compelling reason to ignore the powerful influence of sexual differentiation, especially when backed up by appropriate data.

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  Everett: <s4life> and besides some lobs pro-environment, you have said nothing of substance whatsoever. Thanks for clarifying that.
Feb-17-16  Keyser Soze: Some very nice posts <Everett>. thanks
Feb-17-16  Sally Simpson: I was looking for something else regarding girls being looked upon as weird because they play chess.

A strong female player herself has said such a thing, people thought she was weird teenager because she studied chess. I have heard it on a personal basis from a female player when I suggested to her 'jokingly' to get a normal boyfriend instead of a geeky chess player.

She said; "Normal boys think I'm weird, all I can get are other chess players."

But that is by the by. A minor moor point. All teenagers are weird.

I have not found the quote online to link it but I found this link where studies have been done titled.

"Girls underperform when they play chess against boys - real-life evidence of stereotype threat? "

Interesting (if you are interested that kind of thing.)

it states:

" "This reinforces our interpretation that there is something specific to the interaction between female and male competitors that produced these performance deficits in females,"

Don't do a Nigel number on me and quote me as saying that. (some clot will) I am only the messenger here.

But if you go there then read the added comments. They ask a few genuine questions and knock a few holes in it.

Feb-17-16  Absentee: <Everett: Her entire hypothesis is based on a faulty premise that there is gender bias.>

This whole discussion rests on the assumption that there's gender bias.

How do we know that there's gender bias? Because women don't do as well as men in chess. And why don't women do as well as men in chess? Because of gender bias.

Unassailable perfectly circular logic.

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  Everett: <A strong female player herself has said such a thing, people thought she was weird teenager because she studied chess.>

Depending on the school, I bet lots of the <boys> who are studying chess intensely are considered "weird." So maybe the bias is against studying chess too intensely.

Sounds like a healthy bias to me!

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  Everett: <Absentee> you are spot on. And a lot more succinct then me :-)
Feb-17-16  spysfi: My humble contribution in the discussion for the general predicting ability of the variable "gender" (one thing that I learned during my work as a multiphysics modeler) : It is impossible to construct valid all-in-one models of complex systems. You just have to define regions where the contribution of one variable can be neglected (or taken into account). Sometimes, this definition of the various regions is the solution of the problem itself..
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  diceman: <Sally Simpson:

A strong female player herself has said such a thing, people thought she was weird teenager because she studied chess. I have heard it on a personal basis from a female player when I suggested to her 'jokingly' to get a normal boyfriend instead of a geeky chess player.

She said; "Normal boys think I'm weird, all I can get are other chess players.">

Maybe the "normal boys" are intimidated by a "strong female" and it has nothing to do with chess?

Feb-17-16  nok: <You are ignoring that hormones affect behavior. (...) how the organism interacts with the world,> and so on and so forth. These statements are so general they're trivial, man. Your mistake is when you say, *therefore* hormones affect chess ability, a very specific statement. It's a basic logical mistake. You didn't take my advice to take dope and see if you get better, so your argument rests on the following:

"How do we know hormones affect chess ability? Because women don't do as well as men in chess. And why don't women do as well as men in chess? Because hormones affect chess ability."

So there. But in the meantime, we disproved your premise (that hormones affect chess ability). Because male and female brains are soaked in different hormones from fetal stage, the discrepancy in ability should appear well before teen age if it was true. Since you're now quickly backpedaling: <By 6-7-8, hormone profiles are pretty similar between genders>, I think you understood the problem well.

Feb-17-16  Sally Simpson: For those still interested Edward Winter has a full thread on 'Chess and Women.'

A few excerts:

"‘Why have there been so few important female chessplayers? Arguments about social repression have never satisfactorily answered the question.

The Freudian view, summed up in a classic paper by Ernest Jones, is that the game represents a man’s oedipal attempt to kill his father, but a simpler view would suggest that women just aren’t nuts enough."

Clive James, The Observer, 11 October 1981, page 48.

and this by one from the 1924 'American Chess Bulletin' by Ernest Reel.

"‘A woman’s mind is a market place crowded with so many mental reflections that it is hardly fair to ask her to concentrate on what is purely a man’s game.

Chess is the weak spot in her mental armour. When a woman plays at chess she is apt to rest her chin on her hand and incidentally display her rings. "

Good grief I wonder what the mail bag look like the following week.

a couple of quotes are there:

“Chess is as much a mystery as women” – Purdy.

"There is also the aspect of creativity in chess. You have to create new ideas.

That’s quite difficult, too. Chess is the combination of sport, art and science. In all these fields, you can see men’s superiority.

Just compare the sexes in literature, in music or in art. The result is, you know, obvious. Probably the answer is in the genes."

Gary Kasparov, Playboy November 1989.

...and two from Edward Winter himself.

"Wanted: one topical chess forum where 100% of the contributions are worth reading, and not 100 forums where 1% are."


"Has any article in chess history been so misrepresented as Nigel Short’s on female players in New in Chess?"

The whole thread of which I have snatched just a few items is well worth a full read.

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  Everett: <nok> <"How do we know hormones affect chess ability? Because women don't do as well as men in chess. And why don't women do as well as men in chess? Because hormones affect chess ability.">

Yet there are studies and science behind all that, unlike ambiguous, unquantifiable and possibly non-existent bias/environment devoid of physiology. So, your mirrored statement doesn't hold water.

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  Everett: <nok> <..trivial, man.>

And the difference between girls and boys doesn't really kick in until puberty, or haven't you noticed?

My point of bringing up earlier changes in the brain are to cement the fact that there are differences from the get-go, that all the differences between boys and girls <cannot> be all from the <environment>, devoid of physiological differences. And these early changes cannot but affect later changes and interactions with the world.

Boys are held back in school by a year just so they can be on the same level as girls in elementary school, particularly due to language skills. Boys and girls are on different clocks, and thinking different ways and doing different things from the outset.

Really <nok>. See you later, discussing another topic, I hope. Best wishes and all that.

Feb-18-16  nok: <<How do we know hormones affect chess ability? Because women don't do as well as men in chess.> Yet there are studies and science behind all that,> You wish, but the studies don't say that. They show men slightly ahead in recognizing some patterns, women slightly ahead in some other patterns, and a majority of tasks split.

<unlike ambiguous, unquantifiable and possibly non-existent bias/environment devoid of physiology.> There are a lot of studies on gender bias, ignore them at your own peril. Example:

Anyway: athletes take steroids, but mathematicians and chessplayers don't. This should make you think. See you later all right.

Feb-18-16  s4life: <Everett: <s4life> <but a teenage girl studying chess really is a weirdo> You claim that this feeling is widely held by the majority, and that it is socially constructed. Prove it>

Everett. I never said such thing. That's not my statement.. Quote me correctly please.. not only that, but I just noticed you went for ad hominem attacks... calling me ilogical, irrational, and emotional.. based on what? the statement I supposedly said? anyway.. this discussion is fruitless as you don't seem to be formally trained on any of this stuff and I have no time educate you in any constructive way. I have (much better) things to do and have no time to check this forum often enough.. I'll let you have the last word.. won't be checking back as it will probably be more of the same: gloating, ad hominem attacks and strawman arguments.. a typical internet discussion.

you said this right?
<<absentee> I think <mulled wine> is coming from a place of emotion, and no sort of logic/rational principles will influence him. <s4life> is similar.>

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  Everett: ah, yes, the old <ad hominem> conceit. Educate yourselves:

Meanwhile, most here provide no argument, no analysis, no studies, just feelings and opinions with no substance. To point this out is clearly not <ad hominem> attack. It's an attempt on my part to understand why people simply go on with opinions without backing them up with anything of substance whatsoever.

Meanwhile, here's some more info for everyone to consider.

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  perfidious: Y'all know Ah could give <any> woman odds of a knight.
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  Everett: Ah yes, I see now, it was <nok> who said <For children, playing – even board games – is normal; but a teenage girl studying chess really is a weirdo.> So the burden is on him, a century after Vera Menchik and two decades of the world famous Polgar sisters, that this is true and of any significance.

Apologies <s4life>. You did, however, mention material you had concerning phenotype, inheritable traits, etc. Would appreciate seeing that.

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  Everett: <chess playing ability> is measured in competitive settings. Having the talent to see patterns is one thing, having the ambition and drive to compete and win under pressure is another. Elo rating attempts obviously combines both.

What I find interesting in much of the hormonal-influence material on brain development and behavior is that women are most competitive with each other when estrogen is high, and also during the ovulation phase of the menstrual cycle. Meanwhile, there is evidence that they are not so keen on <competing> against men during that same phase.

meanwhile <testosterone> is aggressive straight through, regardless of gender.

And this is just scratching the surface. But thank goodness it is somewhat quantifiable.

So, it seems to me <nok> that the reason some chess-players do not take hormones to improve their performance may be 1) they don't know the potential benefits 2) don't like the nasty, unnatural side-effects or 3) there are other drugs that are safer to use, without the cascade effect that comes from hormonal influence.

Feb-25-16  morfishine: There is no way of measuring "chess playing ability"

Keep trying though, it amuses us


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  Everett: <morfishine> competition measures "playing ability" in most anything. That's why they have the competitions, to test their ability and hopefully improve their results. Thus they get greater "playing ability."

Enjoy your amusement.

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  WTHarvey: I posted 51 chess puzzles from the 2016 Tradewise Gibraltar Tourny at Find the winning move.
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