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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2011 (5)

Short leads alone on 5/5 in Gibraltar

Short beat Nadezhda Kosintseva in Round 5.

Short beat Nadezhda Kosintseva in Round 5. |

Nigel Short moved to 5/5 after defeating the Nadezhda Kosintseva. John Saunders looks at the game of the day where Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Vasilios Kotronias. John Saunders reports.

Nigel Short against Nadezhda Kosintseva. Photo © Gibraltar Website. 2011

John Saunders reports: And then there was one. Nigel Short is the sole leader of the Gibraltar Masters tournament at the halfway stage with 5/5. Yesterday he defeated the second Kosintseva sister, Nadezhda, after beating her younger sister in round three. This puts the English grandmaster half a point ahead of top-rated Vassily Ivanchuk and Daniel Fridman going into round six.

Michael Adams, Kaido Kulaots, Fabiano Caruana, Tatiana Kosintseva. Photo © Gibraltar Website. 2011

One curiosity is that the Kosintseva sisters share more or less the same opening repertoire, so Nigel found himself again facing the Queen’s Gambit, Ragozin variation. Nigel is gradually coming round to the virtues of 1 d4 - "this becoming a habit ... 1 d4 is a better move because your pawn is protected". He refined his opening line (having decided that his play against Tatiana was slightly sub-optimal). Nigel’s switch to d-pawn openings seems to have changed his playing style and made him more positional. Whether that is true or not, the change seems to be working for him.

Friday we had Viktor against Viktor but yesterday the game of the day was Vasilios against Vassily, i.e. Kotronias versus Ivanchuk. Vassily was the clear rating favourite but it was far from one-way traffic as the Greek grandmaster played positively from the start and was arguably winning at one stage. But it was very complex and later in the middlegame Vasilios went astray and blundered. Vassily (often known by his true Ukrainian name Vasyl) joined the audience in the commentary room immediately after his game and treated them to another entertaining session. He was very complimentary about Vasilios’s play. This could be a strong candidate for the best game prize.

Round 5

Kotronias,Vasilios (2599) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2764)

Sicilian Dragon

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0–0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0–0–0 Rb8

On his previous visit to this variation (it is well-known that Ivanchuk plays everything), Vassily played 10...Ne5

11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 b5

The signature move of the so-called 'Chinese Dragon'.

14.g4 b4 15.Nd5 Nxb3+ 16.Nxb3!

16.axb3 Nxd5 17.exd5 e5


This has been played once before. 16...Nxd5 has been seen more frequently.


Praised by Ivanchuk. 17.h4 Nxd5 18.Rxd5 Rb6 19.Rhd1 has been played before in a game in 2006.

17...Be6 18.h4 Kh8

A little joke from Vasyl. Both 19.h5 and 20.g5 lose the queen.

19.Qg5 Rb6 20.Na5!? Kg7 21.Nf5+ Bxf5 22.gxf5 Qc7

22...Nh5 23.Qxd8 Rxd8 24.Nc4 wins a pawn for White.


23.h5 runs into 23...h6 .

23...fxg6 24.h5 Rc8 25.Rd2 Ra6 26.hxg6 h5


27.Nb3 Rxa2

Vassily Ivanchuk


Vasilios Kotronias

Position after 27...Rxa2


28.f4! was proposed by Simon Williams in the commentary room and Vassily agreed that this was excellent and maybe winning for White.

28...Ra6 29.Qf5

Now 29.f4 doesn't work because of 29...Nxe4 and the rook drops with check.

29...Qc4 30.Re1 Rc5!? 31.Rf2?!

31.f4! was still critical, according to Vassily. The problem is that 31...Rca5 (31...exf4 32.e5? (32.Qxf4) 32...Rxe5! 33.Rxe5 Qf1+ 34.Nc1 Qxc1+! 35.Kxc1 Ra1# is a beautiful mate.) 32.Nxa5 Rxa5 33.Rxd6 is winning for White.

31...Rca5! 32.Re3??

32.Nxa5 Rxa5 33.f4 Qa2+ 34.Kc1 Qa1+ 35.Kd2 Qxb2; 32.f4 Ra1+ 33.Nxa1 Qa2+ transposes


Suddenly White is lost.

33.Nxa5 Qd1+ 34.Ka2 Rxa5+ 35.Kb3 Qa1 36.c3 Qa4+ 37.Kc4 bxc3+ 0–1

Vassily Ivanchuk


Vasilios Kotronias

Final Position after 37...bxc3+

As well as Ivanchuk, the audience later saw Nigel Short’s commentary on his second Kosintseva victory, and then Victoria Cmilyte going through her game. These videos are still available at the website.

The weather cleared yesterday and allowed the now traditional trip to the top of the rock. The party of GMs saw St Michael’s Cave, the siege tunnels and, of course, stopped off to monkey about with the apes. Please visit our website to see some photos of super-grandmasters interacting with super apes. My personal favourite was the photo of Salome Melia apparently wearing a small live monkey as if it were a hat from the latest Paris fashion show. In general I disapprove of the wearing of fur by humans but there can surely be no objection when the fur is still attached to a live and consenting animal.

You may recall that we featured an amusing illegal move in one of the games from the Challengers yesterday and set a little quiz question concerning illegal castling when the king has no legal move is: does the rook have to be moved? The answer is no: this is because castling is deemed to be a move of the king.

Would you believe it, yesterday we had a second illegal move, this time in the Masters. Here is the game.

Round 5

Fier,Alexandr (2571) - Getz,Nicolai (2334) [C10]

French Defence

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Neg5 Nd7 7.Nxf7!? Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Ke8 9.Bc4 Qe7?!

The first sign that Black is having an off day but this is nothing compared to what is to come.


NIcolai Getz


Alexandr Fier

Position after 9...Qe7?!

At this point the young Norwegian FM attempted to play 10...0–0–0, apparently forgetting that two of his previous three moves had been with the king. As oversights go, this was a pretty big one. Unlike the game in the Masters, his GM opponent noticed the illegality and Nicolai found himself obliged to move his king...

10...Kd8 11.Re1 Nb6 12.Bxe6 Nh6 13.Bh3 1–0

On Friday we said farewell to the competitors of the first week tournaments. Of course, many of them are still here with us, playing in second week events or the Masters. But it seems an opportune moment to catch up on the results and prizes. Mr Joe Hernandez of the Gibraltar Leisure Centre was present to give out the prizes to the winners. First in the Amateur A tournament was Vegard Stene from Norway, who receives the £1,000 first prize. Second equal were Geoffrey Bishop, Alvaro Candano Gonzalez, Armin Gholami who received £400 each. The Gibraltar Prize was shared between Mario Garcia and Stephen Whatley who won £50 each.

In Challengers A, first was shared by Ivan Elishev and Johan Henriksson who received £1500 each. Third equal were Ali R Jaunooby, Hristos Zygouris, Nikita Meskovs, each of whom received £167. Rating 1950-2049: Halvor Haga, Simon Marder (£250 each). Rating below 1950: Mikael Helin, Samuel Flanagan, Emilia Georgieva (£167 each). Unrated: Sandu Ungureanu (£500). Gibraltar Prize: Alan D Gravett (£150).

There was a slight mix-up during the prizegiving at first and Norwegian player Armin Gholami was surprised not to hear his name read out as a prizewinner. He stood up and calmly explained to the organisers in perfect English that his name had not been read out and that he should have received a share of the second prize for the Challengers. He was quite right and the error swiftly rectified. An unremarkable incident, perhaps, but for the fact that Armin is just 11 years old. His calmness, logic and assertiveness were impressive for one so young and a sign of great character. I suspect we may hear more of him.

Round 6 (of 10) starts at 3pm (GMT+1) on Sunday 30 January.

Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG Mon 24th Jan 2011 - Thu 3rd Feb 2011
Leading Round 5 (of 10) Standings:
1Short Nigel DGMENG26585.03317
2Ivanchuk VassilyGMUKR27644.52916
3Fridman DanielGMGER26554.52880
4Sengupta DeepGMIND25304.02801
5Adams MichaelGMENG27234.02767
6Roiz MichaelGMISR26494.02734
7Akobian VaruzhanGMUSA26184.02724
8Kacheishvili GiorgiGMGEO25854.02716
Kosintseva NadezhdaIMRUS25524.02716
10Gopal Geetha NarayananGMIND25974.02698
11Ikonnikov VyacheslavGMRUS25804.02626
12Mikhalevski VictorGMISR25794.02535
13Rapport RichardGMHUN25313.52742
14Korchnoi ViktorGMSUI25443.52741
15Buhmann RainerGMGER25723.52697
16Kulaots KaidoGMEST25773.52685
17Sasikiran KrishnanGMIND26903.52684
18Vallejo Pons FranciscoGMESP26983.52668
19Harikrishna PentalaGMIND26673.52644
20Lafuente PabloGMARG25513.52636
21Sandipan ChandaGMIND26413.52633
22Kotronias VasiliosGMGRE25993.52632
Dzagnidze NanaGMGEO25503.52632
24Caruana FabianoGMITA27213.52616
25Bologan ViktorGMMDA26933.52603
26Georgiev KirilGMBUL26693.52598
27Berg EmanuelGMSWE26273.52589
28Onischuk AlexanderGMUSA26893.52583
29Nisipeanu Liviu-DieterGMROU26783.52577
30Edouard RomainGMFRA26343.52528
31Melia SalomeIMGEO24493.52521
32Speelman Jon SGMENG25243.52509
33Lemos DamianGMARG25533.52499
34El Debs Felipe De CresceGMBRA24993.52498
35Harika DronavalliIMIND25203.52484
36Soffer RamGMISR24893.52471
37Gallagher Joseph GGMSUI25013.52455
38Vaibhav SuriIMIND24213.52452
39Bellaiche AnthonyIMFRA24583.52450
40Das ArghyadipIMIND24793.52426
41Fier AlexandrGMBRA25713.52386
42Battaglini GabrielIMFRA24373.52372
43Vernay ClovisIMFRA24463.52367
44Cabrera AlexisGMESP25183.52352
45Szuper PaulUSA21743.52341
46Zhu ChenGMQAT24953.02636
47Cmilyte ViktorijaGMLTU25263.02615
48Felgaer RubenGMARG25853.02606
49Krush IrinaIMUSA24833.02541
50Calzetta Ruiz MonicaWGMESP22843.02522
51Kosintseva TatianaGMRUS25703.02516
52Erdos ViktorGMHUN25933.02515
53Zatonskih AnnaIMUSA24933.02485
54Kanep MeelisGMEST25313.02482
55Fernandez Romero ErnestoIMESP24533.02456
56Forsaa EspenFMNOR23063.02441
57Nezad Husein AzizIMQAT24203.02439
Vaarala EricSWE21523.02439
59Tscharotschkin MichaelGER21813.02437
60Piasetski LeonIMCAN23033.02415
61Robson RayGMUSA25323.02404
62Andersen MadsFMDEN24103.02398
63Karim IsmaelIMMAR23753.02390
64Iordachescu ViorelGMMDA26343.02384
65Sanchez LouisFMFRA22623.02382
Aerni AndiSUI21823.02382
67Boskovic DraskoIMSRB24123.02381
68Al-Sayed MohammedGMQAT24903.02379
69Cummings David HIMCAN23663.02373
Garcia Jimenez Francisco JavieFMESP22743.02373
71Wohl Aleksandar HIMAUS24093.02368
72Zaremba AndrieFMUSA23393.02366
73Peek MarcelIMNED23423.02356
74Estrada Nieto JulianIMMEX23093.02345
75Bellin RobertIMENG23673.02342
76Zhukova NataliaGMUKR24413.02340
77Illner Achim DrFMGER23453.02336
78Jones Gawain C BGMENG25933.02331
79Gaponenko InnaIMUKR24663.02325
80Slavin AlexeiIMRUS24173.02303
81Le Roux Jean-PierreGMFRA25513.02299
82Nuri KambezSUI23003.02295
83Lacrosse MarcFMBEL21813.02291
84Daurelle HerveFRA22433.02286
85Mckenna Jason PENG20623.02253
86Meskovs NikitaLAT22433.02239
87Sreeves ClementSCO20933.02237
88Scholzen WolfgangGER20573.02229
89Chapman Terry P DENG22503.02023
90Sarkar JustinIMUSA24182.52639
91Bellon Lopez Juan ManuelGMESP24042.52516
Weber TomFMLUX23102.52516
93Oberhofer AndreGER22702.52404
Valgmae ToomasEST21902.52404
95Thomassen JoachimIMNOR24042.52395
96Karavade EeshaIMIND23532.52381
97Jones Richard SFMWLS23612.52380
98Mullon Jean-BaptisteIMFRA24202.52379
99Getz NicolaiFMNOR23342.52370
100Hoffmann MichaelGMGER25062.52364
101Stokke KjetilFMNOR24132.52354
102Sipila VilkaFIN22692.52343
103Nikolaidis KonstantinosFMGRE22842.52342
104Andreasen PerFMDEN22392.52307
105Vogel JaapFMNED22072.52306
106Stebbings Anthony JENG22852.52303
107Vinas Guerrero Carlos AESP21212.52302
108Urbina Perez Juan AntonioCMESP21892.52283
109Bergstrom RolfFMSWE23072.52281
110Jaunooby Ali RENG22072.52279
111Dougherty MichaelFMCAN21832.52273
112Tate AlanSCO22922.52272
113Cramling PiaGMSWE25162.52269
114Kolbus DietmarIMGER23322.52263
115Pogonina NatalijaWGMRUS24722.52251
Seyfried ClausGER21732.52251
117Henriksson JohanSWE22432.52248
118Dittmar PeterFMGER23282.52235
119Monroy CharlesIMFRA24212.52211
120Montero Melendez RafaelESP22652.52207
121Malmdin Nils-AkeSWE22722.52180
Spence David JENG22312.52180
123Itkis HanaWFMUSA20842.52161
124Carlsten PeterSWE21102.52152
125Lochte ThomasGER21732.52136
126Osuna Vega EnriqueCMESP21402.52132
127Hauge Lars OskarNOR19422.52131
128Hvenekilde JorgenFMDEN21212.52111
129Hegvik Leif TrygveNOR18142.52089
130Arnott Jonathan WENG21762.52082
131Wheldon PhilipENG21062.52079
132Tari AryanNOR20972.52069
133Groffen HansNED21692.52058
134Messam-Sparks LateefahENG19042.52038
135Marder SimonSWE19902.52014
136Steil-Antoni FionaWIMLUX21182.52011
137Fomani MehdiESP20132.52004
138Boesch HeinzGER18992.51999
139Bous FlorianGER20882.51993
140Helin MikaelSWE19142.51931
141Zanetti BrunoSUI20172.51879
142Kantans TomsFMLAT23422.02295
143Stefanova AntoanetaGMBUL25462.02241
144Avalos Parra JoaoFMCHI22522.02237
145Lasinskas PovilasFMLTU21642.02231
146Tabatt HendrikGER23422.02226
147Zygouris HristosGRE22152.02222
148Navarrete Espi SamuelESP20952.02199
149Wahlbom MagnusSWE23052.02188
150Vea Odin BlikraNOR22142.02162
151Daoudi KamalMAR21552.02161
152Kandic MilanSRB21432.02145
Lipecki AlexanderSUI21262.02145
154Montabord ManuelFRA20632.02136
155Daumen MichaelGER21302.02134
156Tozer Philip A AENG21402.02127
157Knudsen Jes WestDEN20002.02110
158Collier David OENG21082.02094
159Freuler RomanSUI20922.02060
160Suez-Panama GillesFRA20962.02056
161Kelly PaulWLS19462.02054
162Becking Franz JosefGER20292.02038
163Byron Alan MENG21922.02037
164Fairbairn StephenCAN20582.02018
165Brown DavidENG19232.02011
166Jameson DavidWLS20542.02003
167Eman LennartSWE02.02002
168Costello Colin AENG19752.02000
169Salomon JohanNOR18362.01988
170Cebada Benitez FernandoESP19972.01982
171Shepherd MichaelSCO19992.01977
172Spanton Tim RENG20072.01972
173Havik VictorNOR21072.01969
174Georgieva EmiliaBUL19072.01958
175Wilson AlexandraWFMSUI20372.01947
176Winkler StefanGER18672.01943
177Ungureanu SanduROU20002.01933
178Memarian MiladIRI20282.01928
179Kuenitz KlausGER16952.01892
180Sigamoney Cyril SUSA19782.01879
181Moreno Cervera Jose LuisESP19032.01833
182Kuehnast VolkerGER18992.01830
183Garcia de Lomas Guerrero CarloESP19402.01807
184Khachatourian YerazikNOR19962.01760
185Compton AlistairNZL20461.52104
186Hamer MartynENG20411.52082
187Sommerhalder EricSUI20001.52050
188Dasaolu AdeoyeENG21071.52027
189Connor Stephen JENG20421.52025
190Schweizer ManfredGER20751.51992
191Valhondo Morales RubenESP19481.51949
192De Lillo MicheleITA19641.51946
Stene VegardNOR16081.51946
194Gillespie GarySCO18481.51945
195Obiamiwe PaulNGR20151.51941
196Flores Chico JorgeESP19991.51939
197Gholami ArminNOR17791.51929
198Haga HalvorNOR20241.51928
199Neumanova MonikaCZE17121.51927
200Phillips Owen SENG19921.51924
201Becker ThomasGER21571.51917
202Henderikse BertNED20581.51907
203Henrichsen JensDEN19251.51901
204Lee Kai Jie EdwardSIN18331.51881
205Leimeister WinfriedGER19061.51879
206Martinez Gonzalez Francisco IiESP18701.51845
207Fogg MartinENG18901.51836
208Lundback KarlSWE19691.51830
209Reid VanessWFMAUS18411.51792
210Bihi MehdiFRA19361.51776
211Gonzalez Amaya MillanESP18171.51693
212Bauder HerbertGER20051.51692
213Perez Reisler JosePUR18931.01912
214Zaky TamirFRA18611.01853
215Berggren KlasSWE14631.01809
216Lochte SzilviaHUN20151.01791
217Grainger BenjaminENG18021.01765
218Birkestrand OddNOR18941.01741
219Jorgensen Line JinNOR18921.01738
220Christiansen Johan-SebastianNOR19551.01684
221Siddiqui NidaPAK17391.01675
222Matto ManuelGIB18381.01660
223Bishop PeterLUX17841.01650
224Rough Robert ESCO17421.01634
225Wright JonathanENG18951.01633
226Andersson UlfGMSWE25791.00
Kympergr VojtechCZE16311.00
228Forsa EliseNOR17260.51566
229Whatley StephenGIB15700.51093
230Veiga Rodriguez PabloESP15280.01073
231Rudd JackIMENG22970.00
Jaime Montalvan Luis FelipeFMESP21860.00
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