The 10-round Gibraltar Masters tournament ended yesterday with seven (!) players sharing first place on 7½ points. Unfortunately for England’s Michael Adams, he was one of three players eliminated from the play-offs, due to lower tournament performance ratings.
The top four entered a play-off, which lasted well into the night. Armenia’s Lev Aronian eventually emerged as the winner, picking up a cheque for £25,000.
Suffolk’s David Spence had a creditable tournament, gaining 24 rating points despite scoring only four points. He had some tough opponents, with only one having a lower rating than him. Hopefully David will let us have one of his games, perhaps one of his two wins against titled opponents.