2008 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Who's Who

 

This page features details of entrants to the 2008 Gibtelecom Masters tournament.

 

 

Short biographies (and most of the photos) are by - please let me know if I have made any mistakes! Many thanks to others who have supplied photos (Cathy Rogers, Simen Agdestein, etc). We would like to have photos and details of all the participants, not just the big stars. If you are playing at Gibraltar 2008 and we don't currently display your photo, do please send one in to and I'll be delighted to put it up here. Also feel free to write your own mini-biography!

 

Gibtelecom Masters (ratings from January 2008 List)

This page last edited: Friday February 8, 2008 6:19 PM

 

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Wang Yue
Wang Yue
 
CHN 2698g On the October FIDE rating list, 20-year-old Wang Yue broke through the 2700 barrier. His ascent to the elite, along with Bu Xiangzhi and Ni Hua, is a sure sign that China's male players are starting to emulate their female players in terms of achievement. It will be great to have a large squad of China's best players in Gibraltar because they play a wonderfully aggressive style of chess. Wang Yue was a member of the Chinese team which beat Russia and then overpowered the United Kingdom in matches in 2007. In Liverpool he beat Jonathan Rowson and David Howell and drew his other games. He also made a plus score against Russia. At the 2006 Turin Olympiad, he scored an impressive 10/12. There is no telling how far he could go. 2008 result: 7/10 (10th=).
 
Bu Xiangzhi
Bu Xiangzhi
 
CHN 2691g Bu Xiangzhi seems to have been around forever, but is still only 22. His principal claim to fame was being the first player to qualify as a grandmaster under the age of 14. He did this, aged 13 years, 10 months and 13 days, back in 1999 (though Sergey Karyakin has since broken the record, and Magnus Carlsen and Parimarjan Negi have also qualified as GMs at a younger age). Like many young Chinese players, his inspiration was Xie Jun's winning of the women's world championship. He played top board for China in the 2006 Turin Olympiad, scoring +4, =8, and had a victory in the Canadian Open in Ottawa in July 2007. He showed a talent for blindfold chess in October 2007, winning a big tournament ahead of Topalov, Polgar, Carlsen and others. 2008 result: 8/10, 1st= but lost play-off to Nakamura. Prize money won: £8,000.
 
Ni Hua
Ni Hua
 
CHN 2680g The 24-year-old star from China has made a strong impression in the past few years. He first drew attention when scoring heavily against Dmitry Schneider and Hikaru Nakamura in the 2001 China-USA match. In the 2004 FIDE World championship he beat Evgeny Vladimirov in round one but was put out by his fellow countryman Ye Jiangchuan in the next round. 2005 was a little traumatic: China were on the point of snatching an improbable victory in the World Team Championship but Ni Hua's two endgame losses in the final two rounds was arguably the difference between the gold and silver medals. He won the 2006 Chinese national championship ahead of four other 2600+ players. At Liverpool in September he made a creditable 4/6 in the China-UK Summit match. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. Prize money won: £1,857.
 

Hikaru Nakamura
Hikaru Nakamura
 

USA

2670g

Hikaru will be 20 by the time of the 2008 Gibtelecom Masters. In 2003 he broke Bobby Fischer’s long-standing record for being the youngest American to become a grandmaster, doing so aged only 15 years and 79 days old. Born in Osaka to a Japanese father and American mother, Hikaru has lived in the USA since the age of two, where he is coached by his Sri Lankan step-father FM Sunil Weeramantry. He won the 2004/5 US Championship and in 2006 helped his country to win bronze at the Olympiad, playing board three below Kamsky and Onischuk. He finished second equal in the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters. Hikaru will be giving master classes in Gibraltar. Visit his website. 2008 result: TOURNAMENT WINNER. 8/10, 1st= and won play-off match vs Bu Xiangzhi. Prize money won: £12,000.
 

Wang Hao
Wang Hao
 
CHN 2665g The top Chinese players are all so young: Wang Hao was born in 1989 so he is still only a teenager. In the China versus UK match in Liverpool in September 2007, Wang Hao did as well as his better-known colleagues, scoring 4/6 with wins against Nigel Short and David Howell. He exploded onto the chess scene when he won the 2005 Dubai Open. At that time he was untitled, but he scored 7/9 ahead of a whole host of GMs. Tied first equal with Zhang Pengxiang in the 2007 Asian Championship and took the bronze medal in the World Junior Championship the following October. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. Prize money won: £1,857.
 

Viktor Bologan
Viktor Bologan
 

MDA

2663g

Born in Moldova in 1971, Viorel Bologan (or Viktor as he is shown officially by FIDE) is a formidable player with some superb results in individual competitions. In 1993 he won the Las Palmas tournament with 8½/9, but this and a number of other excellent results did not secure his entry to super-tournaments until 2003. He took the chance well, finishing a comfortable first ahead of world champion Kramnik, Anand, Radjabov and Leko in Dortmund. Still does not receive as many invitations to the leading tournaments as he should, but he remains a most formidable adversary who always strives for maximum points. Check out our video page for a short interview with Bologan by Peter Doggers. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. Prize money won: £1,857.
 

Kiril Georgiev
Kiril Georgiev
 
BUL 2662g Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, 42, has played in the Gibtelecom Masters three times. He won it jointly with four other players in 2005 and then on his own (and very comfortably) in 2006. He is one of the most highly respected players on the professional circuit without ever quite receiving the recognition he deserves for his consistent play over many years. He won the world junior championship in 1983 and became a grandmaster in 1985. He has won three Bulgarian national titles, becoming recognized as Bulgaria's top player before the advent of Topalov. He has won many tournaments over the past 20 years and has been rated as high as 2680. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
 
Alexander Areshchenko
Alexander Areschenko
 
UKR 2645g It is hard to believe that Ukrainian GM Alexander Areshchenko is still only 21 because he has been on the circuit hoovering up major prizes in opens for some years now. He made his first trip to Gibraltar as an 18-year-old in 2005 and scored 7/10. He proceeded to Coventry the following, winning first prize with 7½/9 and then tied for first in the Isle of Man with Alexander Shabalov. Since then he has scored 7/10 and 7/9 at the last two Gibraltar tournaments and once again tied for first at the 2006 Isle of Man tournament. He is a quiet young man who lets his chess pieces do the talking. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. Prize money won: £1,857.
 

Alexander Beliavsky
Alexander Beliavsky
 

SLO

2638g

Gave notice of his great promise when he won the World Junior Championship ahead of Tony Miles and Michael Stean at Teesside in 1973 (despite losing to both of them). Thereafter improved rapidly, winning the Soviet Championship jointly with Tal in 1974, and again with Psakhis in 1980/1, and finishing 1st in a stellar field at Tilburg in 1981 and 1st= at Wijk aan Zee in 1981. His forays into the world championship have been less successful but he is one of few grandmasters in recent who has maintained his strength and continued playing frequently well into his fifties. He is also a prolific and successful author, often collaborating with Adrian Mikhalchishin who, like Beliavsky, now lives in and represents Slovenia. Will be giving master classes in Gibraltar. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
 

Zahar Efimenko
Zahar Efimenko
 
UKR 2638g Zahar is 22 years old and is one of a group of Ukrainian stars who travel the world winning large numbers of prizes in open competitions. He has played in Gibraltar in the last three tournaments, scoring 7½/10 (one of the five who finished first equal), 7 and 6½, so he is a highly consistent performer. He won the Hastings Challenger tournament in 2003/4 and was one of six players to tie for first in the 2007 Monarch Assurance Isle of Man tournament. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. Prize money won: £1,857.
 

Bartosz Socko
Bartosz Socko
 

POL

2635g

Born 10 xi 1978 in Piaseczno in central Poland. Won the Polish under 16 championship in 1994 and the under 18 in 1995. Awarded his GM title in 1999, since when he has improved steadily to July 2007 when he became the highest ranking player in Poland for the first time, overtaking Michal Krasenkow. One of his best results to date was winning the 2006 Biel Open. Gave a master class at 2008 Gibtelecom Masters which was very well received. 2008 result: 6½/10.
 

Victor Mikhalevski
Victor Mikhalevski
 

ISR

2632g

Victor is 35 and was born in Gomel in modern-day Belarus. He entered the FIDE List as a young Soviet teenager, but soon emigrated to Israel where he won the Under-20 Championship in 1991 and 1992, becoming a grandmaster in 1996. His rating of 2598 in July 2007 was his highest ever and he was since topped it again in January 2008. He has won a number of strong tournaments both in Israel and abroad in his very active tournament career, including Montreal 2005, Schaumburg 2006 and Sydney Open 2007. As recently as end-October 2007, Victor scored an excellent win in the Calvia Open in Mallorca, scoring 8/9 ahead of a strong field. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=. Prize money won: £500 (shared with Moulthun Ly of Australia).
 

Mikhail Gurevich
Mikhail Gurevich
 
TUR 2607g As with Jonathan Speelman, it is almost impossible to say everything about "Micky G" (as some English GMs have nicknamed him) in a short biog. He has more than once been a candidate for the world championship, most recently in 2007 when he played in the matchplay qualifiers in Elista which were designed to provide four of the eight contenders at the Mexico world championship of that year. His other stellar achievement was winning the Soviet Championship in 1985. Born in Kharkov in Ukraine in 1959, he later played under the Belgian flag, and now the Turkish one - he has also won the national titles of both those countries. These days he travels the world with his girlfriend IM Masha Klinova playing chess (and cards). Played in Gibraltar in 2006 and 2007, scoring 7/10 and 6½/9 respectively. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. Prize money won: £1,857.
 
Yuriy Kuzubov
Yuriy Kuzubov
 
UKR 2606g Back in 2004 Yuriy Kuzubov completed his qualification for the grandmaster title at the age of 14 years 7 months and 12 days. An amazing achievement, which might have earned Yuriy some major news headlines in anywhere other than Ukraine and at any time other than 2004. His problem is that he is just two weeks younger than another young Ukrainian prodigy who has grabbed all the headlines - Sergey Karyakin - who earned the grandmaster title at an even younger age. Consequently Yuriy has been rather overshadowed by Sergey, not to mention Magnus Carlsen who was also born in 1990. Yuriy is still only 17 but already a veteran of the open tournament circuit. He performed very strongly at the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters and could even have won first prize but for a last round disaster against Akopian. He has scored 6, 6½ and 6 out of nine at the last three Isle of Man tournaments and a solid 6½/10 at the 2005/6 Hastings Masters. Is eligible for the under-18 prize. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. Prize money won: £500 (shared junior prize).
 
Tigran L Petrosian
Tigran L Petrosian
 
ARM 2606g A very famous name, though this 23-year-old, whose full name is Tigran Levon Petrosian, is not actually related to the 9th world champion, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1929-84). He was born only a month after the great man died and was named in his honour (his father was a keen chess fan). Tigran was Armenian Under 18 Champion in 2002 and came second in the world junior championship in 2004, the same year that he achieved his GM title (at the Aeroflot Open). He won the ICC-sponsored tournament to qualify for this expenses-paid trip to Gibraltar (he plays as 'Tigrano' on the Internet Chess Club). 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
 
Vadim Malakhatko
Vadim Malakhatko
 
BEL 2600g Originally from Ukraine, Vadim now plays under the Belgian flag. He is 30 years old and married to Anna Zozulia who, like him, was from Ukraine but is now Belgian-registered. They play at a great many international opens and, between rounds, are often to be seen playing cards with Mikhail Golubev, Masha Klinova and others. Vadim has played at the last three Monarch Assurance events, scoring 5½, 6 and 5½ out of 9. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=.

Varuzhan Akobian
Varuzhan Akobian
 

USA

2599g

Not to be confused with 2007 Gibtelecom Masters winner Vladimir Akopian, though they are both Armenians by birth. ‘Var’, born in Yerevan, will be 24 by the time of the 2008 Gibtelecom Masters, and he has been registered as a US player since 2002. He arrived in the USA in 2001 as a 17-year-old IM and became a GM in 2003. He shared first in the 2002 World Open and won it outright in 2004 and again in 2007. As of June 2007 he is the top-rated player in the state of California. He has been over 2600 a couple of times with some steady results in 2005. In July 2007 he played in the 4th (biennial) Pan-American Continental Championship in Santiago de Cali in Colombia and finished in a five-way tie for first. Though he did not take the title on tie-break, it was good enough to qualify him for the December 2007 FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. Hope Siberia is not too cold for him after California – actually it probably won’t worry him because in childhood he once lived in Mongolia. He has his own website – http://www.akobian.com/. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
 

Chanda Sandipan
Chanda Sandipan
 
IND 2593g Chanda Sandipan is 24 and I recall being the first person to step up to congratulate him when he chalked up his final GM norm in the Isle of Man in 2003. He has played three times at Gibraltar scoring 6½ every time (out of 10 in 2004 and 2006 and out of 9 in 2007). In 2004 he was joint leader for six rounds until beaten by Pentala Harikrishna. In 2003 he finished first equal with Surya Ganguly in the mammoth (24-player all-play-all!) Indian Championship and repeated the feat (also tied with Ganguly) in 2004 and 2006 - but in each case he lost out to Ganguly on tie-break. Probably his most notable achievement of 2007 was a remarkable win against Sergey Tiviakov in the Canadian Open...

Sandipan - Tiviakov: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 b6 4 g3 Bb7 5 Bg2 Be7 6 0-0 0-0 7 d5 exd5 8 Nh4 c6 9 cxd5 Nxd5 10 Nf5 Nc7 11 e4 d5 12 Nc3 Bf6 13 exd5 cxd5 14 Bf4 Nba6 15 Re1 Qd7 16 Bh3 Ne6 17 Ne4 Bxb2 18 Rb1 Bc8 19 Ng5 Bf6 20 Qh5 Bxg5 21 Bxg5 Re8 22 Bf6 gxf6 23 Qh6 Nac5 24 Rbd1 Qb7 25 Rd4 Ne4 26 Rexe4 dxe4 27 Qxf6 Qc7 28 Nh6+ Kf8 29 Qh8+ Ke7 30 Nf5 mate. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
 

Hristos Banikas
Hristos Banikas
   
GRE 2592g Born in 1978, and living in Salonica, Hristos has scored some excellent results in and around his native Greece. He won the Greek championship six times in succession between 2000 and 2005. He has played in five Olympiads for his country and played on board three in 2006. In 2005 Hristos had one of his best results when Greece finished 4th in the European Team Championship and he took the silver medal on board three with a score of 6/8 (a 2735 TPR). 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=. Prize money won: £1,857 for relative rating performance (2500-2599).
 
Leonid Kritz
Leonid Kritz
 
GER 2592g Born in 1984 in Moscow, this young naturalised German GM is steadily climbing towards the higher echelons of the rating list. He moved to Germany with his family when he was 12. He won the world under-16 championship in 1999 and was awarded the GM title in 2003. In 2004 he took part in the world knock-out championship in Libya and in the same year he represented Germany in the Olympiad for the first time. He now represents Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
 
 
Simen Agdestein
Simen Agdestein
 
NOR 2589g

The next time someone tries to tell you that chessplayers are 'geeks' or 'nerds', tell them about Simen Agdestein, chess grandmaster - and international footballer. Simen, aged 40, has won the Norwegian chess championship no fewer than seven times, becoming an IM at 16 and a grandmaster at 18. He finished second at the 1986 World Junior Championship (ahead of the current world champion Vishy Anand) and has been rated above 2600. He won an Olympiad individual gold in 1982, aged 15. He played soccer for Lyn Oslo and made several appearances for Norway at a time when they getting good. These days he coaches chess and soccer at an academy in Norway and takes large groups of young chessplayers to various events - as at the 2008 Gibraltar Masters. His rivals should be warned that his coaching/organising responsibilities do not seem to affect his play. When he took a large party of young Norwegians to the very strong 2003 Monarch Assurance event, he went on to win the competition. You may have heard of one of Simen's most promising pupils - Magnus Carlsen...
   ...  oh, and I should have mentioned that Simen appeared in Norwegian TV's version of the popular BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing. He sent me the following photo of himself with the enigmatic comment 'Hmmm...' (just that: nothing more)...

Simen Agdestein and dancing partner
2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.  

Emanuel Berg
Emanuel Berg
 
SWE 2583g 26-year-old Emanuel Berg tied for first in the 2004 Swedish Championship in Gothenburg gaining quite a number of rating points, and was fourth behind Ivanchuk, Karpov and Kasimdzhanov in the Keres Memorial Rapidplay in 2006. His results in 2006 and 2007 have shown improvement, with a couple of near misses in the Swedish championship and a joint first in the Politiken Cup. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=. Prize money won: £1,000 for relative rating performance (2500-2599).
 

Mohamad Al Modiahki
Mohamad Al Modiahki
 

QAT

2569g

Mohamad is probably better known as the husband of former women’s world champion Zhu Chen, but that is rather unfair because he is a grandmaster in his own right with a higher rating than Zhu. Success at the 2001 Tehran zonal took him to the world championship where he lost to Judit Polgar in the first round. His results greatly improved in 2003 and he soon completed his qualification for the grandmaster title. Following his 6½/9 at Gibraltar 2007, in the summer of 2007 he scored a creditable 7½/11 in the Biel Open. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 

Gawain Jones
Gawain Jones
 

ENG

2562g

Qualified for the grandmaster title aged 19 in 2007 during his gap year. Gawain made a plus score in the extremely strong Staunton Memorial tournament at Simpsons, London, in August 2007, then won the Porto San Giorgio Open, and followed that success with a battling performance against the powerful Chinese team in Liverpool in September. Along with David Howell, he represents the brightest hope for England’s chess future. His mother has written a book on how to survive as a chess parent. According to his website (http://www.gawainj.com/) Gawain has a place at Trinity College, Dublin, to study Italian and Classical Civilization lined up for Oct 2007 (but this may be out of date - he may be proposing to take it up in 2008). 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 

Sarunas Sulskis
Sarunas Sulskis
 
LTU 2553g The 34-year-old Lithuanian GM is a regular visitor to the Isle of Man (four appearances, scoring 6½/9 for 2nd= in 2002 and the same score for 3rd= in 2003) and Gibraltar (three appearances: 6½/10 in 2003 and 6 on the other two). First won the Lithuanian Championship as long ago as 1994 and has won it several times since, as recently as 2007. Has played three times in the FIDE knock-out world championship: in 1997 he lost in the first round to Johann Hjartarson but in 2001 he started by beating Alexander Graf and then won the first game of the second round against Peter Svidler. But the Russian super-GM levelled the match and won the play-off. In 2004 he beat Bartlomiej Macieja in the first round but lost to Sakaev in the second. Spent some time working on his game with Ivanchuk in 2007. He always appears serious, wearing a worried frown at the board, but is unfailingly polite and charming away from it. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=.
 

Zhu Chen
Zhu Chen
 

QAT

2548g

Women’s world champion in 2001, Zhu Chen struck a blow for women when she eliminated her opposite number, the FIDE (open) world champion, Ruslan Ponomariov, in the first round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Dubai in 2002. World Girls Under-20 Champion in 1994 and 1996. Now plays under the Qatari flag alongside her husband Mohamad Al Modiahki. Joint winner of the North Urals Cup in Krasnoturinsk ahead of a very strong women’s field in the summer of 2007. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 

Ruben Felgaer
Ruben Felgaer
 
ARG 2539g Ruben is a 26-year-old GM who ranks very highly in his native Argentina. He won the Panamerican Under 20 Championship in both 2000 and 2001, won the 2001 Argentine Championship and generally has an excellent record in events in South America. He became a GM in 2002. At the FIDE World Cup in 2005, he eliminated Gregory Kaidanov before losing to Boris Gelfand in a rapidplay play-off. He has played three times for Argentina at Olympiads (2002, 2004 and 2006), on top board in each case. He scored 5/9 at the 2007 Gibraltar Masters. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 
Tiger Hillarp Persson
Tiger Hillarp Persson
 
SWE 2535g 37-year-old Tiger Hillarp Persson is a popular and regular visitor to the islands and outposts of Britain, with three tournament victories in Jersey (one with a 100% score), two more in Guernsey, and appearances in the Isle of Man. He plays a particularly aggressive brand of chess and recently won the Swedish championship for the first time (ahead of Emanuel Berg and Pia Cramling who are also due to be playing in Gibraltar in 2008). No, Tiger is not his real name – actually it is Tigger Christopher Robin Hillarp Persson (parents were big Winnie the Pooh fans). 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Mark Hebden
Mark Hebden
 
ENG 2530g Mark Hebden has come in at the 11th hour to replace Daniel Fridman who unfortunately had to withdraw. You don't need me to tell you about Mark! And right now I don't have the time to tell you as I shall be on a plane to Gib in a few hours. I'll just say that he is a legendary figure on the English chess scene. He will be celebrating his 50th birthday in a few weeks time. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 
Geetha Narayanan Gopal
GN Gopal
   
IND 2528g Another fast-rising teenage Indian player, GN Gopal was not even an IM in 2006 when he became the champion of Kerala, but in the summer of 2007 he chalked up his second GM norm and then completed his third at the Asian Zonal at Dhaka in August. That just left the business of getting his rating up to 2500 - which duly followed in October 2007. His grandmaster title was ratified in November. In the FIDE World Cup in Siberia in November, he had a tremendous tussle with former FIDE champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and only lost a blitz playoff after four games had been drawn. So 2007 was an eventful year for Gopal. By the time the 2008 Gibtelecom Masters gets underway in January 2008, he will still be a couple of months short of his 19th birthday. 2008 result: 7½/10, 3rd=. A brilliant, breakthrough event for the Indian teenager. Almost beat Bologan in the last round which would have taken him into a play-off for first place. Prize money won: £2,000 (3rd= prize money plus part of the relative rating prize for the 2500-2599 bracket).
 

Pia Cramling
Pia Cramling
 

SWE

2524g

As at July 2007, Pia Cramling is ranked at number three woman player in the world after Judit Polgar and Humpy Koneru and has rarely been out of the top ten women players in the past 20 years. She was a frequent competitor at the Lloyds Bank Masters tournament in London and qualified for the full IM title in 1983 aged 20. Shortly after, at Biel 1984, she beat Viktor Korchnoi, then almost at the height of his powers. She went on to qualify for the full GM title in 1992. Born in Stockholm, she married Juan Manuel Bellón some years ago and now lives in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol with him and their daughter Ana. She was European Women’s Champion in 2003 and won the 2007 MonRoi Women’s Grand Prix in Montreal. (Note: in my first draft of this mini-biog, I wrote "Pia gave early notice of her ability when she drew as Black with Garry Kasparov in the World Under-16 Championship in 1976 (they were both 13 at the time)." But it turns out that this was just incorrect data on the ChessBase Mega Database which I made the mistake of trusting! It was actually Pia's brother Dan who drew with Kasparov in 1976. Thanks to Ian Rogers for pointing this out). 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 

Zhao Xue
Zhao Xue
 
CHN 2517me 22-year-old Zhao Xue is one of the conspicuous high achievers of Chinese women's chess (though, remarkably, she seems to have missed gaining the full IM title as yet). She is a team player par excellence. As an unknown, she played as first reserve on the 2002 Chinese women's Olympiad team and made a breathtaking 11/12 (performance rating of 2723). She lost just one game (to Ketevan Arakhamia) on that occasion and that remains the only Olympiad game she has lost in her three Olympiad appearances (10/12, TPR 2603, in 2004 and 10/13, TPR 2615, in 2006). Just for good measure, she led China to victory in the 2007 Women's World Team Championship with 6½/8 (TPR 2693) - how all those achievements don't add up to an full IM title I'm not quite sure! (later: Zhao is an IM elect. She has been awarded the title and is awaiting 60 days for comments) In the 2007 Russia v China match, she started by beating all three of the leading Russian women players in succession. Although she fell back later, the psychological damage inflicted on the opposition at an early stage of the event carried her team through. Her earliest success in individual events was tying for first in the 2002 Women's Under-20 Championship with Humpy Koneru, but being adjudged second on tie-break. But Zhao Xue won the 2003 World Women's Under-20 Championships in India, with Koneru Humpy second, thus reversing the previous year's result. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=. Achieved an IM result but the FIDE website now records her as being a GM elect.
 
Krisztian Szabo
Krisztian Szabo
   
HUN 2500m Born in 1989. 2008 result: 7/10, 10th=.
Manuel León Hoyos
Manuel Leon Hoyos
   
MEX 2495gc Has all his GM norms but seeks the 2500 rating. From the Yucatan province of Mexico. Born in 1989. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Jon Speelman
Jon Speelman
 
ENG 2491g It is almost impossible to summarise Jon's distinguished career in 200 words or so, but I'll have a go... London-born, Oxford-educated, IM title in 1978, GM in 1980, British Champion three times, twice winner of the Hastings Premier, winner of the Lloyds Bank Masters 1993, world championship candidate 1988 (beat Seirawan, Short, lost to Timman in the semi-finals), again in 1991 (only lost to eventual title challenger Short on a rapidplay tie-break), 14 successive Olympiads between 1980 and 2006 (winning three team silvers, one team bronze and one individual silver on board five in 1986), nine European Team Championships (including one team gold in 1997 and two team bronzes), 'plus'-scores against most of his English rivals, one of only three British players ever to have reached the top five in the world rating list... and I've probably not mentioned a stack of other achievements. As well as a player, Jon is a prolific chess writer and broadcaster, with a daily column in The Independent and a weekly one in The Observer (and - I cannot resist the opportunity for a plug - a column on the endgame in British Chess Magazine). One of the friendliest and most approachable of men, Jon wears his distinction very lightly. Described himself as a 'grizzled old hacker' in his chess autobiography but of course that doesn't do him anything like justice. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. TPR of 2690, his best result for some time. Prize money won: £2,000 for best relative rating performance for the 2400-2499 bracket.
 
Lars Karlsson
Lars Karlsson
 
SWE 2488g Born in Stockholm in 1955, Lars Carl-Gustaf Karlsson was awarded the IM title in 1979 and the GM title in 1982. Amongst his tournament successes are 1st at Malmo 1979, 1st at Helsinki 1983 and 1st= (with Jonathan Speelman) at the Hastings Premier of 1983-84. He has represented Sweden at four Olympiads (1980, 1982, 1984 and 1990) and at three European Team Championships (1980, 1992 and 2005). 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th.
 
Zong-Yuan Zhao
Zong-Yuan Zhao
 
AUS 2487m 21-year-old Zong-Yuan is the highest rated active Australian player. He qualified as its youngest IM at the age of 14. He gave notice of his ability by winning the 1999 Queensland Under-18 Championship with 8/8 and then finishing just half a point behind Darryl Johansen in the Australian Championship proper, finishing with a remarkable 4/4 burst. In 2000 he finished second to Aleksandar Wohl in the Oceania Zonal and he won the 2001 Australian Junior Championship. In 2004 he won the Doeberl Cup with 6/7 ahead of Rogers, Smerdon, Johansen and Lane. In 2005 he won the Australian Junior Masters with a 9/9 score. 2007 was a good year for Zong-Yuan: he won the Australian Open with 9½/11 in January and in May won the 2007 Oceania Zonal outright with 7/9 points to qualify for the 2007 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk (where he lost in the first round to subsequent semi-finalist Magnus Carlsen). In December 2007 he achieved his first GM norm at one of the Budapest First Saturday events. He has represented his country in three Olympiads and in 2006 was on board three. He played in the 2001 British Championship and score 6/11. He is now studying pharmacy at Sydney University. Later: Zong-Yuan won the category 10 7th Mondariz Balneario tournament, held from 26 December 2007 to 5 January 2008 in Pontevedra, Spain. He scored 6½/9 and earned a grandmaster norm. We think it might be his final norm. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. Almost certainly his final GM norm achieved. He has the rating so should get the title (Australia's 3rd GM).
 

Mohamad Al Sayed
Mohamad Naser Al Sayed
 

QAT

2486gc

Mohamad Naser Al Sayed is one of a trio of Qatari players – Mohamad Al Modiahki and Zhu Chen are the others – who clearly love playing in Gibraltar. Mohamad Naser made a GM norm here in 2007 as he did in 2006, and he will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in 2008. However, he’s not interested in norms as he already had enough before achieving the 2006 one – he just needs the tantalising 2500 rating to get the title. That's what the code 'gc' stands for. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=.
 

Monika Socko
Monika Socko
 

POL

2479m

Monika has twice won the Polish women’s championship, once under her maiden name of Bobrowska in 1995 and again in 2004. Like her husband, she has steadily improved over the past few years and she has advanced up the ranks of the world's top women players. Then, in September 2007, she had probably her best tournament result to date, winning the 2nd Women's International in Baku, Azerbaijan, ahead of Antoaneta Stefanova, Leia Javakhishvili, Pia Cramling, Katerina Lahno, Viktorija Cmilyte and others. In doing so she recorded a full GM norm. Bartosz and Monika Socko have three children. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 

Viktorija Cmilyte
Viktorija Cmilyte
 
LTU 2464m Viktorija, from Lithuania, had some early successes in junior events, winning the European Under-10 Girls in 1993 and the World Under-12 Girls title in 1995. But that was just for starters: in 2000, aged only 16 and rated 2329, she tied first for the full Lithuanian Championship, winning the title on tie-break from three GMs and two IMs. She finished second (to Jovanka Houska) in the European Under-20 Girls Championship. In 2005 she once again finished first equal in the Lithuanian Championship, taking the title on tie-break from Sarunas Sulskis. In August 2007 she won the European Women’s Rapidplay Championship. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. TPR of 2578 and a GM norm achieved. Prize money won: £2,250, share of the women's awards.
 

Antoaneta Stefanova
Antoaneta Stefanova
 

BUL

2464g

Antoaneta Stefanova is one of the world’s best known and strongest women players, with a peak rating of 2560 which has been bettered only by a handful of women players. She became a full grandmaster in 2003 and won the women’s world championship in Kalmykia in 2004. Like Judit Polgar and Pia Cramling, she has played most of her chess against top male players, representing Bulgarian in the open section of the Olympiad. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. Outstanding start to the tournament, beating GMs Gurevich, Petrosian, and Akobian in rounds 2-4 to start with 4/4. TPR of 2690. Prize money won: £3,250 (£2,250, share of the women's awards plus £1,000 second prize for relative rating, 2400-2499 bracket)
 

Anna Muzychuk
Anna Muzychuk
 
SLO 2460m Anna Muzychuk is only 17 and has just been confirmed as an IM. Originally from Ukraine, Anna made quite an impression as a child prodigy, winning the Ukrainian Women's Championship in 2003 when she was only 13 ahead of some stiff opposition. She became a Slovenian in 2004 and played on top board for them in the 2006 Women's Olympiad. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 
Ketevan Arakhamia
Ketevan Arakhamia
 
SCO 2457m Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (to give her her full name) has enjoyed a glittering string of successes in her chess career, starting with the world girls championship which she won in 1986. In team chess she has represented USSR and Georgia and won medals with them on many occasions. In 1990 she scored a remarkable 12/12 for the USSR at the Novi Sad Olympiad (although it only brought her a team silver to go with her individual gold). She has gone on to win one team gold in the European Championship and two team golds in later Olympiads. Since marrying Scottish FM Jonathan Grant and moving to Edinburgh, though continuing to represent her native Georgia in team chess [* but see below], she has won the full Scottish Championship and four British Women's Championship titles. In 2006 she came close to becoming the first woman player to win the full British title, finishing in clear second place ahead of a posse of English GMs and only half a point behind the winner Jonathan Rowson. In the UK versus China match in September 2007, she made the British team's best score of 4/6. Shortly after that, she went to Calvia, Mallorca, with husband Jonathan and daughter Elena for what was intended as a tournament-cum-holiday. It was only when tipped off by a tournament official after round eight that she realised she had a chance of her second GM norm. She went on to clinch the norm with a last-round win against GM Mamedov (2582). Keti has played at the last four Gibtelecom Masters tournaments. In 2007 she beat GM Hikaru Nakamura (then reigning US Champion) in round one in a game which went to 100 moves. Keti is a role model for all chessplayers: her charming and dignified manner belies a tough, determined fighter at the board. *
    It was announced on 19 January 2008 that Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant's switch of affiliation to Scotland has been ratified by FIDE and takes effect immediately. This means that she will represent Scotland in the 2008 Olympiad. The 2008 Gibtelecom Masters tournament will be Ketevan's first as a Scottish player. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. Prize money won: £2,250, share of the women's awards.
 

Juan Manuel Bellón
Juan-Manuel Bellón López
 

ESP

2455g

The Valencia-born grandmaster won the Spanish championship when he was only 19 in 1969 (and has won it again four more times). He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1979. He has long been known for his original and creative play. One of the more remarkable things about Juan Manuel is that he is said not to have offered a draw since 1978! Read more on the subject here. 57 years old, he is married to Pia Cramling. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=.
 

Harika Dronavalli
Harika Dronavalli
 
IND 2455m Harika was born in January 1991, so will be 17 by the time of the 2008 Gibtelecom Chess Festival, but she has almost come to be regarded as a veteran, with a string of World, Asian and Indian titles to her name. She became a woman grandmaster when only 14. She comes from Gntur (Anhdra Pradesh). She won the 2004 world under-14 girls championship in Greece and the 2006 world girls youth championship. On the October 2007 world top 20 girls rating list she was third behind her fellow countrywoman Humpy Koneru and the Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan. 2008 result: 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. Prize money won: £2,750 (£2,250, share of the women's awards plus £500, share of the junior prize)
 
Pavel Dimitrov
Pavel Dimitrov
   
BUL 2448m Born 1991, hence eligible for the under-18 prize. The photo shows Pavel as he was in 2003 - he probably looks a bit older now! He is the youngest IM in Bulgaria and was awarded his title in 2007.
Dimitrovs and you-know-who
Here is a picture with Pavel on the right and his younger brother Radoslav on the left. No prizes for identifying the man in the middle! 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
   
Andrew Greet
Andrew Greet
 
ENG 2444m Andrew is 28 years old and from St Austell in Cornwall. He is something of a late developer: he seemed to be a middling to good player of about 2250-2300 standard until well into his 20s but improved dramatically during 2004 as he chalked up his IM norms in quick succession. He has an impressive record against three times British Champion Jonathan Rowson. At the 1997 British Championship, Andrew offered Rowson a draw - but Jonathan did not hear the offer. Probably just as well for Andrew, because after two more moves Jonathan had to resign! Andrew also beat Jonathan in the 2005/6 4NCL (British Team League) - remarkably, that win was his 15th(!) successive win in the 4NCL (including the whole of 2004/5 season when he won 11 games out of 11). He did well at the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters, scoring 6/9 and winning a game from Jonathan Speelman. Andrew is now a prolific writer of articles and books. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Ioannis Papadopoulos
Ioannis Papadopoulos
   
GRE 2444m Born in 1988, Ioannis could be the coming man of Greek chess. In December 2007 he won the Greek Championship with the mighty score of 7½/9, no fewer than two points clear of Hristos Banikas (who himself won six Greek championships on the bounce between 2000 and 2005, and is himself playing in Gibraltar), Vasilios Kotronias a further half point adrift and various other strong GMs. Strangely, Ioannis lost only one game in the championship, to last-placed Antonios Hadzimanolis, who used to live and play chess in the UK. Not to be confused with the Greek GM named Ioannis Papaioannou. 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=.
 
Algimantas Butnorius
Algimantas ButnoriusAlgimantas Butnorius
 
LTU 2441g Most chessplayers achieve their best performances relatively early in life: not so Algimantas Butnorius, aged 61, who recently won the 2007 World Senior Championship with the fine score of 9/11 and thereby became a grandmaster after a long competitive career that goes back 45 years. Scored 4½/9 at the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters.2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. Prize money won: £1,000 senior prize.
 
Jon Ludvig Hammer
Jon Ludvig Hammer
   
NOR 2441m Born in 1990 - one of Simen Agdestein's most impressive young proteges and improving rapidly. Jumped some 30 points on the January 2008 rating list. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 
Till Wippermann
Till Wippermann
   
GER 2435m Born in 1980, Till has played in Gibraltar twice before, scoring 5½/10 in 2004 and 5½/9 in 2007. He is 'Polydamas' on the Internet Chess Club and a member and mentor of the 'LeChess' club. In ChessBase's 2004 Player of the Year poll, Till nominated his own father in first place - here is his citation: "1. My dad, for still believing that the King's Gambit is the only playable opening. For sponsoring a talentless chess dude for over a decade." But Till doesn't mention the identity of the talentless chess dude his father sponsored. Odd, that. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Nana Dzagnidze
Nana Dzagnidze
 
GEO 2429m 21-year-old Nana won the World Girls Under-10 Championship in 1997, and the World Girls Under 20 Championship in 2003, no fewer than 2 points clear of the field. She is growing in strength all the time. She has been board two for Georgia in the last two Olympiads. She won the team silver medal in the 2005 European Women's Team Championship and an individual board four gold medal in the 2007 event. 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.
 
David Berczes
David Berczes
 
HUN 2429m Born in 1990. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Shen Yang
Shen Yang
 
CHN 2429wg Born in 1989, Shen Yang established her place in the competitive cauldron of Chinese women's chess when she had a good result in the Beijing zonal tournament of 2005, finishing just half a point behind the brilliant child prodigy Hou Yifan. She was part of the Chinese women's team which took part in the 2005 World Team Championship. Like most of her colleagues, she found this high-profile event very testing, but finished with a highly creditable win against top Russian GM Sergey Rublevsky despite being outrated by more than 300 points. She played in the 2006 Turin Olympiad, winning a team bronze medal, and then went on to her greatest achievement to date, winning the 2006 World Women's Under 20 Championship in Armenia. In the recent UK vs China match in Liverpool, she lost her individual match to Ketevan Arakhamia by ½-2½ but beat Jovanka Houska 2-1. 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.
 

Elisabeth Pähtz
Elisabeth Pähtz
 

GER

2420m

Elli is almost certainly the best German woman player ever but she had a head start: her father Thomas is a chess grandmaster. She won the German Under-11 Championship when she was only 9. At 14, she won the German women’s championship, in 2002 she became world under-18 girls champion and two years later the world under-20 girls champion. She will be 23 by the time of the 2008 Gibtelecom Masters. Not much is allowed to stand between Elli and her beloved chess. In 2002 she waded through floods caused by the overflowing River Elbe to travel from Dresden to Mainz for a match with world championship finalist Alexandra Kosteniuk. Elli is currently a soldier in the German army but her ambition is to become a schoolteacher. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 

Joseph Bradford
Joseph Bradford
 
USA 2419m Joe Bradford, originally from Meridian, Mississippi, but now domiciled in Austin, Texas, is 57 years old, but his chess career seems to have been on the up and up since he retired from his job with the Texas Department of Transportation in 2005 to concentrate on chess. He has long been a very strong player, having won the 1978 US Open Championship, held in Phoenix, Arizona. In September 2006 he won the US Senior Open Championship, held in Nashville, Tennessee. Then, in May 2007, he needed a last-round win with Black against Irina Krush at the US Championship to record an IM norm - and did it. Later, at the very strong 2007 Monarch Assurance Isle of Man International he scored 5½/9 for another IM norm and he has since been awarded the title. In the Isle of Man he beat 2618-rated grandmaster Svetushkin and also England's Mark Hebden. Joe also scored 5½/9 at the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters. His other GM scalps over the years include Walter Browne, Anatoly Lein, Robert Byrne and Larry Christiansen (the latter two in the 1980 US Championship). 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.
 
Edwin Van Haastert
Edwin Van Haastert
 
NED 2416m 33-year-old Dutchman who does not seem to play too often, but turned out in the Corus-C tournament last January and made a respectable 6/13 in a category 10 event. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.

Cristina Foisor
Cristina Foisor
 

ROU

2412m

Probably the better-known spouse of the Foisors, with very consistent results in continental tournaments and women’s competitions. Finished in a seven-way tie for first in the 2001 European Women’s Championship in Warsaw but was edged out of the medals in a rapidplay play-off. Has represented Romania in ten consecutive Olympiads since 1988 (the first under her maiden name of Badulescu), five of them on top board. 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.

Mihaela-Veronica, Sabina-Francesca and Cristina Adela Foisor  
The Foisor family: l to r - Sabina, Cristina, Veronica and Ovidiu,
 

Ovidiu Foisor
Ovidiu Foisor
 

ROU

2401m

48-year-old Ovidiu Doru Foisor is currently the second highest rated of the Foisor clan – four of whom are playing in Gibraltar in 2008. His wife Cristina moved ahead of him on the January 2008 list and has a score of 2-0 against him in recent tournaments (not counting the rather more frequent quick draws). He finished 4th in the 1977 European Junior Championship (won by England’s Shaun Taulbut) and ahead of Vishy Anand (whom he beat) in a tournament in Moscow in 1987. Represented Romania in the Olympiads of 1982 and 1988. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 

Jovanka Houska
Jovanka Houska

ENG

2393m

Jovanka is the most active woman player in Britain these days and she has been making steady improvement as a player. Her elder brother is also an IM and her drive and determination to succeed owe a lot to sibling rivalry. She made her first WGM norm at the 1999 British Championship when she was still a teenager, and then scored a big success in 2000, winning the European Girls Under-20 title with 9/11 to secure the WGM title. She did a law degree but still found time for chess appearing in the 1998 and 2000 Olympiads and winning the 2001 Commonwealth Women’s Championship. In 2005 she became only the third British woman player to gain the full IM title. She was close to winning the MonRoi Women’s Grand Prix in July 2007 – and all four leaders from that event will renew their rivalry at the Gibtelecom Masters. She likes playing in Gibraltar and shared the women’s first prize in 2007 against some very strong opposition including two world champions. She has won too many titles and prizes to list here –check her website at http://www.jovanka.co.uk/mambo/. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 

Thomas Rendle
Thomas Rendle
 
ENG 2393m Thomas, 21, is from the famous chess town of Hastings in Sussex and now lives in Coventry where he coaches chess. He has been playing chess since he was very young, but came of age at a tournament at Rosny sur Bois in France in 2004 when he scored 7/9 to chalk up an IM norm - he was awarded the title in 2006. He has done well in Gibraltar, scoring 6/10 in 2005 and 6½/9 in 2007 for a GM norm. This also brought him a cheque for £2,000 as the best scorer rated under 2400. Has his own website. 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.
 
Robert Aloma Vidal
Robert Aloma Vidal
 
ESP 2393f Born in 1989. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=.
 
Wang Yu A
Wang Yu A
 
CHN 2391m 25-year-old Chinese female player Wang Yu was rated in the 2400s when she was about 18. She dropped down somewhat but appears to be on the rise again. In the 2000 FIDE Women's World Cup, she won her six-player qualifying group with 4/5, ahead of Cramling, Chiburdanidze, Kosteniuk and others but lost to the eventual winner Xu Yuhua in the quarter-final. She won the Asian Women's Championship in 2004. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 

Sabina Foisor
Sabina Foisor
 

ROU

2386wg

Sabina-Francesca Foisor is 18 in August 2007 and already a woman grandmaster. Her rating is rapidly approaching that of her parents. 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.
 

Robert Bellin
Robert Bellin
 
ENG 2385m Robert is 55 and comes originally from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. He won the British Under 14 Championship (shared) in 1966 and won the British Championship proper in 1979 ahead of Short, Miles, Nunn, Speelman etc. Earlier in 2007 he won the Reykjavik Kaupthing IM with 7½/9. He has of course had many other excellent results over the years. He represented England in two European Team Championships, being part of the team which finished third and won bronze at Skara in 1980. At Gibraltar 2007 Robert had a marathon (120 move) win against Viktor Korchnoi. But that's nothing by Robert's standards: he drew a game against Mike Yeo at Guernsey 1985 which lasted 136 moves and in which, in the final position when they agreed a draw, only a pair of knights and a pair of bishops had been exchanged. That's right - all the pawns and heavy pieces were still on the board. I know that because, many years ago, I was the poor sap who had to type it up for my club's bulletin. This will be Robert's third Gibtelecom Masters. He scored 5½/10 in 2003 and 4½/9 in 2007. He is a regular visitor to the Guernsey International and last won it in 2004 ahead of Swedish GM Tiger Hillarp Persson. In August 2007 he returned to his home town of Great Yarmouth to score a very creditable unbeaten 7/11 in the British Championship. 2008 result: 6/10, 37th=. Prize money won: £1,000 for the second best relative rating performance in the 2400-2499 bracket. Achieved a GM norm.
 
Gildas Goldszteijn
Gildas Goldszteijn
   
FRA 2380mc Born in 1982. "mc" is Stewart Reuben's code for "has all his IM norms but still needs the rating". Personally I pine for the good old days when you were either an IM or not. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Emmanuel Amigues
Emmanuel Amigues
 
FRA 2378m Born in 1980. From Marseille, and became an IM in 2006. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Caspi Israel
Caspi Israel
 
ISR 2378 Caspi was born in 1989 and he already has a very high rating. His score of 6/9 in the Calvia Open tournament of October 2007 brought him his first GM norm and in the process he defeated three GMs. Two months before Calvia he achieved his third and final IM norm so he just needs to pass 2400 to get the title. Had a 3/3 start to the World Under-18 the month after Calvia but found the going tough thereafter. 2008 result: 4½/10, 114th=.
 
Ole Jakobsen
Ole Jakobsen
 
DEN 2372m Born in 1942 in Copenhagen, Ole is a three-times winner of the Danish Championship (1969, 1971 and 1980) and also tied (but lost play-offs) in 1970 and 1984. He became an IM in 1973. He was Nordic Champion in 1969. He represented Denmark in six Olympiads between 1964 and 1984, making the excellent score of 10½/16 on board five at Tel Aviv in his debut Olympiad in 1964. He played top board in 1980. He also played two European Team Championships and won a team bronze medal in the 1966 World Students Olympiad in Orebro. 2008 result: 5/10, 86th=.

   
Gerard Welling
Gerard Welling
 
NED 2371m The 48-year-old Dutchman is not to be confused with Dutch chess journalist and writer Jules Welling. He is a regular at big open events around Europe and has travelled as far afield as Australia. He has been a regular visitor to the Isle of Man and played in Gibraltar in 2005 and 2006, scoring a win against 2629-rated GM Tregubov in 2005. 2008 result: 5½/10, 56th=.
 
Gary Quillan
Gary Quillan
 
ENG 2362 Born in 1970, Gary is a very experienced and popular member of the English chess scene. He has been the strongest untitled player in the country for some time now (he could become an FM any time he likes, of course, having a rating well in excess of 2300); he has a couple of IM norms to his name. He plays for the Waterloo club in Liverpool and has an ECF grade of 212. At last year's UK vs China match in Liverpool, there was an entertaining photo-shoot set up with Gary and England no.1 Mickey Adams, which mimicked a similar photo of the two of them which had been published in a UK newspaper 25 years earlier when the two of them had been playing in the National Primary Schools Championship - click here to see the 1982 and 2007 photos (navigate to the bottom of the page). Neither of them has changed a bit! 2008 result: 6½/10, 21st=. One of the best British scores but it did not amount to a title norm.
 
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