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Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Gibraltar Gibtelecom Chess Festival

The 7th edition of Gibraltar's Gibtelecom Chess Festival takes place from January 27th until February 5th at the Caleta Hotel.
This Festival is comprised of a 10 round Masters tournament for the highest -rated players as well as having events for players under an elo of 2250 , and those under and elo of 1850.

Here is a partial crosstable after 5 rounds of play:



RankName
Score
M/FRatingTPR
123456
1GM Beliavsky, Alexander G
4.5
M26462825
1½111
2GM Kotronias, Vasilios
4.5
M26032920
1111½
3GM Gashimov, Vugar
4.0
M27232714
½111½
4GM Svidler, Peter
4.0
M27232773
11½½1
5GM Milov, Vadim
4.0
M26692697
½11½1
6GM Berkes, Ferenc
4.0
M26512702
1½1½1
7GM Roiz, Michael
4.0
M26472705
½111½
8GM Avrukh, Boris
4.0
M26452735
11½1½
9GM Socko, Bartosz
4.0
M26312760
111½½
10GM Berg, Emanuel
4.0
M26062627
1½½11
11GM Golod, Vitali
4.0
M25752782
11½1½
12GM Cramling, Piaw4.0
F25482523-01111
13GM Del Rio De Angelis, Salvad
4.0
M25322508
½½111
14GM Hauchard, Arnaud
4.0
M24972800
1½=11

The official tournament website for this event is:

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