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"The annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world" - THE SUNDAY TIMES

Nigel Short wins the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

Congratulations to Nigel Short who has won the Gibraltar Masters following a tense but exhilarating play-off against Women's World Champion Hou Yifan. Nigel won the play-off 1½-½.



Nigel Short receives his winners trophy and cheque for £20,000 from Tradewise CEO James Humphreys. Nigel also won the Commonwealth prize of £5000 which was awarded in celebration

of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All players from Commonwealth federations were eligible.


Round 10 Bulletin by John Saunders

Tuesday 31 January 2012

The 10th Tradewise Gibraltar Festival ended yesterday at the Caleta Hotel with England’s Nigel Short winning the tournament for a record third time after tying for first with tournament sensation Hou Yifan of China and then winning a pulsating rapidplay play-off by 1½-½. Short and Hou Yifan had finished on 8/10, with Michael Adams (England), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Viktor Bologan (Moldova), Emil Sutovsky (Israel) tying for third place on 7½ points.


For winning, Nigel Short netted the £20,000 first prize and also the £5,000 special prize (set up in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee) for the best placed Commonwealth competitor ... [... full report continues here]

Replay the daily live commentary with GM Simon Williams


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A break down of all the top boards, with webcams and player post-game interviews.



Simon  is a grandmaster and author from England.


He became an IM in 1998 and a GM in 2008.


In 2009, he organised the Big Slick International in Purley, London, which comprised an invitational GM tournament and FIDE Rated Open.


He was joint winner (with Gawain Jones) of the London Chess Classic FIDE Rated Open in December 2010.




01.02.12 - See how Women's World Champion Hou Yifan prepares for her games.

Final Round 10 - Top boards

Hou Yifan, leads the Masters with 7½/9 having beaten four players rated 2700 or over including the the highest rated female player of all time, Judit Polgar. She will play on board 1 today against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.



Board 1

Board 2

Board 3

Board 4

Board 5

Hou Yifan v Mamedyarov

Bologan v Adams

Sasikiran v Short

Movsesian v Svidler

Gustafsson v Almasi


Already the winner of the top female prize of £10,000, Hou Yifan has the opportunity to also win the first prize outright of £20,000. However, several players will have something to say about that when the final round starts here in Gibraltar at 11.00 this morning! Watch the games LIVE.

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IM Anna Zatonskih

A fascinating game, and brain twisting puzzles.

GM Shirov shows win over GM Jussupow

Grandmaster Shirov during the live commentary in Gibraltar, and this fantastic game, a sure candidate for the "Best Game" Prize.

Round 8 - Shirov, Jussupow, Hou Yifan, Le Quang Liem

Excerpt from the Gibraltar Chess Festival live commentary: The exciting climax of Round 8 with dual-game commentary on Hou Yifan vs. Le Quang Liem and Artur Jussupow vs. Alexei Shirov. GM Simon Williams comments.


Round 7 Report by Stewart Reuben

Tuesday 31 January 2012

Today the 17 year-old Chinese Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan played against the highest rated woman player of all time, Judit Polgar, from Hungary. They had never played against each other before, indeed not even taken part in the same section of a tournament. [continue reading]





Monday 30 January 2012




Women's World Champion Yifan Hou (China) rated 2605 played white against Judit Polgar (Hungary) 2710, the highest-ever rated woman player in the history of the game.


Hou Yifan is the reigning Women's World Champion and the youngest ever to win the title.


Judit is by far the strongest female chess player of all time.


They had never previously met as Judit doesn't play in women only events and it is some years since she played in an open tournament. Both players have 4½/6.





Monday 30 January 2012



Stuart Conquest with the

Governor of Gibraltar Sir Adrian Johns


The Governor of Gibraltar Sir Adrian Johns visited the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival today.


Sir Adrian was met by organiser Brian Callaghan and director Stuart Conquest. Also there to meet him was John Isola from Anglo Hispano one of the main sponsors of the Festival, and Joe Hernandez from the Gibraltar Sport Authority which has always supported the event.


Sir Adrian was shown around both chess halls at the Caleta Hotel.


He paused to view the main boards and especially the historic game between Hou Yifan and Judit Polgar.


Report continues here






Gibraltar Chess 10th Anniversary Stamps


17.01.12 - Gibraltar postage stamps have always played a very important role in marking anniversaries, commemorating outstanding accomplishments and documenting local and international events.


The Gibraltar Chess Festival in its tenth edition has now firmly established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world therefore becoming one of Gibraltar’s most important sporting events of all time. Gibraltar is therefore delighted to pay tribute to the Festival with the issue of a set of Gibraltar stamps that have been officially approved by the Gibraltar Government and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.


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