Tradewise Gibraltar Chess/FINAL

 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess/FINAL

4 player Playoff determined this Year’s Winner…Levon Aronian

Hikaru Nakamura , who won three TradeWise  Gibraltar titles in a row this year was stopped by the French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the Semi finals play off..

 

The first two games between the two was drawn in Rapid play 10 mins , next two games were in Blitz time control 3 mins..

Nakamura’s 24th move looked promising but turned out to be poison.. White goes on the hunt finding Tempo, Checks and then  the Bishop..

25. Rc1 Bxb3 26. Nd4 Bxa4 27. Ra1 c5 28. Nf5+ Ke6 29. Nxg7+ Kxe5 30. Rxa4…

MVL weathered the incredible pawn storm that soon followed and preserved the victory final score 2.5-1.5 (2 Rapids /2 Blitz)

TB Rd1.3 Vachier-Lagrave -Nakamura 1-0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Rd1 Be7 12. Ne2 Be6 13. Nf4 Bc8 14. Ne2 Be6 15. b3 a5 16. a4 Rd8 17. Bg5 Bd5 18. Bxe7 Kxe7 19. Nfd4 Be4 20. Rac1 Nxd4 21. Nxd4 Rd5 22. c4 Rd7 23. Ne2 Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Bc2 25. Rc1 Bxb3 26. Nd4 Bxa4 27. Ra1 c5 28. Nf5+ Ke6 29. Nxg7+ Kxe5 30. Rxa4 Ra8 31. Nxh5 c6 32. Kf1 b5 33. Ra1 Kd4 34. Nf6 a4 35. cxb5 cxb5 36. Ke2 b4 37. h4 b3 38. Kd2 a3 39. Rd1 a2 40. Kc1+ Kc3 41. Nd5+ Kc4 42. Kb2 Re8 43. Ne3+ Kb4 44. Rd7 c4 45. Rd4 Ra8 46. Rxc4+ Kb5 47. Rc1 Kb4 48. Nd5+ Ka5 49. Kxb3 1-0

 

Maxime  went to play GM Levon Aronian  in the Finals..

To advance into Finals Levon had to play and defeat GM Richard Rapport …score of 2-0  (Rapid play)

 

TB1 Rapport, RichardAronian, Levon  (RAPID PLAY)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Nf3 c5 5. Be2 Nc6 6. O-O Be7 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. c4 O-O 9. Nc3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qxd1 11. Rfxd1 b6 12. Ng5 Be7 13. Nge4 Rd8 14. Bb5 Bb7 15. Nd6 Bxd6 16. Bxd6 Rac8 17. f3 a6 18. Be2 b5 19. Kf2 e5 20. Rac1 h6 21. h4 Ne8 22. Bc5 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Nd8 24. a4 Ne6 25. Ba3 bxa4 26. Nxa4 Nf6 27. Rd2 e4 28. Nb6 Rb8 29. Nc4 Bc6 30. Nd6 Bb5 31. Nxb5 axb5 32. Bd6 Rb7 33. Bb4 Nc7 34. Rd8+ Kh7 35. Bc3 Ne6 36. Ra8 Nd5 37. Be5 Nb6 38. Re8 Nc4 39. Bc3 Nc5 40. Bb4 Nd3+ 41. Bxd3 exd3 42. b3 Nb2 43. Rc8 Nd1+ 44. Ke1 Nxe3 45. Kf2 Nc2 46. Bc5 Rd7 47. Be3 Nxe3 0-1

Top Seed Levon Aronian  wins the title by the score 2.5-1.5 and  £25,000

Game 4 ..

TB RD2.4  Aronian – Vachier-Lagrave (Blitz)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. Nb5 Na6 6. e3 c6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Bxa6 bxa6 9. h3 Nd7 10. O-O Bb7 11. Na4 Rc8 12. b4 a5 13. Nc5 Nxc5 14. bxc5 Ba6 15. Re1 a4 16. Qd2 Bb5 17. e4 dxe4 18. Rxe4 Bc4 19. Bh6 Bxh6 20. Qxh6 f6 21. Nd2 Bd5 22. Re3 Rb8 23. c4 Bf7 24. Re4 g5 25. Rae1 e5 26. dxe5 Bg6 27. R4e2 Rb2 28. Nf3 Rxe2 29. Rxe2 fxe5 30. Rxe5 Qd1+ 31. Re1 Qc2 32. a3 Qxc4 33. Qxg5 Rf5 34. Re8+ Kg7 35. Qe7+ Kh6 36. Qe3+ Qf4 37. Qxf4+ Rxf4 38. Re6 Rc4 39. Rxc6 Kg7 40. Ne5 Rc1+ 41. Kh2 Be4 42. Ra6 Rxc5 43. Rxa7+ Kg8 44. Nd7 Rf5 45. Rxa4 Bc6 46. Rg4+ Kf7 47. Nb8 Bb7 48. f3 Rb5 49. Rb4 Rxb4 50. axb4 1-0

Seven way tie for first the top  four played for the playoff..

 Pia Cramling won £15,000 first prize in the women’s tournament at the age of 54

6.5/10  was her final score..

Rd9 Moroni (2547) – Cramling (2449) 0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bd6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxd5 Be7 10. Be4 Qxd4 11. Qc2 h6 12. Nf3 Qb6 13. O-O Nd7 14. Rfc1 c6 15. Be3 Qc7 16. Nd4 Nf6 17. Bg2 Bd7 18. h3 a5 19. Rd1 Rfe8 20. Rac1 a4 21. Bf4 Qc8 22. h4 Be6 23. a3 Bg4 24. Qc4 Bf8 25. Re1 Qd7 26. e4 b5 27. Qc3 c5 28. Nc2 Rad8 29. Ne3 Nxe4 30. Qa5 Nf6 31. f3 Be6 32. Rcd1 Qc8 33. Qxb5 Bb3 34. Rxd8 Qxd8 35. Re2 Qd4 36. Kf1 c4 37. Qa5 c3 38. bxc3 Qd3 39. Kf2 Nd5 40. Bf1 Nxf4 41. gxf4 Qd6 42. Kg3 Qg6+ 43. Kf2 Qf6 44. Kg3 Qg6+ 45. Kf2 Qc6 46. Nf5 Bc5+ 47. Nd4 Ra8 0-1

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