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Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 took place in Gibraltar 27th January - 5th February.
The winner Hikaru Nakamura and Mariagrazia De Rosa
The winner Hikaru Nakamura with Mariagrazia De Rosa. Photo by Sophie Triay.
Final Standings: 1. Hikaru Nakamura - 8.5 out of 10 scores, 2. David Howell - 8, 3-11. Hou Yifan, Nikita Vitiugov, Veselin Topalov, Dennis Wagner, Wei Yi, B. Adhiban, P. Harikrishna, Axel Bachmann, Maxim Matlakov - 7.5.
Hikaru Nakamura, Gibraltar Masters 2015: All 10 Games
In round 10 Nakamura grabbed a pawn in the endgame vs Harikrishna, a draw. Vitiugov-Bachmann 1/2, Nikita seized space on the queenside, a draw. Hou-Howell 1/2, Yifan attacked in the centre with 13.d4, could have won with 42.Rc3, a draw.
In round 9 Nakamura played 1...d5 and 3...Bg4 in the Reti Opening vs Bachmann, with counterplay, but Hikaru traded the light-squared bishop, and Axel attacked Black's pawns to have a small edge, 20.Qxe6 or 20.e3 was better, the endgame was drawn. Hou Yifan beat Rapport.
In round 8 Nakamura had an advantage in the Sicilian due to better development and two bishops vs Yu, and won. Svidler-Hou 1/2, a draw.
In round 7 Nakamura seized the open c-file with rooks and had a small advantage vs Howell, a draw.
In round 6 Nakamura won two pawns and the game vs Topalov. Hou Yifan had the good d5-knight, pushed pawns on the queenside and outplayed Mareco.
In round 5 Hikaru Nakamura sacrificed the exchange in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, had two strong passed pawns b3 and c3, and beat Adhiban.
In round 4 Hikaru Nakamura grabbed a pawn in the centre vs Nils Grandelius and won.
In round 3 Ju Wenjun successfully attacked Richard Rapport on the kingside.
In round 2 Hou Yifan beat Arghyadip Das after an interesting tactical struggle.
In round 1 Hikaru Nakamura beat Jovana Vojinovic in the Dutch Defence.
Hou Yifan, Gibraltar Chess Masters 2015, Round 7
Women's World Champion Hou Yifan, Gibraltar Chess Masters 2015. Photo by John Saunders.
Women's prizes: 1. Hou Yifan - 7.5, 2-5. Rout Padmini, Anna Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Antoaneta Stefanova - 6.5.
Hou Yifan, Gibraltar Chess Masters 2015: All 10 Games and Photos
Hou Yifan, Nakamura, Topalov, Svidler, Vitiugov, Jakovenko, Yu, Harikrishna, Rapport, Ju, Muzychuk, Spraggett.


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