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Gibraltar Chess 2016 opening day

Gibraltar

The 2016 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival is taking place from January 25th to February 4, at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar.

The traditional 10-round Swiss FIDE event s one of the strongest open chess tournaments in the world and its hefty prize fund attracted many top players. The first prize is £20,000, while the best female player will be awarded £15,000.

Top players: last year’s winner Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2787, Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2785, Anand, Viswanathan IND 2784, Harikrishna, Pentala IND 2755, Li, Chao CHN 2751, Yu, Yangyi CHN 2747, Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2732, Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2727, Rapport, Richard HUN 2721, Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2700

Chessdom will provide daily coverage of the event and you can follow the Masters event with analysis here

The opening day

The 2016 Tradewise Chess Festival started its annual adventure when two of our participants, newly weds Radek Wojtaszek and Alina Kashlinskaya, offered simultaneous displays for early arrivals. The simuls began around 8pm on Sunday in the main restaurant. The games provied an ideal warm-up for Amateur and Challenger participants. Married only last July, Radek and Alina were delighted to take part in this traditional curtain raiser. Several players came along to see how they could get on against this special team.

Additionally, the Challengers and Amateur events are also underway and you can replay the games here

Vishy Anand’s first open in many years

Gibraltar Chess 2016 will be Vishy Anand’s first open in many years. Just like Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik who returned to Qatar Masters Open, now Vishy continues the trend. See why the ex-world champion Anand returns to open competitions in this video presented by “The Day’s Play” with host Tania Sachdev.

Opening ceremony

Stay tuned for the opening ceremony which takes place at 20:30 CET.

Live games start at 15:00 CET on Tuesday with live coverage here

Info: Official website/ Standings and statistics

Archive: Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015/ Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014

More about Gibraltar 2016

Rate of play: 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.

In the event of a tie for first place, there shall be a speed play-off. If there are four or fewer players tied for first place, there will be a speed knock-out play-off for the first prize of £20,000.

If three players tie for first place, the player with the highest performance rating will be seeded directly into the Final of the Play-Off; the other two players will contest the Semi-Final.

If more than four players tie for first place, the four players with the highest performance ratings shall qualify for the play-off to decide the first prize.

Women’s Awards: If there is a tie for the top women’s prize, the tie is resolved in favour of the woman with the highest performance rating, who will receive the prize of £15,000. All other prizes will not be subject to a tiebreak and prize money other than the first prize will be divided equally amongst the players.

Masters Regulations: Important! Draws by mutual agreement in fewer than 30 moves are not allowed. There must be no pre-arranged or tacit agreements to draw games of any length, by repetition or otherwise.

Full list of participants

Full list of participants in the Tradewise Masters

No Name Fed Rtg
1 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2787
2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2785
3 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2784
4 Harikrishna, Pentala IND 2755
5 Li, Chao b CHN 2751
6 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2747
7 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2732
8 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2727
9 Rapport, Richard HUN 2721
10 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2700
11 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2697
12 Ni, Hua CHN 2697
13 Naiditsch, Arkadij AZE 2696
14 Ragger, Markus AUT 2689
15 Howell, David W L ENG 2685
16 Short, Nigel D ENG 2684
17 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2666
18 Kamsky, Gata USA 2665
19 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2660
20 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2660
21 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2647
22 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2642
23 Anton Guijarro, David ESP 2639
24 Sethuraman, S.P. IND 2639
25 Grandelius, Nils SWE 2635
26 Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2627
27 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2625
28 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo VEN 2624
29 Edouard, Romain FRA 2617
30 Erdos, Viktor HUN 2613
31 Gupta, Abhijeet IND 2613
32 Lenic, Luka SLO 2611
33 Bachmann, Axel PAR 2610
34 Maze, Sebastien FRA 2591
35 Sandipan, Chanda IND 2583
36 Tregubov, Pavel V. RUS 2582
37 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2581
38 Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2580
39 Perez Ponsa, Federico ARG 2577
40 Vazquez Igarza, Renier ESP 2572
41 Donchenko, Alexander GER 2570
42 Oparin, Grigoriy RUS 2565
43 Tari, Aryan NOR 2556
44 Felgaer, Ruben ARG 2555
45 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2554
46 Lalith Babu M R IND 2553
47 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2550
48 Arribas Lopez, Angel ESP 2546
49 Muzychuk, Anna UKR 2537
50 Demuth, Adrien FRA 2535
51 Handke, Florian GER 2533
52 AL-Sayed, Mohammed QAT 2530
53 Gopal G.N. IND 2525
54 Cramling, Pia SWE 2523
55 Spraggett, Kevin CAN 2522
56 Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2518
57 Pichot, Alan ARG 2517
58 Gledura, Benjamin HUN 2515
59 Libiszewski, Fabien FRA 2515
60 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2515
61 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2511
62 Sundararajan, Kidambi IND 2508
63 Zhao, Xue CHN 2506
64 Tan, Zhongyi CHN 2504
65 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2502
66 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO 2502
67 Aravindh, Chithambaram VR. IND 2500
68 Fodor, Tamas Jr. HUN 2500
69 Gunina, Valentina RUS 2496
70 Blomqvist, Erik SWE 2492
71 Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2484
72 Nakar, Eylon ISR 2479
73 Tarjan, James E USA 2478
74 Ly, Moulthun AUS 2474
75 Basso, Pier Luigi ITA 2466
76 Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS 2462
77 Carlstedt, Jonathan GER 2461
78 Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2460
79 Galyas, Miklos HUN 2459
80 Krush, Irina USA 2458
81 Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2454
82 Melia, Salome GEO 2452
83 Tan, Justin AUS 2446
84 Kelires, Andreas CYP 2444
85 Salomon, Johan NOR 2444
86 Shytaj, Luca ITA 2443
87 Stark, Lars GER 2440
88 Kollars, Dmitrij GER 2436
89 Akesson, Ralf SWE 2435
90 Tischbierek, Raj GER 2433
91 Carlsson, Pontus SWE 2430
92 Almagro Llamas, Pablo ESP 2429
93 Padmini, Rout IND 2427
94 Santos Ruiz, Miguel ESP 2427
95 Neef, Maximilian GER 2423
96 Santiago, Yago De Moura BRA 2422
97 Esserman, Marc USA 2419
98 Ben Artzi, Ido ISR 2418
99 Holm, Kristian Stuvik NOR 2417
100 Docx, Stefan BEL 2416
101 Csonka, Balazs HUN 2415
102 Nagy, Gabor HUN 2413
103 Rydl, Jiri CZE 2412
104 Satyapragyan, S IND 2410
105 Vogt, Lothar GER 2409
106 Martinez Martin, David ESP 2407
107 Codenotti, Marco ITA 2406
108 Kohlweyer, Bernd GER 2404
109 Houska, Jovanka ENG 2402
110 Kuipers, Stefan NED 2399
111 Gaponenko, Inna UKR 2393
112 Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat IRI 2392
113 Solomon, Kenny RSA 2390
114 Hauge, Lars Oskar NOR 2388
115 Anurag, Mhamal IND 2387
116 Aaberg, Anton SWE 2382
117 Shvayger, Yuliya ISR 2381
118 Galinsky, Timofey UKR 2379
119 Gulamali, Kazim USA 2379
120 Bellon Lopez, Juan Manuel ESP 2376
121 Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian NOR 2374
122 Paehtz, Thomas GER 2372
123 Herman, Matthew J USA 2370
124 Siva Mahadevan IND 2370
125 Bitensky, Igor ISR 2362
126 Lazarne Vajda, Szidonia HUN 2359
127 Vuilleumier, Alexandre SUI 2356
128 Shachar, Ehud ISR 2353
129 Vojinovic, Jovana SRB 2352
130 Wemmers, Xander NED 2352
131 Bellin, Robert ENG 2350
132 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2346
133 Tate, Alan SCO 2345
134 Gara, Anita HUN 2339
135 Foisor, Cristina-Adela ROU 2338
136 Pourkashiyan, Atousa IRI 2338
137 Mihajlov, Sebastian NOR 2335
138 Mannion, Stephen R SCO 2334
139 Zwahr, Paul GER 2333
140 Perez Garcia, Rodney CUB 2332
141 Lombaers, Peter NED 2328
142 Kharous, Ernest RUS 2314
143 De Haan, Eric NED 2313
144 Ripari, Marcelo ARG 2310
145 Papp, Petra HUN 2308
146 Bach, Matthias GER 2301
147 Goriatchkin, Jouri RUS 2300
148 Bergstrom, Rolf SWE 2297
149 Plotkin, Victor CAN 2291
150 Pratyusha, Bodda IND 2278
151 Piasetski, Leon CAN 2277
152 Watson, John L USA 2277
153 Perez Garcia, Alejandro ESP 2273
154 Vea, Odin Blikra NOR 2271
155 Henderson de La Fuente, Lance ESP 2270
156 Sanchez Jerez, Emilio Miguel ESP 2265
157 Nava Pereda, Carlos ESP 2262
158 Gavilan Diaz, Mario ESP 2261
159 Cordes, Hans-Joerg, Dr. GER 2257
160 Weisbuch, Udi ISR 2254
161 Menna Barreto, Felipe Kubiaki BRA 2247
162 Mohota, Nisha IND 2245
163 Hommerson, Paul NED 2240
164 Heinemann, Josefine GER 2233
165 Saber, Yasser MAR 2230
166 House, Glenn L ENG 2226
167 Fiala, Vaclav CZE 2217
168 Midonet, Matthieu FRA 2211
169 Nebolsina, Vera RUS 2208
170 Walton, Alan J ENG 2206
171 Verneuil, Pascal FRA 2205
172 Pinho, Paulo POR 2197
173 Haussernot, Cecile FRA 2190
174 Guthrie, David NZL 2187
175 Baert, Andy BEL 2184
176 Amgalanbaatar, Ravdanlkhumbuu MGL 2178
177 Semprun Martinez, Fernando ESP 2178
178 Byron, Alan M ENG 2175
179 Tscharotschkin, Michael GER 2169
180 Hill, Alistair ENG 2167
181 Ajele, Rotimi NGR 2163
182 Ranaivoharisoa, Alain MAD 2160
183 Blodig, Reinhard GER 2158
184 Campbell, Charles NGR 2157
185 Dougherty, Michael CAN 2149
186 Vanheirzeele, Daniel BEL 2149
187 Lobersli, Henrik Oie NOR 2146
188 Spence, David J ENG 2140
189 Seyfried, Claus GER 2137
190 Becham, Khalid MAR 2135
191 Veltkamp, Gerben NED 2135
192 Kalthoff, Peter GER 2132
193 Osuna Vega, Enrique ESP 2127
194 Dolzhikova, Olga NOR 2126
195 Amos, Frank GER 2118
196 Barrenechea Bahamonde, G ESP 2116
197 Burrows, Martin P ENG 2115
198 Batchuluun, Ariunbold MGL 2109
199 Omoifo, Osemekhian I USA 2106
200 Nordquelle, Daniel NOR 2102
201 Weeramantry, Sunil SRI 2099
202 Pakosta, Miroslav CZE 2097
203 Compton, Alistair NZL 2094
204 Havik, Victor NOR 2092
205 Pabalan, Rocky PHI 2089
206 De Rosa, Mariagrazia ITA 2088
207 Hagesather, Arne NOR 2086
208 Carlsten, Peter SWE 2074
209 Kozarcanin, Sead CRO 2073
210 Biegel, Thomas GER 2069
211 Dasaolu, Rotimi NGR 2060
212 Myall, Ivan J ENG 2048
213 Vilarnovo Caamano, Jose ESP 2043
214 Berrocal Ruiz, Valentin ESP 2040
215 Suez-Panama, Gilles FRA 2032
216 Moradi, Kimia NOR 2024
217 Lindqvist, Roland SWE 2018
218 Korning, Peter SWE 2015
219 Odeh, Kenneth NGR 2014
220 Henrichsen, Jens DEN 2012
221 Harding, Tim D IRL 2006
222 Burke, Mitchell R ENG 2002
223 Goncalves, Jose Antonio S BRA 1984
224 Eagleton, Greg T ENG 1981
225 Darnell, Anton SWE 1979
226 Skutta, Bernd, Dr. GER 1966
227 Zachariassen, John DEN 1958
228 George, Lolomari NGR 1937
229 Lafortune, Emerick FRA 1923
230 Boron, Anthony CAN 1915
231 Slinger, Tony J ENG 1915
232 Bajer, Renato GER 1890
233 Gravett, Alan D GIB 1884
234 Wilson, Matthew R ENG 1873
235 Sajjadi, Kimiya NOR 1839
236 Winter, Kevin ENG 1825
237 Christophe-hayot, Romain FRA 1824
238 Schimmer, Michael GER 1782
239 Chidi, Lovinia Sylvia GER 1780
240 Tarr, Steve F ENG 1779
241 Kristinsson, Magnus ISL 1776
242 Magnusdottir, Veronika ISL 1762
243 Savage, Neil RSA 1689
244 Joachim, Rodny FRA 1659
245 Beadle, John R ENG 1560
246 Sedillo, Edward R USA

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