Tradewise Gibraltar is widely reckoned the best open event in the world of chess and its 2018 edition did not disappoint. The Rock’s attractions include elite grandmasters from the global top, rising chess talents, the highest prize fund for women in a mixed event, a large high-class hotel venue, active support from government and a full social programme between games. Even a raging afternoon gale at the start of round seven failed to ruffle the organisers, who simply extended the default time by one hour. A trio from the world top 10 fought out the ?25,000 first prize in a speed play-off, which Levon Aronian won from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura. The 35-year-old Armenian is the bookmakers favourite to challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s world chess crown in London in November but he struggled to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news