Gibraltar

The 2016 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival is taking place from January 25th to February 4, at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar.

The traditional 10-round Swiss FIDE event s one of the strongest open chess tournaments in the world and its hefty prize fund attracted many top players. The first prize is £20,000, while the best female player will be awarded £15,000.

Top players: Last year’s winner Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2787, Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2785, Anand, Viswanathan IND 2784, Harikrishna, Pentala IND 2755, Li, Chao CHN 2751, Yu, Yangyi CHN 2747, Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2732, Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2727, Rapport, Richard HUN 2721, Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2700

Chessdom will provide daily coverage of the event and you can follow the Masters event with analysis here

The opening day

The 2016 Tradewise Chess Festival started its annual adventure when two of our participants, newly weds Radek Wojtaszek and Alina Kashlinskaya, offered simultaneous displays for early arrivals. The simuls began around 8pm on Sunday in the main restaurant. The games provied an ideal warm-up for Amateur and Challenger participants. Married only last July, Radek and Alina were delighted to take part in this traditional curtain raiser. Several players came along to see how they could get on against this special team.

Additionally, the Challengers and Amateur events are also underway and you can replay the games here

Vishy Anand’s first open in many years

Gibraltar Chess 2016 will be Vishy Anand’s first open in many years. Just like Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik who returned to Qatar Masters Open, now Vishy continues the trend. See why the ex-world champion Anand returns to open competitions in this video presented by “The Day’s Play” with host Tania Sachdev.

Participants in the Tradewise Masters (top 100 rated)

No Name Fed Rtg
1 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2787
2 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2785
3 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2784
4 Harikrishna, Pentala IND 2755
5 Li, Chao b CHN 2751
6 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2747
7 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2732
8 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2727
9 Rapport, Richard HUN 2721
10 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2700
11 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2697
12 Ni, Hua CHN 2697
13 Naiditsch, Arkadij AZE 2696
14 Ragger, Markus AUT 2689
15 Howell, David W L ENG 2685
16 Short, Nigel D ENG 2684
17 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2666
18 Kamsky, Gata USA 2665
19 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2660
20 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2660
21 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2647
22 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2642
23 Anton Guijarro, David ESP 2639
24 Sethuraman, S.P. IND 2639
25 Grandelius, Nils SWE 2635
26 Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2627
27 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2625
28 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo VEN 2624
29 Edouard, Romain FRA 2617
30 Erdos, Viktor HUN 2613
31 Gupta, Abhijeet IND 2613
32 Lenic, Luka SLO 2611
33 Bachmann, Axel PAR 2610
34 Maze, Sebastien FRA 2591
35 Sandipan, Chanda IND 2583
36 Tregubov, Pavel V. RUS 2582
37 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2581
38 Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2580
39 Perez Ponsa, Federico ARG 2577
40 Vazquez Igarza, Renier ESP 2572
41 Donchenko, Alexander GER 2570
42 Oparin, Grigoriy RUS 2565
43 Tari, Aryan NOR 2556
44 Felgaer, Ruben ARG 2555
45 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2554
46 Lalith Babu M R IND 2553
47 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2550
48 Arribas Lopez, Angel ESP 2546
49 Muzychuk, Anna UKR 2537
50 Demuth, Adrien FRA 2535
51 Handke, Florian GER 2533
52 AL-Sayed, Mohammed QAT 2530
53 Gopal G.N. IND 2525
54 Cramling, Pia SWE 2523
55 Spraggett, Kevin CAN 2522
56 Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2518
57 Pichot, Alan ARG 2517
58 Gledura, Benjamin HUN 2515
59 Libiszewski, Fabien FRA 2515
60 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2515
61 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2511
62 Sundararajan, Kidambi IND 2508
63 Zhao, Xue CHN 2506
64 Tan, Zhongyi CHN 2504
65 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2502
66 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO 2502
67 Aravindh, Chithambaram VR. IND 2500
68 Fodor, Tamas Jr. HUN 2500
69 Gunina, Valentina RUS 2496
70 Blomqvist, Erik SWE 2492
71 Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2484
72 Nakar, Eylon ISR 2479
73 Tarjan, James E USA 2478
74 Ly, Moulthun AUS 2474
75 Basso, Pier Luigi ITA 2466
76 Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS 2462
77 Carlstedt, Jonathan GER 2461
78 Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2460
79 Galyas, Miklos HUN 2459
80 Krush, Irina USA 2458
81 Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2454
82 Melia, Salome GEO 2452
83 Tan, Justin AUS 2446
84 Kelires, Andreas CYP 2444
85 Salomon, Johan NOR 2444
86 Shytaj, Luca ITA 2443
87 Stark, Lars GER 2440
88 Kollars, Dmitrij GER 2436
89 Akesson, Ralf SWE 2435
90 Tischbierek, Raj GER 2433
91 Carlsson, Pontus SWE 2430
92 Almagro Llamas, Pablo ESP 2429
93 Padmini, Rout IND 2427
94 Santos Ruiz, Miguel ESP 2427
95 Neef, Maximilian GER 2423
96 Santiago, Yago De Moura BRA 2422
97 Esserman, Marc USA 2419
98 Ben Artzi, Ido ISR 2418
99 Holm, Kristian Stuvik NOR 2417
100 Docx, Stefan BEL 2416
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