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Aronian Wins Gibraltar Chess Open In Playoff

Levon AronianGM Levon Aronian is the winner in Gibraltar open 2018.

276 players took part in this tournament. It was traditionally the strongest open around with more then 100 GMs, including many of the top 10.

GM Hikaru Nakamura was leading during the whole tournament and was on course for his 4th straight victory here. But before the last round they were many people with a chance to win it.
With the mathematical possibility of about a 10-way tie for first if none of the leaders could win, only the top four players on performance rating would be through to the playoff. Aronian had a better position against Nakamura in the last round, but only drew. He said he didn’t expect to make it, but the results all came back in his favor. Dubov and Antipov lost, while Wang and Howell drew. After the amazing finish of the tournament 7 players had 7,5 out of 10.
So Nakamura, Rapport, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian took the four places for the tiebreaks, while Vitiugov, Adams and Le have just missed it.

In the semifinal Aronian proved that sometimes 2 knights are better then 2 bishops in open position against Rapport in the first game. In the second he managed to outplay his young opponent.
Much more drama was in the other semifinal. Hikaru Nakamura against Maxim Vashier-Lagrave. They drew the two 10-minute games. The American had in the first blitz game winning endgame and more time, but he managed to lose for the first time in his last 4 years in Gibraltar. In the second game things also looked good for Hikaru but somehow the Frencman managed to survive.
So in the final Aronian against Vachier-Lagrave.
The pair made two draws in the 10+5, then another in the first 3+2 game. Then finally Lev Aronian managed to break and win the game and the tournament.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds
Rk. Name Pts.
1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 7,5
2 GM Rapport Richard 7,5
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 7,5
4 GM Aronian Levon 7,5
5 GM Vitiugov Nikita 7,5
6 GM Adams Michael 7,5
7 GM Le Quang Liem 7,5
8 GM Howell David W L 7
9 GM Gupta Abhijeet 7
10 GM Debashis Das 7
11 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof 7
12 GM Oparin Grigoriy 7
13 GM Wang Hao 7
14 GM Vocaturo Daniele 7
15 GM Gelfand Boris 7
16 GM Sethuraman S.P. 7
17 GM Sutovsky Emil 7
18 GM Dubov Daniil 7
19 Henderson De La Fuente Lance 7
20 GM Kobo Ori 7
21 GM Cheparinov Ivan 7
22 GM Motylev Alexander 7
23 GM Narayanan S. L. 7
24 GM Epishin Vladimir 7
25 GM Bindrich Falko 7
26 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 6,5
27 GM Gledura Benjamin 6,5
28 GM Grandelius Nils 6,5
29 GM Mikhalevski Victor 6,5
30 GM Cramling Pia 6,5
31 FM Esipenko Andrey 6,5
32 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel 6,5
33 GM Venkatesh M.R. 6,5
34 GM Navara David 6,5
35 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 6,5
36 GM Lalith Babu M R 6,5
37 GM Tregubov Pavel V. 6,5
38 GM Saric Ivan 6,5
39 GM Harikrishna P. 6,5
40 GM Akobian Varuzhan 6,5
41 GM Svane Rasmus 6,5
42 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 6,5
43 GM Lagno Kateryna 6,5
44 IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao 6,5
45 GM Gopal G.N. 6,5
46 IM Nihal Sarin 6,5
47 GM Kollars Dmitrij 6,5
48 GM Kaidanov Gregory 6,5
49 GM Bosiocic Marin 6,5
50 IM Batsiashvili Nino 6
51 GM Pichot Alan 6
52 IM Dragnev Valentin 6
53 GM Peralta Fernando 6
54 GM Perez Ponsa Federico 6
55 GM Antal Gergely 6
56 GM Sandipan Chanda 6
57 IM Kozak Adam 6
58 GM Lei Tingjie 6
59 GM Buhmann Rainer 6
60 IM Xu Yi 6
61 GM Huzman Alexander 6
62 GM Gunina Valentina 6
63 IM Haria Ravi 6
64 GM Ju Wenjun 6
65 GM Papp Gabor 6
66 FM Tate Alan 6
67 GM Muzychuk Anna 6
68 GM Donchenko Alexander 6
69 IM Zanan Evgeny 6
70 FM Bakalchuk Johnatan 6
71 GM Salomon Johan 6
72 GM Banusz Tamas 6
73 GM Georgiev Kiril 6
74 GM Michalik Peter 6
75 FM Merario Alarcon Andres 6
76 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 6
77 GM Anton Guijarro David 6
78 GM Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando 6
79 IM Yankelevich Lev 6
80 IM Docx Stefan 6
81 GM Gagare Shardul 5,5
82 GM Moussard Jules 5,5
83 FM Prithu Gupta 5,5
84 GM Grigoriants Sergey 5,5
85 IM Hemant Sharma (Del) 5,5
86 GM Muzychuk Mariya 5,5
87 IM Saduakassova Dinara 5,5
88 GM Short Nigel D 5,5
89 IM Sonis Francesco 5,5
90 IM Perez Garcia Rodney Oscar 5,5
91 GM Steinberg Nitzan 5,5
92 IM Praggnanandhaa R 5,5
93 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 5,5
94 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 5,5
95 GM Baron Tal 5,5
96 GM Dvirnyy Danyyil 5,5
97 GM Moroni Luca Jr 5,5
98 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 5,5
99 GM Huschenbeth Niclas 5,5
100 GM Blomqvist Erik 5,5
101 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 5,5
102 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 5,5
103 IM Swayams Mishra 5,5
104 WGM Paramzina Anastasya 5,5
105 FM Gavrilescu David 5,5
106 WGM Hoolt Sarah 5,5
107 WGM Gara Ticia 5,5
108 GM Studer Noel 5,5
109 IM Grinberg Eyal 5,5
110 IM Erenberg Ariel 5,5
111 IM Suarez Gomez Julio 5,5
112 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 5,5
113 GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo 5,5
114 GM Solomon Kenny 5,5
115 FM Blohberger Felix 5,5
116 IM Cawdery Daniel 5,5
117 GM Khotenashvili Bela 5,5
118 FM Perez Flavio 5,5
119 IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 5,5
120 FM Bjerre Jonas Buhl 5,5
121 IM Martinez Martin David 5,5
122 IM Bellahcene Bilel 5,5
123 Bopp Thomas Dr. 5,5
124 GM Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel 5
125 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 5
126 FM De Haan Eric 5
127 IM Lou Yiping 5
128 IM Gaehwiler Gabriel 5
129 FM Lombaers Peter 5
130 IM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 5
131 IM Melia Salome 5
132 GM Larino Nieto David 5
133 GM Dzagnidze Nana 5
134 IM Ladron De Guevara Pinto Paolo 5
135 IM Raja Harshit 5
136 FM Goriatchkin Jouri 5
137 IM Mannion Stephen R 5
138 IM Cernousek Lukas 5
139 GM Tarjan James 5
140 WGM Papp Petra 5
141 IM Perez Garcia Alejandro 5
142 GM Libiszewski Fabien 5
143 IM Stark Lars 5
144 IM Renman Nils-Gustaf 5
145 IM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 5
146 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 5
147 GM Akesson Ralf 5
148 IM Shachar Ehud 5
149 WIM Sahl Sheila Barth 5
150 IM Wallace John Paul 5
151 IM Almagro Llamas Pablo 5
152 IM Devereaux Maxim L 5
153 IM Pigott John C 5
154 Villar Reymundo Juan Antonio 5
155 IM Povah Nigel E 5
156 Pinho Paulo 5
157 CM Bozinovic Boban 5
158 IM Gara Anita 4,5
159 FM Sadhwani Raunak 4,5
160 IM Padmini Rout 4,5
161 FM De Francesco Klaus 4,5
162 FM Gandrud Vegar Koi 4,5
163 IM Esserman Marc 4,5
164 IM Mohota Nisha 4,5
165 IM Lazarne Vajda Szidonia 4,5
166 GM Paehtz Thomas 4,5
167 GM Zhukova Natalia 4,5
168 FM Lopez Mulet Inigo 4,5
169 IM Wemmers Xander 4,5
170 WIM Tejaswini Sagar 4,5
171 FM Horvath Dominik 4,5
172 WFM Movileanu Daniela 4,5
173 WIM Garcia Martin Marta 4,5
174 Oglaza Oskar 4,5
175 IM Keymer Vincent 4,5
176 FM Yoo Christopher Woojin 4,5
177 FM Gavilan Diaz Mario 4,5
178 FM Serarols Mabras Bernat 4,5
179 FM Antova Gabriela 4,5
180 CM Coleman David J 4,5
181 Pabalan Rocky 4,5
182 Weisbuch Udi 4,5
183 WIM Heinemann Josefine 4,5
184 Barrenechea Bahamonde Gustavo 4,5
185 WGM Rapport Jovana 4,5
186 IM Ranaivoharisoa Alain 4,5
187 FM Van Zyl-Rudd Jack 4,5
188 Guthrie David 4,5
189 Lochte Thomas 4,5
190 GM Edouard Romain 4
191 IM Santos Ruiz Miguel 4
192 WIM Richards Heather S 4
193 FM Plotkin Victor 4
194 WGM Maisuradze Nino 4
195 Berrocal Ruiz Valentin 4
196 Spence David J 4
197 Pein Jonathan 4
198 FM Jessel Stephen 4
199 Gonzalez Gonzalez Alfonso 4
200 Bliumberg Vladislav 4
201 Maloberti David 4
202 Roman Lopez Jesus 4
203 FM Kvisla Johannes Luangtep 4
204 Lercel Michal 4
205 IM Meszaros Andras 4
206 WFM Hapala Elisabeth 4
207 Barthel Ansgar 4
208 FM Smith Andrew Philip 4
209 Bendayan Claros Aaron 4
210 WIM Gagare Shalmali 4
211 Janiszewski Maciej 4
212 FM Bergstrom Rolf 4
213 Veltkamp Gerben 4
214 Barraza Caracuel Ignacio 4
215 Cherigui Mourad 4
216 Sanjuan Garcia Miguel 4
217 Safarian Alek 4
218 CM Walton Alan J 4
219 Hamer Martyn 4
220 Cramling Bellon Anna 4
221 Arroyo Rodriguez Jesus 4
222 Mayank Pal 4
223 IM Quillan Gary 3,5
224 GM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos 3,5
225 IM Bellin Robert 3,5
226 Midonet Matthieu 3,5
227 Verneuil Pascal 3,5
228 Sajjadi Kimiya 3,5
229 Suez-Panama Gilles 3,5
230 WCM Avila Fraire Ameyalli 3,5
231 Semprun Martinez Fernando 3,5
232 Obiamiwe Paul 3,5
233 Stewart Ashley 3,5
234 WFM Chibnall Alana 3,5
235 Bryant Richard B E 3,5
236 Marder Simon 3,5
237 Bolt Graham 3,5
238 Lochte Szilvia 3,5
239 Klementys Jerzy 3,5
240 Longa Yauca Javier 3
241 WFM Cholleti Sahajasri 3
242 IM Estrada Nieto Julian 3
243 Byron Alan M 3
244 CM Osuna Vega Enrique 3
245 FM Baert Andy 3
246 Hewson Brian W R 3
247 De Graaf Dick 3
248 Compton Alistair 3
249 Herzwurm Robert 3
250 Burke Mitchell R 3
251 Gillis Onieva Celia 3
252 Vilarnovo Caamano Jose 3
253 WIM Makka Ioulia 3
254 Biegel Thomas 3
255 CM Dev Shah 3
256 Van De Groep William 3
257 CM Helin Mikael 3
258 Yilmaz Kazim 3
259 Mozelius Peter 3
260 Kozarcanin Sead 2,5
261 Bjerre Tavs 2,5
262 Dasaolu Rotimi 2,5
263 Adewole Adeyinka 2,5
264 CM Reuben Stewart 2,5
265 Gravett Alan D 2,5
266 Francois-Haugrin Said 2,5
267 FM Sanchez Jerez Emilio Miguel 2
268 Ansari Athar 2
269 FM Odeh Kenneth 2
270 Wilson Matthew R 2
271 Edvardsen Ragnar 2
272 Redondo Flores David 1,5
273 Opasiak Dustin Tennessee 1,5
274 Mifsud T. 0,5
275 Bullock Lee 0,5
276 FM Schwartz Ylon 0

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