Gibraltar Masters Galmandakh Badrakh causes the first upset.

Gibraltar Masters started yesterday and we had some really entertaining games to follow. All the top seeds (above 2600) won their games, all except Motylev (2665) who lost to Galmandakh Badrakh (25 y.o) rated 2240.  This single defeat costs Motylev 9.2 rating points while his opponent is going up 18 points already.

The game started with white playing 1.d3 d5 2.e4 dxe4  3.dxe4 Qxd1+ 4.Kxd1


Galmandakh Badrakh (2240) – Motylev, Alexander (2665)

The other exciting game of Round 1 was played by Hikaru Nakamura, his queen’s walk in the opening and fearless pawn grab was the main conversation among spectators. After 8 moves he had just moved his queen no less than 6 times!

1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 c6 3.e3 Qb6 4.Nd2 Qxb2 5.Rb1 Qc3 6.g4 Qa5 7.gf5 Qxf5 8.h4 Qa5Nakamura
Vojinovic (2301) – Nakamura (2776)

GM Jonathan Tisdall defined it really well:

Kids don’t try this at home!

The tournament continues today at 15:00 Central European Time. The second round promises to be exciting.

Round 2 pairings (first 20 boards)
Round 2

For more information visit the official website.

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