Gibraltar Chess Festival 2020: Paravyan wins in a playoff!

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1/30/2020 – Live games and commentary with GM David Howell and Fiona Steil-Antoni from 10:00 UTC (11:00 CET, 5:00 EST). The penultimate round produced a quintet of leaders. Now-familiar names like Esipenko, Wang, Maghsoodloo and Paravyan, joined by Mustafa Yilmaz top the standings with 7.0/9. After Round 10, the top four finishers with 7½ were Esipenko, Wang, Yuffa and Paravyan, who contested a four-way playoff. Paravyan and Wang reached the final match, and in a stunning upset Paravyan wins the Gibraltar Masters by defeating Want 1½ to ½. | Pictured: Live webcast

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Final round and playoff

While last year Vladislav Artemiev secured tournament victory with a remarkable 8½/10 score, this edition sees five players tied on 7 points and sixteen chasers on 6½, a situation markedly similar to the one seen in 2018. Back then, the co-leaders drew and three players got last round wins to join them on 7½. Rating performances decided who qualified to the deciding knockout, which was won by Levon Aronian.

Standings after Round 10 (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Esipenko Andrey 7,5 2809
2 Wang Hao 7,5 2792
3 Yuffa Daniil 7,5 2774
4 Paravyan David 7,5 2760
5 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 7,5 2759
6 Navara David 7,5 2711
7 Yilmaz Mustafa 7,5 2701
8 Maghsoodloo Parham 7,0 2743
  Werle Jan 7,0 2743
10 Topalov Veselin 7,0 2710
11 Aryan Chopra 7,0 2709
12 Kobalia Mikhail 7,0 2684
13 Karthikeyan Murali 7,0 2671
14 Adams Michael 7,0 2668
15 Le Quang Liem 7,0 2667
16 Jones Gawain C B 7,0 2654
17 Sasikiran Krishnan 7,0 2649
18 Moussard Jules 7,0 2647
19 Deac Bogdan-Daniel 7,0 2627
20 Tan Zhongyi 7,0 2600

All stories on the 2020 Gibraltar Masters


Live games and commentary

Players receive 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes until the end of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

 

Commentary by GM David Howell and WGM Fiona Steil-Antoni

Standings after Round 9 (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Esipenko Andrey 7,0 2819
2 Wang Hao 7,0 2813
3 Maghsoodloo Parham 7,0 2794
4 Paravyan David 7,0 2783
5 Yilmaz Mustafa 7,0 2714
6 Werle Jan 6,5 2758
7 Yuffa Daniil 6,5 2739
8 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 6,5 2720
  Topalov Veselin 6,5 2720
10 Aryan Chopra 6,5 2712
11 Kobalia Mikhail 6,5 2687
12 Navara David 6,5 2676
13 Adams Michael 6,5 2675
14 Le Quang Liem 6,5 2674
15 Karthikeyan Murali 6,5 2669
16 Jones Gawain C B 6,5 2666
  Adhiban B. 6,5 2666
18 Saric Ivan 6,5 2655
19 Kadric Denis 6,5 2635
20 Praggnanandhaa R 6,5 2630

Top results of Round 1

 

Top results of Round 2

 

Top results of Round 3

 

Top results of Round 4

 

Top results of Round 5

 

Top results of Round 6

 

Top results of Round 7

 

Top results of Round 8

 

Top results of Round 9

 

Starting list (top 20)

With 17 players each, England and Spain unsurprisingly have strong contingents, but they are surpassed by the Indian delegation, which comprises 29 players, led by Adhiban Baskaran, and featuring future stars Praggnanandhaa and Gukesh.

No. Name Rtg
1 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2770
2 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2770
3 Wang Hao 2758
4 Topalov Veselin 2738
5 Navara David 2717
6 Le Quang Liem 2713
7 Alekseenko Kirill 2704
8 Ivanchuk Vassily 2698
9 Matlakov Maxim 2698
10 Adams Michael 2694
11 Cheparinov Ivan 2686
12 Jones Gawain C B 2679
13 Maghsoodloo Parham 2674
14 Saric Ivan 2655
15 Adhiban B. 2654
16 Esipenko Andrey 2654
17 Lagarde Maxime 2651
18 Sasikiran Krishnan 2648
19 Donchenko Alexander 2647
20 Tabatabaei M.Amin 2638

...240 Players

Gibraltar is known in part for its high prize fund specifically for women, with the top scorer taking home GBP £20,000, ensuring once again that many women take part in the Chess Festival. Notable names include Alexandra Kosteniuk, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, Lei Tingje, Tan Zhongyi and many more.


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