On this page we link to some videos of the 2009 tournament via videos and photo slideshows. We also have a collection of fantastic photos of the tournament - one album of photos here and even more photos here. Feel free to use them for your website and magazine.
Note: to watch the following videos in high quality, click on the 'Play' button in the middle of the screen and then move the cursor to the bottom right hand corner of the video screen and click where it says 'HQ'.
Just before the tournament started, we took Peter Svidler and Irina Krush to try a new game - cricket...
Round 1 Impressions (by Zeljka Malobabic)
- includes an interview with Indian super-GM Pentala Harikrishna.
Round 2 Impressions (by Zeljka Malobabic) - includes some footage of the 'Teams of Four' blitz event which was like a mini-Olympiad with some of the top players in action - see Hikaru Nakamura beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Round 3 Impressions (by Zeljka Malobabic) - includes some footage of the chess talk given by US grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian to a packed audience. And the very first move made by six-year-old Anna Cramling-Bellon in an international tournament.
Round 4 Impressions (by Zeljka Malobabic) - lots more action from the tournament, informal blitz games, arbiters waving at the camera ...
Can you recognise all the titled players?
Round 5 Impressions (by Zeljka Malobabic) - Stuart Conquest gives us a run-down of the important clashes of the day and then intrepid photographer and video producer Zeljka Malobabic ascends the rock with Irina Krush who plays chess with the apes and generally monkeys around. Lots of other stuff too, packed into a two-minute video.
Round 6 Impressions (by Zeljka Malobabic). Today the video has Interviews with players like Surya Ganguly, Tania Sachdev, Stephen Gordon, Bartosz Akobian, Stephen Gordon, Gary Quillan, Boris Avrukh, Irina Krush and others... a lot to pack into four minutes!
Round 7 Impressions by Zeljka Malobabic: This time you get a glimpse of Simen Agdestein's fascinating talk on the 'Rise and Rise of Magnus Carlsen' with all kinds of revelations (did you know that Magnus has had training sessions in Moscow with Gary Kasparov?), plus interviews with Lawrence Trent, Jovanka Houska, Bartosz Socko and other players.
Simen Agdestein's talk on the 'Rise and Rise of Magnus Carlsen'
Round 8 Impressions by Zeljka Malobabic. This round was 'Mission Impossible' - Peter Svidler trying to grind down Vugar Gashimov. In the end it really was impossible (hope I haven't spoilt the end for anyone). Also, glimpses of the two-hander blitz event. You've already guessed the theme tune, haven't you?
Mission Impossible: Peter tried to grind Vugar...
Round 9 Impressions by Zeljka Malobabic. British champion Stuart Conquest summarises the situation in the tournament prior to the final round. Then there is a sequence of 'grandmaster eyes' - see if you identify the players. Then Manuel Weeks reminds us that the top boards in the last round go out at the much earlier time of 10:00 GMT+1. Don't forget - that's five hours earlier than usual.
Alexander Belyavsky vs Peter Svidler
Round 10 Impressions by Zeljka Malobabic. The final round and the prizegiving are covered in this final video diary. Women's first prize winner Nana Dzagnidze pays gracious tribute to the sponsors. Last year's winner Hikaru Nakamura shakes his head as he finds he can no longer win against Vugar Gashimov. Then it is on to the pulsating play-off match between Peter Svidler and Vadim Milov. At the prizegiving Peter Svidler reveals the secret behind his appearance in Gibraltar: "I only came for the cricket!". Initially he thought his dalliance with the traditional summer game might have affected his play but it all came good in the end. He encapsulates the event as a "family tournament" - very well put - and expresses the hope that he will back soon. The next day he went up the rock to meet the peninsula's most famous residents. Great event, great winner - and great video, too. Don't miss it...
Peter Svidler: winner's speech
That's it, folks. But on behalf of the tournament we must thank Zeljka Malobabic of Monroi.com for her wonderful work on the videos on this website. Thanks, Zeljka!
Zeljka videoing the game between Gashimov and Svidler
Finally, here's an example of the informal blitz play to be seen in the bar of the Caleta Hotel most evenings during the festival. During the course of the video, IM Lawrence Trent is invited to an interview and then asked to become match commentator for a four-hander blitz game between Conquest/Sachdev and Carlsson/Devereaux. He is obliging enough to comply with both requests before departing in a taxi when the play on the board starts to bore him (definitely a TN for a match commentator - have you ever seen John Motson do that?). I particularly enjoyed the following piece of interview gold... 'Interviewer (Tryfon Gavriel): "How many GM norms have you got?" Interviewee: "Zero. Next question." Lawrence's various styles of chess commentary are also highly innovative. Enjoy.
Video made by Tryfon Gavriel of letsplaychess.com