A ten-round Open tournament, featuring super-elite and highly rated professionals in action, alongside a large number of titled players, as well as amateurs of all strengths. A high proportion of the world’s best female players will be taking part. In addition, many top-ranked juniors will play. The Masters is expected to include players from some sixty federations.
RATE OF PLAY:
40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.
The first prize may not be shared.
In the event of a tie for first place, there shall be a play-off. If there are four or fewer players tied for first place, there will be a speed knock-out play-off for the first prize of £25,000.
If three players tie for first place, the player with the highest performance rating will be seeded directly into the Final of the Play-Off; the other two players will contest the Semi-Final.
If more than four players tie for first place, the four players with the highest performance ratings shall qualify for the play-off to decide the first prize.
All other prizes shall be shared where players have the same score (except the Women’s First Prize).
Levon Aronian vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Tradewise Gibraltar (2018), Catalan Bay GIB, Tiebreaks, Game 4, Feb-1
Queen’s Pawn Opening: Chigorin Variation (D00)
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
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