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Gibraltar 2012: Short Wins Tie-Break Playoff

  • SonofPearl
  • on 02.02.2012, 10:42.

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There was a dramatic tiebreak playoff at the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, after Hou Yifan drew her final round game with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and was caught on 8/10 points by England's Nigel Short, who beat Krishnan Sasikiran.

Short won the first rapid playoff game (10 mins plus 5 second increment) with the white pieces and drew the second to take the Masters title and £20,000.

Despite this, the 2012 Gibraltar tournament has been all about Hou! Her win against Judit Polgar proved to be no fluke, as she continued to hold her own in the rest of the event, achieving a fantastic final result.

Gibraltar 2012 Rd10 Hou Yifan - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 Rd10 Nigel SHort - Krishnan Sasikran.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 First playoff game Hou Yifan - Nigel Short.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 Second playoff game Hou Yifan - Nigel Short 2.jpg

 

 

Gibraltar 2012 Nigel Short with Trophy.jpg

 

The top finishers at the 2012 Gibraltar Masters:


Name Nat Elo Pts.  TB1
1 Hou Yifan  CHN 2605 8.0 2872
2 Short Nigel D  ENG 2677 8.0 2838
3 Adams Michael  ENG 2724 7.5 2807
4 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  AZE 2747 7.5 2783
5 Bologan Viktor  MDA 2680 7.5 2734
6 Sutovsky Emil  ISR 2703 7.5 2669
7 Le Quang Liem  VIE 2714 7.0 2733
8 Almasi Zoltan  HUN 2717 7.0 2730
9 Howell David W L  ENG 2603 7.0 2725
10 Sasikiran Krishnan  IND 2700 7.0 2717
11 Movsesian Sergei  ARM 2700 7.0 2711
12 Svidler Peter  RUS 2749 7.0 2700
13 Negi Parimarjan  IND 2641 7.0 2694
14 Polgar Judit  HUN 2710 7.0 2693
15 Laznicka Viktor  CZE 2704 7.0 2681
16 Fridman Daniel  GER 2660 7.0 2632
17 Gustafsson Jan  GER 2643 7.0 2628
18 Jussupow Artur  GER 2569 7.0 2625
19 Salem A R  Saleh  UAE 2505 7.0 2621
20 Berg Emanuel  SWE 2550 7.0 2603

 

The results on the top boards in the final round:


No. Name Elo Pts. Result  Pts. Name Elo No.
1 25 Hou Yifan  2605 ½ - ½  7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  2747 2
2 14 Bologan Viktor  2680 7 ½ - ½  7 Adams Michael  2724 3
3 11 Sasikiran Krishnan  2700 7 0 - 1  7 Short Nigel
2677 15
4 10 Movsesian Sergei  2700 ½ - ½  Svidler Peter  2749 1
5 21 Gustafsson Jan  2643 ½ - ½  Almasi Zoltan  2717 4
6 22 Negi Parimarjan  2641 ½ - ½  Le Quang Liem  2714 5
7 23 Erdos Viktor  2634 0 - 1  Sutovsky Emil  2703 9
8 27 Howell David
2603 ½ - ½  6 Shirov Alexei  2710 7
9 6 Polgar Judit  2710 6 1 - 0  6 Korchnoi Viktor  2558 37
10 8 Laznicka Viktor  2704 6 1 - 0  6 Rapport Richard  2543 39

 

More details are at the excellent official website. All photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 3 lat temu

    rickywong

    Now Judit has to prove wheter she is still the greatest woman. She cannot rest on the laurel and still enjoying the status of greatest woman of all times......she has to win woman championship including beating Yifan in a match......i would consider her afraid of losing if she doesn't...

  • 3 lat temu

    fischerblanca

    These prodies coming up these days are amazing talants, I see no reason we wont have an 18 yr old world champion in the next 5-10 yrs Yifan  robson, negi caruna giri the list should grow to 5 times this in a yr or two. Chess has definately become a younger game kids are strong masters at 10 india, china, and ten other countries have huge numbers of serious students ready to break out of IM status all the old prodigies polgar morosevich leko adams etc will be washed aside in an avalnche of younger talants

  • 3 lat temu

    TheYear9876

    yeh? what about hotel bookings, travel arrangements other commitments? not just for players but officials too? simply not practical.

  • 3 lat temu

    fischerblanca

    They should have playoff games that have the same time controls as the tournaments regular TC nothing against Short. I think that would generate more interest.

  • 3 lat temu

    novzki41

    brilliant game by NIgel Short.. looking forward to more exciting game from Yifan... can we bring back the zonals please? we need more talent coming from all regions.. 

  • 3 lat temu

    SonofPearl

    I've added a photo of Nigel with the trophy to show that contrary to the impression given by the other photos here, he does in fact smile! Smile

  • 3 lat temu

    mobidi

    SHORT is the best in SHORT-chess....

  • 3 lat temu

    FM gauranga

    Great start in the Chinese year of the dragon by a new chess dragon. Don't think she played the Dragon though? Cool

  • 3 lat temu

    87654321

    Yet another tourney win. Great play by Short. 

    The best from the West post RJF pre SMC

    >:)

  • 3 lat temu

    mobidi

    It no serious.Of course ONLY HOU is the WINNER-she is now better then Anand,Gelfand,Kramnik and about equal with Aronian and Carlsen.Nice girl.I know it ,and i'm not very bad expert-JUST LOOK AT MY COMMENT (after 7th round ).But. of course .COGRATULATIONS to Nygel -in 10 min he was stronger! (but,i think ,only in 10 min games) ,but ,i think ,getleman must to give BACK THE  FIRST PRIZE to YOUNG LADY ! (funny money)....

  • 3 lat temu

    Nuscas

    10min 5increment playoff game(s) ???  After a long grueling tournament, 1st place prize money and tournament crown shouldn't come down to such a crapshoot of a couple of games. 

  • 3 lat temu

    jesterville

    Nigel looks pretty "stuck up".

  • 3 lat temu

    NM flashboy2222

    Nigel never smiles >:O

  • 3 lat temu

    jesterville

    Takes nothing away from Hou's stella performance. Yes, I do agree that we have someone to carry on the torch which Judith lit. Dare I say that this girl will far surpass what is expected of her?...no pressure.

    These Tournaments always have me in wonder...there are so many things that can go wrong for a player. The general thinking is that there are "Tournaments players" (like Magnus), and there are "Match players" (like Anand). One performance that has me in awe, is Kasparov's eight consecutive years of winning/ tieing for first in all tournaments he entered. No other player has ever done this...it seems so impossible.

  • 3 lat temu

    prab_013

    Be patiently Hou Yifan, not yet time for you to win now but you have to prepare all to be the best in future, congratulations.

  • 3 lat temu

    TheYear9876

    i was watching the live video coverage and Nigel both smiled and looked Hou in the eye.  a still photo can sometimes be misleading. it does after call only catch   a pprox. 1/100th of  a second. well done Nigel !

  • 3 lat temu

    FM gauranga

    In the first tiebreak game Hou missed 17...Bh4!,which would have kept her up a piece with not enough compensation for Short.

  • 3 lat temu

    UnratedGamesOnly

    At what point did it become acceptable to not even be able to look someone in the eye when shaking hands?

  • 3 lat temu

    fischerblanca

    This new GM Yifan will go far her modest humble demeaner is refreshing, her drive to play great chess is unmistakeable. Her talent is easily equal to carruna, or giri presently in the top 150 world is a great credit. Judit Polgars successor has arived

  • 3 lat temu

    ontomorrow

    Short has always lacked a degree of class as a person, in my opinion.

    He even found room in his obituary of Tony Miles, to brag about having slept with Miles' wife.

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