With just one round to play, the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters is heading for a dramatic finale. No fewer than eight players share the lead on 7/9, with a further nine players (including England’s Gawain Jones) on 6½ points.
Suffolk players: Justin Tan is on 5½ and David Spence has 3½ points.
It seems highly likely that there will be a tie for first place, in which case there will be a play-off in the afternoon. The tie-break rules state:
“In the event of a tie for first place, there shall be a speed play-off. If there are four or fewer players tied for first place, there will be a speed knock-out play-off for the first prize of £20,000. If three players tie for first place, the player with the highest performance rating will be seeded directly into the Final of the Play-Off; the other two players will contest the Semi-Final. If more than four players tie for first place, the four players with the highest performance ratings shall qualify for the play-off to decide the first prize.”
Top seed Hikaru Nakamura is amongst the players on seven points, and must be favourite to win the huge first prize.