Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:17 pm

He got him anyway
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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:41 pm

Aronian, Levon vs Howell, David W L 0-1

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:38 pm

Impressive victory by 20-year-old Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev to win the tournament (8.5/10, 7 wins, 3 draws, performance rating of 2941). He is now number 20 in the world in the live ratings, and is being touted as "the new Vlad" (a reference to Kramnik's retirement).

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:56 pm

Chess.com report on the last round including the surprising revelation about the winner

"Artemiev won £25,000 for his win–not a bad haul and quite useful since he just got married three months ago. Maybe he can now take a taxi to the tournament next year.

For this year, he stayed in Spain, crossing the border on foot each day and walking around 45 minutes to reach the host Caleta Hotel. This might be the largest event ever won by a player who was staying in another country while competing!"

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:38 pm

"This might be the largest event ever won by a player who was staying in another country while competing!"

Almost certainly! Malmo (Sweden) is on the border with Denmark, but the tournament is probably not as big as Gibraltar... Someone needs to run a massive tournament in Berwick or near the Welsh-English border.

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Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:08 pm

It's a nice little question, isn't it? There's been other events in microstates of course (the Monaco tournaments come to mind) but you'd guess that if they were as substantial as Gibraltar, the top players would all be staying close by, as they presumably were here.
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