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Witty
24-01-2013, 08:01 AM
Here are the starting Top 20

No. Name FED Rtg
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758
2 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740
3 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725
4 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723
5 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711
6 GM Navara David CZE 2710
7 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2708
8 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705
9 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694
10 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690
11 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688
12 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2684
13 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667
14 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650
15 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650
16 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643
17 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632
18 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2629
19 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2627
20 GM Jussupow Artur GER 2611

http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/pairings_results.htm

Adamski
24-01-2013, 11:50 AM
Strong field. Go Mickey!

Desmond
26-01-2013, 07:27 AM
Only Le, Vitiugov, Swiercz and Iturrizaga on 4/4, followed by a big bunch on 3.5 including Adams, Jones, Navara, Kamsky, Ivanchuk etc.

Live games here (http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/live_masters_toma.htm).

Adamski
26-01-2013, 11:22 PM
Only Le, Vitiugov, Swiercz and Iturrizaga on 4/4, followed by a big bunch on 3.5 including Adams, Jones, Navara, Kamsky, Ivanchuk etc.

Live games here (http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/live_masters_toma.htm).
Still anyone's tournament. Mickey is well positioned.

J Michael Adams

peter_parr
29-01-2013, 09:59 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 28th January 2013

Leading scores in the Master division of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival after 5 rounds (247 players including 48 GMs) :- Q.Le (VIE 2705), N.Vitiugov (RUS 2694) 5, Y.Yu (CHN 2688),D.Navara (CZE 2710), V.Ivanchuk (UKR 2758), G.Jones (ENG 2632), K.Georgiev (BUL 2643),V.Tkachiev (FRA 2650) 4.5. Former NSW champion Andrew Bird 2223 has 3 points (loss to Navara 2710) and former Olympian from Sydney WFM Vaness Reid 1844 has 1.5 points.

Adamski
29-01-2013, 11:28 PM
Mickey now on 5.5, one point behind leader Vitugov Nikita. A lot on 6 and 5.5.

Capablanca-Fan
30-01-2013, 01:33 PM
Drama in Gibraltar: Ivanchuk and Le Quang Liem short draw creates discussion (Update 3) (http://www.chessdom.com/drama-in-gibraltar-ivanchuk-and-le-quang-liem-are-asked-to-replay-their-game-or-they-will-be-forfeited/) GM Keene writes:


The Consensus in Gibraltar is that Stuart Conquest the tournament Director acted with great tact and diplomacy in Ivanchuk early draw case.

Kevin Bonham
30-01-2013, 01:41 PM
Seriously, is it a rule or isn't it?


We had a long talk with them and they stated that even though the rule is mentioned in the regulations, it was never announced before the rounds. And they are right about that, so tomorrow we will make the reminder to all players at the start of the round.

So even if a rule is clearly stated in the tournament regs that's not enough to assume players have reason to be aware of it and it has to be announced before the games as well? What's the point of having tournament regulations if noone actually has to read them?

William AS
30-01-2013, 08:37 PM
Seriously, is it a rule or isn't it?



So even if a rule is clearly stated in the tournament regs that's not enough to assume players have reason to be aware of it and it has to be announced before the games as well? What's the point of having tournament regulations if noone actually has to read them?
It was round 7! :rolleyes: :wall: :wall:
Do Arbiters really have to read out the full FIDE laws of chess, the Swiss draw rules and the tournament regulations before every round? :eek:
I thought everyone knew that chessplayers never listen to announcements made before the start of play. :(
Personally I do not like this rule, a much better system is to use financial incentives/penalties.

Kerry Stead
31-01-2013, 09:55 AM
It was round 7! :rolleyes: :wall: :wall:
Do Arbiters really have to read out the full FIDE laws of chess, the Swiss draw rules and the tournament regulations before every round? :eek:
I thought everyone knew that chessplayers never listen to announcements made before the start of play. :(
Personally I do not like this rule, a much better system is to use financial incentives/penalties.

They're not asking for standard things to be read out.
Yes, in theory players should read the tournament regulations & other documentation beforehand, but in reality this rarely occurs.
The issue is more to do with unusual or non-standard rules being announced. An example I can think of is the 'fighting fund' at the Doeberl Cup - it is mentioned before rounds 1 & 3 (a number of players start in round 3 as they can not get time off work), but players are referred to noticeboards for full details of the conditions of the fund.
Of course one good result of this is that Ivanchuk did a MasterClass session (http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/video_masterclasses.htm) at the event, which was interesting, if not entertaining!

Adamski
31-01-2013, 10:49 PM
Tight at the top. 3 on 7.5 and 6 (including Mickey) on 7.

peter_parr
04-02-2013, 09:58 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 4th February 2013.

Leading final scores in the Gibraltar Chess Festival (247 players including 48 GMs):- N.Vitiugov (RUS 2694, winner after play-off) ,M.Vachier-Lagrave (FRA 2711), C.Sandipan (IND 2590), N.Short (ENG 2690) all 8 /10.

Former NSW Champion Andrew Bird (2223) scored 5 and WFM Vaness Reid ( NSW 1844) 3.5 points.