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Tradewise Gibraltar Festival has started (day 1 report)

Opening move at amateurs and challengers section (photo Sophie Triay)

Opening move at amateurs and challengers section (photo Sophie Triay)

Press release day 1: Unbelievably 2014 is already the 12th edition of the Gibraltar International Chess Festival sponsored by Tradewise. The Tradewise Chess Festival 2014 is the biggest tournament yet with some 70 Grandmasters from all over the world. The number of entries in the Amateur and Challenger events has also risen with a record high of around 130. Perhaps the most impressive figure is the number of different federations represented this year numbering 60 (see full participants list here)

The oldest competitor is George Ellison from England who is attending the festival for the first time. He is 81. Our youngest, Viviana Galván Cipriani, from Spain, is only 9.

There are players from Mongolia who have made the journey: our first ever participants from this nation. Six Chinese are taking part, including 14-year old Wei Yi, already ranked number ten in his country, as well as last year’s top female, Zhao Xue.

The 2013 champion, Nikita Vitiugov, whose exceptionally cool nerves under pressure led Grandmaster commentator Simon Williams to dub him the ‘Iceman’, also returns to the Rock, as does Nigel Short, who so nearly won again last year.

Michael Adams, UK number one and world number 13, will have his own ideas about the destination of the £20,000 top prize, as will Vassily Ivanchuk, from the Ukraine, who holds the Gibraltar record score of 9/10, set in 2011.

Former Russian women’s champion Natalia Pogonina, who has over 100,000 Twitter followers, makes her second visit. She tweeted favourably about Gibraltar recently.

As always the week will be jam packed with surprises always in a friendly, family atmosphere which has made the tournament unique in the world.

For all information, as well as live commentaries, Masterclasses, and interviews, the dedicated festival website, powered by Gibtelecom, is www.gibraltarchesscongress.com – well worth checking out on a daily basis.

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The festival venue is the Caleta Hotel. The festival closes on Thursday, February 6th, with a banquet and prizegiving ceremony.

Challengers event started in Gibraltar

The 12th edition of the Gibraltar Tradewise International Chess Festival got off to a great start today at the Caleta Hotel. Replay all games with analysis here

Chess Grandmasters have travelled from all over the world to participate in this year’s festival which is sure to be the best yet. This year there are players from countries including China and Mongolia.
The good news is that the competition not only keeps on getting stronger each year but the numbers also keep on increasing.

2014 has seen a record number of entries in the Amateur and Challenger tournaments played each morning throughout the festival. This year in both the first and second week of the festival entries stand at around 130 players. Many from Spain, Portugal, Norway and of course Gibraltar.

The first move in the Amateur and Challenger tournaments which began today was carried out by two of the youngest members of staff at Gibteleco. Rachel Holgado a regulatory officer and Craig Lima, an apprentice. The young chess player is Irene Nicolas Zapata from Spain who recently won the silver medal in the under 16 category at the World Youth Championships.

The Masters tournament running simultaneously over the 10-day festival starts tomorrow Tuesday at 3pm.

Results round 1 Challengers

Bo. Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
1 WIM Nicolas Zapata Irene 2249 1 – 0 Omoifo Osemekhian I 2076
2 Festa Samuele 2075 1 – 0 Gajic Mladen 2246
3 Martinez Reyes Pedro Ramon 2246 1 – 0 Kozarcanin Sead 2073
4 Suez-Panama Gilles 2071 ½ – ½ Gandrud Vegar Koi 2242
5 FM Sanchez Botella Luis Javier 2241 1 – 0 Verneuil Pascal 2065
6 Nejanky Maisa 2040 0 – 1 WIM Congiu Mathilde 2226
7 Galmandakh Badrakh 2225 1 – 0 Danielsen Magnus 2030
8 Isherwood Paul 2020 0 – 1 IM Sanchez Castillo Sarai Caroli 2219
9 CM Rowe Duane 2218 0 – 1 Perdomo Araujo Angel Eduardo 2018
10 Hamer Martyn 2017 0 – 1 Vea Odin Blikra 2217
11 Zvarik Martin 2216 1 – 0 Ungureanu Sandu 2014
12 Ellison D George 2013 0 – 1 Barrenechea Bahamonde Gustavo 2208
13 WGM Dolzhikova Olga 2203 1 – 0 WFM Dotan Valeria 2012
14 Olsen Miriam F 1997 0 – 1 Janev Pavel 2203
15 FM Nikolaidis Konstantinos 2185 1 – 0 Reppen Ellisiv 1995
16 Jacobsen Fredrik Beer 1991 0 – 1 Mihajlov Sebastian 2185
17 CM Urbina Perez Juan Antonio 2183 1 – 0 WCM Oliveira Maria Ines 1986
18 Adebajo Olufemi 1979 0 – 1 Kvisla Johannes Luangtep 2154
19 Vinas Guerrero Carlos A. 2153 ½ – ½ Wynarczyk Raymond 1973
20 Lochte Szilvia 1951 0 – 1 Lercel Michal 2150
21 Byron Alan M 2147 1 – 0 Bucknell Malcolm Gordon 1947
22 FM Andersen Daniel 1941 0 – 1 Faika Michael 2147
23 Karlsson Jorgen 2140 1 – 0 Mortensen Henrik 1938
24 Krokay Urszula 1926 0 – 1 Allor Chukwuka 2138
25 Amgalanbaatar Ravdanlkhumbuu 2137 1 – 0 Jorgensen Line Jin 1925
26 Othman Mustapha 1905 0 – 1 Samu Sorin-Mihai 2131
27 Burrows Martin P 2126 1 – 0 Perez Cameselle Francisco 1847
28 Musi Dietmar 1762 0 – 1 Nicolas Zapata Javier 2123
29 Mihajlov Svetoslav 2112 1 – 0 Tarr Steve F 1728
30 Haddock Paul 1649 0 – 1 Pabalan Rocky 2103
31 Bhopal Raj 2093 1 – 0 Nja John-Olav 1600
32 Ladokun Kolawole Akinyemi 0 0 – 1 Hornell Colin 2085
33 FM Kandic Milan 2080 1 – 0 Mqami Ibrahim 0
34 Schouten Freek 2069 0 – 1 Galvan Jesus 2241
35 FM Scharrer Patrick 2220 0 – 1 Nyland Thomas 2047
36 FM Pena Riasco Alexander 2154 1 – 0 Tortolero Cesar 1952
37 Georgieva Emilia 1933 ½ – ½ Rodriguez Alvarez Vidal 2166
38 Severijnen Arjon 2147 1 – 0 Sevillano Garcia Joaquin 1923
39 Becking Franz Josef 1969 0 – 1 Perez Garcia Alejandro 2070
40 Becham Khalid 2122 1 – 0 Oliveira Maria Alice Ramos Ma 1466
41 Amos Frank 2089 0 not paired
42 Tveten Per 1584 0 not paired
43 Fawole John Oyeyemi 0 ½ not paired

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