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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2011 (3)

Cmilyte, Sengupta, Short and N Kosintseva lead on 3/3

Viktorija Cmilyte is one of the leaders on 3/3.

Viktorija Cmilyte is one of the leaders on 3/3. |

There is a four way tie on 3/3 in the Gibraltar Masters 2011. John Saunders reports.

Deep Sengupta. Photo © Gibraltar Website. 2011

The weather finally brightened yesterday and we were treated to brilliant sunshine - the beautiful winter weather for which Gibraltar is justly famous. But would the chess be able to match that scintillating light?

Truth to tell, quite a number of the top games ended in draws, but the game between Nigel Short and Tatiana Kosintseva stood out. This was partly because, as always, Nigel came into the commentary room after his game to give a blow by blow account of what happened. His opponent Tatiana also joined us.

Round 3

Short,Nigel (2658) - Kosintseva,Tatiana (2570)

QGD Ragozin


"I'm old enough to play 1 d4! When I was a teenager, I told myself I would start playing 1 d4 when I was thirty but it didn't happen. It has now happened in my forties." (Nigel Short, in the commentary room)

1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qb3

"What Capablanca used to play," said Nigel after the game. "It reduces Black's options. I've actually done a lot of work on this. I'm not really an amateur as I claim!"

7...c5 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 c4 10.Qe3+ Qe7 11.Qxe7+ Kxe7 12.a4

Nigel told us he had written in his opening preparation notes that this was not the most precise move.


This move tournament commentator Simon Williams craftily made use of in one of his key encounters in the team blitz event later the same evening!


Black hopes to target the a4 pawn with Nb6 and Bd7.


A novelty by Nigel, who told us his 'Greek neighbour' Stelios Halkias had played it.

14...cxb3 15.Nd2 b6

15...Nb6 is better here, was Nigel's verdict.

16.Ba3+ Kd8 17.e3 Ba6 18.Bxa6 Rxa6 19.Rb1

"I thought I played very well in this game, he said immodestly," joked Nigel. The problem is Black's queenside pawn structure and the weak d-pawn.

19...Ra8 20.Rxb3 Rc8 21.f3 Re8 22.Ke2 Rc6 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 Re6

24...Nh5!? might be better, thought Nigel, with the idea of ...f5.

25.Kd3 Ne8 26.e4

26.Nb1 f5 again restrains the e4 push.

26...Nc7 27.Ba3 Rc6

27...b5 28.axb5 Rb6 and simply 29.exd5 Rxb5 30.Rxb5 Nxb5 31.Bc5 is much better for White.


On its way to b5.

28...dxe4+ 29.fxe4 Rf6 30.Rb2

30.Nc3 Rf2 31.Rb2 Rxb2 32.Bxb2 is an unpleasant endgame for Black but Nigel thought he had the better rook in the position, so kept it on.

30...Rf1 31.Nc3 Ne6 32.Bd6 f6 33.Rc2

Protecting the knight and preparing to enter with the king.

33...Re1 34.Bg3 Ra1 35.Kc4

Tatiana Kosintseva


Nigel Short

Position after 35.Kc4

Nigel thought Black was just lost here.

35...Nc7 36.Bxc7+ Kxc7 37.Kd5 Nf8 38.Nb5+ Kd8 39.Rc7 Rxa4 40.Rxg7 Ra2

40...Rb4 might have been better, to tempt White into the blunder 41.Na7?? Rxd4+! but Nigel was ready for that.

41.Kd6 Re2 42.Rb7 Kc8 43.Rxb6 1–0

Emanuel Berg versus Victoria Cmilyte was an engrossing game. The consensus in the commentary room was that 22 Qe4 was much better than Rxf8ch. After that the Swede’s position slowly went downhill and eventually the strong female grandmaster from Lithuania joined Nigel in the lead with 3/3. Though he lost, Emanuel sportingly visited the commentary room to share some thoughts about the game.

Two others have reached maximum points, Nadezhda Kosintseva, sister of Tatiana, and Deep Sengupta of India. Deep tied for first place in the Hastings Masters very recently. Whilst musing on topics for this bulletin, I asked co-reporter Stewart Reuben whether he thought the Indian grandmaster might perhaps have been named in honour of the IBM computer which famously defeated Garry Kasparov in a match some years. Stewart refuted my fanciful notion by pointing out that Deep Sengupta would have been eight years old at the time of the match. I fear he is right though I confess to being a trifle disappointed.

Anyway, returning to the subject, there are two men and two women in the lead. The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Congress has the deliberate policy of encouraging leading women to take part here. There is no doubt this has had a positive effect on the number of strong women players worldwide. Incidentally, those of us Brits who have been away from our newspapers and TV screens for a few days have only just become aware that there has been a big scandal in the UK about well-known TV football commentators who have made disparaging remarks about female officials involved in their sport, resulting in them being sacked. Of course, we chess commentators would never do such a thoughtless and insensitive thing (he wrote, fingering his one-year contract nervously). Perhaps the muddied oafs and blinkered pundits of the round-ball game can learn something from the world of chess, where women have acted as chief arbiters at Olympiads and nobody thinks it remotely unusual.


Viktorija Cmilyte. Photo © Gibraltar Website. 2011

It was a particularly good day for the women players. As well as Victoria Cmilyte’s and Nadezhda Kosintseva’s wins against higher-rated GMs, Irina Krush beat former world championship finalist Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Nana Dzagnidze beat Juan-Manuel Bellón and Monica Calzetta beat Jean-Pierre Le Roux - which was incidentally Monica’s second GM scalp and Jean-Pierre’s second disaster against a lower-rated opponent. It wasn’t all one-way traffic, however, with former women’s world champion Antoaneta Stefanova falling victim to a much lower rated amateur player, Francisco Javier García Jiménez of Spain. Regrettably most of the women’s wins were rather long and technical, whereas this Spanish amateur’s win against Antoaneta was brisk and entertaining. We cannot resist appending the moves.

Round 3

p> García Jiménez,Francisco Javier (2274) - Stefanova,Antoaneta (2546)

Closed Sicilian

1.e4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.d3 Rb8 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2 b5 8.Nge2 b4 9.Nd1 Qb6 10.0–0 e6 11.a3 a5 12.axb4 axb4 13.h3 h6 14.c3 Nge7 15.Re1 Na5 16.Nc1 Nec6 17.f4 0–0 18.f5

Risky but the big plus point is that White is attacking the place where the black king lives.

18...exf5 19.Bxh6 c4+ 20.d4 bxc3 21.bxc3 Bxh6 22.Qxh6 Nxd4

Who could resist?

23.cxd4 Qxd4+ 24.Ne3 Qxa1??

There was still a chance for Black to see the error of her ways and play 24...f4! when 25.Rxa5 Qd2! 26.Rh5! Qxe1+ 27.Nf1 gxh5 leads to a draw by perpetual check.


Threatening mate with Ne7.


Antoaneta Stefanova


Francisco Javier Garcia Jimenez

Position after 25...Qe5

25...Re8 fails to 26.e5! and suddenly the unstoppable Garcithreat is Nf6 mate.


Having just given up one rook, White now gives up a second rook, this time with check.

26...Qxe1+ 27.Kh2 f6

27...Qe5 28.f6! wins.

28.Qxg6+ Kh8 29.Nxf6 Rxf6

There is nothing else.

30.Qxf6+ Kh7 31.Qg6+ Kh8 32.Qh6+ 1–0

32...Kg8 33.Bd5+ is a killer.

Tonight the teams of four blitz championship took place. Congress Director GM Stuart Conquest said that he could not remember any event elsewhere that attracts so many leading players in the evening after a hard day’s chess. The winners (sporting a bizarre team name of interest only to themselves) were GMs Berg, Jones, Williams and IM Jack Rudd. They were not the strongest team on paper (which was GMs Bologan, Onischuk, Zhukova and IM Gaponenko). So the English contingent can already celebrate a triumph at the congress - well, very nearly - I make it 2.25 cheers for England and of course 0.75 of a cheer for Sweden. Check that on a calculator if you don’t believe me.

Tournament Leaders on 3/3: Nigel Short (England), Nadezhda Kosintseva (Russia), Victoria Cmilyte (Lithuania), Deep Sengupta (India).

Round 4 (of 10) starts at 3pm (GMT+1) on Friday 28 January.

Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG Mon 24th Jan 2011 - Thu 3rd Feb 2011
Leading Round 3 (of 10) Standings:
1Cmilyte ViktorijaGMLTU25263.03322
2Sengupta DeepGMIND25303.03321
3Short Nigel DGMENG26583.03301
4Kosintseva NadezhdaIMRUS25523.03199
5Korchnoi ViktorGMSUI25442.52814
6Rapport RichardGMHUN25312.52810
7Vallejo Pons FranciscoGMESP26982.52795
8Ivanchuk VassilyGMUKR27642.52792
9Adams MichaelGMENG27232.52770
10Fridman DanielGMGER26552.52769
11Zhu ChenGMQAT24952.52764
12Weber TomFMLUX23102.52760
13Felgaer RubenGMARG25852.52757
14Roiz MichaelGMISR26492.52754
15Dzagnidze NanaGMGEO25502.52749
16Akobian VaruzhanGMUSA26182.52742
17Harikrishna PentalaGMIND26672.52721
18Kotronias VasiliosGMGRE25992.52720
19Buhmann RainerGMGER25722.52716
20Kulaots KaidoGMEST25772.52704
21Krush IrinaIMUSA24832.52655
22Erdos ViktorGMHUN25932.52642
23Vaarala EricSWE21522.52535
24Sasikiran KrishnanGMIND26902.50
25Sarkar JustinIMUSA24182.02752
26Calzetta Ruiz MonicaWGMESP22842.02716
27Sandipan ChandaGMIND26412.02610
28Berg EmanuelGMSWE26272.02598
29Lafuente PabloGMARG25512.02577
30Gopal Geetha NarayananGMIND25972.02576
31Bologan ViktorGMMDA26932.02563
32Caruana FabianoGMITA27212.02560
Onischuk AlexanderGMUSA26892.02560
34Georgiev KirilGMBUL26692.02549
35Karavade EeshaIMIND23532.02531
36Kantans TomsFMLAT23422.02516
37Kosintseva TatianaGMRUS25702.02510
38El Debs Felipe De CresceGMBRA24992.02508
39Garcia Jimenez Francisco JavieFMESP22742.02505
40Zatonskih AnnaIMUSA24932.02497
41Mullon Jean-BaptisteIMFRA24202.02493
42Ikonnikov VyacheslavGMRUS25802.02490
43Al-Sayed MohammedGMQAT24902.02487
Melia SalomeIMGEO24492.02487
45Soffer RamGMISR24892.02481
46Nezad Husein AzizIMQAT24202.02475
47Fernandez Romero ErnestoIMESP24532.02472
48Kanep MeelisGMEST25312.02465
49Oberhofer AndreGER22702.02462
50Mikhalevski VictorGMISR25792.02451
51Pogonina NatalijaWGMRUS24722.02434
52Tscharotschkin MichaelGER21812.02423
53Andersen MadsFMDEN24102.02422
54Boskovic DraskoIMSRB24122.02421
55Wohl Aleksandar HIMAUS24092.02409
56Thomassen JoachimIMNOR24042.02405
57Lemos DamianGMARG25532.02390
Bellin RobertIMENG23672.02390
59Cummings David HIMCAN23662.02389
60Jones Richard SFMWLS23612.02386
61Robson RayGMUSA25322.02371
62Illner Achim DrFMGER23452.02339
63Lasinskas PovilasFMLTU21642.02322
64Aerni AndiSUI21822.02293
65Lacrosse MarcFMBEL21812.02274
66Lipecki AlexanderSUI21262.02230
67Daoudi KamalMAR21552.02214
68Kandic MilanSRB21432.02207
69Tozer Philip A AENG21402.02182
70Daumen MichaelGER21302.02175
Sreeves ClementSCO20932.02175
72Collier David OENG21082.02149
73Kelly PaulWLS19462.02138
74Szuper PaulUSA21742.02132
75Wheldon PhilipENG21062.02014
76Havik VictorNOR21072.01945
77Fomani MehdiESP20132.01881
78Kacheishvili GiorgiGMGEO25852.00
79Bellon Lopez Juan ManuelGMESP24041.52592
80Hoffmann MichaelGMGER25061.52529
81Nisipeanu Liviu-DieterGMROU26781.52481
82Speelman Jon SGMENG25241.52413
83Wahlbom MagnusSWE23051.52411
84Edouard RomainGMFRA26341.52403
85Harika DronavalliIMIND25201.52400
86Getz NicolaiFMNOR23341.52396
87Bellaiche AnthonyIMFRA24581.52390
88Gallagher Joseph GGMSUI25011.52387
89Sipila VilkaFIN22691.52360
90Nikolaidis KonstantinosFMGRE22841.52357
91Vogel JaapFMNED22071.52355
92Battaglini GabrielIMFRA24371.52348
93Das ArghyadipIMIND24791.52343
94Zhukova NataliaGMUKR24411.52342
95Valgmae ToomasEST21901.52338
96Sanchez LouisFMFRA22621.52337
Urbina Perez Juan AntonioCMESP21891.52337
98Andreasen PerFMDEN22391.52325
99Dougherty MichaelFMCAN21831.52323
100Jaunooby Ali RENG22071.52317
101Stokke KjetilFMNOR24131.52312
102Gaponenko InnaIMUKR24661.52309
103Vernay ClovisIMFRA24461.52308
104Iordachescu ViorelGMMDA26341.52305
105Karim IsmaelIMMAR23751.52284
106Seyfried ClausGER21731.52278
107Jones Gawain C BGMENG25931.52273
108Peek MarcelIMNED23421.52239
109Dittmar PeterFMGER23281.52236
110Kolbus DietmarIMGER23321.52220
111Tate AlanSCO22921.52213
Navarrete Espi SamuelESP20951.52213
113Dasaolu AdeoyeENG21071.52212
114Fier AlexandrGMBRA25711.52204
115Fairbairn StephenCAN20581.52170
116Compton AlistairNZL20461.52168
117Cabrera AlexisGMESP25181.52166
Schweizer ManfredGER20751.52166
119Knudsen Jes WestDEN20001.52163
120Sommerhalder EricSUI20001.52151
121Spence David JENG22311.52138
122Lochte ThomasGER21731.52124
123Hamer MartynENG20411.52115
124Groffen HansNED21691.52110
125Arnott Jonathan WENG21761.52107
126Osuna Vega EnriqueCMESP21401.52088
127Carlsten PeterSWE21101.52062
128Gillespie GarySCO18481.52053
129Tari AryanNOR20971.52050
130Gholami ArminNOR17791.52041
131Hvenekilde JorgenFMDEN21211.52034
Itkis HanaWFMUSA20841.52034
133Becker ThomasGER21571.52025
134Valhondo Morales RubenESP19481.52022
135Hauge Lars OskarNOR19421.52009
136Bous FlorianGER20881.51989
137Stene VegardNOR16081.51986
138Flores Chico JorgeESP19991.51975
139Messam-Sparks LateefahENG19041.51966
140Phillips Owen SENG19921.51961
141Obiamiwe PaulNGR20151.51947
142Leimeister WinfriedGER19061.51943
143Henrichsen JensDEN19251.51942
144Ungureanu SanduROU20001.51932
145Vaibhav SuriIMIND24211.50
Vinas Guerrero Carlos AESP21211.50
147Forsaa EspenFMNOR23061.02475
148Piasetski LeonIMCAN23031.02442
149Avalos Parra JoaoFMCHI22521.02398
150Zaremba AndrieFMUSA23391.02320
151Bergstrom RolfFMSWE23071.02307
152Tabatt HendrikGER23421.02299
153Stefanova AntoanetaGMBUL25461.02296
154Estrada Nieto JulianIMMEX23091.02295
155Cramling PiaGMSWE25161.02268
156Nuri KambezSUI23001.02255
157Stebbings Anthony JENG22851.02250
158Malmdin Nils-AkeSWE22721.02237
159Daurelle HerveFRA22431.02213
160Henriksson JohanSWE22431.02208
161Slavin AlexeiIMRUS24171.02192
162Zygouris HristosGRE22151.02185
163Monroy CharlesIMFRA24211.02182
164Meskovs NikitaLAT22431.02169
165Freuler RomanSUI20921.02156
166Le Roux Jean-PierreGMFRA25511.02135
167Montabord ManuelFRA20631.02132
168Byron Alan MENG21921.02122
169Mckenna Jason PENG20621.02084
170Marder SimonSWE19901.02072
171Scholzen WolfgangGER20571.02071
172Chapman Terry P DENG22501.02061
173Henderikse BertNED20581.02053
174Perez Reisler JosePUR18931.02036
175Jameson DavidWLS20541.02033
Lochte SzilviaHUN20151.02033
177Wilson AlexandraWFMSUI20371.01998
178Suez-Panama GillesFRA20961.01993
Berggren KlasSWE14631.01993
180Becking Franz JosefGER20291.01980
181Neumanova MonikaCZE17121.01971
182Steil-Antoni FionaWIMLUX21181.01960
Zaky TamirFRA18611.01960
184Cebada Benitez FernandoESP19971.01952
185Shepherd MichaelSCO19991.01942
186Khachatourian YerazikNOR19961.01934
187Costello Colin AENG19751.01932
188Hegvik Leif TrygveNOR18141.01927
189Haga HalvorNOR20241.01919
190De Lillo MicheleITA19641.01917
Grainger BenjaminENG18021.01917
Eman LennartSWE01.01917
193Spanton Tim RENG20071.01900
194Brown DavidENG19231.01889
195Fogg MartinENG18901.01880
196Lee Kai Jie EdwardSIN18331.01878
197Moreno Cervera Jose LuisESP19031.01874
198Salomon JohanNOR18361.01872
199Boesch HeinzGER18991.01830
200Georgieva EmiliaBUL19071.01825
201Lundback KarlSWE19691.01817
202Memarian MiladIRI20281.01807
Jorgensen Line JinNOR18921.01807
204Garcia de Lomas Guerrero CarloESP19401.01765
Bihi MehdiFRA19361.01765
206Zanetti BrunoSUI20171.01760
207Reid VanessWFMAUS18411.01756
208Bauder HerbertGER20051.01611
209Andersson UlfGMSWE25791.00
Vea Odin BlikraNOR22141.00
Kuehnast VolkerGER18991.00
Siddiqui NidaPAK17391.00
213Montero Melendez RafaelESP22650.52083
214Martinez Gonzalez Francisco IiESP18700.51794
215Birkestrand OddNOR18940.51787
216Sigamoney Cyril SUSA19780.51777
217Winkler StefanGER18670.51755
218Forsa EliseNOR17260.51685
219Kuenitz KlausGER16950.51683
220Wright JonathanENG18950.51671
221Helin MikaelSWE19140.51651
222Kympergr VojtechCZE16310.50
Connor Stephen JENG20420.50
224Matto ManuelGIB18380.01210
225Gonzalez Amaya MillanESP18170.01191
226Bishop PeterLUX17840.01175
227Rough Robert ESCO17420.01163
228Veiga Rodriguez PabloESP15280.01147
229Christiansen Johan-SebastianNOR19550.01122
230Whatley StephenGIB15700.01118
231Rudd JackIMENG22970.00
Jaime Montalvan Luis FelipeFMESP21860.00
232 players

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