Michael Adams Wins Gibtelecom Masters
Saturday, 06 February 2010 02:35
The Gibtelecom Masters, a part of the 8th Gibraltar Chess Festival and one of the top open tournaments in the world, was held from 26th January until 4th February at the Caleta Hotel. After ten rounds of the regular competition according to the Swiss system, four players qualified for the knockout semifinal which had to produce the overall winner and award the first prize of £15,000.
English Grandmaster Michael Adams has won the 8th Gibtelecom Masters after a four-player play-off. He did it the hard way, losing the first game of his semi-final against German GM Jan Gustafsson and having much the worst of the second game before Gustafsson blundered a piece. There followed an Armageddon game, with Adams obliged to win, which he did in some style. In the other semi-final Paco Vallejo Pons of Spain won his first game quite comfortably against Chanda Sandipan of India. He was comfortable in the second game but Sandipan fought back to the point where he should have won, only the make a terrible blunder which cost him the win.
The final saw Adams in his best form, soon securing a strong advantage which he carried through to victory. In the return, Vallejo Pons got a bad position but his attempt to mix the game up cost him a piece and he could only draw. The two-game mini-matches were played at a time control of 10 minutes with 10 second increments and the Armageddon game at 5 minutes to 4.
By John Saunders, for the official website
In the struggle for the main women's prize of £8,000, WGM Natalia Zhukova from Ukraine and GM Humpy Koneru from India both finished with 7.0 points, but the big purse goes to Zhukova who had higher TPR (2686, in comparison to Koneru's 2663). Total prize fund for the entire Festival was £112,500.
Full results and standings
IM Harika Dronavalli (2471)
WFM Iva Videnova (2301)
Future star from Peru - IM Jorge Cori (2483)