You've not really visited Gibraltar until you've been up to the top of the Rock to meet the monkeys. This applies as much to super-grandmasters as it does to tourists. Maybe I can mischievously initiate a superstition that 'nobody who has not first met the monkeys can win the Masters'. I don't think it's true but... hey...
Finally, after a few days of rain and windy weather, the sun shone for a day or two starting on Sunday and our resident photographer Zeljka Malobabic eagerly led parties of players to the top of the Rock to meet its most famous residents. Here are some photos.
Andrie Zaremba, Anna Zatonskih and Alexandra Kosteniuk
Andrie Zaremba with a young ape: Andrie is a 28-year-old FM from the USA (which reminds me I must update the 'Who's Playing' pages to include him)
Irina Krush seems to be posing for a fashion shoot.
Alexandra is about to make a new friend...
... and introduce her friend to a new game...
... but the little guy has his own idea of how to play chess.
"Hey, Mum, I've just been playing chess with the World Champion!"
Anna with the little monkey
The Caleta Hotel, venue of the Gibtelecom Masters, as seen from the top of the Rock