The 15th edition of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters is stronger than ever this year, featuring Top 10 stars Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura, the Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan and an embarrassment of riches that makes Boris Gelfand only the 10th seed.
Traditionally the 10-round open starts with almost no surprises in the first round, but this year was different:
Frank Buchenau (2274) beat Abhijeet Gupta (2645) while Spain’s Emilio Sanchez (2257) crushed Russian rising star Grigoriy Oparin (2625). Both pulled off those feats with the black pieces! Gelfand and Ganguly were held to draws, as was Nigel Short – but when it came to the English former World Championship Challenger that was a miraculous escape:
You can watch the Gibraltar Masters here on chess24 from 15:00 CET each day, while the Tata Steel Masters of course also continues with Round 10 starting at 14:00 on Wednesday. The show is moving to Haarlem (not to be confused with Harlem, New York).
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