Thursday, 24 January 2013

Playing with monkeys

     The traditional "Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival" has started on the 21st of January. It's one of the strongest Chess Opens in the World and it usually gathers such renown names as Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Adams, Short. This year's edition hasn't been an exception.
Top seed of the tournament- Vassily Ivanchuk- 2758
1GMIvanchuk VassilyUKR2758
2GMKamsky GataUSA2740
3GMAdams MichaelENG2725
4GMWojtaszek RadoslawPOL2723
5GMVachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA2711
6GMNavara DavidCZE2710
7GMShirov AlexeiLAT2708
8GMLe Quang LiemVIE2705
9GMVitiugov NikitaRUS2694
10GMShort Nigel DENG2690

     Here are the Top 10 players from the starting rating list. You can find the full one here:

     Though there have been played only 2 rounds, there are already several surprises. The biggest upset of the 2nd round was the loss of Nigel Short (2690) against Teran Alvarez Ismael (2399). Here you can see the game:

Nigel Short

     There's also a nice photo gallery on the official site of the event:
     The main attraction of Gibraltar are the very friendly monkeys that one can see almost everywhere.
The former Women's World Champion and the heroine of the last year's edition of Gibraltar

    Hope to see some interesting fighting :)


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