Nigel Short may have reached the veritable chess age of 51, but it’s never too late to beat the world no. 2! He overcame Fabiano Caruana in Round 6 and was spared by Peter Svidler in Round 7 to move to 5.5/7, half a point behind the leading quartet. That includes Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, with the latter toppling Mickey Adam’s Berlin Wall.
Spain’s David Anton and China’s Yu Yangyi are yet again performing well in Gibraltar to join them. Hou Yifan, meanwhile, posted a strong contender for Game of the Tournament with a brilliant queen sac and subsequent play.
The final leader is Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who has never won the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, but has come very close. He remains one of the few top class players who still has the stomach to take on the Berlin Wall endgame, and you can see why, since with a typical e6-break he managed to overwhelm English no. 1 Mickey Adams.