Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ivanchuk Leads Into Final Round, Gibraltar Masters

3 February 2011, Kuala Lumpur – John Saunders of TWIC reports that Vassily Ivanchuk and Nigel Short continued their winning ways in round 9. Ivanchuk won on the black side of a Berlin (though a check with Fritz and a comment from a fellow blogger says it is the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation) against Fabiano Caruana and Nigel Short won as white against Victor Mikhalevski. This leaves Ivanchuk on 8/9 half a point clear of Short. The main chasing pack is a further point behind Short.

The top 24 players after the ninth round of the Gibraltar Masters is shown in the table below:-
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Here is the ninth round game between Caruana and Ivanchuk during the Gibraltar Masters 2011. The Ruy Lopez – Exchange variation transpired during the game and black won by controlling the second rank with a rook and queen.

Here are some round 9 results for the top 34 boards.
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2 comments:

Raymond Siew said...

Hey Sham, Mark says this is the exchange variation. Not the Berlin wall. Great, great job my friend. Thank you for your efforts.

Firey_rook said...

Hi Raymond,
Yes, you are right! Just did a check with Fritz and it says Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation.
I will edit onto the blog. I guess Mr Saunders of TWIC had it wrong! Thanks, Raymond. :)