Karthikeyan Murali takes second place in Gibralter Masters

The 19-year-old grandmaster entered the tenth and final round of the Gibraltar International Chess Festival yesterday with 7 points from a possible nine. He finished second at the Masters tournament with a brilliant win against the tournament top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The tournament was held in Caleta Hotel from January 23 to February 1, 2018, Gibraltar

Half a point ahead of Karthikeyan Murali was tournament winner Vladislav Artemiev of Russia. Artemiev finished the tournament on 8.5 points out of 10.

Karthikeyan went home richer by £20,000 second prize, while Artemiev was awarded the £25,000 cheque for first prize.

The Chennai grandmaster showed great character and temperament as he produced outstanding performance to put it across three grandmasters rated above 2700. His efforts have earned him a performance rating of 2747 which is an increase of 23 rating points.

The other Indian who performed well is the former Indian Champion GM Rohit Lalith Babu; finishing eighth.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 11 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2709 8,5
2 49 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2570 8,0
3 8 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2720 7,5
4 19 GM Howell David W L ENG 2685 7,5
5 27 GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2642 7,5
6 6 GM Navara David CZE 2738 7,0
7 20 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2682 7,0
8 55 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2547 7,0
9 9 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2714 7,0
10 17 GM Saric Ivan CRO 2690 7,0
11 3 GM So Wesley USA 2765 7,0
12 4 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2764 7,0
13 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2780 7,0
14 13 GM Adams Michael ENG 2701 7,0
28 GM Alekseenko Kirill RUS 2637 7,0
16 5 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2749 7,0
17 26 GM Edouard Romain FRA 2643 7,0
18 12 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2703 7,0
19 21 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2680 7,0
20 23 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2660 7,0
21 14 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2700 7,0
22 74 GM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2502 7,0
23 62 GM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2540 6,5
24 2 GM Aronian Levon ARM 2767 6,5
25 41 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2590 6,5
26 36 GM Lagarde Maxime FRA 2604 6,5
27 80 IM Gukesh D IND 2497 6,5
28 18 GM Adhiban B. IND 2689 6,5
29 35 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2604 6,5
30 15 GM Cheparinov Ivan GEO 2691 6,5

Photos: John Saunders/ Gibraltar Chess Festival