John Saunders reports: Round eight of the 2020 Gibraltar Masters took place on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at the Caleta Hotel. The first shock of the round was the non-appearance of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was indisposed, thereby providing a default win for his opponent Praggnanandhaa. And, having just seen the round ten pairings, Mamedyarov is missing from those too, so one supposes that his tournament is over. All the best to the number one seed for a speedy recovery from whatever ails him. As regards Pragg, he looked a little disappointed when the arbiter told him his opponent wasn’t coming. He probably relished the opportunity to take on one of the world’s best players. It’s a pity but there’s nothing to be done.