Friday, February 4, 2011

Ivanchuk Wins Gibraltar Masters

Ivanchuk Vassily, The 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Champion!
4 February 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At the 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, Ivanchuk Vassily (pix left) overcomed Fridman Daniel in the last 10th round of the chess tournament at Gibraltar. Ivanchuk scored 9/10 pts ahead of his nearest rival, Nigel Short, who ended in second place with 8.5 points.

TWIC reports that The 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival took place at the Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar, from Monday 24 January to Thursday 3 February 2011. The new primary sponsors, Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd, enabled the prize fund to be increased to £126,000, with £17,500 going to the winner of the Gibraltar Masters, £10,000 to the top woman scorer and two extra rating prizes (of £2,000 and £1,000) being awarded to each of two further rating bands (2000-2099 and under 2000) in the Masters. The tournament was powered by previous primary sponsors Gibtelecom.

Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Fabiano Caruana, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Viktor Bologan, Krishnan Sasikiran, Alexander Onischuk, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Kiril Georgiev, Pentala Harikrishna and Nigel Short were amongst the top players who competed. Vassily Ivanchuk ran away with the tournament scoring 9/10. Nigel Short was a point clear of the rest of the field with 8.5/10, he lost to Ivanchuk and otherwise conceded just one draw for a score that would have surely won most years.
(L to R) Nadezhda, Conquest (TD), Tatiana, Pogonina.

Nigel Short vs Kositseva Nadezhda View Of Playing Hall, 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

Here is a ninth round game between Nigel Short and Victor Mikhalevski which was duly won by Nigel Short with white.

(Pictures are courtesy of John Saunders and

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