Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamura (USA), winner of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters for a third consecutive year. He defeated GM David Antón Guijarro (ESP) after a tense two-game speed playoff.
Hikaru Nakamura beat Romain Edouard to make the playoff and then overcame Yu Yangyi and David Anton to win the Gibraltar Masters title for an incredible third year in succession. Even a defeat couldn’t stop Ju Wenjun claiming the women’s top prize, while Hou Yifan provided the other story of the day.
Hikaru Nakamura won a third successive Tradewise Gibraltar victory, his fourth in total, after overcoming Yu Yangyi and David Anton Guijarro in a rapidplay tie-breaker on 2 February. Though only third favourite on current rating, I’m sure he must have been many people’s favourite before the event given his phenomenal ability to win open tournaments, and the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters in particular. The rough and tumble of open tournaments does.
Ju Wenjun won the Women’s prize and takes home £15,000.
Conspiracy theorists might note that it was in the interests of China that Yu Yangyi won this game, since Ju Wenjun had already sealed the £15,000 women’s first prize, but of course with the white pieces and a 155-point rating advantage Yu Yangyi’s win was hardly a surprise.
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