Five winners at the Gibraltar Masters

2/5/2005 – There were 120 participants in the top group of the chess festival in the British enclave on the southern tip of Spain. The winners at 7.5/10 were Aronian, Efimenko, Kiril Georgiev, Shirov and Sutovsky, who each won £2300. Report...

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The Chess Festival was held in Gibraltar from January 25 to February 3, 2005. In the Masters International Group there was a five-way tie for first: Levon Aronian, Zahar Efimenko, Kiril Georgiev, Alexei Shirov and Emil Sutovsky all scored 7.5/10.

The winners of the Masters International: Kiril Georgiev, Alexei Shirov,
Emil Sutovsky, a representative of the sponsors, Levon Aronian, Zahar Efimenko

US Champ Hikaru Nakamura (right, finished seventh) with dad and coach
Sunil Weeramantry (left) and arbiter Stuart Rueben (middle)

Iweta Radziewicz of Poland, place 28, and Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania, place 19

Almira Skripchenko, France, place 33

Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine, place 38

All pictures by courtesy of the organisers


  • 1–5: Alexei Shirov, Spain, Lev Aronian, Armenia, Emil Sutovsky, Israel, Kiril Georgiev, Bulgaria, Zahar Efimenko, Ukraine, all 7.5/10: £2300

  • 6–10: Hikaru Nakamura, 7.0, Gabriel Sargissian, Armenia, Vasilios Kotronias, Greece, Alexander Areshchenko, Ukraine, Daniel Gormally, England, 7.0/10: £300

  • Best under 18: David Howell, England, 6.0/10: £300

  • Women's Awards: Pia Cramling, Sweden, Viktorija Cmilyte, Lithuania, Iweta Radziewicz, Poland, Almira Skripchenko, France, Ketevan Arakhamia, Georgia, 6.0/10: £300


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