2010 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Administrative Staff

This page features a list of tournament organisers and staff.

Contact details for admin staff may be found here.


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Brian Callaghan
(Gibraltar)
Brian Callaghan
 
Tournament organiser and owner of the Caleta Hotel.
Stewart Reuben
(England)
Stewart Reuben
 
International Arbiter, Organizer, Candidate Master; past Chairman of the British Chess Federation; 2007 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. As at 2009, Stewart is the English Chess Federation's Director of Marketing.
 

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. A hugely experienced arbiter, he has officiated at events as far afield as South Africa and has taken many school trips abroad (not just chess - rugby as well!). As at 2009, Peter is the English Chess Federation's Director of Junior Chess and Education (despite remaining a proud Welshman!).
 

David Sedgwick
(England)
David Sedgwick
   

International Arbiter since 1994. 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.
 

Alice Mascarenhas
(Gibraltar)
Alice Mascarenhas
 
Alice Mascarenhas is the tournament's press officer. Alice has over 30 years experience in the media working as a broadcaster and journalist in Gibraltar. She is currently the Features Editor of the Gibraltar Chronicle, and presents a weekly programme, Centre Stage, now in its 13th year, on the local station Radio Gibraltar. At the Gibtelecom Chess Festival she will be supported by others reporting for various countries including the UK, Germany, France, the USA, and the Indian continent. Alice's appointment announced in the Gibraltar Chronicle.
 
Stuart Conquest
(England)
Stuart Conquest
   
Tournament Commentator par excellence. Stuart is a chess grandmaster and was the 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. Since winning the 2008 British Championship, he has been in pretty good form, winning the very strong Porto Mannu Open in Italy in May 2009 and making a very good score for England in the 2009 European Team Championship in Novi Sad.
    (* and not just Spanish. He also speaks fluent French and, quite possibly, other languages too. One Moroccan competitor, very grateful for Stuart's help after a recent tournament, wrote of him: " GMI Stuart CONQUEST. Trilingue parfait, il a défendu notre cause avec maestria!")
 
John Saunders
(Wales)
John Saunders
   
Tournament webmaster. John is a prolific chess journalist, editor, photographer and author. His 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 and has a peak FIDE rating of 2255. As well as being responsible for the website, John heads up the team which provides live coverage of the games and makes sure all the moves are made available to the public. Speaks some Spanish (and also a bit of Catalan) as he lived in Barcelona for two years in the mid-1970s. Author of a number of popular chess book titles for beginners, including How to Play Winning Chess. Eligible for the World Chess Federation's Candidate Master title but too mean to cough up the administrative fee!
 

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. Priscilla is an experienced arbiter who has officiated at several Gibraltar events. At the 2009 tournament, she took charge of the lower boards of the Masters event and was informally assisted for a day or two by someone whose name may be familiar to the reader - Boris Spassky!
 
Laurent Freyd
(France)
Laurent Freyd
 
Laurent is a 32-year-old French arbiter and was appointed International Arbiter in 2009. He 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 and is deputy arbiter at the European Youth Championships in November 2009. 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. As a player he has been rated in excess of 2000 for many years.
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. His first major international event was the ENCI Limburg Open, 2007, and he will be making his third visit to Gibraltar in 2010.
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 manages a live game broadcast based on the MonRoi system and plays a huge part in event publicity.
 
Steve Hughes
(England)
Steve Hughes
 
Last year I described Dave Clayton as the UK's 'Mr DGT' - quite justifiably - but in truth the UK has two 'Mr DGTs'! The other is Steve Hughes, who will be in charge of the live DGT boards at the 2010 Gibtelecom Masters as he was in 2009 when Dave Clayton had to return to the UK for a few days. He and Dave have worked in harness running electronic 'live' boards for the British Championship, the EU Championship and the 4NCL for a good few years now and the UK chess community (and others) owe them a debt of gratitude for their expertise in this work. Steve also ran the live boards for the 2009 Staunton Memorial Congress in London.
 
Jack Rudd
(England)
Jack Rudd
 
Jack will be in Gibraltar principally as games inputter, but I have no doubt that he will play many other roles there too. Here's a short list of his other attributes... arbiter, international master, organiser, annotator, blogmaster. I have plundered a rather excellent interview on the Chess Devon website to bring you a few more facts about Jack... born in 1979 in Scunthorpe (but now much more associated with the West Country), learnt chess at six (from a book), won the English Under-7 Championship (at seven), titles include West of England Champion (twice), Somerset Champion (five times). Jack is one of the most helpful, capable and friendly people you could wish to meet. As a player, the IM title speaks for itself and he is renowned as the 'fastest mover in the West'. It is rumoured that, when playing using a time increment, he is sometimes able to win a game with more time left at the end than he had at the start of the game. I'm assured he is equally swift at inputting games. Such is progress that it may not be long before we have a game inputter who can input all the moves before the players have actually finished the game. Of course, this would require the extra ability of mind-reading. I don't know if Jack has this skill yet but I would not underestimate him...
 

 

 

 

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