2008 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Challengers Entrants

 

This page features entrants to the Challengers events at the 2008 Gibtelecom Festival. Short biographies (and most of the photos) are by - please let me know if I have made any mistakes! A list of the tournament's administrative staff may be found here. Entrants for other sections: MastersAmateur

 

Gibtelecom Challengers (ratings from January 2008 List)

Last Edited: Saturday March 27, 2010 5:29 PM

 

CHALLENGERS 1
 

Simon Rosberg
Simon Rosberg
   
SWE 2246 Born in 1990 (eligible for junior prizes).
 
Juan Antonio Urbina Perez
 
ESP 2241
 
Andrew J Bigg
Andrew Bigg
 
ENG 2231c 25-year-old Andrew Bigg attended Jesus College, Oxford, and represented his university in three Oxford-Cambridge Varsity matches (2002, 2003 and 2004). He has played three times in the British Championships and turned out for Perceptron Youth in the 4NCL.
 
Rachid Hifad
Rachid Hifad
   
MAR 2226f No year of birth available. Rachid won the 2006 Moroccan Championship, played in Marrakech. In November/December of the same year, he also won the world amateur championship in Tripoli, Libya. The photo shows him holding the trophy for the latter achievement. He is a member of the Diffaa Hassani Jadidi club.
 
Mark Lyell
Mark Lyell
 
ENG 2221f Born in 1961, Mark has been a regular competitor in British events for many years, with appearances in the British Championship, Hastings, etc. Mark is an uncompromising and entertaining player who is quite capable of putting a GM to the sword on a good day (Arkell and Gormally are on his list of victims).
 
Kamal Daoudi
 
MAR 2188 Played in the final five rounds of the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters, scoring 4/5. He also scored 4½/5 in the Challengers Week 2 competition - unluckily for him, this high score was only good enough to take second prize because Odin Blikra Vea scored 5/5!
 
Tamas Erdelyi
Tamas Erdelyi
   
HUN 2186m 54-year-old Dr. Tamas Erdelyi became a lawyer in 1977, but since then he has taught chess and organized international tournaments in Kecskemet, Hungary. He became an IM in 1986 and had some good tournament results in the 1980s. Since 1990 he has been the owner and manager of Caissa Kft, which publishes chess books in English, German, French and Hungarian. He also owns the largest chess shop in Hungary and attends major events in Europe, such as Olympiads and other big tournaments. Caissa runs a small hotel where monthly tournaments for master norms and ratings are held. This is his fourth trip to Gibraltar. Previously he has only played in some evening events, but this time he is taking part in the two Challengers tournaments.
 
Linda Jap Tjoen San
Linda Jap Tjoen San
 
NED 2177wm Born in 1977. Linda won two Dutch junior titles in the 1990s and represented her country in the Women's Olympiads of 1998 and 2000. At the Hoogeveen Open in 1997, she won a game against GM David Bronstein. She has won the Dutch Women's Blitz Championship twice, in 2005 and 2007.
 
Tamas Vasvari
 
HUN 2174  
Odin Blikra Vea
Odin Blikra Vea
   
NOR 2168 Born in 1984, Odin is a regular visitor to the Gibtelecom festival. In fact, he has been to every one and makes a habit of hoovering up the prizes in the Challengers. The photo (left) shows him playing not chess but poker - and he wins at that too! He won the poker tournament played during the 2006 congress.
 
Ali Al Sulaiti BRN 2162 Born in 1973, Ali is secretary of the Bahrain Chess Club.
 
Oleg Kozlov RUS 2152m Born 1960.
 
Enrique Osuna Vega
Enrique Osuna Vega
 
ESP 2146c Born 1966, Enrique has competed in all the Gibetelcom Festivals bar the first one. Plays for CA Algeciras in the Spanish Club Championship.
 
Alistair Compton
Alistair Compton
 
NZL 2132 Born 1969, Alistair has been long resident in the UK where he plays for the King's Head club in London. He played in the Gibtelecom Masters and Challengers tournaments in 2007 and beat Subbaraman Meenakshi along the way.
 
Johannes Luangtep Kvisla
Johannes Luangtep Kvisla
   
NOR 2130 Another young Norwegian born in 1990. Spooky: my Norwegian cloning conspiracy theory still looks to be a runner... Played at the 2007 Gibtelecom tournament, scoring 2½/5 in Challengers 1, 3½/5 in Challengers2, and 4/9 in the Masters. In the Arctic Chess Challenge at Tromso in August 2007, he beat GM Nick de Firmian with a checkmating attack.
 
Carlos Vinas Guerrero
Carlos Vinas Guerrero
   
ESP 2129 Year of birth not available. Has played in all bar the first Gibtelecom Festival. Plays for CA Algeciras in the Spanish Club Championship.
 
Ray Morris-Hill
Ray Morris-Hill
 
ENG 2129 Ray plays for Morley College in the London League and AMCA Dragons in the 4NCL, and has a grade of 163. He is entered in the two Challengers tournaments. He picked up a big cheque for scoring 3½/5 to take the under 2000 prize in the 2007 Gibtelecom Challengers 2 tournament.
 
Jonathan Arnott
Jonathan Arnott
 
ENG 2117 Jonathan is 26 and has lived in Sheffield all his life. He has an ECF grade of 184. He is a member of the SASCA club and has played for White Rose in the 4NCL. He captained the Yorkshire county side from 2002 to 2004. and led them to competition successes. Jonathan is very active politically and has stood as a candidate for the UKIP party on several occasions (click here for a longer CV).
 
Pal Andreas Hansen
Pal Andreas Hansen
    
NOR 2108 "Pal is 13 years old and won the Norwegian Championship for kids born 1994 and 1995 in 2007 with a score of 7/9. Pal also won the spring tournament in his local club, Verdal, in 2007, well in front of higher ranked players. He is considered the biggest talent in the Trondelag region of Norway. His national ELO has increased from 700 to 1750 since his first ELO publication in June 2005." (contributed by Terje Lund, Pal's club mate in Verdal Sjakklag)
 
Gilles Suez-Panama
Gilles Suez-Panama
   
FRA 2099 From Martinique. Wonder if he plays the Canal variation? Gilles himself comments: "I liked your joke about my name. I have to admit that I first decided to come to the Gibraltar Congress because I was curious to see how two canals (me) would feel in a strait!! I found it funny and decided to have a look at it... so here I am... about 8000 km from my small but beautiful island: Martinique, "l'ile aux fleurs" as they say in French...don't hesitate to visit us...www.echecs-martinique.com…’cause we do play chess and we do have good tournaments (...to come). I was born in 1973 and I learned chess at 14 at school. I've been champion of Martinique five times, and every year since 1998 I have been to France to test my skill in the national championship (where I have to admit I've not been very successful). My chess friends call me "the key keeper" because I usually play long, long games - I like 6 hour-games and even more. I hope this skill will be useful for those 20 games I intend to play within 10 days. Of course I intend to play a variation I kept secret for years: "The Two-Canals Variation"!!!...and where else could I have tried to play it if not here in Gibraltar."
 
Philip Wheldon ENG 2096 Born in 1956, Philip's ECF grade is 168 and he is a member of the Urmston club (near Manchester).
 
Benjamin Arvola
 
NOR 2062 Born 1993.
 
Ahmad Madni Waqar
PAK 2055
 
Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram
 
PAK 2048
 
Raymond Wynarczyk
Raymond Wynarczyk
   
ENG 2039 Raymond is in his mid to late forties and from Northumberland. He has a current ECF grade of 148. He is an English congress regular, having played at Southend, Leyland, Dyfed, Exmouth, Chorley and Dundee in the past few years.
 
Kinga Revesz
 
HUN 2026 A female player, born in 1989.
 
Lasse Ostebo Lovik
Lasse Ostebo Lovik
 
NOR 2025 Lasse is from Stavanger and was born in 1992. He has a Norwegian national rating of 2051.
 
Axel Husin
 
SWE 2012 Born in 1991.
 
Robert Thollin
 
SWE 2011 Born in 1990.
 
John E Hickman
John Hickman
 
ENG 2009 John Hickman is a keen English amateur player in his early 40s. A frequent competitor in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, this is John's third visit to the Gibtelecom Festival. He comes from Reading and has played for Bristol in the 4NCL. His pugnacious pose in the photo is unintentional... I think.
 
Daniel Larsson
 
SWE 2003 Born in 1989.
 
Nigel Dennis
Nigel Dennis
 
ENG 1998 Nigel is 63 and has long been an industrious (but self-effacing) organiser of senior and junior chess in the Berkshire area; yet he still finds time to play himself, notably at the Jersey and Guernsey congresses as well as Hastings. He played last year in Gibraltar, scoring 2½/5 in the Challengers 2 event. Nigel is a member of Maidenhead Chess Club and has an ECF grade of 142. I've just dug out the programme for the first tournament I ever played in - the Berks and Bucks (Marlow) Congress of 1968 - and, sure enough, there was Nigel's name amongst the entrants. I was just a kid at the time but I have since grown distinctly grey and middle-aged. Nigel, on the other hand, looks exactly the same as he did 40 years ago. How does he do it? Hint to the ECF: it's about time Nigel was nominated for the President's Award.
 
Askild Bryn
Askild Bryn
   
NOR 1997 Born in 1987. I hope that really is a photo of Askild Bryn. I took it at the Monarch Assurance Isle of Man tournament of 2003 (when Simen Agdestein became the 'Manx Monarch' and even attempted to claim sovereignty over the Isle of Man in his victor's speech!).
 
Emilia Georgieva
Emilia Georgieva
  
BUL 1985 Wife of GM Kiril Georgiev
Anders Pettersson
 
SWE 1984 Born in 1991.
 
Sigge Reichard
 
SWE 1967 Born in 2000(!) (according to the FIDE rating list). Probably a clerical error...
 
Dragan Dimitrijevic
 
ITA 1965 Born in 1965.
 
Martyn Hamer
Martyn Hamer
 
ENG 1962 Born in 1979, Martyn is graded 161 and a member of Great Harwood Chess Club, having previously played for Warwick University. He has played in Gibraltar before, scoring 4/10 in 2005 and again in 2006, 2½/9 in 2007, plus some very respectable scores in the Challengers events. He plays games other than chess in the Mind Sports Olympiad and was runner-up in the poker tournament played during the 2006 Gibtelecom Chess Festival.
 
Adrian P Joseph
 
ENG 1958 Adrian is a member of the Ilford club and graded 143.
 
Alan Gravett
Alan Gravett
 
GIB 1955  
Oystein Skage
Oystein Skage
   
NOR 1919 Born 1991. Oystein is a member of Bergen Chess Club and his clubmate, IM Eirik Gullaksen kindly sent me his photo.
 
Jostein Munz
Jostein Munz
 
NOR 1839 Jostein was born in 1991 and will be part of the large Norwegian party in Gibraltar.
 
Vegar Koi Gandrud
 
NOR 1819 Born in 1991.
 
Joseph Quinn
 
ENG 1750  
Caspar Bates
Caspar Bates
 
ENG e2190 Born 1975, English-registered but unrated and ungraded. Had a 2200+ result at Metz 2005.
 
Ian Pendlebury ENG (169) Like Philip Wheldon, Ian is a member of Urmston Chess Club. His ECF grade is 169 (roughly equating to a 1950 rating).
 
       
Craig Whitfield
ENG (141) Craig is 12 years old and a member of the Cheddleton & Leek Chess Club. in 2005 he represented England at the under-10 level in the World Youth Championships. He has had some excellent results in the UK Land Challenge and at the tender age of 11 was nominated as Staffordshire's 'Play of the Year' in 2006.
 
Abdelali Ben Rherbal MAR ?
 

CHALLENGERS 2  


       
Simon Rosberg
 
SWE 2246 see above
 
Juan Antonio Urbina Perez
 
ESP 2241
 
Andrew J Bigg
 
ENG 2231c see above
Mark Lyell
 
ENG 2221f see above
Laszlo Molnar HUN 2217 There are six people of this exact name and nationality on the latest FIDE list! Might be tough looking his games up on ChessBase... Born in 1970.
 
Kamal Daoudi
 
MAR 2188
 
Tamas Erdelyi
 
HUN 2186m see above
Linda Jap Tjoen San
 
NED 2177wm see above
 
Tamas Vasvari
 
HUN 2174 see above
Luis Felipe Jaime Montalvan
Luis Felipe Jaime Montalvan
   
ESP 2170f Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1967, and has lived in Malaga, Spain since 1996. Has been playing non-professional chess for the last 25 years. He usually plays in the Andalucian Superior Teams League with the Miraflores-Malaga Team and has taken part in many International open tournaments including the Gibtelecom Masters of 2005, 2006 and 2007, and three Spanish Open Championships. FIDE Master since 2002. Doctor of Medicine, anaesthesiologist and pain clinician in Gibraltar.
 
Odin Blikra Vea
   
NOR 2168 see above.
 
Ali Al Sulaiti BRN 2162 see above
 
Arjon Severijnen
Arjon Severijnen
 
NED 2158 Arjon was born in 1984 and is a player, coach, trainer and arbiter. A former student of astronomy; he has been playing chess for about 11 years now. This is his first visit to the Gibtelecom Masters. He also likes to play online at the Playchess site.
 
Oleg Kozlov RUS 2152m see above
 
Enrique Osuna Vega
 
ESP 2146c see above.
 
Alistair Compton
 
NZL 2132 see above
 
Carlos Vinas Guerrero
 
ESP 2129 see above
 
Jonathan Arnott 
 
ENG 2117 see above
 
Pal Andreas Hansen
   
NOR 2108 see above
   
Piotr Gasik
 
POL 2103 Born in 1951.
 
Ray Morris-Hill
 
ENG 2103 see above
Gilles Suez-Panama
 
FRA 2099 see above
   
Benjamin Arvola
 
NOR 2062 see above
 
Wasim Akram
   
PAK 2048 see above  
Raymond Wynarczyk
   
ENG 2039  
David Jameson
 
WLS 2026 Played in Gibraltar (Masters and Challengers) in 2007, and has also appeared in the Welsh Championship and the Liverpool Open.
 
Kinga Revesz
 
HUN 2026 see above
   
Lasse Ostebo Lovik
 
NOR 2025 see above
 
Axel Husin
 
SWE 2012 see above
   
Robert Thollin
 
SWE 2011 see above
   
John E Hickman
 
ENG 2009 see above
 
Daniel Larsson
 
SWE 2003 see above
   
Askild Bryn
   
NOR 1997 see above
Nigel Dennis
 
ENG 1998 see above
 
Emilia Georgieva
   
BUL 1985 see above
Anders Pettersson
 
SWE 1984 see above
   
Sigge Reichard
 
SWE 1967 see above
 
Dragan Dimitrijevic
 
ITA 1965 see above
   
Martyn Hamer
 
ENG 1962 see above
 
Adrian P Joseph
 
ENG 1958 see above
   
Alan Gravett GIB 1955 Formerly a Jersey player, now ENG - but also GIB.
 
Martijn Blom
 
NED 1946 Born in 1987.
 
Jostein Munz
 
NOR 1839 see above
 
Caspar Bates ENG e2190 see above
 
Martin Hassall ENG (162) From Truro. Scored 2½/7 at the 2007 Paignton Premier. Way back in the mists of time, in Rhyl in 1969, I remember a player called M Hassall playing in the same British Under-16 Championship as me. Funny how one can remember stuff like that. I wonder if it is the same one...
 
Vegar Koi Gandrud
 
NOR (1819) see above
 
Abdelali Ben Rherbal MAR ?
 
Johan Saloman
 
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Juan Carlos Mundaga
 
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