Gibraltar: Four GMs to Fight in the Playoff. Zhao Xue Won the Top Women's Prize with an Outstanding Result

Время публикации: 31.01.2013 19:30 | Последнее обновление: 31.01.2013 19:32

Round 10 of the Gibraltar Masters is almost over. The leaders finished their encounters in draws. The top game Vitiugov - Vachier-Lagrave turned out to be quite unusual. The players started to improvise already in the opening. According to the database the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 e6 4.e4 d5 in such order haven't been played before.  5.e5 Nh5 6.f4 Qh4+ 7.g3 Nxg3 8.Nf3 Qh5 9.hxg3 Qxh1 with the compensation for the sacrificed material, however, it's pretty hard to evaluate the position.

Finally, White was forced to escape.

VITIUGOV - VACHIER-LAGRAVE

Here Vachier-Lagrave could complicate Vitiugov's life by a simple move:  32...Kb6! White can't check while Black is just having an extra exchange. Anyway, French GM would have to be rally accurate for converting his advantage - for instance 33.Qd3 Rh4 34.Nd2 Rh1 and so on. The game finished prosaically: 32...Qf2+? 33.Nd2 Rh2 34.Qd6+ Kb7 35.Qb4+ Kc8 36.Qf8+ 1/2

Georgiev - Adams encounter has just finished in a draw which means the following four GMs will fight in the play off: Vitiugov, Vachier-Lagrave, Short and Sandipan who beat Le Quang Liem.

In other interesting encounters Valentina Gunina has sensationally defeated Vladislav Tkachiev as black, while Zhao Xue drew Vassily Ivanchuk. The Chinese player took clear first to win £12,000. Not every strong male GM can boast of 7.5/10 result. In addition Zhao Xue will also win one of the "general" prizes.   

 

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[Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Vitiugov,N"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2694"] [BlackElo "2713"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "E60"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 e6 4. e4 d5 5. e5 Nh5 6. f4 Qh4+ 7. g3 Nxg3 8. Nf3 Qh5 9. hxg3 Qxh1 10. Nc3 h5 11. Be3 h4 12. gxh4 c6 13. Kd2 Rxh4 14. Nxh4 Qxh4 15. Qf3 Bd7 16. Bd3 Na6 17. Rh1 Qd8 18. a3 dxc4 19. Bxc4 Qa5 20. Rh7 O-O-O 21. Rxf7 Nc7 22. Kc2 b5 23. Bb3 b4 24. axb4 Bxb4 25. Ne4 Nd5 26. Bd2 Bxd2 27. Nxd2 Rh8 28. Nf1 Qe1 29. Bxd5 exd5 30. Rxd7 Kxd7 31. Qg4+ Kc7 32. Qxg6 Qf2+ 33. Nd2 Rh2 34. Qd6+ Kb7 35. Qb4+ Kc8 36. Qf8+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Navara,D"] [Black "Short,N"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2710"] [BlackElo "2690"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "A20"] 1. c4 e5 2. g3 g6 3. d4 exd4 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Qe3+ Qe7 7. Qxe7+ Kxe7 8. Bg5 c6 9. O-O-O d6 10. Ne4 Rd8 11. h4 h6 12. Nxf6 hxg5 13. hxg5 Na6 14. Rh7 Bxf6 15. gxf6+ Kxf6 16. Rd4 Be6 17. Nf3 Rh8 18. Rxh8 Rxh8 19. Rxd6 Rh1 20. Nd2 c5 21. Rd8 Kg7 22. Kc2 Nb4+ 23. Kc3 Nxa2+ 24. Kb3 b5 25. Kxa2 bxc4 26. Kb1 Bh3 27. Kc2 Bxf1 28. Nxf1 Rxf1 29. f3 Re1 30. Kd2 Rb1 31. Kc2 Re1 32. Rd2 f5 33. Kc3 Rc1+ 34. Rc2 Rg1 35. Kxc4 Rxg3 36. Kxc5 Rg1 37. b4 Ra1 38. f4 g5 39. fxg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Zhao,Xue"] [Black "Ivanchuk,V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [BlackElo "2758"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "D27"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e6 4. Bxc4 c5 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. O-O a6 7. dxc5 Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bxc5 9. a3 Nbd7 10. Be2 O-O 11. Bd2 b6 12. Nc3 Bb7 13. Be1 Rfc8 14. Rac1 Be7 15. Nd2 b5 16. b4 Rc7 17. Na2 Rac8 18. Rxc7 Rxc7 19. Rc1 Ne8 20. Rxc7 Nxc7 21. Nb3 Bd5 22. Bd1 Nb6 23. Nc3 Nc4 24. Nb1 f5 25. Bc2 Kf7 26. Bc3 Ne8 27. Kf1 Nf6 28. Bd4 Nd7 29. N3d2 e5 30. Bc3 e4 31. Ke2 g6 32. Bd4 Nde5 33. Nb3 Nd3 34. f3 Ke6 35. N3d2 Bd6 36. h3 exf3+ 37. gxf3 Nde5 38. e4 fxe4 39. Nxe4 Nc6 40. Bf2 Be7 41. Nc5+ Bxc5 42. Bxc5 Ke5 43. Kf2 Kf4 44. a4 bxa4 45. Bxa4 Bxf3 46. Nd2 Nxd2 47. Be3+ Kf5 48. Bxc6 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Georgiev,Ki"] [Black "Adams,Mi"] [Result "*"] [WhiteElo "2643"] [BlackElo "2725"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "D37"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 a6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 c6 11. O-O Ne4 12. Bg3 Nxg3 13. hxg3 Nf6 14. Qb3 Bd6 15. Rfe1 Rb8 16. e4 dxe4 17. Nxe4 Be6 18. Nxf6+ Qxf6 19. Bc4 Bxc4 20. Rxc4 Qf5 21. Rc2 Rfe8 22. Rce2 Rxe2 23. Rxe2 Qb5 24. Qc2 Qd5 25. b3 h5 26. Re4 g6 27. Qe2 Kg7 28. Re3 Rd8 29. Re4 a5 30. Re3 Qf5 31. Re4 Qd5 32. Re3 Ra8 33. Re8 Rxe8 34. Qxe8 Qf5 35. Qe2 Kf8 36. Qe1 Bb4 37. Qe2 Bd6 38. Qe1 Qd5 39. Qe2 Be7 40. Qe3 Qf5 41. Qe5 Qxe5 42. Nxe5 Bb4 43. Kf1 Bc3 44. Nf3 f6 45. Ke2 Kf7 46. Kd3 Bb4 47. Nd2 Bxd2 48. Kxd2 Ke6 49. Kd3 Kd5 50. f3 g5 * [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Le Quang Liem"] [Black "Sandipan,C"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2590"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "D12"] 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Be4 7. f3 Bg6 8. Qb3 Qc7 9. Bd2 Nbd7 10. Rc1 Be7 11. g3 Nh5 12. cxd5 Bxh4 13. gxh4 exd5 14. Kd1 O-O 15. Be1 Rfe8 16. Bf2 Qd6 17. Nb1 c5 18. Nd2 cxd4 19. exd4 Nb6 20. Rc3 Re7 21. Qa3 Qf6 22. Qb4 Nf4 23. a4 Rd8 24. b3 a6 25. Rg1 Rde8 26. Rg5 Nd7 27. Kc1 h6 28. Rg1 Ne2+ 29. Bxe2 Rxe2 30. Qxb7 Rxf2 31. Qxd7 Ree2 32. Rd1 Qxd4 33. Qc8+ Kh7 34. Qc5 Qxd2+ 35. Rxd2 Rxd2 36. h5 Bf5 37. Qe3 Ra2 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Kamsky,G"] [Black "Ibarra Jerez,JC"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2740"] [BlackElo "2538"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "B29"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 e6 6. g3 Nc6 7. Qe4 d6 8. Bg2 Qc7 9. exd6 Bxd6 10. O-O f5 11. Qe2 O-O 12. c4 Nf6 13. Nc3 a6 14. a3 Na5 15. Rd1 Nb3 16. Rb1 Nxc1 17. Rbxc1 Re8 18. c5 Bf8 19. Na4 e5 20. Nb6 Rb8 21. Ng5 g6 22. Qc4+ Kh8 23. Nf7+ Kg7 24. Nd6 Bxd6 25. Rxd6 Qf7 26. Qc3 Ne4 27. Bxe4 fxe4 28. c6 bxc6 29. Rxc6 Bh3 30. Rc7 Re7 31. Nd5 Rxc7 32. Qxe5+ Kh6 33. Rxc7 Re8 34. Qd4 Qf3 35. Nf4 1-0 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Felgaer,R"] [Black "Wojtaszek,R"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2557"] [BlackElo "2723"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "B92"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Bg5 O-O 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. O-O Be6 11. Nd5 Bg5 12. a4 Nd7 13. a5 Rc8 14. c3 g6 15. Ra4 Bxd5 16. Qxd5 Nf6 17. Qd3 Qd7 18. Rb4 Rfd8 19. Rd1 h5 20. Qg3 Bf4 21. Qf3 h4 22. g3 Bg5 23. Nd2 Kg7 24. Nc4 Qe7 25. Nb6 Rc5 26. Ra4 Qe6 27. Bc4 Qh3 28. Bf1 Qe6 29. b4 Rc6 30. c4 Rh8 31. Ra3 hxg3 32. hxg3 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Cramling,P"] [Black "Yu Yangyi"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2518"] [BlackElo "2688"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "D93"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Be6 7. Rc1 dxc4 8. Ng5 Bd5 9. e4 h6 10. exd5 hxg5 11. Bxg5 Nxd5 12. Bxc4 Nb6 13. Bb3 Nc6 14. d5 Nd4 15. h4 Nxb3 16. Qxb3 Bxc3+ 17. Qxc3 Nxd5 18. Qb3 Qd7 19. h5 Qf5 20. Qg3 Rad8 21. Qh4 f6 22. hxg6 Qxg6 23. Bh6 Rfe8 24. Rh3 Kf7 25. Rg3 Qf5 26. Rf3 Qh7 27. Rd1 c6 28. Qh5+ Qg6 29. Qxg6+ Kxg6 30. Bd2 Rh8 31. Ke2 Rh2 32. g3 e5 33. a4 Kf7 34. b4 Ke6 35. Rc1 Ne7 36. Rb3 Nf5 37. Ra3 a6 38. Be1 Rh1 39. Rac3 Rd4 40. Rb3 Re4+ 41. Kd2 Nd4 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Gordon,S"] [Black "Fridman,D"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2533"] [BlackElo "2667"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "A11"] 1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. b3 Bd6 6. Bb2 O-O 7. h3 Nbd7 8. Qc2 Qe7 9. g4 Ba3 10. Bxa3 Qxa3 11. Bg2 Rb8 12. Nd4 Nb6 13. Rc1 Rd8 14. f4 Qb4 15. c5 Nbd7 16. Nce2 e5 17. fxe5 Nxe5 18. O-O b6 19. cxb6 axb6 20. Rxf6 gxf6 21. Nf4 c5 22. a3 Qxa3 23. Nb5 Qa5 24. Nc7 Bb7 25. Nh5 Rd6 26. Rf1 Nd7 27. Qf5 Qb4 28. d4 cxd4 29. Qf4 Kh8 30. Nb5 Qxb5 31. Qxd6 dxe3 32. Nxf6 Qc5 33. Qxc5 Nxc5 34. Nxd5 Re8 35. Re1 Bxd5 36. Bxd5 Nd3 37. Bxf7 Re7 38. Re2 Nf4 39. Bc4 Nxe2+ 40. Bxe2 Rf7 0-1 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Jones,G"] [Black "Gallagher,Jo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2632"] [BlackElo "2499"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "E81"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 Nbd7 7. Nh3 e5 8. d5 Nh5 9. g4 Nf4 10. Nxf4 exf4 11. Bxf4 f5 12. gxf5 gxf5 13. Qd2 Ne5 14. Be2 fxe4 15. Nxe4 Qh4+ 16. Bg3 Qh5 17. Ng5 Nxf3+ 18. Nxf3 Rxf3 19. Bxf3 Qxf3 20. Rf1 Qh5 21. Rf4 Bh6 22. Qd4 Bf5 23. Kd2 Re8 24. Re1 Rxe1 25. Kxe1 Bxf4 26. Bxf4 Qf3 27. Qe3 Qxe3+ 28. Bxe3 Bb1 29. Kd2 Bxa2 30. Kc3 Kf7 31. Bxa7 Ke7 32. Be3 b5 33. b3 bxc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Salgado Lopez,I"] [Black "Oparin,G"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2606"] [BlackElo "2478"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "B22"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 d5 7. exd6 Qxd6 8. Na3 a6 9. O-O Bf5 10. d4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. cxd4 e6 13. Qf3 Qd7 14. Nc2 Bd6 15. Ne3 Bg6 16. Bd2 O-O 17. Bc3 Rfd8 18. Rfd1 Rac8 19. h4 h5 20. g3 Na4 21. Bxa4 Qxa4 22. Qxb7 Qb5 23. Qf3 Be7 24. d5 Qb7 25. Qg2 Qb6 26. dxe6 Qxe6 27. Nd5 Be4 28. Nxe7+ Qxe7 29. Re1 Bxg2 30. Rxe7 Bd5 31. a3 Re8 32. Rae1 Rxe7 33. Rxe7 f6 34. Rd7 Bf3 35. Rd3 Be4 36. Rd4 Bf3 37. Rf4 Bc6 38. Rc4 Bb7 39. Rb4 Bf3 40. Rf4 Bc6 41. f3 Rd8 42. Kf2 Rd3 43. Ke2 Rd6 44. Ke3 Kf7 45. Rc4 Re6+ 46. Kf4 Rd6 47. Rc5 Kg6 48. g4 hxg4 49. fxg4 Bd7 50. g5 Kh7 51. h5 fxg5+ 52. Kxg5 Bc6 53. Be5 Rd5 54. Rxc6 Rxe5+ 55. Kg4 Rb5 56. b4 1-0 [Event "11th Gibraltar Masters"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2013.01.31"] [Round "10"] [White "Shirov,A"] [Black "Al Sayed,Mohamad"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2708"] [BlackElo "2507"] [EventDate "2013.01.22"] [ECO "B90"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 Nfd7 8. Be3 b5 9. a3 Bb7 10. g5 Nb6 11. Qg4 N8d7 12. O-O-O g6 13. h4 Rc8 14. h5 Ne5 15. Qh3 Rxc3 16. bxc3 Bxe4 17. hxg6 Bxg6 18. f4 Nd5 19. Nxe6 Qa5 20. Rxd5 Qxc3 21. Nc7+ Kd8 22. f5 Bxf5 23. Qxf5 Qxe3+ 24. Kd1 Kxc7 25. Rh3 Qg1 26. Rc3+ Kb6 27. Rc8 Nc4 28. Kc1 Bg7 29. Rxc4 Qe3+ 30. Kd1 Re8 31. Rxd6+ Ka5 32. Ra4+ 1-0 


  


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