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Banda
24-01-2012, 05:03 AM
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This year's festival runs from 25 January - 2 February and the Masters tournament will feature the strongest field yet with 57 Grandmasters, 11 of which are rated over 2700 Elo.
The format is a 10-round Swiss with a time control of 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, and finally 15 minutes to finish with a 30 second second increment from the start of the game. Games start at 15:00 local time (14:00 UTC), except the last round which is at 11:00 (10:00 UTC).

Top Participants:
No.
1 GM Svidler Peter
2 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
3 GM Adams Michael
4 GM Almasi Zoltan
5 GM Le Quang Liem
6 GM Polgar Judit
7 GM Shirov Alexei
8 GM Laznicka Viktor
9 GM Sutovsky Emil
10 GM Movsesian Sergei
11 GM Sasikiran Krishnan
12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime
13 GM Sargissian Gabriel
14 GM Bologan Viktor
15 GM Short Nigel D
16 GM Fridman Daniel
17 GM Gupta Abhijeet
18 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian
19 GM Iturrizaga Edoardo
20 GM Lupulescu Constantin
21 GM Gustafsson Jan
22 GM Negi Parimarjan
23 GM Erdos Viktor
24 GM Akobian Varuzhan
25 GM Hou Yifan


LIVE GAMES/ Pairings/ Results/ etc (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/live)

Adamski
24-01-2012, 06:14 AM
Strong field considerong overlap with Wijk Ahn Zee / Tata Steel. Go Michael Adams!

Jonathan Michael Adams

MichaelBaron
24-01-2012, 02:05 PM
and Korchnoi is playing as well! :clap:

Keong Ang
25-01-2012, 07:17 PM
The format is a 10-round Swiss with a time control of 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, and finally 15 minutes to finish with a 30 second second increment from the start of the game. Games start at 15:00 local time (14:00 UTC), except the last round which is at 11:00 (10:00 UTC).
As an arbiter, I have learned to hate this rate of play.
With a 3pm start time, it usually translates into missed dinner and late nights, then having to search for food at midnight after posting the pairings. :(

ER
25-01-2012, 11:22 PM
Our very own Henrik (Macho) Mortensen, is playing in the Masters and has already scored a win against the Russian Alexander Kromhout in round one! In the second round he plays the German Gerald Loew!
Good luck Henrik!

MichaelBaron
26-01-2012, 12:15 AM
Our very own Henrik Tabatt is also there!

Bill Gletsos
30-01-2012, 04:11 PM
Round 7 has the two highest rated women in the world with Hou Yifan(25) vs Judith Polgar(6) on board 7.

Adamski
30-01-2012, 05:35 PM
Our very own Henrik (Macho) Mortensen, is playing in the Masters and has already scored a win against the Russian Alexander Kromhout in round one! In the second round he plays the German Gerald Loew!
Good luck Henrik!Well done Henrik M and good luck for rest of the event. You might support the wrong football team but you are still a good guy!

Kevin Bonham
01-02-2012, 09:57 PM
Round 7 has the two highest rated women in the world with Hou Yifan(25) vs Judith Polgar(6) on board 7.

Hou Yifan won. Game with notes at http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7882

Metro
02-02-2012, 12:05 AM
Our very own Henrik Tabatt is also there!
Hendrik Tabatt was equal 1st in Elwood Bendigo Bank tournament in 2005.He is playing GM Tal Baron in Round 9 :D

Agent Smith
02-02-2012, 06:50 AM
Hou Yifan won. Game with notes at http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7882
Is it too hard to say Judit didn't give her enough respect in that game ?
Anyway - Hou Yifan is a great little player.

Cute tournament snapshot
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-X6QsUSkzxCU/TyKXQNeTOaI/AAAAAAAAbrQ/g21J1fgAyEU/s1024/DSC_3543.JPG

Kerry Stead
03-02-2012, 01:50 PM
As an arbiter, I have learned to hate this rate of play.
With a 3pm start time, it usually translates into missed dinner and late nights, then having to search for food at midnight after posting the pairings. :(
The time control is effectively the old 40/120 fb 20/60 + 30 that used to be the standard in high level events when analogue clocks were the only choice for timing.
As an arbiter (or anyone else who might be around for a late game) you simply need to find the best late-night eating options in an area ... no problem in places like Melbourne or Sydney as there are plenty of choices available ... though this could be an issue in other parts of the world.

Agent Smith
03-02-2012, 07:25 PM
Nigel Short beat Yifan Hou in a rapid play-off 1-1/2 - 1/2,
but Hou had a fairly easy winning line in the game she lost :doh:

[Event "Gibraltar Open Playoff"]
[Site "Caleta ENG"]
[Date "2012.02.02"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Short, Nigel D"]
[Black "Hou, Yifan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2677"]
[BlackElo "2605"]
[ECO "B23"]
[EventDate "2012.01.24"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Variation "closed"]
[WhiteFideId "400025"]
[BlackFideId "8602980"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5+ Nc6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.d3 Nf6 8.
O-O O-O 9.Kh1 Rb8 10.Qe1 Nd7 11.b3 e5 12.f5 gxf5 13.Nh4 f4 14.g3 Bf6
15.Nf5 Nb6 16.gxf4 Bxf5 17.fxe5 Bxe5
( 17...Bh4 18.Qe2 Bg6 19.exd6 Bf6 20.
e5 Bg7 21.Bf4 Nd7 22.Rae1 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Re8 24.d7 Rxe5 )
18.Rxf5 Kh8 19.Bf4 Nd7 20.Qd2 Qh4 21.Rf1 Rbe8 22.Ne2 Rg8 23.Rxf7 Qh3
24.Ng1 Qg4 25.Nf3 Qh3 26.Qf2 Bxf4 27.Rxf4 Rg6 28.Nh4 Rg5 29.Nf5 Reg8
30.Nxd6 Ne5 31.Nf7+ Nxf7 32.Rxf7 R5g6 33.Rf8 Qh5 34.Rxg8+ Rxg8 35.Qf6+
Rg7 36.Rg1 1-0

ER
03-02-2012, 07:39 PM
Wow, when was that played?

Max Illingworth
03-02-2012, 08:08 PM
Wow, when was that played?

At 4am today.

ER
03-02-2012, 09:23 PM
At 4am today.
Thanks Max!

machomortensen
05-02-2012, 08:15 AM
Thank you for rooting, JAK and Adamski.

Alexander Kromhout is from Southafrica and he was a really nice guy. Honestly, our game could have gone both ways.

In the fourth round I beat the fellow dane FM Daniel Andersen (1884!!) in just 17 moves. Before that game I have played him 11-14 times with more losses than draws and absolutely NO wins. If anyone remember Jimmy Connors beating Bjørn Borg in a US Open final or semifinal where he at the end of the match couldn't walk anymore but rather jumped around, then I probably gave a similar impression when I "knew" last moves in the game and hardly could sit on my chair because I wanted the game so much!!

The rounds 5-8 gave me only a ½ point, but the last two games gave me 1½.

It's a great tournament I can recommand to absolutely everyboy.

On the last day Miss Gibraltar asked me if we could have a photo together!! OK, she is half danish... Unfortunately I had to refuse to meet her on the following day(!) One of my WORST mistakes ever, but... I came to Malaga with Spanair but during the tournament they crashed and I had to buy a new ticket and didn't knew what time and day I should go to Malaga... In the end it didn't mean anything, as ALL flights from Scandinavia were heavy delayed due to the weather contidions...

Next time I buy her a cup of coffee...

Korchnoi is a legend, but I fear I saw him for the last time. He received the absolutely greatest applause off all. It seems that we forget og forgive...

SORRY if this was to boring.

MichaelBaron
06-02-2012, 04:07 PM
Hope Korchnoi gets better! A true sporting hero of mine!

machomortensen
08-02-2012, 06:14 AM
Unfortunately my writings about Korchnoi COULD be misunderstood. Sorry, but english is by no means my mothertongue.

He looks now very old and he walks very badly. Last year he sat in the bar. That's basically impossible now. He probably - according to some of the other danes - thought I was a kind of an official. On the second day he asked me about the dinnertimes at the hotel and on the last day he asked me if he was invited to the banquet(!) All the players received an envelope, but he claimed that he hasn't got one!! I told him that he surely should go and of course I was right. He and his wife sat at one of the six important tables.

Why did I "look like" an officiel?? Probably because I had so many books and first day envelopes he should sign...

I don't think I will see him again. It is very unlikely that he will be invited to a tournament in Denmark again. And Gibraltar 2014 is far away in his age... He will still play, but I don't think I will see him LIVE again unless "you" invite him to the Australian Open 2013!!