2009 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Administrative Staff

 

This page has details of the administrative staff at the 2009 Gibtelecom Festival. Contact details may be found here.

 

Manuel Weeks
(Australia)
Manuel Weeks
   

International Arbiter; FIDE Master and seven times Australian team Olympiad captain, Manuel is also a well-known coach of Australian juniors. In 2008 he was the tournament director of the highly successful European Union Championship held in Liverpool. In 2009 he succeeds Stewart Reuben as Gibtelecom tournament director, having previously been in charge of public relations for the tournament. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds dual Australian/Spanish citizenship.
 

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. He will attend the 2009 Gibtelecom Festival in a consultancy capacity.
 

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. For a number of years he organised the British Chess Championships.
 

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.
 

Priscilla Morris
(England)
Priscilla Morris
 
ECF Arbiter. This will be Priscilla’s second visit to the congress. She is fast becoming an extremely experienced arbiter.
 
Laurent Freyd
(France)

 
Laurent is a young but very experienced French arbiter. Laurent has been an arbiter since 1998, officiating at four French Junior Championships, once as Chief Arbiter, and once at the World Youth Championship in Belfort. He was an arbiter at the 2008 Dresden Olympiad. He is an official interpreter for the Arbiters' Council within the French Chess Federation. He is president of the Val D'Oise Regional Chess Association. Laurent helped us with our little photographic report on the typical day in the life of a chess arbiter.
Stuart Conquest
(England)
Stuart Conquest
   
Grandmaster and 2008 British Chess Champion. 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. The Gibtelecom Festival will be particularly delighted to welcome Stuart back as the reigning British Champion!
 
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 some Spanish (and also a bit of Catalan) as he lived in Barcelona for two years in the mid-1970s. 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.
 
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).
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.
 
David Clayton
(England)

 
In Britain, Dave Clayton is 'Mr DGT' and in 2009 he is exporting his skills to Gibraltar to look after the live DGT boards. Dave is an unflappable, good-humoured presence in any technical team. He has run live boards for the British Championship, the EU Championship and the 4NCL for a good few years now, and probably a lot of other places that I don't know about.
 
Henning Friese
(Germany)
Henning hard at workGames inputter. One time participant in the German U16 Junior Championship and the German U18 Team Championship. He gained first experience putting in the games of the ENCI Limburg Open in 2008. This will be his first visit to Gibraltar.


(right) Henning hard at work inputting games  

 

Scenes from a Typical Day in the Life of a Chess Arbiter...

 

We have to thank one of our resident arbiters, Laurent Freyd, for letting us have the following photos which show arbiters hard at work at the 2008 Dresden Olympiad ...

 

Here we see Laurent himself hard at work in Dresden...
Laurent himself always has head down over his laptop.
He is in training to take over eventually as our Chief Arbiter in Gibraltar.

 

More Dresden arbiter activity...
More Dresden arbiter activity...

 

 

 

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