2008 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Administrative Staff

 

This page has details of the administrative staff at the 2008 Gibtelecom Festival.

 

Stewart Reuben
(England)
Stewart Reuben
 
International Arbiter, Organizer, Candidate Master; past Chairman of the British Chess Federation; current British Senior Champion and author of the Chess Organiser’s Handbook. Stewart started the Lloyds Bank Masters in London in 1977 and this event remains the model on which most international chess events are modelled, including this one.
 

David Welch
(England)
David Welch
   

International Arbiter; Chief Arbiter of the English Chess Federation. David first came to the fore when he organized the Liverpool Junior Chess Congress in the 1970s, which reached 2,000 entries. This remains the biggest- ever coming together of players in Britain. He now organises the British Chess Championships and has been a major force in bringing top class chess to Liverpool in preparation for their 2008 European Year of Culture.
 

Peter Purland
(Wales)
Peter Purland
   
International Arbiter. He and David Welch spent their entire working career teaching at Liverpool College. He is particularly interested in junior chess and, with David, has been responsible for the growth in interest in Gibraltar in this aspect of The Royal Game.
 

David Sedgwick
(England)
David Sedgwick
   

International Arbiter. David is an extremely experienced arbiter and, with Stewart, is one of only 19 people recognised by FIDE (the World Chess Federation) as instructors for aspiring international arbiters.
 

Abdelhafid Elamri
(Morocco)
Abdelhafid Elamri
   

International Arbiter; FIDE Master. He is one of the most experienced arbiters in Morocco and his ability to converse in Arabic and French is very useful at this extremely international event.
 

Manuel Weeks
(Australia)
Manuel Weeks
   

International Arbiter; FIDE Master and six times Australian team Olympiad captain. Manuel is also a well-known coach of Australian juniors. He will be taking charge of public relations for this event for the first time. He is bilingual in English/Spanish.
 

Cathy Rogers
(Australia)
Cathy Rogers
   
International Arbiter; Woman FIDE Master. Cathy brings her experience as a lawyer to bear on chess arbiting problems. Her photographs are much sought after in the chess world.
 
Ian Rogers
(Australia)
Ian Rogers
   
After many years as Australia’s leading player, he was obliged to take early retirement on medical advice. He is also an extremely experienced journalist and coach and it is the latter role which he will be undertaking in Gibraltar. For the first time anywhere, we will be offering players the free services of major coaches. He will also be giving a blindfold simultaneous display during the event, an exhibition which never fails to amaze people.
 
Sunil Weeramantry
(Sri Lanka)
Sunil Weeramantry
   
FIDE Master. Sunil will be working together with Ian. He has been a professional chess coach for 30 years and his star pupil is his stepson, Hikaru Nakamura, who is playing in the Gibtelecom Masters. Hikaru is the youngest-ever US grandmaster, beating Bobby Fischer’s old record. In 2007 Hikaru won the poker tournament at the casino and then went on to win his last round game in the Gibtelecom Masters the following afternoon, to come second equal. This was the first time he had ever played live action poker as people under 21 are not allowed to do so in the US.
 
Priscilla Morris
(England)
Priscilla Morris
 
ECF Arbiter. This will be Priscilla’s first visit to the congress. She is fast becoming an extremely experienced arbiter.
 
Stuart Conquest
(England)
Stuart Conquest
   
Grandmaster. When first planning the congress, Stewart made it clear that Stuart would be an essential member of the staff. He speaks Spanish fluently. He has been in charge of the commentaries on the games that are broadcast live every day during the event on the web and to a live audience since the very first event in 2003.
 
John Saunders
(Wales)
John Saunders
   
Tournament webmaster. John's day job is editor of British Chess Magazine, and he also edits the BCMchess blog and BBC TV's Ceefax chess pages. He has represented Wales internationally. If a World Championship were to be held for people inputting chess games on a computer, John would surely win (or so Stewart keeps telling me - JS). He is also an extremely experienced chess webmaster and photo-journalist, and will be carrying out all of these roles in Gibraltar. Speaks Spanish, but not as well as Stuart Conquest or Manuel Weeks. Entitled to apply for FIDE's Candidate Master title, but feels that any title for which he is qualified is, per se, not worth having.
 
Sean Hewitt
(England)
Sean Hewitt
 
One of the most computer-literate members of the team, Sean will be in charge of the electro-sensitive boards on which the leading games are played. This enables people to view the play live anywhere in the world.
 
Eric Barentsen
(Netherlands)
Eric Barentsen
 
Eric Barentsen is from the Netherlands and is a legal civil servant by profession. He has created a spreadsheet to assist in making the accelerated pairings. This is the second time he has taken part in the organization of an international tournament (the first was at the ENCI Limburg Open, 2007).
Andrew P Smith
(Ireland)
Andrew P Smith
 
Andrew Smith will be acting as a moves inputter and arbiter in Gibraltar. A strong and highly original player, he holds the FIDE Master title and is currently rated 2209. He has organised some Lewisham Congresses and often writes on chess. He was captain of the Jersey team in the 2006 Olympiad.
Jamal Abdul Gaffar
(Bahrain)
Jamal Abdulgaffar
 
Jamal is an arbiter from Bahrain. He is also a player and represented Bahrain on board three at the 2002 Bled Olympiad. He has a rating of 2076.
 
Sergio Nanni
(Italy)
Sergio Nanni
 
Sergio, 48, from Genoa, has been an Italian national arbiter since 1998 and worked in Turin at the Olympiads as a match arbiter. He speaks Italian, French and a little English. He has fulfilled the norm requirements for the FIDE Arbiter title. He also runs training courses for arbiters.
 
Zeljka Malobabic
(Canada)
Zeljka Malobabic
 
Zeljka has played chess for twenty years and has organized numerous chess tournaments. In the past two years she managed live broadcast of major chess tournaments such as the World Open, the ECU Individual Chess Championship, the GibTelecom Masters, the Montreal International Category 16, the MonRoi International Women’s Grand-Prix, and the World Youth Chess Championship among many others. She holds a B.A. degree in Languages. Zeljka has published several academic papers and has been a speaker at international academic forums in new methods of teaching. She is fluent in eight languages, and enjoys travel and interacting with chess players, organizers and chess fans around the world. At the GibTelecom Chess Festival, Zeljka will manage live game broadcast based on the MonRoi system and assist in event publicity.
 

 

 

 

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