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Thursday, February 4, 2010

GM Michael Adams wins 2010 Gibtelecom Masters


Photographer:
Zeljka Malobabic
source of image: http://picasaweb.google.com/MonRoi.Inc/8thGibtelecomChessFestival2010#

Grandmaster Michael Adams (pictured above) has won the Masters Chess tournament at the 2010 Gibtelecom Chess Festival. Adams was tied with 3 other grandmasters for first place at the end of the tournament. Rather than use a tie-break formula to determine the winner of the event, the organizers  use a playoff to determine the champion.

Here is what happened in the playoff:
 Michael Adams defeated Jan Gustafsson 2-1,  and Francisco Vallejo Pons won a match over  Chanda Sandipan by a score of  1.5-0.5.  Then in the final Adams beat Vallejo 1.5-0.5 to win the title of 2010 Gibraltor Masters chess champion! Congratulations Grandmaster Adams!

You can read more about the victory of Grandmaster Michael Adams by going to this page at the official tournament website:


http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/gib2010/index.html

This is what the final crosstable (for the top scoring players) looked like before the playoff:

Rank Name Flags Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We 12345678910
1GM Gustafsson, Jan
7.5 GER M 2627 2769 +1.88 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½
2GM Adams, Michael
7.5 ENG M 2694 2764 +0.97 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
3GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco
7.5 ESP M 2705 2726 +0.33 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½
4GM Sandipan, Chanda
7.5 IND M 2622 2720 +1.29 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
5GM Kamsky, Gata
7.5 USA M 2693 2719 +0.38 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
6GM Bacrot, Etienne
7.5 FRA M 2713 2713 +0.11 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
7GM Movsesian, Sergei
7.5 SVK M 2708 2708 +0.07 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
8GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal
7.5 IND M 2584 2656 +0.95 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1
9IM Lenderman, Alex
7.5 USA M 2560 2652 +1.33 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1
10WGM Zhukova, Natalia
7.0 UKR F 2462 2686 +3.02 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½
11GM Fressinet, Laurent
7.0 FRA M 2670 2666 +0.04 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
12GM Koneru, Humpy
7.0 IND F 2614 2663 +0.77 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½
13GM Halkias, Stelios
7.0 GRE M 2566 2630 +0.95 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1
14GM Hoffmann, Michael
7.0 GER M 2508 2630 +1.73 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
15GM Malakhatko, Vadim
7.0 BEL M 2549 2590 +0.67 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1
16GM Cheparinov, Ivan
7.0 BUL M 2660 2568 -0.88 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
17GM Istratescu, Andrei
7.0 ROU M 2607 2554 -0.49 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
18GM Speelman, Jon S
7.0 ENG M 2525 2551 +0.56 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
19IM Boskovic, Drasko
7.0 SRB M 2454 2506 +0.90 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½
20GM Guliyev, Namig
7.0 AZE M 2516 2505 +0.18 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1
21GM Stefanova, Antoaneta
6.5 BUL F 2545 2614 +1.00 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
22GM Fridman, Daniel
6.5 GER M 2654 2613 -0.45 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0
23GM Bindrich, Falko
6.5 GER M 2512 2583 +1.04 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0
24GM Cramling, Pia
6.5 SWE F 2528 2546 +0.38 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 0
25IM Hirneise, Tobias
6.5 GER M 2421 2541 +1.66 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 1
26GM Naumann, Alexander
6.5 GER M 2525 2535 +0.31 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½
27IM Javakhishvili, Lela
6.5 GEO F 2493 2535 +0.75 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0
28IM Shankland, Samuel L
6.5 USA M 2491 2535 +0.68 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 1
29GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra
6.5 RUS F 2523 2519 +0.05 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1
30GM Lemos, Damian
6.5 ARG M 2556 2491 -0.64 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 0 ½
31GM Dzagnidze, Nana
6.5 GEO F 2506 2488 -0.02 1 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 1
32IM Harika, Dronavalli
6.5 IND F 2471 2478 +0.35 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 1
33GM Bhat, Vinay S.
6.5 USA M 2540 2477 -0.64 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1
34IM Cmilyte, Viktorija
6.5 LTU F 2489 2445 -0.36 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1
35GM Siebrecht, Sebastian
6.5 GER M 2468 2427 -0.34 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1
36IM Sarkar, Justin
6.5 USA M 2378 2408 +0.51 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 ½
37WIM Cori T., Deysi J 6.5 PER F 2412 2393 -0.05 = 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1
38WGM Karavade, Eesha
6.5 IND F 2405 2360 -0.38 ½ 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1
39WGM Reizniece, Dana
6.5 LAT F 2341 2359 +0.33 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 1
40IM Nezad, Husein Aziz
6.5 QAT M 2408 2312 -0.99 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1
41IM Dworakowska, Joanna w 6.5 POL F 2374 2273 -1.05 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 ½

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

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