2 February 2018
Levon Aronian Wins Tradewise Gibraltar Masters
Nikita Vitiugov shares 1st place.
Photo: Sophie Triay, Official website
The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival finished on the Rock. Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Richard Rapport (Hungary), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Nikita Vitiugov (Russia), Michael Adams (England), and Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) scored 7.5 points out of 10 to share the first place.
According to the Regulations, the four players with the highest performance ratings qualified for the play-off to decide the first prize. The matches Rapport - Aronian and Nakamura - Vachier-Lagrave were played in the semi-final. Levon Aronian and MVL won their matches to qualify for the final.
Having defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2.5-1.5 in the final match, Levon Aronian became the winner of the tournament.
Pia Cramling (Sweden) showed the best result among women - 6.5 points. Kateryna Lagno (Russia) is second due to the inferior tie-break.