"The Tradewise Gibraltar Open is the strongest and best-organised event of its kind in the world" - Financial Times



Welcome to our 2017 website! Next January's Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival (Monday 23 January - Thursday, 2 February) marks our 15th anniversary. The festival maintains its familiar format, with five main events, as well as a variety of evening activities.


Important: Participants in all sections should wait to receive official confirmation of their entry before booking travel and accommodation.


Partner Airlines: BA and Iberia

We are delighted to announce that British Airways and Iberia have agreed to be the official partner airlines for the 15th Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.


All festival participants and accompanying persons flying to Gibraltar (BA) or Malaga (Iberia or BA) are invited to take advantage of a special discount in their air-fare. This applies to travel dates for up to five (5) days either side of the festival. For further details please contact Festival Director Stuart Conquest [] or Cathy Popham [].

Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017 - Leading Players

The organisers of the 15th Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival proudly announce the eight leading players of the 2017 Masters. In what promises to be the strongest Open ever held, the Caleta Hotel will once again host a stellar line-up, with players of all standards and from an estimated 50+ countries competing for a total prize fund of £190,000. Further updates to follow.




Fabiano Caruana - 2823 [USA]


2016 US champion, Fabiano's peak live rating of 2851 is the 3rd highest in history. 1st= at the 2016 Isle of Man Open. Led the USA to gold in the Baku Olympiad. Fabiano's only previous visit to Gibraltar came in 2011 - we welcome him back.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 2811 [FRA]


Now firmly established as one of the very best players in the world, Maxime clearly relishes the special atmosphere and challenge of playing on the Rock. In 2016 he lost the Masters play-off to Hikaru by the narrowest margin. Will 2017 be his year? 



Hikaru Nakamura - 2779 [USA]


Three times (2008/2015/2016) Gibraltar winner, Hikaru has impressed greatly here, forcing his way to the top with drive and determination. For 2017 the field is tougher than ever - will he achieve a record-breaking 4th victory?








Veselin Topalov - 2760 [Bulgaria]


FIDE World Champion (2005), and former world no.1, Veselin returns to the Rock, having played in the Tradewise Masters once before, in 2015. In a career of many highs, one to point out is that Veselin was the third player in history to pass the 2800 barrier.




Michael Adams - 2744 [England]


Five-times British Champion, scoring a spectacular 10/11 in 2016, and undefeated on top board for England in the Baku Olympiad, Mickey has been established amongst the world's super-elite for over 20 years. He has competed six times in Gibraltar, winning the tournament in 2010.




Vassily Ivanchuk - 2733 [Ukraine]


Winner of Gibraltar 2011 with record score of 9/10. This will be Vasil's 3rd visit to the Rock. World Blitz Champion in 2007 and 2008, among all his other achievements Vasil has won four Olympiad team gold medals.


Boris Gelfand - 2720 [Israel]


World Championship finalist in 2012, Boris was only edged out by Vishy Anand in the rapid play-off, the score in the classical part of the match tied at 6-6. We are delighted that this legend of the game will be making his first visit to Gibraltar.


Hou Yifan - 2635 [China]


Women's World Champion. Two previous visits to Gibraltar, both times performing brilliantly. Her win against Judit Polgar here in 2012 made world-wide headlines, and she nearly won the whole event that year, only losing to Nigel Short in the final play-off.

Gibraltar - Much more than you can imagine






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