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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Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 1/29/2020 11:07
Raymond Labelle,
After seeing other strange things, my guess is that the transmission of moves is to blame.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 1/29/2020 02:59
On the Prag - Shakh game of round 8. Answer is chessbase article of today (Jan. 29) on the tournament: "The first result of the day was a win for young Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who was awarded a point after finding out his opponent, top seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, could not show up for medical reasons. Since the Azerbaijani was not included in the pairings for round nine, it is very unlikely for him to return on the last day of action. We hope the ever-cheerful 'Shakh' recovers soon."

Babysplitz.explained to us the situation earlier.
Babysplitz Babysplitz 1/29/2020 05:46
Mamedyarov is ill and dropped out of tournament.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 1/29/2020 01:54
Prag happened, that's what!
persianking persianking 1/28/2020 10:20
Anyone knows what happened to Mamedyarov in round 8?
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 1/28/2020 09:35
For Round 8, Chess24 and chess bomb and also on this live chessbase , all three report 1-0 for Prag against Mamedyarov, but no move played is indicated.

Is this a mistake or something happened. Given that all these reliable sources report the same thing, it is probably the correct result. We'll see what happened. Maybe Shaky was too late or did not show up. Probably Prag played an unerported firs move (he had White).
Lavanda Lavanda 1/28/2020 09:30
@ChessTalk, nobody forces anything, players can take a half-point bye up to round 7, since there are no rest days.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 1/28/2020 06:02
"At chessbomb fully readable, at least for me. Barboso left a rook en prise and Adams didn't take it. No time trouble."
Frits Fritschy

Yes, I have the same thing at chess24, moves 56 (Black) and 57 (White). The chess24 computer evaluates the position after Black's move 56 to 49.08 and recommends to take the R. (of course - I do not see any apparent tactical trick after taking the R.) and instead, Michael took a pawn - evaluation 0.83 - on the next move, Barbosa had the good idea of putting his R. elsewhere. The game ended in a draw.
Aighearach Aighearach 1/27/2020 10:47
Generally in a Swiss a forced bye goes to the bottom player and they get a full point.
Aighearach Aighearach 1/27/2020 10:45


Players who wish to take up to two half-point byes in rounds 1-7 of the Masters may do so, provided they give adequate notice, but the second requested bye makes a player ineligible for a prize. No player may request a bye in the last three rounds."

Normal in an open.
ChessTalk ChessTalk 1/27/2020 05:09
phoenician, on chessresults, it says he isn't paired. I'm thinking that maybe they have forced byes (lot of players not paired) but it's strange that we don't hear much about it on the broadcast.
phoenician phoenician 1/27/2020 03:53
Is Esipenko not playing round 7? I don't see his game....
Stupido Stupido 1/27/2020 12:37
I don't understand the MVL-Peralta game. Why did Peralta resign? Kd4 is not hard to find. Did he lose on time?
lajosarpad lajosarpad 1/27/2020 02:24
@Frits Fritschy I have checked the game that you have mentioned and you are speaking about 56...e3?? answered by 57. Bxe3. It's just a blunder, we all do it occasionally, but you are right to point this out, since when a super GM, who does this as his profession makes such a mistake, it's always a curiosity. However, even though Adams is not necessarily at his best, even a half-awake Adams is dangerous, and having such a large advantage against Gagare didn't look to be a nice omen. Nevertheless the Indian has shown great resilience and saved the day.
Arminio12 Arminio12 1/26/2020 12:12
The "Current Standings"-table after round 5 is simply incorrect. The following players also have 4/5 and should be in the top 20 list: Antipov, Kotronias, Pichot, Hjartarson, Praggnanandhaa. Correspondingly, some others do not belong there. I can understand you may want to focus on some of the big shots, but then don't call it "Current standings". It is misleading your readers, to say the least.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 1/24/2020 10:18
At chessbomb fully readable, at least for me. Barboso left a rook en prise and Adams didn't take it. No time trouble.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 1/24/2020 11:59
@Frits Fritschy it appeared to me that this game had a length of 16 moves, being an interesting but short affair. However, there is a * at the end of the game, which suggests that there might be more moves. Possibly a bug at the UI.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 1/24/2020 10:05
Lajosarpad, and what about round 3, Adams-Barboso? Look at moves 56-57...
Galuna Galuna 1/23/2020 03:36
Does anyone know why Nakamura isn't playing this year ?? He's been playing at Gibraltar for years.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 1/23/2020 12:57
Unbelievable, how Gagare managed to save half a point with large material deficit against Adams.