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Monday, February 1, 2010

Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2010:Masters tournament:round 7 results and standings, and round 8 pairings: WGM Zhukova draws with GM Adams in round 7!

The seventh round of the Gibtelecom Chess Festival Masters tournament was played today (Monday). Here are the results from the top boards (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game): Congratulations to WGM Natalia Zhukova for her draw with the black pieces against GM Michael Adams! GM Adams gained a draw by perpetual check against  WGM Zhukova by virtue of the fact that he was able to perpetual check Zhukova's king (in a position in which, without this perpetual check opportunity,Zhukova had a forced checkmate in one).You can play through games from the top boards by going to this link at the tournament website:
http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/gib2010/live/index.html

 Pairings round 7 (Monday, 01 February 2010)


Table White Flags Score Fed. Rating Black Flags Score Fed. Rating Result
1 GM Adams, Michael
5.0 ENG 2694 WGM Zhukova, Natalia
5.0 UKR 2462 ½-½
2 GM Sandipan, Chanda
5.0 IND 2622 GM Gustafsson, Jan
5.0 GER 2627 ½-½
3 GM Maze, Sebastien
4.5 FRA 2554 GM Bacrot, Etienne
4.5 FRA 2713 ½-½
4 GM Movsesian, Sergei
4.5 SVK 2708 GM Bhat, Vinay S.
4.5 USA 2540 1-0
5 GM Malakhatko, Vadim
4.5 BEL 2549 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
4.5 ESP 2705 0-1
6 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta
4.5 BUL 2545 GM Kamsky, Gata
4.5 USA 2693 0-1
7 GM Fressinet, Laurent
4.5 FRA 2670 GM Cramling, Pia
4.5 SWE 2528 1-0
8 GM Naumann, Alexander
4.5 GER 2525 GM Cheparinov, Ivan
4.5 BUL 2660 ½-½
9 GM Speelman, Jon S
4.5 ENG 2525 GM Fridman, Daniel
4.5 GER 2654 ½-½
10 GM Guliyev, Namig
4.5 AZE 2516 GM Koneru, Humpy
4.5 IND 2614 0-1
11 GM Felgaer, Ruben
4.5 ARG 2591 IM Javakhishvili, Lela
4.5 GEO 2493 ½-½
12 GM Hoffmann, Michael
4.5 GER 2508 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
4.5 IND 2584 ½-½
13 IM Harika, Dronavalli
4.5 IND 2471 GM Halkias, Stelios
4.5 GRE 2566 0-1
14 IM Lenderman, Alex
4.5 USA 2560 IM Cori, Jorge
4.5 PER 2483 1-0
15 GM Edouard, Romain
4.0 FRA 2608 IM Sarkar, Justin
4.0 USA 2378 1-0
16 Battaglini, Gabriel
4.0 FRA 2411 GM Istratescu, Andrei
4.0 ROU 2607 0-1
17 GM Lopez Martinez, Josep Manu
4.0 ESP 2593 FM Zaremba, Andrie
4.0 USA 2360 1-0
18 IM Saravanan, V.
4.0 IND 2356 GM Lemos, Damian
4.0 ARG 2556 0-1
19 FM Lovik, Lasse Ostebo
4.0 NOR 2343 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra
4.0 RUS 2523 ½-½
20 GM Bindrich, Falko
4.0 GER 2512 WGM Reizniece, Dana
4.0 LAT 2341 1-0
21 IM Peek, Marcel
4.0 NED 2342 IM Kapnisis, Spyridon
4.0 GRE 2510 0-1
22 IM Sedina, Elena
4.0 ITA 2335 GM Dzagnidze, Nana
4.0 GEO 2506 ½-½
23 Kantans, Toms
4.0 LAT 2303 IM Shankland, Samuel L
4.0 USA 2491 0-1
24 GM Carlsson, Pontus
4.0 SWE 2476 FM Avalos Parra, Joao
4.0 CHI 2245 1-0
25 IM Kozlov, Oleg
4.0 RUS 2279 IM Boskovic, Drasko
4.0 SRB 2454 0-1
26 IM Vernay, Clovis
4.0 FRA 2442 Ivanov, Stojan Emilov
4.0 BUL 2198 1-0
27 Tate, Alan
4.0 SCO 2211 GM Bellon Lopez, Juan Manuel
4.0 ESP 2440 1-0
28 WIM Cori T., Deysi
4.0 PER 2412 Demac, Elias
4.0 NOR 2104 1-0

As a consquence of these  results  from round 7, these are the  following standings for the Masters tournament after 7 rounds of play:

Ranking after round 7 (Monday, 01 February 2010)

Rank Name Flags Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We 1234567
1GM Movsesian, Sergei
5.5 SVK M 2708 2707 +0.00 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
2GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
5.5 ESP M 2705 2728 +0.20 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1
3GM Adams, Michael
5.5 ENG M 2694 2766 +0.64 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
4GM Kamsky, Gata
5.5 USA M 2693 2722 +0.23 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
5GM Fressinet, Laurent
5.5 FRA M 2670 2751 +0.68 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
6GM Gustafsson, Jan
5.5 GER M 2627 2783 +1.37 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
7GM Sandipan, Chanda
5.5 IND M 2622 2747 +1.07 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
8GM Koneru, Humpy
5.5 IND F 2614 2699 +0.74 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1
9GM Halkias, Stelios
5.5 GRE M 2566 2656 +0.79 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1
10IM Lenderman, Alex
5.5 USA M 2560 2618 +0.58 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1
11WGM Zhukova, Natalia
5.5 UKR F 2462 2737 +2.45 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½
12GM Bacrot, Etienne
5.0 FRA M 2713 2655 -0.33 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½
13GM Cheparinov, Ivan
5.0 BUL M 2660 2535 -0.81 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½
14GM Fridman, Daniel
5.0 GER M 2654 2655 +0.11 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
15GM Edouard, Romain
5.0 FRA M 2608 2620 +0.20 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1
16GM Istratescu, Andrei
5.0 ROU M 2607 2526 -0.52 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1
17GM Lopez Martinez, Josep Manu
5.0 ESP M 2593 2491 -0.64 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 1
18GM Felgaer, Ruben
5.0 ARG M 2591 2601 +0.34 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½
19GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
5.0 IND M 2584 2607 +0.30 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½
20GM Lemos, Damian
5.0 ARG M 2556 2487 -0.43 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 1
21GM Maze, Sebastien
5.0 FRA M 2554 2637 +0.58 - + 1 1 ½ 1 ½
22GM Naumann, Alexander
5.0 GER M 2525 2552 +0.42 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½
23GM Speelman, Jon S
5.0 ENG M 2525 2534 +0.28 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½
24GM Bindrich, Falko
5.0 GER M 2512 2561 +0.54 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1
25IM Kapnisis, Spyridon
5.0 GRE M 2510 2489 -0.03 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1
26GM Hoffmann, Michael
5.0 GER M 2508 2580 +0.78 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½
27IM Javakhishvili, Lela
5.0 GEO F 2493 2496 +0.21 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½
28IM Shankland, Samuel L
5.0 USA M 2491 2557 +0.63 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1
29GM Carlsson, Pontus
5.0 SWE M 2476 2508 +0.46 1 0 1 1 0 1 1
30IM Boskovic, Drasko
5.0 SRB M 2454 2412 -0.17 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1
31IM Vernay, Clovis
5.0 FRA M 2442 2545 +1.05 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1
32WIM Cori T., Deysi
5.0 PER F 2412 2405 +0.08 = 1 0 ½ 1 1 1
33 Tate, Alan
5.0 SCO M 2211 2382 +1.29 0 0 1 1 1 1 1

Here are the pairings for the top boards for round 8:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Pairings round 8 (Monday, 01 February 2010)

Table White Flags Score Fed. Rating Black Flags Score Fed. Rating Result
1 GM Koneru, Humpy
5.5 IND 2614 GM Movsesian, Sergei
5.5 SVK 2708
2 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
5.5 ESP 2705 GM Sandipan, Chanda
5.5 IND 2622
3 GM Kamsky, Gata
5.5 USA 2693 GM Adams, Michael
5.5 ENG 2694
4 GM Halkias, Stelios
5.5 GRE 2566 GM Fressinet, Laurent
5.5 FRA 2670
5 WGM Zhukova, Natalia
5.5 UKR 2462 GM Gustafsson, Jan
5.5 GER 2627
6 GM Bacrot, Etienne
5.0 FRA 2713 IM Lenderman, Alex
5.5 USA 2560
7 GM Cheparinov, Ivan
5.0 BUL 2660 GM Speelman, Jon S
5.0 ENG 2525
8 GM Fridman, Daniel
5.0 GER 2654 GM Hoffmann, Michael
5.0 GER 2508
9 IM Kapnisis, Spyridon
5.0 GRE 2510 GM Edouard, Romain
5.0 FRA 2608
10 GM Istratescu, Andrei
5.0 ROU 2607 GM Bindrich, Falko
5.0 GER 2512
11 IM Javakhishvili, Lela
5.0 GEO 2493 GM Lopez Martinez, Josep Manu
5.0 ESP 2593
12 IM Shankland, Samuel L
5.0 USA 2491 GM Felgaer, Ruben
5.0 ARG 2591
13 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
5.0 IND 2584 GM Carlsson, Pontus
5.0 SWE 2476
14 GM Lemos, Damian
5.0 ARG 2556 IM Vernay, Clovis
5.0 FRA 2442
15 IM Boskovic, Drasko
5.0 SRB 2454 GM Maze, Sebastien
5.0 FRA 2554
16 WIM Cori T., Deysi
5.0 PER 2412 GM Naumann, Alexander
5.0 GER 2525
17 GM Malakhatko, Vadim
4.5 BEL 2549 Tate, Alan
5.0 SCO 2211
18 IM Zatonskih, Anna
4.5 USA 2466 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta
4.5 BUL 2545
19 GM Bhat, Vinay S.
4.5 USA 2540 IM Krush, Irina
4.5 USA 2455
20 GM Cramling, Pia
4.5 SWE 2528 IM Hirneise, Tobias
4.5 GER 2421
21 IM Zozulia, Anna
4.5 BEL 2321 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra
4.5 RUS 2523
22 Andre, Gordon
4.5 GER 2308 GM Guliyev, Namig
4.5 AZE 2516
23 GM Dzagnidze, Nana
4.5 GEO 2506 IM Tania, Sachdev
4.5 IND 2398
24 IM Cori, Jorge
4.5 PER 2483 IM Solomon, Kenny
4.5 RSA 2368
25 FM Molina, Antonio
4.5 PHI 2148 IM Harika, Dronavalli
4.5 IND 2471
26 GM Siebrecht, Sebastian
4.5 GER 2468 FM Lovik, Lasse Ostebo
4.5 NOR 2343
27 IM Cmilyte, Viktorija
4.0 LTU 2489 IM Sedina, Elena
4.5 ITA 2335


Source:http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/gib2010/results/masters/index.html

Best wishes to all the players in round 8!

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