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:-
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.