Gibraltar: Intriguing Start

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Vassily Ivanchuk and Gata Kamsky were unable to score in Round 1

Gibraltar Masters has started in an intriguing way: top-seeds Gata Kamsky (2740) and Vassily Ivanchuk (2758) were unable to score against Andreas Aerni (2206) and Hristos Zygouris (2158) respectively. The encounters on the first two boards finished in draws.

AERNI - KAMSKY

The favourite was caught on a perpetual check: 18.Bf6! and Gata should accept loss of ELO points: 18...gxf6 19.Qg4+ Kh8 20.Nxd5 f5 (after 20...Rxa1 Swiss could play 21.Qh4 or 21.Nxf6, after which the forced variant 21...Ne5 22.Rxa1 Nxg4 23.Nxd7 would bring White a slightly better endgame) 21.Qh4 exd5 22.Qf6+ Kg8 23.Qg5+ Kh8 24.Qf6+ Kg8 1/2

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[Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Zygouris, Hristos"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D53"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Bg5 Be7"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. Rc1 dxc4 8. Bxc4 c5 9. dxc5 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 Bxc5 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. Ke2 Bd7 13. Rhd1 Rfd8 14. e4 g5 15. Bg3 Be8 16. h3 Rac8 17. Kf1 Kf8 18. a3 Nd4 19. Be5 Be7 20. Rxd4 Rxd4 21. Bxd4 Rxc4 22. Rd1 b6 23. Ne5 Rc8 24. f3 Nd7 25. Nd3 Nb8 26. Ne2 Bb5 27. Ke1 Nc6 28. Bc3 Rd8 29. Nf2 Rxd1+ 30. Nxd1 f6 31. Ne3 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Aerni, Andreas"] [Black "Kamsky, Gata"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B22"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Alapin's variation (2.c3)"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nb6 8. Bb5 Bd7 9. e6 Bxe6 10. Ng5 Bd5 11. Nc3 e6 12. O-O Be7 13. Qh5 Bxg5 14. Bxg5 Qd7 15. a4 a6 16. a5 axb5 17. axb6 O-O 18. Bf6 gxf6 19. Qg4+ Kh8 20. Nxd5 f5 21. Qh4 exd5 22. Qf6+ Kg8 23. Qg5+ Kh8 24. Qf6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Lind, Jan-Olof"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E67"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "fianchetto with ...Nd7"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. O-O a6 8. e4 c5 9. e5 dxe5 10. dxe5 Ng4 11. e6 fxe6 12. Na4 Qa5 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. Qe1 Nde5 15. Ba5 Nxf3+ 16. Bxf3 Ne5 17. Bg2 b6 18. Nxb6 Rb8 19. Na4 Qd7 20. Bc3 Nf3+ 21. Bxf3 Rxf3 22. Nxc5 Qc6 23. Bxg7 Qxc5 24. Qe5 Qxe5 25. Bxe5 Rb4 26. b3 a5 27. Rfd1 a4 28. Rd8+ Rf8 29. Rxf8+ Kxf8 30. Bc3 Rb7 31. b4 Rc7 32. c5 Bd7 33. Rd1 Ke8 34. Re1 Kf7 35. Rd1 Ke8 36. a3 Bc6 37. f4 Rd7 38. Bd4 Rd5 39. Rd2 Kd7 40. Kf2 Bb5 41. Ke3 Kc6 42. h4 Bc4 43. Rc2 Bb5 44. Rc1 Ba6 45. g4 Bb5 46. g5 Rf5 47. h5 gxh5 48. Rh1 Bc4 49. Rxh5 Rf7 50. Be5 Bd5 51. Kd4 Bb3 52. g6 hxg6 53. Rh8 Bd5 54. Rb8 Rh7 55. b5+ Kd7 56. Rb6 1-0 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Urbina Perez, Juan Antonio"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. Be2 Qc7 8. f4 b5 9. a3 Bb7 10. Bf3 Nbd7 11. O-O Be7 12. Kh1 O-O 13. Qe2 Nb6 14. Bg1 Nc4 15. Nd1 Rac8 16. c3 Rfe8 17. Ne3 Bf8 18. Rae1 e5 19. fxe5 Nxe5 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. exd5 Qc4 22. Qd2 Nxf3 23. Nxf3 Qxd5 24. Rxe8 Rxe8 25. Bd4 Ne4 26. Qf4 h6 27. Nd2 Nc5 28. Bxc5 dxc5 29. c4 Qe6 30. Nf3 g5 31. Qc1 Qxc4 32. Qxc4 bxc4 33. Nd2 c3 34. bxc3 Re2 35. Rd1 Bg7 36. Nb3 c4 37. Nd2 Bxc3 38. Nxc4 Re4 39. Nb6 Rd4 40. Rxd4 Bxd4 41. Nd5 Bc5 42. a4 f5 43. g4 fxg4 44. Nf6+ Kf7 45. Nxg4 h5 46. Ne5+ Ke6 47. Nf3 Be3 48. Kg2 Kd5 49. Ne1 Kc4 50. Kf3 Bd2 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Tscharotschkin, Michael"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A29"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "four knights, kingside fianchetto"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 h6 8. Na4 Bb6 9. a3 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. b4 c5 12. bxc5 dxc5 13. e4 dxe3 14. Bxe3 Bg4 15. Qc2 Qc8 16. Rfb1 Bh3 17. Rxb6 Bxg2 18. Rxf6 Bh3 19. Rd6 b6 20. Nc3 Qf5 21. f4 Rae8 22. Re1 g5 23. Nd5 f6 24. Qf2 1-0 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.6"] [White "Shirov, Alexei"] [Black "Valgmae, Toomas"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B09"] [Opening "Pirc"] [Variation "Austrian attack, 6.Bd3"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. dxc5 dxc5 8. e5 Nd5 9. Nxd5 Qxd5 10. Qe2 Bg4 11. Be4 Qd7 12. Be3 Na6 13. O-O Rab8 14. h3 Bf5 15. Rad1 Qc8 16. Bf2 Bh6 17. Bh4 f6 18. exf6 exf6 19. Bd5+ Kh8 20. g4 Bxg4 21. hxg4 Qxg4+ 22. Qg2 Qxg2+ 23. Kxg2 Bxf4 24. Rfe1 Nb4 25. Bf2 Nxd5 26. Rxd5 Rf7 27. Bxc5 a6 28. Re7 Kg8 29. Rxf7 Kxf7 30. Rd7+ Ke6 31. Rxh7 Rc8 32. Bf2 Rc7 33. Rh8 1-0 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.7"] [White "Bird, Andrew"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E10"] [Opening "Blumenfeld counter-gambit"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5 5. Bf4 Qa5+ 6. Nc3 exd5 7. cxd5 b4 8. Nb1 d6 9. Nbd2 Nh5 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Nxg3 13. hxg3 Bg7 14. Nc4 Qc7 15. Qc2 a5 16. Nfd2 a4 17. Rd1 O-O 18. e3 b3 19. axb3 Na6 20. bxa4 Nb4 21. Qb1 Rxa4 22. Be2 Ra1 23. Qxa1 Nc2+ 24. Kf1 Nxa1 25. Rxa1 Bb7 26. Bf3 f5 27. Kg1 g4 28. Be2 Bxd5 29. Kh2 Rb8 30. Ra6 Bxg2 31. Rha1 Bc6 32. Na5 Bd5 33. Nac4 Bc6 34. Na5 Bb5 35. Bxb5 Rxb5 36. Nac4 d5 37. Nd6 Rxb2 38. Ne8 Qe5 39. Ra8 Rxd2 40. R1a7 Rxf2+ 41. Kh1 Qe4+ 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.8"] [White "Marttala, Thomas"] [Black "Le Quang Liem"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B25"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "closed"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 Nc6 6. Nge2 e6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Be3 O-O 10. d4 b6 11. dxc5 dxc5 12. Qc1 Kh7 13. Rd1 Qc7 14. Nb5 Qb8 15. a4 e5 16. Qd2 Nd4 17. Bxd4 exd4 18. c3 a6 19. Na3 Nc6 20. cxd4 Nxd4 21. Nxd4 Bxd4 22. Rab1 Rd8 23. Qe2 Be6 24. b3 Ra7 25. Nc2 Qe5 26. Kh1 Rad7 27. f4 Qc7 28. Qf1 Bg7 29. Rxd7 Qxd7 30. Ne3 Qd3 31. Nd5 Qxf1+ 32. Bxf1 Rd6 33. Rd1 Kh8 34. Bxa6 f5 35. Bc4 fxe4 36. Kg2 Bg4 37. Re1 Bf3+ 38. Kh3 g5 39. Ne3 Bc3 40. Rf1 Rd2 41. Rc1 Bd4 42. Nf1 Rf2 43. fxg5 hxg5 44. Re1 Kg7 45. Ne3 Bxe3 46. Rxe3 g4+ 47. Kh4 Kf6 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.9"] [White "Short, Nigel D"] [Black "Sanchez Castillo, Sarai"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D43"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. Nd2 h6 9. e4 dxe4 10. Ndxe4 Bc7 11. Re1 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 f5 13. Nc3 f4 14. b3 e5 15. Ba3 exd4 16. Be7 Qe8 17. Bxf8 Qxf8 18. Qxd4 fxg3 19. hxg3 Nf6 20. Ne4 Ng4 21. Rad1 Qf5 22. c5 Be6 23. Nd6 1-0 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.10"] [White "Semprun Martinez, Fernando"] [Black "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "advance variation"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O Nc8 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. Nb3 O-O 9. a4 Nd7 10. Be3 a5 11. Qd2 Bb4 12. c3 Be7 13. Bg5 Qb6 14. Nc1 Bxg5 15. Nxg5 h6 16. Nf3 Ne7 17. b4 f6 18. exf6 Rxf6 19. Nd3 Ng6 20. Nc5 Nxc5 21. bxc5 Qc7 22. c4 Be4 23. Ne1 dxc4 24. Bxc4 Rd8 25. Qe3 Qf4 26. Rd1 Bd5 27. Bxd5 Rxd5 28. Nf3 Qg4 29. h3 Qf5 30. Nd2 Nf4 31. Ne4 Rg6 32. Ng3 Qf7 33. Rfe1 h5 34. h4 Qf6 35. Qf3 Qxh4 36. Re4 Rg4 37. Rb1 Rd7 38. Qe3 Rf7 39. Re5 Qf6 40. Nxh5 Rxg2+ 41. Kf1 Qg6 42. Nxf4 Rg1+ 43. Ke2 Qxb1 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.11"] [White "Yu Yangyi"] [Black "Veltkamp, Gerben"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch"] [Variation "Mieses variation"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8. c4 Nb6 9. Nd2 Bb7 10. b3 O-O-O 11. Bb2 Re8 12. O-O-O f6 13. exf6 Qf7 14. Qf3 Rg8 15. fxg7 Qxf3 16. Nxf3 Bxg7 17. Bxg7 Rxg7 18. Re1 Rxe1+ 19. Nxe1 c5 20. Rg1 Kd8 21. Nd3 d6 22. Nf4 Ke7 23. Bd3 Nd7 24. Re1+ Ne5 25. Be4 Rf7 26. Nd3 Nxd3+ 27. Bxd3+ Kf8 28. f3 Bc8 29. Kd2 Bd7 30. Re3 Kg7 31. Ke2 Kf6 32. Kf2 Rg7 33. g4 h5 34. h3 Kg5 35. Kg3 h4+ 36. Kf2 Rf7 37. Be2 Bc6 38. Bd3 Kf4 39. Bg6 Rf8 40. Re7 Bxf3 41. Rxc7 a5 42. Rh7 d5 43. cxd5 Bxd5 44. Rh5 Be4 45. Bxe4 Kxe4+ 46. Ke2 Kd4 47. g5 Re8+ 48. Kd2 Re4 49. g6 Rf4 50. g7 Rf2+ 51. Kc1 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta"] [Date "2013.01.22"] [Round "1.12"] [White "Sanchez Botella, Luis Javier"] [Black "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A33"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. Ndb5 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 exd5 9. Qxd5 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Qe7 11. Nc3 O-O 12. e3 Rd8 13. Qh5 Ne5 14. Be2 g6 15. Qh6 Nd3+ 16. Bxd3 Rxd3 17. Rd1 Bg4 18. f3 Be6 19. a3 Ba5 20. Bc1 Rxd1+ 21. Kxd1 Qc5 22. Ke2 Rd8 23. h4 Bb3 24. h5 g5 25. f4 Rd5 26. Kf3 Bxc3 27. bxc3 gxf4 28. Rh4 Bd1+ 29. Kf2 Qxc3 30. Qxf4 Qc2+ 31. Kg1 Bxh5 32. Qb8+ Kg7 33. Qg3+ Bg6 0-1 

Traditionally Miss Gibraltar (on the photo) played an important role during the opening ceremony. She together with Vassily Ivanchuk held the draw. Vassily took out the white king.
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