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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd 10

Overall Gibraltarchesscongress
Vitiugov Nikita was the overall winner after 4 players finised with 8/10.

From tournament website

GM Nikita Vitiugov

'Congratulations to Nikita Vitiugov, winner of the Tradewise Masters after a thrilling play-off final against Nigel Short. He collects the first prize of £20,000 (€23,320). Congratulations also to Chinese GM Zhao Xue has won the top female prize of £12,000. She drew her game after nearly five hours of play against Vassily Ivanchuk and achieved a score of 7½/10.  For the top Masters prize of £20,000 there was a four-way play-off involving Nikita Vitiugov, Nigel Short, Maxine Vachier-Lagrave and Chanda Sandipan.'

'Vitiugov is 2006 World Junior Chess Vice-Champion[1] and participant of the Russian Chess Championship (2006[2] and 2007[3]). He was a member of the gold-medal-winning Russian team at the World Team Chess Championship 2009 in Bursa.[4] In 2011, he tied for 1st-3rd with Evgeny Tomashevsky and Le Quang Liem in the Aeroflot Open.'-Wikipedia Nikita_Vitiugov

Vitiugov is also an accomplished author and wrote The French Defence Reloaded(Chess Stars 2012).

'A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French. 

Here are Vitiugov's own words: “I received, quite unexpectedly, many comments and opinions following the publication of my first book on the French Defence. These were quite varied, both in form and content.

There were renowned experts, who pointed out that some of the variations were not analyzed to perfection. Some meticulous readers looked for, and found (!), possibilities for both sides, which I had omitted in several important, and even not so important, lines. 

There were people who criticized my rather ambitious concept, according to which I tried to present the opening the way I saw it, instead of just following the branches of the database. However, there were also some appreciative comments.(more) NIC The_French_Defence_Reloaded

1GMVitiugov NikitaRUS26948
2GMVachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA27118
3GMSandipan ChandaIND25908
4GMShort Nigel DENG26908
5GMGeorgiev KirilBUL26437.5
6GMAdams MichaelENG27257.5
7GMNavara DavidCZE27107.5
8GMKamsky GataUSA27407.5
9GMIvanchuk VassilyUKR27587.5
GMYu YangyiCHN26887.5
11GMSalgado Lopez IvanESP26067.5
12GMFridman DanielGER26677.5
13GMZhao XueCHN25547.5
14GMLe Quang LiemVIE27057
15GMJones Gawain C BENG26327
16GMFelgaer RubenARG25577
17GMWojtaszek RadoslawPOL27237
18GMShirov AlexeiLAT27087
19GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL25167
20IMGunina ValentinaRUS24907
21GMMuzychuk AnnaSLO25827
22GMSutovsky EmilISR26847
23GMGallagher Joseph G.SUI24997
24GMBartel MateuszPOL26297
25IMKuipers StefanNED24317

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