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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2010:Masters tournament:round 8 results and standings, and round 9 pairings

The eighth round of the Masters tournament was played on  Tuesday (February 2nd,2010).The tournament has a new leader: Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson, (pictured below) who defeated Natalia Zhukova in this round. Source of image:
http://picasaweb.google.com/MonRoi.Inc/8thGibtelecomChessFestival2010#



Here are the results from the top boards:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in  the game):

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 ½-½
2 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
5.5 ESP 2705 GM Sandipan, Chanda
5.5 IND 2622 ½-½
3 GM Kamsky, Gata
5.5 USA 2693 GM Adams, Michael
5.5 ENG 2694 ½-½
4 GM Halkias, Stelios
5.5 GRE 2566 GM Fressinet, Laurent
5.5 FRA 2670 ½-½
5 WGM Zhukova, Natalia
5.5 UKR 2462 GM Gustafsson, Jan
5.5 GER 2627 0-1
6 GM Bacrot, Etienne
5.0 FRA 2713 IM Lenderman, Alex
5.5 USA 2560 1-0
7 GM Cheparinov, Ivan
5.0 BUL 2660 GM Speelman, Jon S
5.0 ENG 2525 ½-½
8 GM Fridman, Daniel
5.0 GER 2654 GM Hoffmann, Michael
5.0 GER 2508 ½-½
9 IM Kapnisis, Spyridon
5.0 GRE 2510 GM Edouard, Romain
5.0 FRA 2608 ½-½
10 GM Istratescu, Andrei
5.0 ROU 2607 GM Bindrich, Falko
5.0 GER 2512 ½-½
11 IM Javakhishvili, Lela
5.0 GEO 2493 GM Lopez Martinez, Josep Manu
5.0 ESP 2593 1-0
12 IM Shankland, Samuel L
5.0 USA 2491 GM Felgaer, Ruben
5.0 ARG 2591 ½-½
13 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
5.0 IND 2584 GM Carlsson, Pontus
5.0 SWE 2476 ½-½
14 GM Lemos, Damian
5.0 ARG 2556 IM Vernay, Clovis
5.0 FRA 2442 1-0
15 IM Boskovic, Drasko
5.0 SRB 2454 GM Maze, Sebastien
5.0 FRA 2554 1-0
16 WIM Cori T., Deysi
5.0 PER 2412 GM Naumann, Alexander
5.0 GER 2525 0-1
17 GM Malakhatko, Vadim
4.5 BEL 2549 Tate, Alan
5.0 SCO 2211 1-0
18 IM Zatonskih, Anna
4.5 USA 2466 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta
4.5 BUL 2545 0-1
19 GM Bhat, Vinay S.
4.5 USA 2540 IM Krush, Irina
4.5 USA 2455 0-1
20 GM Cramling, Pia
4.5 SWE 2528 IM Hirneise, Tobias
4.5 GER 2421 1-0
21 IM Zozulia, Anna
4.5 BEL 2321 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra
4.5 RUS 2523 0-1
22 Andre, Gordon
4.5 GER 2308 GM Guliyev, Namig
4.5 AZE 2516 0-1
23 GM Dzagnidze, Nana
4.5 GEO 2506 IM Tania, Sachdev
4.5 IND 2398 1-0
24 IM Cori, Jorge
4.5 PER 2483 IM Solomon, Kenny
4.5 RSA 2368 1-0
25 FM Molina, Antonio
4.5 PHI 2148 IM Harika, Dronavalli
4.5 IND 2471 0-1
26 GM Siebrecht, Sebastian
4.5 GER 2468 FM Lovik, Lasse Ostebo
4.5 NOR 2343 0-1
27 IM Cmilyte, Viktorija
4.0 LTU 2489 IM Sedina, Elena
4.5 ITA 2335 ½-½
28 FM Marchand, Francois
4.0 FRA 2244 GM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan
4.0 SCO 2470 ½-½
29 GM Bellon Lopez, Juan Manuel
4.0 ESP 2440 Chapman, Terry P D
4.0 ENG 2221 ½-½
30 Al-Tamimi, Hamad
4.0 QAT 2238 Battaglini, Gabriel
4.0 FRA 2411 0-1
31 Duhayon, Yves
4.0 BEL 2241 IM Nezad, Husein Aziz
4.0 QAT 2408 ½-½
32 FM Lacrosse, Marc
4.0 BEL 2220 WGM Karavade, Eesha
4.0 IND 2405 0-1
33 WFM Tjolsen, Katrine
4.0 NOR 2212 IM Houska, Jovanka w 4.0 ENG 2401 0-1
34 IM Sarkar, Justin
4.0 USA 2378 FM Weeramantry, Sunil
4.0 SRI 2201 1-0
35 Tscharotschkin, Michael
4.0 GER 2211 IM Dworakowska, Joanna w 4.0 POL 2374 0-1
36 FM Degtiarev, Evgeny
4.0 GER 2374 Urbina Perez, Juan Antonio
4.0 ESP 2197 1-0
37 FM Zaremba, Andrie
4.0 USA 2360 FM Kawuma, Steven Male
4.0 UGA 2187 ½-½
38 Henriksson, Johan
4.0 SWE 2204 WGM Calzetta Ruiz, Monica
4.0 ESP 2359 1-0
39 Ivanov, Stojan Emilov
4.0 BUL 2198 IM Saravanan, V.
4.0 IND 2356 1-0
40 Byron, Alan M
4.0 ENG 2196 FM Camus de Solliers, Guillau
4.0 FRA 2356 ½-½
41 Byrn, Carsten
4.0 DEN 2171 IM Peek, Marcel
4.0 NED 2342 0-1
42 WGM Reizniece, Dana
4.0 LAT 2341 CM Osuna Vega, Enrique
4.0 ESP 2128 ½-½
43 Kvisla, Johannes Luangtep
4.0 NOR 2161 FM Dittmar, Peter
4.0 GER 2341 ½-½
44 Gandrud, Vegar Koi
4.0 NOR 2158 FM Wantiez, Fabrice
4.0 BEL 2315 ½-½
45 Nilsen, Joachim Birger
4.0 NOR 2152 Kantans, Toms
4.0 LAT 2303 ½-½
46 Fokin, Sergey
4.0 RUS 2109 FM Perez Pardo, Juan Carlos
4.0 ESP 2297 1-0
47 Demac, Elias
4.0 NOR 2104 IM Kozlov, Oleg
4.0 RUS 2279 ½-½
48 Allor, Chukwuka
4.0 NGR 2100 Meskovs, Nikita
4.0 LAT 2264 1-0
49 FM Avalos Parra, Joao
4.0 CHI 2245 Collier, David O
4.0 ENG 2118 1-0
50 Seitz, Benjamin
4.0 SUI 2017 FM Hartvig, Ove Weiss
4.0 DEN 2245 1-0

These results mean the following standings exist after 8 rounds of play:

Rank Name Flags Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We 12345678
1GM Gustafsson, Jan
6.5 GER M 2627 2793 +1.65 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
2GM Bacrot, Etienne
6.0 FRA M 2713 2698 -0.03 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
3GM Movsesian, Sergei
6.0 SVK M 2708 2688 -0.13 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
4GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
6.0 ESP M 2705 2707 +0.09 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½
5GM Adams, Michael
6.0 ENG M 2694 2749 +0.64 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
6GM Kamsky, Gata
6.0 USA M 2693 2710 +0.23 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
7GM Fressinet, Laurent
6.0 FRA M 2670 2719 +0.54 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
8GM Sandipan, Chanda
6.0 IND M 2622 2734 +1.18 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
9GM Koneru, Humpy
6.0 IND F 2614 2692 +0.87 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 ½
10GM Halkias, Stelios
6.0 GRE M 2566 2650 +0.93 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½
11GM Lemos, Damian
6.0 ARG M 2556 2536 -0.09 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1
12GM Naumann, Alexander
6.0 GER M 2525 2589 +0.77 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
13IM Javakhishvili, Lela
6.0 GEO F 2493 2563 +0.85 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1
14IM Boskovic, Drasko
6.0 SRB M 2454 2484 +0.47 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1
15GM Cheparinov, Ivan
5.5 BUL M 2660 2536 -0.99 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½
16GM Fridman, Daniel
5.5 GER M 2654 2640 -0.09 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½
17GM Edouard, Romain
5.5 FRA M 2608 2609 +0.07 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½
18GM Istratescu, Andrei
5.5 ROU M 2607 2527 -0.65 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½
19GM Felgaer, Ruben
5.5 ARG M 2591 2590 +0.20 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½
20GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
5.5 IND M 2584 2593 +0.15 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½
21IM Lenderman, Alex
5.5 USA M 2560 2570 +0.28 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 0
22GM Malakhatko, Vadim
5.5 BEL M 2549 2575 +0.39 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1
23GM Stefanova, Antoaneta
5.5 BUL F 2545 2637 +1.03 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1
24GM Cramling, Pia
5.5 SWE F 2528 2554 +0.38 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1
25GM Speelman, Jon S
5.5 ENG M 2525 2553 +0.46 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½
26GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra
5.5 RUS F 2523 2548 +0.33 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1
27GM Guliyev, Namig
5.5 AZE M 2516 2479 -0.14 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1
28GM Bindrich, Falko
5.5 GER M 2512 2569 +0.67 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½
29IM Kapnisis, Spyridon
5.5 GRE M 2510 2507 +0.10 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½
30GM Hoffmann, Michael
5.5 GER M 2508 2592 +0.98 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½
31GM Dzagnidze, Nana
5.5 GEO F 2506 2495 +0.06 1 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1
32IM Shankland, Samuel L
5.5 USA M 2491 2556 +0.77 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½
33IM Cori, Jorge
5.5 PER M 2483 2499 +0.33 = 1 1 0 1 1 0 1
34GM Carlsson, Pontus
5.5 SWE M 2476 2520 +0.61 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 ½
35IM Harika, Dronavalli
5.5 IND F 2471 2490 +0.42 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1
36WGM Zhukova, Natalia
5.5 UKR F 2462 2663 +2.17 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0
37IM Krush, Irina
5.5 USA F 2455 2525 +0.89 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1
38FM Lovik, Lasse Ostebo
5.5 NOR M 2343 2395 +0.68 0 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1

Round 9 is the penultimate round. This tournament has one more round after round 9.

Here are the pairings for  the top boards for round 9 of the Masters tournament:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Table White Flags Score Fed. Rating Black Flags Score Fed. Rating Result
1 GM Gustafsson, Jan
6.5 GER 2627 GM Bacrot, Etienne
6.0 FRA 2713
2 GM Movsesian, Sergei
6.0 SVK 2708 GM Halkias, Stelios
6.0 GRE 2566
3 GM Naumann, Alexander
6.0 GER 2525 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
6.0 ESP 2705
4 GM Adams, Michael
6.0 ENG 2694 GM Lemos, Damian
6.0 ARG 2556
5 GM Koneru, Humpy
6.0 IND 2614 GM Kamsky, Gata
6.0 USA 2693
6 GM Fressinet, Laurent
6.0 FRA 2670 IM Javakhishvili, Lela
6.0 GEO 2493
7 GM Sandipan, Chanda
6.0 IND 2622 IM Boskovic, Drasko
6.0 SRB 2454
8 GM Guliyev, Namig
5.5 AZE 2516 GM Cheparinov, Ivan
5.5 BUL 2660
9 GM Carlsson, Pontus
5.5 SWE 2476 GM Fridman, Daniel
5.5 GER 2654
10 GM Edouard, Romain
5.5 FRA 2608 GM Bindrich, Falko
5.5 GER 2512
11 GM Hoffmann, Michael
5.5 GER 2508 GM Istratescu, Andrei
5.5 ROU 2607
12 GM Felgaer, Ruben
5.5 ARG 2591 IM Kapnisis, Spyridon
5.5 GRE 2510
13 IM Harika, Dronavalli
5.5 IND 2471 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
5.5 IND 2584
14 IM Lenderman, Alex
5.5 USA 2560 GM Dzagnidze, Nana
5.5 GEO 2506
15 IM Krush, Irina
5.5 USA 2455 GM Malakhatko, Vadim
5.5 BEL 2549
16 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta
5.5 BUL 2545 IM Shankland, Samuel L
5.5 USA 2491
17 FM Lovik, Lasse Ostebo
5.5 NOR 2343 GM Cramling, Pia
5.5 SWE 2528
18 GM Speelman, Jon S
5.5 ENG 2525 IM Cori, Jorge
5.5 PER 2483
19 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra
5.5 RUS 2523 WGM Zhukova, Natalia
5.5 UKR 2462


Best wishes to all the players for your round 9 game!

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