Despite only being in his second season, GM Gelashvili has already established an incredible reputation for GOTW and GOTY success. It’s probably no real surprise to anyone to see him follow up his second place finish in GOTY in 2012 with a first place in 2013.
The runner up for the best game in 2013 featured some amazing moves and great creativity from both sides, in particular one totally shocking move from GM Benjamin which completely wowed the audience
In a critical Semifinal game, GM Shankland came up with a creative sacrifice which eventually, despite GM Gelashvili’s best defensive efforts, scored the former a nice victory
The last wildcard game to fall, but this managed a very nice finish despite a very clear disparity in opinions from the judges as evidenced by the receiving of both a first and last place vote.
A fairly crazy game with very interesting play from the get-go caught the eye of several of the judges who awarded it very high rankings while others were more skeptical of how much over the board creativity was really involved.