Gibtel Masters – Adams wins in play-offs

2/5/2010 – Nine players were tied for first after ten rounds, and four went into the tiebreaks. British GM Michael Adams eliminated first Jan Gustafsson of Germany in an Armageddon game, and then Francisco Vallejo (who had knocked out Indian GM Sandipan Chanda) to take overall victory at the Gibtelecom Masters in Gibraltar. There was a prominent visitor during the second half of the event. Final results.

Four-Way Tie Going Into The Last Round

Sergei Movsesian (SVK), Paco Vallejo Pons (ESP), Michael Adams (ENG) and Jan Gustafsson (GER) were tied on 7/9 going into the tenth and final round of the Gibtelecom Masters. At this point the 'Gibraltar rules' kicked in: boards where one or both of the players can finish in a tie for first were required to start their games at 10:00 (GMT+1) in order to allow time for a rapidplay play-off at 15:00.

Top round ten results

1 GM Gustafsson, Jan 7.0
½-½
GM Movsesian, Sergei 7.0
2 GM Vallejo Pons, F. 7.0
½-½
GM Adams, Michael 7.0
3 GM Bacrot, Etienne 6.5
1-0
GM Cramling, Pia 6.5
4 GM Bindrich, Falko 6.5
0-1
GM Kamsky, Gata 6.5
5 WGM Zhukova, Natalia 6.5
½-½
GM Fressinet, Laurent 6.5
6 GM Fridman, Daniel 6.5
0-1
IM Lenderman, Alex 6.5
7 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 6.5
0-1
GM Sandipan, Chanda 6.5
8 IM Boskovic, Drasko 6.5
½-½
GM Koneru, Humpy 6.5
9 GM Narayanan Gopal 6.5
1-0
GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 6.5
10 IM Kapnisis, Spyridon 6.0
0-1
GM Cheparinov, Ivan 6.0
11 GM Istratescu, Andrei 6.0
1-0
IM Krush, Irina 6.0
12 GM Hoffmann, Michael 6.0
1-0
GM Felgaer, Ruben 6.0
13 GM Halkias, Stelios 6.0
1-0
IM Vernay, Clovis 6.0
14 GM Lemos, Damian 6.0
½-½
IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.0
15 IM Cori, Jorge 6.0
0-1
GM Malakhatko, Vadim 6.0
16 IM Sarkar, Justin 6.0
½-½
GM Naumann, Alexander 6.0
17 FM Avalos Parra, Joao 6.0
0-1
GM Speelman, Jon S 6.0
18 Ivanov, Stojan Emilov 6.0
0-1
GM Guliyev, Namig 6.0

Top standings after ten rounds (final)

# Player Pts Nat. Gen Rtng Perf W-We
1 GM Gustafsson, Jan 7.5 GER
M
2627 2769 +1.88
2 GM Adams, Michael 7.5 ENG
M
2694 2764 +0.97
3 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 7.5 ESP
M
2705 2726 +0.33
4 GM Sandipan, Chanda 7.5 IND
M
2622 2720 +1.29
5 GM Kamsky, Gata 7.5 USA
M
2693 2719 +0.38
6 GM Bacrot, Etienne 7.5 FRA
M
2713 2713 +0.11
7 GM Movsesian, Sergei 7.5 SVK
M
2708 2708 +0.07
8 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 7.5 IND
M
2584 2656 +0.95
9 IM Lenderman, Alex 7.5 USA
M
2560 2652 +1.33
10 WGM Zhukova, Natalia 7.0 UKR
F
2462 2686 +3.02
11 GM Fressinet, Laurent 7.0 FRA
M
2670 2666 +0.04
12 GM Koneru, Humpy 7.0 IND
F
2614 2663 +0.77
13 GM Halkias, Stelios 7.0 GRE
M
2566 2630 +0.95
14 GM Hoffmann, Michael 7.0 GER
M
2508 2630 +1.73
15 GM Malakhatko, Vadim 7.0 BEL
M
2549 2590 +0.67
16 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 7.0 BUL
M
2660 2568 -0.88
17 GM Istratescu, Andrei 7.0 ROU
M
2607 2554 -0.49
18 GM Speelman, Jon S 7.0 ENG
M
2525 2551 +0.56
19 IM Boskovic, Drasko 7.0 SRB
M
2454 2506 +0.90
20 GM Guliyev, Namig 7.0 AZE
M
2516 2505 +0.18
21 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 6.5 BUL
F
2545 2614 +1.00
22 GM Fridman, Daniel 6.5 GER
M
2654 2613 -0.45
23 GM Bindrich, Falko 6.5 GER
M
2512 2583 +1.04
24 GM Cramling, Pia 6.5 SWE
F
2528 2546 +0.38
25 IM Hirneise, Tobias 6.5 GER
M
2421 2541 +1.66
26 GM Naumann, Alexander 6.5 GER
M
2525 2535 +0.31
27 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 6.5 GEO
F
2493 2535 +0.75
28 IM Shankland, Samuel L 6.5 USA
M
2491 2535 +0.68
29 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 6.5 RUS
F
2523 2519 +0.05
30 GM Lemos, Damian 6.5 ARG
M
2556 2491 -0.64
31 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 6.5 GEO
F
2506 2488 -0.02
32 IM Harika, Dronavalli 6.5 IND
F
2471 2478 +0.35
33 GM Bhat, Vinay S. 6.5 USA
M
2540 2477 -0.64
34 IM Cmilyte, Viktorija 6.5 LTU
F
2489 2445 -0.36
35 GM Siebrecht, Sebastian 6.5 GER
M
2468 2427 -0.34
36 IM Sarkar, Justin 6.5 USA
M
2378 2408 +0.51
37 WIM Cori T., Deysi 6.5 PER
F
2412 2393 -0.05
38 WGM Karavade, Eesha 6.5 IND
F
2405 2360 -0.38
39 WGM Reizniece, Dana 6.5 LAT
F
2341 2359 +0.33
40 IM Nezad, Husein Aziz 6.5 QAT
M
2408 2312 -0.99
41 IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.5 POL
F
2374 2273 -1.05

Play-Off : Adams Wins The Final


The winner after play-offs: GM Michael Adams

English grandmaster Mickey Adams has won the 8th Gibtelecom Masters after a four-player play-off. He did it the hard way, losing the first game of his semi-final against German GM Jan Gustafsson and having much the worst of the second game before Gustafsson blundered a piece. There followed an Armageddon game, with Adams obliged to win, which he did in some style. [Click to replay]


The second finalist in the play-offs: Paco Vallejo Pons, Spain

In the other semi-final Paco Vallejo Pons of Spain won his first game quite comfortably against Sandipan Chanda of India. He was comfortable in the second game but Sandipan fought back to the point where he should have won, only the make a terrible blunder which cost him the win. [Click to replay]


Eliminated by Vallejo: Indian GM Sandipan Chanda

The final saw Adams in his best form, soon securing a strong advantage which he carried through to victory. In the return, Vallejo Pons got a bad position but his attempt to mix the game up cost him a piece and he could only draw. The two-game mini-matches were played at a time control of 10 minutes with 10 second increments and the Armageddon game at 5 minutes to 4. [Click to replay]


Eliminated by a blunder against Adams: German GM Jan Gustafsson

Information and photos by John Saunders

Magnus on the Rock


After winning Wijk aan Zee Magnus Carlsen flew to Gibraltar to visit friends (like Odin Blikra Vea of Norway)


Magnus and his sister Ingrid with the famous Gibraltar monkeys


Easy to tell they are siblings, right?

Photos of Magnus by Zeljka Malobabic of MonRoi


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