From January 25 to February 2 2015 the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar hosted the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. Amongst other rewards, the winner could expect 20,000 British Pounds prize money, while the second and third rank still won 16,000 and 12,000 British Pounds.
This outlook lured 257 participants from 46 countries to the event. Germany was the best represented country with 30 players, followed by England (23) and Spain (19). As there were no qualification requirements, many newcomers took the chance and competed against well-known Grandmasters like Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Pentala Harikrishna, Yangyi Yu, and Yifan Hou. The results were final after 10th round.
Final Top 20 Rankings
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As can be seen in the ranking, Russia was represented four times in the Top 20 (Vitiugov, Matlakov, Svidler, Jakovenko) – best performance of all participating nations.
Victor Hikaru Nakamura was able to win the first six rounds in a row and remained undefeated with another three draws (Round 7 against runner-up David Howell, Round 9 against Bachmann, Round 10 against Harikrishna).
The remarkable performances of 25 year-old Axel Bachmann (8th rank, Paraguay, seated 22nd), runner-up David Howell (seated 15th), and 18 year-old German Dennis Wagner (rank 8, seated 65th) were great surprises.
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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe