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Masters Round 10 - Armenian Rhapsody Image

Masters Round 10 - Armenian Rhapsody

Feb 02, 2018

The 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, which came to an end on Thursday at the Caleta Hotel, was won by the favourite, Levon Aronian of Armenia, following an exciting play-off after the tournament ended with a seven-way tie for first place on 7½. Aronian received a cheque for £25,000. The top women's prize of £15,000 was won by Pia Cramling of Sweden, who scored 6½, level with Kateryna Lagno, but Cramling had a better performance rating.

At the start of the day's play five players were on the top score of 7 out of ten and this number swelled to seven after the games between four of the leaders ended in a draw. Top seed Levon Aronian drew with four-times winner Hikaru Nakamura (USA) while second seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) drew with Richard Rapport (Hungary). The fifth of the overnight leaders, Daniil Dubov (Russia) lost his game to Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) which allowed the latter player to tie with the other four for first place. Two more players, Mickey Adams of England and Nikita Vitiugov of Russia, both former winners of the Masters, also won their final round games to increase the number of players who reached the top score of 7½ out of 10 to seven.

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