Gibraltar Rd06: Nigel cuts Fabiano Short

by John Saunders
1/30/2017 – At the end of five rounds of play, six players led the standings with 4.5/5. After a trio of bloody battles at the top boards in the sixth round, three players are left in the lead. Early leaders Emil Sutovsky and Ju Wenjun were 'punished' by the goddess Caissa according to Nigel Short, who was also the highlight of the day as he defeated the world number two Fabiano Caruana. John Saunders reports from Gibraltar.

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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017

The Tradewise Gibraltar Open is one of the strongest and best organised events of its kind in the world. Anyone who knows the moves (and pays the entry fee) can take part, and perhaps face top participants like Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave or Hikaru Nakamura. The tournament lasts from January 23 (opening) to February 4. The location is very balmy: ten hours of daylight, average day temperature 16° C, warm sea temperatures, beautiful scenery. Paradise!

Gibraltar Rd06: Nigel cuts Fabiano Short

Round six of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters proved remarkably bloodthirsty as the top seven boards (and fifteen of the top twenty boards) ended in decisive results. Three leaders emerged victorious from the smoking carnage to stand together on 5½/6: Hikaru Nakamura, still on course for a third successive title, English number one Mickey Adams, and Spain's 21-year-old star David Anton Guijarro.

Among the victims were the early leaders Emil Sutovsky and Ju Wenjun. “Both of these players, Wenjun and Sutovsky, took a quick draw yesterday. And the Goddess of Chess, Caissa, punished them for their crime against the game”, remarked Nigel Short after the round.

Maxime Lagarde of France seemed to have good chances of holding against Nakamura until about move 28 when 28...c4 would have been an improvement but, slightly short of time, he allowed this important pawn to drop off and resigned when his a-pawn was similarly doomed. 

 

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.01.29"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Lagarde, Maxime"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A34"] [WhiteElo "2785"] [BlackElo "2594"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "6600+10"] [WhiteClock "0:05:09"] [BlackClock "0:06:44"] 1. Nf3 c5 {839} 2. c4 {723} Nf6 {0} 3. Nc3 {0} d5 {0} 4. cxd5 {0} Nxd5 {0} 5. g3 {0} Nc6 {25} 6. Bg2 {0} Nxc3 {237} 7. bxc3 {0} e5 {27} 8. d3 {70} Be7 {192} 9. O-O {28} Be6 {44} 10. Rb1 {1150} Rb8 {504} 11. c4 {614} e4 {1283} 12. Ne1 { 37} exd3 {11} 13. Nxd3 {86} Qd7 {712} 14. Be3 {529} b6 {505} 15. Nxc5 {354} Bxc5 {0} 16. Bxc5 {0} Qxd1 {0} 17. Rfxd1 {328} bxc5 {0} 18. Bxc6+ {0} Ke7 {0} 19. Rb3 {47} Bxc4 {300} 20. Rd7+ {730} Kf6 {0} 21. Rf3+ {83} Kg6 {32} 22. Rd6+ {103} Be6 {340} 23. Be4+ {184} Kh5 {0} 24. Ra6 {16} Rb2 {185} 25. Rc3 {1190} Rc8 {241} 26. Bf3+ {224} Kg5 {772} 27. h4+ {87} Kf5 {59} 28. a4 {0} Rc7 {54} 29. Ra5 {0} Bd7 {182} 30. Rcxc5+ {0} Rxc5 {0} 31. Rxc5+ {0} Ke6 {0} 32. Ra5 {0} Rb4 {66} 33. Ra6+ {0} Ke7 {21} 34. a5 {0} 1-0

Michael Adams takes on Ju Wenjun

After playing and defeating the women's world champion the previous round Mickey Adams found himself up against the women's world number two Ju Wenjun today. I believe I proffered some advice about not taking Ju Wenjun's e-pawn in an earlier report. In fact, Mickey did do this but only after the e-pawn had captured and become a d5-pawn. I'm not sure whether that counts. Anyway, Mickey was already well on course for victory by the time this occurred and he later expressed relief that he finally managed a shorter game than his previous marathon encounters. Ju Wenjun's 10...b5 move looked risky and once Mickey had established his a-pawn on the sixth rank her position was very uncomfortable.

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.01.29"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Ju, Wenjun"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C07"] [WhiteElo "2751"] [BlackElo "2583"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "6600+10"] [WhiteClock "0:06:57"] [BlackClock "0:24:03"] 1. e4 {554} e6 {569} 2. d4 {0} d5 {0} 3. Nd2 {0} c5 {0} 4. exd5 {0} Qxd5 {0} 5. dxc5 {0} Qxc5 {0} 6. Ngf3 {0} Nf6 {20} 7. Bd3 {26} Be7 {26} 8. O-O {51} Nbd7 {9 } 9. a4 {117} b6 {9} 10. a5 {425} b5 {995} 11. Nb3 {167} Qh5 {1656} 12. a6 {194 } b4 {479} 13. Be2 {961} Nb6 {1049} 14. Ra5 {1339} Nbd5 {5} 15. Ng5 {173} Qg6 { 4} 16. Bd3 {0} Qh5 {0} 17. Bb5+ {15} Kf8 {90} 18. Qxh5 {98} Nxh5 {0} 19. Bc6 {0 } Rb8 {12} 20. Bxd5 {0} exd5 {77} 21. Be3 {47} Ra8 {607} 22. Nd4 {125} Bd8 {407 } 23. Rxd5 {112} Bb6 {185} 24. Ne4 {330} f5 {211} 25. Nxf5 {106} Bxa6 {0} 26. Rfd1 {302} g6 {37} 27. Bh6+ {232} Kf7 {0} 28. Ng5+ {79} Kf6 {0} 29. Rd6+ {46} Kxf5 {0} 30. R1d5+ {0} Kg4 {69} 31. h3+ {0} Kf4 {0} 32. Nf3+ {0} 1-0

Adams speaks about his victory

David Anton Guijarro caught the eye with a stellar performance at last year's Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, losing only in the final round when a reversal of this result would have put him into a tie for first place.

Still aged only 21, he seems destined to join the world's elite. This year he has been equally impressive, with three successive wins in rounds four to six against US prodigy Awonder Liang, chess legend Boris Gelfand and now Emil Sutovsky, with the black pieces. David has a quiet but assured spoken manner, rather after the manner of Mickey Adams, and his methodical dismantling of Sutovsky's overstretched pawn structure owed something to the great English player.

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.01.29"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Black "Anton Guijarro, David"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C96"] [WhiteElo "2628"] [BlackElo "2650"] [PlyCount "112"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [SourceDate "2003.06.08"] [TimeControl "6600+10"] [WhiteClock "0:19:46"] [BlackClock "0:08:01"] 1. e4 {610} e5 {568} 2. Nf3 {0} Nc6 {0} 3. Bb5 {0} a6 {0} 4. Ba4 {0} Nf6 {0} 5. O-O {0} Be7 {0} 6. Re1 {0} b5 {0} 7. Bb3 {0} d6 {0} 8. c3 {0} O-O {0} 9. h3 {0} Na5 {0} 10. Bc2 {0} c5 {0} 11. d4 {0} Nd7 {0} 12. Nbd2 {0} exd4 {0} 13. cxd4 {0 } Nc6 {0} 14. d5 {0} Nce5 {0} 15. a4 {192} Bb7 {0} 16. Nxe5 {122} Nxe5 {0} 17. f4 {53} Ng6 {0} 18. Nf3 {329} Bf6 {0} 19. g3 {1005} Qd7 {2448} 20. Kg2 {121} Rfe8 {173} 21. Ra3 {640} Bd8 {438} 22. h4 {631} Nf8 {239} 23. h5 {386} h6 {44} 24. f5 {1341} Bf6 {451} 25. Nh2 {152} Nh7 {335} 26. Ng4 {0} Bd4 {11} 27. axb5 { 476} axb5 {14} 28. Rxa8 {0} Rxa8 {108} 29. b4 {4} Ra2 {234} 30. bxc5 {83} dxc5 {3} 31. Be3 {23} Bxe3 {418} 32. Nxe3 {0} Nf6 {21} 33. Kh3 {140} Qd6 {274} 34. e5 {131} Qxe5 {28} 35. d6 {0} Rxc2 {739} 36. d7 {134} Nxd7 {10} 37. Nxc2 {59} Qxf5+ {20} 38. g4 {7} Qd5 {92} 39. Qxd5 {315} Bxd5 {0} 40. Re8+ {12} Kh7 {0} 41. Rc8 {0} b4 {0} 42. Ne3 {0} Be6 {0} 43. Rc7 {0} g5 {0} 44. hxg6+ {0} Kxg6 {0 } 45. Kg3 {0} Kf6 {0} 46. Kf4 {0} Ke7 {0} 47. Rc6 {0} b3 {0} 48. Nd1 {0} Bxg4 { 0} 49. Nc3 {0} Be6 {0} 50. Rc8 {0} c4 {0} 51. Ke3 {0} Kf6 {0} 52. Ne4+ {0} Kg7 {0} 53. Rc7 {0} Nf6 {0} 54. Nc3 {0} Nd5+ {0} 55. Nxd5 {0} Bxd5 {0} 56. Kd2 {0} Be6 {0} 0-1

Guijarro on his splendid form

SENIOR CITIZEN MUGS WORLD NUMBER TWO SHOCK HORROR

The day's big story was Nigel Short's defeat of world number two Fabiano Caruana.

It's no secret that Nigel enjoys playing in Gibraltar, where he has won the title three times, but he also enjoys the social life, captaining the men's team in the Battle of the Sexes match on the Saturday night before this game, and also participating in the Teams of Four blitz event a few evenings ago. He was particularly annoyed with himself at the latter event where he was paired with Fabiano Caruana in the first round and seemingly had the world number two on toast before letting his advantage slip to lose the game. Nigel had been cross with himself because he had already put away a bottle of red wine by the time he had sat down at the board, bemoaning the fact that nobody had joined him at his dinner table to help him soak up the vino.

I guess that must have motivated him for their classical chess encounter in round six, providing him with the chance of instant revenge. This time, if the great US player will forgive me for saying so, it looked rather as if it was Faby who had been hitting the bottle (though, before his lawyers hit me with a defamation suit, I should point out that he had done no such thing). But his play in the Caro-Kann looked well below par, going slightly astray as early as the eighth move.

Note that Nigel didn't wheel out his eponymous variation against the Caro, it not being obligatory for players who have variations named after them to play them on every occasion, but steered it into something more pugnacious. This decision paid off handsomely. On move 17 Nigel went a pawn up, for which Fabiano had precious little compensation. But he didn't get to where he is on the rating list without knowing how to wriggle effectively and it was only after a long and arduous technical phase that Nigel could realize his material advantage to win.

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.01.29"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Short, Nigel D"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B10"] [WhiteElo "2675"] [BlackElo "2827"] [PlyCount "141"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [TimeControl "6600+10"] [WhiteClock "0:07:15"] [BlackClock "0:21:21"] 1. e4 {563} c6 {566} 2. Nc3 {48} d5 {0} 3. Nf3 {0} Nf6 {0} 4. e5 {145} Ne4 {0} 5. Ne2 {874} Qb6 {0} 6. d4 {0} e6 {0} 7. Ng3 {84} c5 {0} 8. Bd3 {0} Nc6 {206} 9. Nxe4 {64} dxe4 {0} 10. Bxe4 {0} cxd4 {708} 11. O-O {86} Bd7 {25} 12. a3 {347 } h6 {722} 13. Re1 {279} Rd8 {968} 14. h3 {375} g6 {376} 15. b4 {213} Bg7 {438} 16. Bf4 {24} Ne7 {285} 17. Qxd4 {54} Qxd4 {0} 18. Nxd4 {0} Ba4 {0} 19. Nf3 {214 } Nd5 {513} 20. Bd2 {124} Bb5 {0} 21. Bxd5 {443} Rxd5 {625} 22. a4 {0} Bd7 {0} 23. c4 {565} Rd3 {0} 24. b5 {0} O-O {367} 25. Re3 {341} Rxe3 {0} 26. Bxe3 {0} Ra8 {0} 27. Rd1 {367} Be8 {0} 28. Bc5 {0} f5 {57} 29. exf6 {105} Bxf6 {0} 30. Bd4 {20} Be7 {22} 31. Re1 {6} Bf7 {71} 32. Ne5 {0} a6 {18} 33. c5 {1016} axb5 { 4} 34. axb5 {0} Be8 {424} 35. b6 {0} Rd8 {91} 36. c6 {72} bxc6 {0} 37. b7 {4} Rb8 {14} 38. Rb1 {1} c5 {0} 39. Nd7 {134} Bxd7 {100} 40. Be5 {0} Re8 {23} 41. b8=Q {233} Rxb8 {0} 42. Rxb8+ {0} Kf7 {0} 43. Rh8 {151} h5 {11} 44. Rh7+ {16} Kf8 {101} 45. Bd6 {49} Bxd6 {0} 46. Rxd7 {0} Be5 {260} 47. g3 {0} c4 {0} 48. Kf1 {0} c3 {0} 49. Ke2 {0} Ke8 {0} 50. Rd1 {0} Ke7 {0} 51. Kd3 {0} Bf6 {0} 52. Ra1 {0} Kf7 {0} 53. Ra7+ {0} Ke8 {0} 54. Ke4 {0} Kd8 {0} 55. Ra4 {0} Ke7 {0} 56. Rc4 {0} Kd7 {0} 57. Kd3 {0} Ke7 {0} 58. Rc7+ {0} Ke8 {0} 59. g4 {0} hxg4 {0 } 60. hxg4 {0} Be5 {0} 61. Rc5 {0} Bf6 {0} 62. g5 {0} Bg7 {0} 63. Rc8+ {0} Kd7 {0} 64. Rg8 {0} Bd4 {0} 65. f3 {0} Be5 {0} 66. Rxg6 {0} Kd6 {0} 67. Rg8 {0} Ke7 {0} 68. Rc8 {0} Bf4 {0} 69. Rc5 {0} Bd2 {0} 70. Rc7+ {0} Kd6 {0} 71. g6 {0} 1-0

Before the game ended someone in the commentary room had looked through statistics to discover that Nigel hadn't beaten anyone rated in excess of 2800 in a classical game since his 1993 title match against Garry Kasparov. Quizzed on this later he himself commented that he was less impressed by the rating of his opponent than by his relative status as world number two. Then, even as he was discussing this, and with immaculate comic timing, a tweet flashed up on the commentary room screen, from Nigel's title match rival from a quarter of a century ago...

... which reduced all of us present in the commentary room, including Nigel, to fits of laughter. 

 
The moment when Nigel and Jovanka saw Garry Kasparov's tweet on the screen

Incidentally, it is good to know that Garry Kasparov is following progress here in Gibraltar. He may have retired as a player but he still watches major chess events. Our social media manager cheekily suggested on the Twitter feed that he might like to turn up next year to see if he is still good enough to beat Nigel. As Jim Slater memorably said to Bobby Fischer, "come out and fight, chicken".

Nigel described himself as "ecstatic" at beating one of the world's best players. It was a nice touch that Garry Kasparov also spared a thought for his beaten opponent, for whom this was a triple whammy – loss of game, demotion to number three in the world ranking behind Carlsen and Wesley So, and consequently demotion to number two amongst the US players.

Fabiano accepted defeat with his customary good grace and sportsmanship.

Hope of first place is not quite extinct for him, given his unmatched record for spectacular streaks. Incidentally, we think he had gone something like 50 games without defeat before his game with Nigel but don't take our word for that. He'll be hurting today but he will bounce back.

Unlucky Chucky: Ivanchuk spoilt his game against Valentin Dragnev in time trouble

One leading player who is probably now out of the running on 3½/6 is Vasyl Ivanchuk, who lost to a 17-year-old Austrian IM, Valentin Dragnev. The Ukrainian looked to be winning but again the clock was his downfall. With only 40 seconds or so left he made a disastrous 34.Ree7 move which left his position in ruins. Thereafter the young Austrian exploited his opportunity very effectively.

Long Story Short with Hikaru Nakamura

Top pairings and results of Round 6

Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts. Res. Pts. Ti. Name FED Rtg
GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2785 1-0 GM Lagarde Maxime FRA 2594
GM Adams Michael ENG 2751 1-0 GM Ju Wenjun CHN 2583
GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2628 0-1 GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2650
GM Short Nigel D ENG 2675 4 1-0 4 GM Caruana Fabiano USA 2827
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796 4 1-0 4 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2645
GM Topalov Veselin BUL 2739 4 1-0 4 GM Howell David W L ENG 2655
GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2738 4 1-0 4 GM Piorun Kacper POL 2651
GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2701 4 ½-½ 4 GM Akobian Varuzhan USA 2633
GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2637 4 0-1 4 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2689
GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2512 4 ½-½ 4 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2679
GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2752 0-1 4 IM Dragnev Valentin AUT 2492
GM Svidler Peter RUS 2748 1-0 GM Spraggett Kevin CAN 2542
GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2530 ½-½ GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2724
GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2721 1-0 IM Steinberg Nitzan ISR 2486
GM Naiditsch Arkadij AZE 2702 1-0 IM Salomon Johan NOR 2470
IM Kollars Dmitrij GER 2500 ½-½ GM Shankland Samuel L USA 2674
GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2660 1-0 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2455
IM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2492 0-1 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2652
GM Hou Yifan CHN 2651 ½-½ GM Cramling Pia SWE 2454
GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2606 1-0 GM Womacka Mathias GER 2435
GM Fridman Daniel GER 2594 1-0 IM Godart Francois BEL 2381
IM Krysa Leandro ARG 2491 0-1 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2587
GM Debashis Das IND 2472 1-0 GM Blomqvist Erik SWE 2574
IM Carlstedt Jonathan GER 2413 ½-½ GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2564
GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2559 ½-½ GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2370
IM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs MGL 2390 0-1 GM Muzychuk Anna UKR 2558
GM Huzman Alexander ISR 2557 ½-½ WGM Papp Petra HUN 2352
FM Shachar Ehud ISR 2374 1-0 GM Schroeder Jan-Christian GER 2550
GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2684 3 1-0 3 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2447
IM Cheng Bobby AUS 2452 3 1-0 3 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2657
IM Kantor Gergely HUN 2448 3 ½-½ 3 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2625
GM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2430 3 ½-½ 3 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2593
GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2580 3 ½-½ 3 GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2420
GM Gopal G.N. IND 2579 3 1-0 3 IM Kuipers Stefan NED 2414
GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 2572 3 1-0 3 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2375
IM Docx Stefan BEL 2405 3 1-0 3 GM Kaidanov Gregory S USA 2572
IM Wemmers Xander NED 2424 3 ½-½ 3 GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2572
FM Garriga Cazorla Pere ESP 2386 3 1-0 3 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2551
FM Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2384 3 ½-½ 3 GM Del Rio De Angelis Salvador G ESP 2527
GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2524 3 1-0 3 FM Ladron De Guevara Pinto Paolo ESP 2386
  Henderson De La Fuente Lance ESP 2380 3 ½-½ 3 GM Lemos Damian ARG 2516
FM Kozak Adam HUN 2376 3 ½-½ 3 GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2508
GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2504 3 1-0 3 IM Herman Matthew J USA 2383
FM Thavandiran Shiyam CAN 2367 3 ½-½ 3 IM Aryan Chopra IND 2503
IM Siva Mahadevan IND 2356 3 1-0 3 GM Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando ESP 2492
IM Santos Ruiz Miguel ESP 2484 3 ½-½ 3 IM Omar Noaman UAE 2369
  Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2344 3 ½-½ 3 IM Kobo Ori ISR 2482
FM Tate Alan SCO 2309 3 ½-½ 3 IM Esserman Marc USA 2468
IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2468 3 1-0 3 IM Sahl Bjarke NOR 2363
IM Mannion Stephen R SCO 2326 3 +-- 3 IM Almagro Llamas Pablo ESP 2466
IM Ider Borya FRA 2463 3 1-0 3 FM Damia Angelo ITA 2233
  Tscharotschkin Michael GER 2190 3 ½-½ 3 IM Kantans Toms LAT 2456
GM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2589 1-0 3   Veltkamp Gerben NED 2166
IM Welling Gerard NED 2314 0-1 GM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2546
FM Webb Laurence E ENG 2313 0-1 IM Liang Awonder USA 2496
IM Bellahcene Bilel FRA 2493 ½-½ FM Bergstrom Rolf SWE 2268
GM Riff Jean-Noel FRA 2468 1-0 WIM Kantane Anna POL 2259
FM Buchenau Frank GER 2274 0-1 IM Zatonskih Anna USA 2443
FM Sanchez Jerez Emilio Miguel ESP 2257 0-1 IM Sarkar Justin USA 2428
WIM Shvayger Yuliya ISR 2413 1-0 FM Plotkin Victor CAN 2253
FM Pustovoitova Daria RUS 2407 ½-½ IM Gluckman David RSA 2215
FM De Francesco Klaus GER 2252 0-1 IM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina ESP 2406
FM Cordes Hans-Joerg Dr. GER 2242 1-0 FM Perez Garcia Alejandro ESP 2398
  Serarols Mabras Bernat ESP 2242 1-0 FM Guerra Rivera Salvador ESP 2389
WIM Heinemann Josefine GER 2227 ½-½ WGM Tsolakidou Stavroula GRE 2387
  Pinho Paulo POR 2220 ½-½ IM Nomin-Erdene Davaademberel MGL 2378
IM Derakhshani Dorsa IRI 2370 1-0 FM Baert Andy BEL 2210
GM Paehtz Thomas GER 2365 1-0 FM Kandic Milan SRB 2061
  Villar Reymundo Juan Antonio PER 2212 ½-½ IM Lazarne Vajda Szidonia HUN 2364
  Burrows Martin P ENG 2124 ½-½ IM Sodoma Jan CZE 2344
  Amgalanbaatar Ravdanlkhumbuu MGL 1988 ½-½ FM Gulamali Kazim USA 2341
  Skutta Bernd Dr. GER 1957 0-1 IM Piasetski Leon CAN 2327
IM Karavade Eesha IND 2418 2 1-0   Broekman Willem NED 1997
IM Szabo Bence HUN 2378 2 1-0 2 FM Derakhshani Borna IRI 2195
  Mueller-Dehn Christian Dr. GER 2170 2 0-1 2 WGM Gara Ticia HUN 2378
FM Rakesh Kumar Jena IND 2335 2 1-0 2   Gonzalez Gonzalez Alfonso ESP 2162
FM De Haan Eric NED 2319 2 ½-½ 2   Bopp Thomas Dr. GER 2157
FM Weeramantry Sunil SRI 2129 2 0-1 2 FM Lombaers Peter NED 2314
  Whatley Stephen A J GIB 2127 2 ½-½ 2 FM Wantiez Fabrice BEL 2312
WFM Haussernot Cecile FRA 2108 2 0-1 2 IM Saravanan V. IND 2306
FM Lopez Mulet Inigo ESP 2304 2 0-1 2 FM Smith Andrew Philip IRL 2152
FM Loh Zachary AUS 2291 2 ½-½ 2   Chan Kim Yew MAS 2152
FM Bach Matthias GER 2264 2 0-1 2   Seraoui Mohcen ALG 2100
  Behrendt Clemens GER 2121 2 ½-½ 2   Gluhovsky Mark RUS 2263
  Dasaolu Rotimi NGR 2051 2 0-1 2 WIM Pratyusha Bodda IND 2247
  Eagleton Greg T ENG 2055 2 0-1 2 FM Bannink Bernard NED 2244
  Carlsten Peter SWE 2047 2 0-1 2   Weisbuch Udi ISR 2240
  Vea Odin Blikra NOR 2234 2 ½-½ 2   Lochte Thomas GER 2070
  Bujnoch Radek CZE 2233 2 1-0 2   Feldbacher Harald GER 2050
  Galmandakh Badrakh MGL 2215 2 1-0 2   Berrocal Ruiz Valentin ESP 2042
CM Herbold Manfred GER 2198 2 ½-½ 2   Burke Mitchell R ENG 1975
  Skou Niels DEN 2025 0-1 GM Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel ESP 2339
IM Povah Nigel E ENG 2298 1-0   Suez-Panama Gilles FRA 2010
  Byrn Carsten DEN 2003 0-1   Verneuil Pascal FRA 2215
  Semprun Martinez Fernando ESP 2174 1-0   Noordhoek Henk NED 2004
  Aroven Mikael SWE 2172 0-1   Gillis Onieva Celia ESP 1966
FM Alberto Manuel ANG 2168 1-0   Van Kemenade Rudy WLS 1955
  Seyfried Claus GER 2152 ½-½   Slinger Tony J ENG 1911
  Herzwurm Robert GER 2143 1-0   Minnema Rens NED 1893
  Agbabishvili Lali CAN 2095 1-0   Newbry Benjamin J USA 1879

Top rankings after Round 6

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  w-we
1 5 GM Adams Michael ENG 2751 5.5 24.5 17.0 22.25 1.01
2 3 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2785 5.5 22.5 15.5 20.50 0.79
3 24 GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2650 5.5 21.5 14.5 20.00 1.55
4 16 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2675 5.0 22.5 15.0 18.75 0.93
5 2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796 5.0 22.0 15.0 18.25 0.27
6 7 GM Topalov Veselin BUL 2739 5.0 22.0 14.5 18.50 0.27
7 13 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2689 5.0 22.0 14.5 18.25 0.68
8 8 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2738 5.0 22.0 14.5 18.00 0.54
9 67 IM Dragnev Valentin AUT 2492 5.0 20.0 13.5 15.50 1.74
10 34 GM Lagarde Maxime FRA 2594 4.5 25.5 17.5 17.75 1.19
11 21 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2652 4.5 24.0 16.5 15.75 0.74
12 15 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2679 4.5 23.5 16.5 17.00 0.21
13 38 GM Ju Wenjun CHN 2583 4.5 23.0 15.0 15.25 1.12
14 10 GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2721 4.5 23.0 14.5 15.75 -0.21
15 18 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2660 4.5 22.5 15.5 16.00 0.07
16 11 GM Naiditsch Arkadij AZE 2702 4.5 22.5 15.0 17.00 0.12
17 31 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2613 4.5 22.5 15.0 15.75 0.41
18 28 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2628 4.5 22.5 14.5 14.75 0.75
19 27 GM Akobian Varuzhan USA 2633 4.5 22.0 15.0 15.50 0.48
20 12 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2701 4.5 21.5 14.0 15.75 -0.02
21 47 GM Muzychuk Anna UKR 2558 4.5 21.0 14.0 14.50 0.72
22 32 GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2606 4.5 20.5 14.0 14.75 0.33
23 33 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2594 4.5 20.5 13.5 15.75 0.17
24 58 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2512 4.5 20.5 13.5 14.25 1.21
25 72 GM Debashis Das IND 2472 4.5 20.5 12.5 13.00 1.33
26 6 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2748 4.5 19.5 13.5 14.25 -0.41
27 30 GM Edouard Romain FRA 2613 4.5 19.5 13.0 14.25 -0.03
28 116 FM Shachar Ehud ISR 2374 4.5 19.0 14.0 13.75 2.08
29 37 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2587 4.5 18.0 12.0 12.75 0.31
30 9 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2724 4.0 24.5 16.0 16.00 -0.53
31 17 GM Shankland Samuel L USA 2674 4.0 23.5 16.5 14.75 -0.51
32 23 GM Piorun Kacper POL 2651 4.0 23.0 15.5 13.00 0.18
33 1 GM Caruana Fabiano USA 2827 4.0 23.0 15.0 14.00 -1.01
  26 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2637 4.0 23.0 15.0 14.00 0.07
35 20 GM Howell David W L ENG 2655 4.0 23.0 15.0 13.50 0.40
36 22 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2651 4.0 23.0 15.0 13.25 -0.03
37 40 GM Gopal G.N. IND 2579 4.0 23.0 14.5 13.75 0.37
38 94 IM Carlstedt Jonathan GER 2413 4.0 22.5 16.0 14.00 1.77
39 48 GM Huzman Alexander ISR 2557 4.0 22.5 15.5 13.75 0.70
40 54 GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2530 4.0 22.5 15.0 14.00 0.63
41 42 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 2572 4.0 22.5 14.0 12.00 0.32
42 45 GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2564 4.0 22.0 14.5 13.00 0.24
43 14 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2684 4.0 21.0 13.5 12.25 -0.86
44 117 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2370 4.0 20.5 14.5 12.25 1.24
45 134 IM Mannion Stephen R SCO 2326 4.0 20.5 13.5 11.50 0.79
46 104 FM Garriga Cazorla Pere ESP 2386 4.0 20.0 13.5 12.00 1.81
47 81 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2454 4.0 19.5 13.0 12.00 0.77
48 46 GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2559 4.0 19.5 13.0 11.75 -0.11
49 62 IM Kollars Dmitrij GER 2500 4.0 19.5 13.0 11.50 0.31
50 126 WGM Papp Petra HUN 2352 4.0 19.0 13.0 11.75 1.34

Rankings of all 150 players after six rounds

Pairings/Results Round 7 on 2017/01/30 at 15.00

Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts. Res. Pts. Ti. Name FED Rtg
GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2650   GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2785
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796 5   GM Adams Michael ENG 2751
GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2689 5   5 GM Topalov Veselin BUL 2739
IM Dragnev Valentin AUT 2492 5   5 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2738
GM Svidler Peter RUS 2748   5 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2675
GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2721   GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2613
GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2606   GM Naiditsch Arkadij AZE 2702
GM Lagarde Maxime FRA 2594   GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2701
GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2679   GM Fridman Daniel GER 2594
GM Ju Wenjun CHN 2583   GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2660
GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2652   GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2512
GM Akobian Varuzhan USA 2633   GM Debashis Das IND 2472
GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2587   GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2628
GM Edouard Romain FRA 2613   FM Shachar Ehud ISR 2374
GM Caruana Fabiano USA 2827 4   4 GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2530
GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2724 4   4 GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2524
GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2504 4   4 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2684
GM Shankland Samuel L USA 2674 4   4 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2468
GM Howell David W L ENG 2655 4   4 IM Kollars Dmitrij GER 2500
IM Ider Borya FRA 2463 4   4 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2651
GM Piorun Kacper POL 2651 4   4 IM Cheng Bobby AUS 2452
GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2645 4   4 IM Carlstedt Jonathan GER 2413
IM Docx Stefan BEL 2405 4   4 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2637
FM Garriga Cazorla Pere ESP 2386 4   4 GM Gopal G.N. IND 2579
GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2370 4   4 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 2572
GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2564 4   4 IM Siva Mahadevan IND 2356
WGM Papp Petra HUN 2352 4   4 GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2559
IM Mannion Stephen R SCO 2326 4   4 GM Huzman Alexander ISR 2557
IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2455   GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2752
IM Zatonskih Anna USA 2443   GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2625
GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2593   IM Kantor Gergely HUN 2448
IM Sarkar Justin USA 2428   GM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2589
GM Womacka Mathias GER 2435   GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2580
GM Blomqvist Erik SWE 2574   IM Wemmers Xander NED 2424
GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2420   GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2572
GM Schroeder Jan-Christian GER 2550   WIM Shvayger Yuliya ISR 2413
GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2545   FM Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2384
GM Spraggett Kevin CAN 2542     Henderson De La Fuente Lance ESP 2380
GM Del Rio De Angelis Salvador G ESP 2527   IM Derakhshani Dorsa IRI 2370
GM Lemos Damian ARG 2516   GM Paehtz Thomas GER 2365
GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2508   IM Bellin Robert ENG 2353
IM Aryan Chopra IND 2503     Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2344
IM Liang Awonder USA 2496   FM Kozak Adam HUN 2376
IM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina ESP 2406   IM Krysa Leandro ARG 2491
IM Steinberg Nitzan ISR 2486   FM Thavandiran Shiyam CAN 2367
IM Godart Francois BEL 2381   IM Santos Ruiz Miguel ESP 2484
IM Kobo Ori ISR 2482   FM Tate Alan SCO 2309
IM Salomon Johan NOR 2470   FM Cordes Hans-Joerg Dr. GER 2242
IM Omar Noaman UAE 2369   GM Riff Jean-Noel FRA 2468
IM Esserman Marc USA 2468     Tscharotschkin Michael GER 2190

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In 1999 John Saunders gave up his job as an IT professional to become full-time editor/webmaster of 'British Chess Magazine'. During the 2000s he was also webmaster and magazine editor for the English Chess Federation, and regular webmaster and photo-reporter at Isle of Man and Gibraltar tournaments. In 2010 he became editor of the leading UK monthly 'CHESS' Magazine, retiring in 2012 but remaining its associate editor and regular contributor.
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benedictralph benedictralph 1/31/2017 12:54
I hope the writer was paid for his work... unless he refused payment, which is another matter.
Offramp Offramp 1/31/2017 12:21
I agree as well. The report has everything!
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 1/30/2017 10:23
And just like that, Wesley So is now #2 in the world.
GregEs GregEs 1/30/2017 09:12
I agree. Very well written indeed.
CostaMaison3 CostaMaison3 1/30/2017 07:48
Very well written report.
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