Alice Mascarenhas reports: Sjur Agdestein, one of the 30 strong Norwegian players at the 2010 Gibtelecom International Chess Festival, commented how much the Norwegian players loved playing chess in Gibraltar and kept returning every year.
“It is wonderful to be here and to see and be able to mix with the Grandmasters from all over the world. It is all very inspiring,” he said the first week of the tournament.
Most of the contingent are young chess players who take chess as part of their main educational classes in school.
Katrine Tjolsen, and Ingrid Carlsen form part of this delegation and have already stated they would wish to return next year to participate again in the tournament.
Katrine and Ingrid both agreed this was a “very well organised tournament with good strong players.”
Norwegian players Katrine Tjolsen and Ingrid Carlsen a few days into the 2010 tournament are looking forward to returning next year.
Ingrid, whose big brother is Magnus Carlsen, is playing in the Amateurs said she liked the fact that the players were all in the same hotel and that play continued even after the main games. This year she is following in the footsteps of her elder sister Ellen who has played in previous years in the tournament.
Katrine, playing in the Challengers, said she enjoyed the fact that chess was being played and analysed “in every corner of the hotel” at all times.
Alice Mascarenhas Chess Press Officer, Gibraltar International Chess Festival