Category Archives: Gibraltar Tradewise 2013

Defend Against the London System

Here is a nice recent example of how to defend against the London System.

Telljohann,Sven (2423) – Adams,Michael (2725)
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 [D02]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013 (2.1), 23.01.2013

Position 1
White is nowhere close to organizing an attack on the kingside which gives black some freedom to choose plan. What do you suggest for black?

  • ..Nf6 and then ..Ne4 if allowed. 
  • …f6 and prepare to break in the center with …e5 
  • ..h6 and wait to see what white is up to first 
  • Something else 

Black to Play

14.Bh2


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Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd10 Standings by Country

From Gibraltarchesscongress 2013

Canada
Piasetski and Fairbairn drew their last games making Piasetski the top Canadian with 5/10.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 4.5
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 1 1 ½ 0 0 3.5

Fairbairn had a strong tournament with a Rating Performance of 2193 while playing 7 players 2200+ including a GM and 2 IMs. Here is a breakdown by round of his results. Well done!

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Rd Title Name FIDE FED Pts Result Rating+/-
1 IM Docx Stefan 2426 BEL 6.5 s 0 -1.65
2 GM Cramling Pia 2518 SWE 6.5 w 0 -1.65
3 Sevillano Leal Julio 1807 ESP 3 s 1 3.45
4 Marttala Thomas 2217 SWE 4.5 w 1 11.25
5 Olhovik Andrei 2246 BLR 5 s ½ 4.2
6 FM Vyparina Matej 2305 SVK 5 w 0 -2.4
7 CM Osuna Vega Enrique 2157 ESP 5 s ½ 2.7
8 Bird Andrew 2223 AUS 5 w 0 -3.6
9 Jaunooby Ali R 2178 ENG 4 s 1 10.65
10 IM Sanchez Castillo Sarai 2212 VEN 4.5 s ½ 3.75

Hungary
GM Hoang made her first and only draw in the last round to finish with 6.5/10.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 1 0 1 1 ½ 6.5
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.5
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN 1 0 0 ½ 0 3

USA
Kamsky won his last game to finish with 7.5/10.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA 1 1 ½ 0 1 7.5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA ½ 1 1 0 0 6
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 0 ½ 0 1 0 5.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 0 1 1 1 0 4.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA 1 1 0 ½ 0 3.5

England
GM Short finished with 8/10 while Adams was right behind with 7.5/10. FM Lyell lost his last game to finish at 5/10.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 ½ ½ 8
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 7.5
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 7
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG ½ ½ 1 1 0 6.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG ½ 1 0 1 1 6.5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG ½ 0 ½ 1 0 5.5
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 1 0 1 0 ½ 5.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG 1 1 0 0 1 5.5
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 5.5
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 5
118 FM Lyell Mark 2235 ENG 1 1 1 1 0 5
130 O`toole George E 2204 ENG 1 1 1 ½ ½ 5
165 Mckenna Jason P 2110 ENG 1 0 1 ½ 1 5

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd 10

Overall Gibraltarchesscongress
Vitiugov Nikita was the overall winner after 4 players finised with 8/10.

From tournament website

GM Nikita Vitiugov


‘Congratulations to Nikita Vitiugov, winner of the Tradewise Masters after a thrilling play-off final against Nigel Short. He collects the first prize of £20,000 (€23,320). Congratulations also to Chinese GM Zhao Xue has won the top female prize of £12,000. She drew her game after nearly five hours of play against Vassily Ivanchuk and achieved a score of 7½/10.  For the top Masters prize of £20,000 there was a four-way play-off involving Nikita Vitiugov, Nigel Short, Maxine Vachier-Lagrave and Chanda Sandipan.’

Bio
Vitiugov is 2006 World Junior Chess Vice-Champion[1] and participant of the Russian Chess Championship (2006[2] and 2007[3]). He was a member of the gold-medal-winning Russian team at the World Team Chess Championship 2009 in Bursa.[4] In 2011, he tied for 1st-3rd with Evgeny Tomashevsky and Le Quang Liem in the Aeroflot Open.’-Wikipedia Nikita_Vitiugov

Vitiugov is also an accomplished author and wrote The French Defence Reloaded(Chess Stars 2012).

A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French. 

Here are Vitiugov’s own words: “I received, quite unexpectedly, many comments and opinions following the publication of my first book on the French Defence. These were quite varied, both in form and content.

There were renowned experts, who pointed out that some of the variations were not analyzed to perfection. Some meticulous readers looked for, and found (!), possibilities for both sides, which I had omitted in several important, and even not so important, lines. 

There were people who criticized my rather ambitious concept, according to which I tried to present the opening the way I saw it, instead of just following the branches of the database. However, there were also some appreciative comments.(more) NIC The_French_Defence_Reloaded


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Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 8
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711 8
3 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 8
4 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 8
5 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 7.5
6 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 7.5
7 GM Navara David CZE 2710 7.5
8 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 7.5
9 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 7.5
GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 7.5
11 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 7.5
12 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667 7.5
13 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2554 7.5
14 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 7
15 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632 7
16 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2557 7
17 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723 7
18 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2708 7
19 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2516 7
20 IM Gunina Valentina RUS 2490 7
21 GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2582 7
22 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2684 7
23 GM Gallagher Joseph G. SUI 2499 7
24 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2629 7
25 IM Kuipers Stefan NED 2431 7

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd9 Standings by Country

For more info see Gibraltarchesscongress 2013 and the great pictures are from Gibraltarchesscongress Photos

Hungary
GM Hoang won again and now has 6/9.

GM Hoang

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 0 1 0 1 1 6
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN ½ 1 0 0 ½ 3

Canada
Piasetski lost but remains the top Canadian with 4.5/9.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ ½ 1 0 4.5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN ½ 0 ½ 0 1 4
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 1 1 ½ 0 3.5

USA
Kamsky and Ehlvest both lost so Kamsky remains the top American with 6.5/9.

GM Kamsky

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA ½ 1 1 ½ 0 6.5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 0 ½ 1 1 0 6
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 0 ½ 0 1 5.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 0 0 1 1 1 4.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA 0 1 1 0 ½ 3.5

England
GM Short shares first overall with 7.5/9 while GM Adams is half a point back with 7/9. FM Lyell moves up to 5/9 with his fourth consecutive win.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 1 ½ 7.5
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 ½ ½ 0 1 6.5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6.5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 5.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 ½ 1 0 1 5.5
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 0 1 0 1 0 5
118 FM Lyell Mark 2235 ENG 0 1 1 1 1 5
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 5
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 0 4.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG ½ 1 1 0 0 4.5
130 O`toole George E 2204 ENG ½ 1 1 1 ½ 4.5
140 Byron Alan M 2167 ENG 1 1 ½ 1 0 4.5
183 WFM Grigoryan Meri 2025 ENG 1 0 0 1 1 4.5
192 Hackner Oskar A 2015 ENG 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd9 Standings

Overall
Vitiugov Nikita; Vachier-Lagrave Maxime and Short Nigel share the lead with 7.5/9. Short takes his first non-win for quite a while now.

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Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 7.5
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711 7.5
3 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 7.5
4 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 7
5 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 7
6 GM Navara David CZE 2710 7
7 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 7
8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 7
9 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 7
10 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2554 7
11 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 6.5
12 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.5
13 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632 6.5
14 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 6.5
15 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2478 6.5
16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723 6.5
17 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2557 6.5
18 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667 6.5
19 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2538 6.5
20 GM Gordon Stephen J ENG 2533 6.5
21 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2518 6.5
22 GM Gallagher Joseph G. SUI 2499 6.5

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd7-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is Hoang’s rd7 game against Wojtaszek. 

Hoang defends with the active Leningrad Dutch but the …Rc8 idea and follow up gave white a free hand to press the position. Eventually white prevailed with a nice opposite color bishop attack.

Wojtaszek,Radoslaw (2723) – Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469)
Dutch Leningrad[A87]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (7.17), 28.01.2013

Position 1
White has a better pawn structure but how to continue is a mystery. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


31..Kg7

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd6-Fairbairn(CAN)

Here is Fairbairn’s Rd6 game.

This was a mysterious game to analyze and understand as white loses without making an obvious mistake.

Fairbairn,Stephen (2021) – Vyparina,Matej (2305)
Schmidt Benoni[A43]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013(6.63), 27.01.2013

Position 1
The position seems harmless. Black wants to play …b5 but for now, the queenside is under control. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

18.Bf4


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd8 Standings by Country

Hungary
GM Hoang continues not to make draws and now has 5/8 after winning her last game.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 0 1 0 1 5
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ 3.5
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN ½ 1 0 0 2.5

Canada
IM Piasetski won and now has 4.5/8.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN ½ 0 ½ 0 3
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 1 1 ½ 3.5

USA
Kamsky is the top American with 6.5/8. Ehlvest has won his last two games and now has 6/8.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA ½ 1 1 ½ 6.5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 0 ½ 1 1 6
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 0 ½ 0 4.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 0 0 1 1 3.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA 0 1 1 0 3

England
GM Short Nigel just keeps winning and now has a share of first with 7/8.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 1 7
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG ½ 1 ½ ½ 6
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 ½ ½ 0 5.5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 5.5
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 0 1 0 1 5
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG 1 ½ 1 ½ 5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 ½ 1 0 4.5
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 4.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG ½ 1 1 0 4.5
140 Byron Alan M 2167 ENG 1 1 ½ 1 4.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 0 1 ½ 0 4
118 FM Lyell Mark 2235 ENG 0 1 1 1 4
130 O`toole George E 2204 ENG ½ 1 1 1 4
150 Burrows Martin P 2153 ENG 0 1 0 1 4

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd8 Standings

Overall
Vitiugov Nikita and Short Nigel share the lead with 7/8 with three players close behind at 6.5/8. Short has won all his games since his rd2 loss.

White to Play
This game ended suddenly. What did white play?

14…Nf5


Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 7
2 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 7
3 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 6.5
4 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.5
5 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711 6.5
6 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 6
7 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 6
8 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 6
9 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 6
10 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650 6
11 GM Navara David CZE 2710 6
12 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 6
13 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2603 6
14 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 6
15 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2478 6
16 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2708 6
17 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667 6
18 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2555 6
19 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2557 6
20 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2538 6
21 GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2582 6
22 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2554 6
23 GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2565 6

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd6-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is GM Hoang’s rd6 win.

Hoang eventually ground out the win in a RRB-RRN ending that black came close to saving.

Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469) – Palencia,Wilson (2282)
4.e3 a6[D12]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (6.32), 27.01.2013

Position 1
White wants to push the a-pawn but cannot. What do you suggest for white now?

White to Play

51…Rc7