2010 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Who's Who

This page features a list of entrants and organisers at the 2010 Gibtelecom Masters tournament.


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Challengers (ratings from January 2010 List)

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Name Fed Rating
Montero Melendez, Rafael
 
ESP 2248 Challengers 2. Born in 1982.
 
Avalos Parra, Joao
CHI 2245f Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1981.
 
Mascarenhas, Alberto Pinheiro
 
BRA 2238f Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1957.
 
Martinez Rodriguez, Pablo
 
ESP 2234f Challengers 2. Born in 1970.
 
Rioseco Pinochet, Fernan
 
CHI 2226 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1977.
 
Lyell, Mark
Mark Lyell
 
ENG 2224f Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1961, Mark has been a regular competitor in British events for many years, with appearances in the British Championship, Hastings, etc. Mark is an uncompromising and entertaining player who is quite capable of putting a GM to the sword on a good day (Arkell and Gormally are on his list of victims). Mark played in Gibraltar in 2008.
 
Mlynek, Petr
Mlynek, Petr
 
CZE 2218 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1943, Petr is a member  of the Duras Brno chess club (Czech Republik), which is playing in the Czech Extra-League this year. He also plays for some chess clubs in Austria. Scored 4½/9 in the 2009 European Senior Championship.
 
Arvola, Benjamin
Arvola, Benjamin
 
NOR 2218 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1993. In 2008 Benjamin scored 4½/10 in the Masters and 3/5 in both the Challengers events. He is playing in the same events this year.
 
Kandic, Milan
Milan Kandic
 
SRB 2216 Born in 1971. Played in the 2008 Gibtelecom Festival, scoring 5/10 in the Masters, 2½/3 in Challengers 1 (arriving late) and 1½/5 in Challengers 2. In 2009 he scored 4/10 in the Masters, and 4½ and 3 in the two Challengers events.
 
Tjolsen, Katrine
Tjolsen, Katrine
 
NOR 2212wf Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1993, Katrine plays for Bergen Chess Club. In 2007 Katrine won the Norwegian U16 Championship (both girls AND boys) at the age of 14. She was on board four for Norway's women's team at the 2008 Dresden Olympiad, scoring 6/9. She has made three WIM norms and could have the title by the time of the 2010 Gibtelecom Masters.


 
Pavon Cardenas, Jesus M
 
ESP 2210 Born in 1988.
 
Henriksson, Johan
Henriksson, Johan
 
SWE 2204 Challengers 2. Born in 1976, national rating 2325.
 
Weeramantry, Sunil

 
SRI 2201f Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1951, Sunil has been to Gibraltar before. He worked behind the scenes here in 2008, annotating and coaching. He has been a professional chess coach for 30 years and his star pupil is his stepson, Hikaru Nakamura. He used to live in the UK in the early 1970s and played a lot of chess there.
  
Ivanov, Stojan Emilov
BUL 2198 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1978.
 
Urbina Perez, Juan Antonio
Juan Antonio Urbina Perez
 
ESP 2197 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1978. Played in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Gibtelecom Festivals.
 
Byron, Alan M
Alan Byron
 
ENG 2196 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1963, Alan is from Leicester and, back in the early 1980s, was one of the best young players in the country. In 1981 he was invited to take on the 70-year-old former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik in a prestigious junior simul. But Alan decided not to go in for the glamorous and glitzy lifestyle of a professional chessplayer (!) and opted for a real job. Then, a few years ago, Alan returned to the chessboard after something like a quarter of century and started playing a few tournaments. In 2007 he even travelled as far afield as Bulgaria where he proved he hadn't lost his touch by drawing a game with Bulgarian GM Krum Georgiev. In 2008 he played in the Gibtelecom Festival, though he arrived a few rounds late, scoring 3/7 in the Masters. In 2009 he played the first half of the Masters to score 2/5 and also Challengers 1, in which he scored 4/5.
 
Eden, Tomer
Eden, Tomer
 
ISR 2191 Challengers 1. Born in 1981. Scored 5½/11 in the 2009 British Championship (he is resident in England), including a win against Bret Addison. He plays for Hendon and is graded 195.
 
Vea, Odin Blikra
Odin Blikra Vea
   
NOR 2189 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1984, Odin is a regular visitor to the Gibtelecom festival. In fact, he has been to every one and makes a habit of hoovering up the prizes in the Challengers. He is also very good at poker, winning the poker tournament played during the 2006 congress. In 2008 he scored 4½/10 in the Masters, 3½/5 in Challengers 1 and 4/5 in Challengers 2. Scored 4 and 2½ in the Challengers events in 2009.
 
Kawuma, Steven Male UGA 2187f Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1981.
 
Byrn, Carsten DEN 2171 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1943, Carsten lives in Marbella, Spain, which is of course not far from Gibraltar.
 
Kvisla, Johannes Luangtep
Johannes Luangtep Kvisla
 
NOR 2161 Challengers 1 and 2. Another young Norwegian born in 1990 (a very fruitful year for chessplayers in that part of the world). Played at the 2007 Gibtelecom tournament, scoring 2½/5 in Challengers 1, 3½/5 in Challengers2, and 4/9 in the Masters. In the Arctic Chess Challenge at Tromso in August 2007, he beat GM Nick de Firmian with a checkmating attack. He had a particularly good 2008 Gibtelecom Festival, scoring 5/5 to win Challengers 1 and 4/5 to finish 2nd= in Challengers 2. He also scored 5/10 in the 2008 Masters. In 2009 he scored 5/10; in the two Challengers he scored 3/5 and then 4½/5 to tie with Getz, beating a Russian IM in the fourth round.
 
Gandrud, Vegar Koi
Vegar Koi Gandrud
   
NOR 2158 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1991. Played at the 2008 Gibtelecom Festival, scoring 3/10 in the Masters, 2/5 in Challengers 1 and 1½/5 in Challengers 2. In 2009 he scored 5½/10 in the Masters and 3 and 2½ in the two Challengers tournaments.
 
Erdelyi, Tamas
Tamas Erdelyi
HUN 2156m Born in 1953, Dr. Tamas Erdelyi became a lawyer in 1977, but since then he has taught chess and organized international tournaments in Kecskemet, Hungary. He became an IM in 1986 and had some good tournament results in the 1980s. Since 1990 he has been the owner and manager of Caissa Kft, which publishes chess books in English, German, French and Hungarian. He also owns the largest chess shop in Hungary and attends major events in Europe, such as Olympiads and other big tournaments. Caissa runs a small hotel where monthly tournaments for master norms and ratings are held. This is his sixth trip to Gibraltar. In 2008 he scored 4½/10 in the Masters, 4½/5 (2nd=) in Challengers 1 and 4/5 (2nd= again) in Challengers 2. In 2009 he scored 4/8 in the Masters, plus 2½ and 3 in the two Challengers tournaments.
 
Nilsen, Joachim Birger
Nilsen, Joachim Birger
   
NOR 2152 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1993.
 
Molina, Antonio
Antonio Molina
 
PHI 2148f Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1955, Antonio scored 4½/10 in the 2008 Gibtelecom Masters, 1½/5 in Challengers 1 and 3½/5 in Challengers 2.
 
Lipecki, Alexander
Lipecki, Alexander
 
SUI 2146 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1973, Alexander holds the title of FIDE Arbiter.
Daoudi, Kamal
Kamal Daoudi
   
MAR 2142 Challengers 1 and 2. This will be Kamal's third visit to Gibraltar. In 2007 he arrived late for the Masters and scored 4/5. In that year he also scored 4½/5 to finish second in the Challengers 2 competition. In 2009 he made 3½/9 in the Masters, and 2½/5 and 1/4 in the two Challengers events.
 
Thingstad, Even NOR 2141 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1993.
 
Aerni, Andi
Aerni, Andi
 
SUI 2137 Challengers 1 and 2. Played in the 2009 Gibtelecom Masters, scoring 4½/10.
 
Popa-Matei, Viorel-Ovidiu
 
ROU 2137 Challengers 2. Born in 1958.
 
Osuna Vega, Enrique
Enrique Osuna Vega
 
ESP 2136c Enrique likes the Gibtelecom Festival. Last year, he told us, on behalf of himself and his amigo Carlos Alberto Viñas Guerrero..."Ambos hemos jugado ¡todos los Masters!. Este será nuestro 7º torneo." Y muy bienvenidos, digo yo. Born in 1966, Enrique has competed at all the Gibtelecom Festivals. He lives in La Línea and plays for CA Algeciras in the Spanish Club Championship.
 
Gunnesdal, Lars NOR 2125 Challengers 2. Born in 1984.
 
Viñas Guerrero, Carlos
Carlos Viñas Guerrero
 
ESP 2120 Born in 1975. Has played in all the Gibtelecom Festivals. Plays for CA Algeciras in the Spanish Club Championship.
 
Fokin, Sergey RUS 2109 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1955.
 
Hagen, Anders Gjerdrum
Anders Gjerdrum Hagen
 
NOR 2108 Challengers 1 and 2. Born 1990. Played at the 2008 Gibtelecom Festival, scoring 4½/10 in the Masters, 3/5 in Challengers 1 and 2½/5 in Challengers 2. In 2009 scored 5/10 in the Masters, and 3/5 and 2/4 in the Challengers events.
 
Flermoen, Peter
Flermoen, Peter
 
NOR 2108 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1996 - that's a pretty good FIDE rating for a 13-year-old.
 
Mulligan, Stephen ENG 2104 Challengers 1. Born in 1958. ECF grade 184. A member of the Penketh and Sankey club.
 
DeMac, Elias
Elias DeMac
 
NOR 2104 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1992, Elias is one of the large Norwegian party. He also came in 2009. He made a breakthrough in 2008 when he finished second in the Norwegian Junior Championship behind his school mate Espen Forsaa.
 
Knight, Simon
Simon Knight
 
ENG 2104 Challengers 2. Born in 1967, Simon had some good results at junior level in the UK, followed by work and marriage. He is now based in Mexico and, a year or so ago, made a competitive comeback after a ten-year absence, bringing a group of young Mexican players to Hastings and Gibraltar.
 
Wheldon, Philip
Wheldon, Philip
 
ENG 2103 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1956, Philip's ECF grade is 174 and he is a member of the Urmston club (near Manchester). Philip scored 2½/5 in the 2008 Challengers 1. In 2009 he scored 2½/5 and 3½/5 in the two Challengers tournaments.
 
Wallgren, Ulf
Wallgren, Ulf
 
SWE 2100 Challengers 1. Born in 1963. Ulf tells me he plays for Solna Schacksallskap in Stockholm.
 
Allor, Chuwuka NGR 2100 Challengers 1 and 2.
 
Cirlan, Ionut ROU 2100 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1979.
 
Navarro Perez, Manuel
Manuel Navarro Perez
   
ESP 2099 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1967, Manuel's national rating is 2081. He is a FIDE Arbiter.
 
Havik, Victor
Havik, Victor
 
NOR 2093 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1978. Scored 4½/10 in the 2008 Masters, and 3/5 in Challengers 2 that year.
 
Pendlebury, Ian
Ian Pendlebury
 
ENG 2091 Challengers 2. Ian is a member of Urmston Chess Club. His ECF grade is 183. He played in Challengers 1 in 2008 and scored 2½/5. In 2009 he scored 2½ and 3 respectively in the Challengers events.
 
Lumsdon, Andrew
Lumsdon, Andrew
 
SUI 2090 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1967, Andrew scored 3½/10 in the 2009 Gibtelecom Masters.
 
Jayakumar, Adarsh USA 2090 Challengers 1 and 2.
 
Osttveit, Martin NOR 2069 Challengers 2. Born in 1983.
 
Brown, Thomas
Thomas Brown
 
WLS 2064 Challengers 1. Born in 1976. Thomas has a Welsh rating of 2054. In 2009 he scored 4½/10 in the Masters and 3½/5 in Challengers 2.
 
Jameson, David
Jameson, David
 
WLS 2053 Played in Gibraltar (Masters and Challengers) in 2007 and 2008, and has also appeared in the Welsh Championship and the Liverpool Open.
 
Flores Chico, Jorge
Jorge Flores Chico
 
ESP 2052 Born in 1975. Played in the 2005, 2008 and 2009 Gibtelecom Festivals.
 
Barve, Saurabh
Barve, Saurabh
 
IND 2046 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1985, Saurabh Barve (Engineer-I.T., M.B.A.-Marketing) is from Mumbai. He has been playing competitive chess since 1993 and has represented India abroad, won National level tournaments, represented Mumbai University at National level and excelled in various international tournaments. He loves attacking his opponent’s king and has defeated GMs (Hrair Simonian of Armenia, RR Laxman of India, etc) and some IMs. He has been actively involved in the promotion of chess and is the president of Chess Promoters of Mumbai (CPM), an association formed to organize technically sound, professional chess tournaments. CPM regularly organizes tournaments in Mumbai at a rate of about two tournaments a month! He is also the President of the Bobby Fischer Chess Academy (BFCA) and Mir Sultan Khan Chess Club (SKCC), formed to improve chess literacy and awareness and create a passion for the game.
 
Cafolla, Peter
Peter Cafolla
 
IRL 2042 Challngers 1 and 2. Born in 1957, Peter has been a regular at the Monarch Assurance Isle of Man International, played in a couple of European Union Championships, also the Irish Championship and the Bunratty Masters. This will be his third Gibtelecom Masters. In 2006 he scored 4½/10 in the Masters and 3/5 for a share of 4th place in the second week Challengers.Scored 4/10 in the Masters and 2½/5 in Challengers 2 in 2009.
 
Haug, Marianne Wold
Marianne Wold Haug
 
NOR 2041 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1992, Marianne is a member of the Oslo chess club Schakklubben av 1911. In 2009 she scored 3½/10 in the Masters and 2½ in each of the Challengers events. She played on board one for the Norwegian Women's team in the 2009 European Team Championship.
 
Hamer, Martyn
Hamer, Martyn
 
ENG 2039 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1979, Martyn is graded 166 and is a member of Great Harwood Chess Club, having previously played for Warwick University. 2010 will be Martyn's sixth successive Gibtelecom Festival; he usually enters both the Masters and the Challengers and he has already chalked up a staggering 98 games here (only one player has played more - Odin Blikra Vea of Norway has played 106 games). Martyn plays games other than chess in the Mind Sports Olympiad and was runner-up in the poker tournament played during the 2006 Gibtelecom Chess Festival.
 
Bryn, Askild
Askild Bryn
   
NOR 2036 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1987. This is a photo of Askild Bryn I took it at the Monarch Assurance Isle of Man tournament of 2003 (when Simen Agdestein became the 'Manx Monarch' and even attempted to claim sovereignty over the Isle of Man in his victor's speech!). Askild has played in four previous Gibtelecom Festivals, making 3½/10 in the Masters in 2004, 4/10 in 2005, 3/5 and 4/5 in the 2006 Challengers tournaments, 2/4 and 2½/5 in the 2008 Challengers tournaments, and 4½/10 in the 2008 Masters. Also played in 2009.
 
Garcia Magadan, Ramon
 
ESP 2035 Born in 1981.
 
Pettersen, Joar Gullestad
Joar Gullestad Pettersen
   
NOR 2020 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1984. This will be his fourth Gibtelecom Festival. In 2007 he scored 2½/9 in the Masters, 2½/5 in Challengers 1 and 2/5 in Challengers 2. In 2008 he scored 4/10 in the Masters, 2/5 in Challengers 1 and 2½/5 (including a full point bye) in Challengers 2. In 2009 he scored 3/9 in the Masters, and 2 and 2½ respectively in the two Challengers events.
 
Seitz, Benjamin SUI 2017 Challengers 1 and 2.
 
Odeh, Kenneth NGR 2012 Born in 1969.
 
McBeth, Michael J SCO 2011 Challengers 2. Michael's ECF grade is 183 and his club is Kings (of Newcastle). Scored 4½/9 in the 2008 Scottish Championship.
 
Stanek, Stanislav
Stanek, Stanislav
 
CZE 2007 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1964, member of the Podhradni Lhota chess club (Moravia) but he plays mostly in Brno (Czech Republic).
 
Thomas, David James ENG 2000 The entry form said FIDE 2000 but I couldn't find any such entry in the FIDE rating list.
 
Marder, Simon SWE 1993 Challengers 1. Born in 1968.
 
Connor, Stephen J
Connor, Stephen J
 
ENG 1992 Challengers 1. Born in 1954 Steve has an ECF grade of 174. Recently retired from teaching, he is now enjoying the opportunity to spend more time as a webmaster. Steve has designed sites for Atticus Chess Club, the British and European Union Championships and the London Classic. He hardly ever studies the game nowadays but is an avid follower of the top events, players and news. In 2002 and 2005 Steve was British Under 175 Champion and in 1989 won the North Wales individual title.
 
Horrocks, Stephen J
 
ENG 1992 Challengers 1 and 2. Not FIDE rated. Stephen's last ECF grade was 174 in 2006, hence the notional rating of 1992. Steve is from Great Harwood in Lancashire and is a member of the Heywood club.
 
Loerke, Reinhard GER 1981 Challengers 1. Born in 1953.
 
Zanetti, Bruno
SUI 1978 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1972. Bruno played in the 2009 Gibtelecom Masters, scoring 3/10.
 
Mikalsen, Erlend NOR 1973 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1993.
 
Helin, Mikael
Helin, Mikael
 
SWE 1972 Challengers 2. Born in 1962. Has played in four Gibtelecom Festivals from 2006 to 2009. Scored 4/10, 3/9, 4/9 and 4/10 in successive Masters events (having missed a few games at the start and finish of tournaments).
 
Young, Mel
Young, Mel
 
ENG 1971 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1948, Mel has been playing club chess in London and (latterly) the Hastings area for more years than either he or I would care to mention. Mel and I were club mates at Mitcham for a couple of decades, so I could tell you quite a lot about him... hospital administrator, antiques dealer, cabbie... he was once interviewed for a job by C.H.O'D. Alexander... if you want to know any more, you'll have to buy me a pint at the Caleta bar. Or, perhaps buy him a pint at the Caleta bar.
 
Dennis, Nigel
Nigel Dennis
 
ENG 1957 Challengers 2. Born in 1944, Nigel has long been an industrious (but self-effacing) organiser of senior and junior chess in the Berkshire area; yet he still finds time to play himself, notably at the Jersey and Guernsey congresses as well as Hastings. He has played twice in Gibraltar, scoring 2½/5 in the Challengers 2 event in 2007, then 2/5 in the two Challengers events in 2008 and 2/5 again in Challengers 2 in 2009. Nigel is a member of Maidenhead Chess Club. I remember seeing him playing the first tournament I ever played in - the Berks and Bucks (Marlow) Congress of 1968. I was just a kid at the time but I have since grown distinctly grey and middle-aged. Nigel, on the other hand, looks exactly the same as he did 40 years ago. How does he do it?
 
Jacobsen, Fredrik Beer
 
NOR 1952 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1995.
 
Arous, Kinan
 
SYR (1950)  
Bauer, Peter HUN 1944 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1937.
 
De Lillo, Michele
Michele De Lillo
 
ITA 1934 Challengers 2. Born in 1960. Michele scored 3½/10 in the 2009 Gibtelecom Masters.
 
Tari, Aryan
Tari, Aryan
 
NOR 1932 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1999, Aryan is making his second Gibtelecom Masters appearance, having played in 2008 when he was only eight. He played in the 2009/10 Hastings Premier. With such a high rating at the age of ten, he could well be hot on the heels of his countryman, Magnus Carlsen.
 
Moreno Cervera, Jose Luis
 
ESP 1929 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1973.
Gravett, Alan David
Gravett, Alan David
 
ENG 1926 Challengers 1 and 2. ECF grade 146.
 
Winkler, Stefan GER 1916 Challengers 1. Born in 1958.
 
Grant, David SCO 1913 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1987, this will be David's first Gibtelecom Festival. He comes from Aberdeen but plays for Stonehaven Chess Club and will be competing in both the Masters and the Challengers competitions.This isn't the same David Grant who scored a very good result at the Hastings Masters tournament.
 
Frey, Matthias
SUI 1907 Challengers 1 and 2.
 
Plater, Ronald ENG 1904 Converted rating from ECF grade of 163.
 
Sommerhalder, Eric SUI 1899 Challengers 1 and 2.
 
Staples, Daniel ENG 1896 Challengers 1. Rating derived from his English grade of 162.
 
Livesey, Nigel
Nigel Livesey
   
ENG 1894 Born in 1959, Nigel is a member of Bourne End CC. He has a grade of 168. Nigel scored 2½ and 3 respectively in the 2008 Amateur events. He scored 3/5 in the 2009 Amateur 2. He scored 4½/7 to finish 3rd= in the 2006 Monarch Assurance "Tony Bridson" Major.
 
Pereira, Johnharry
Pereira, Johnharry
 
SIN 1892 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1970.
Steinskog, Asbjorn Ottesen
 
NOR 1884 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1992.
Lundback, Karl SWE 1874 Challengers 2. The rating given is a Swedish national one.
 
Annetts, Ivor S
Annetts, Ivor S
 
ENG 1848 Challengers 1. Born in 1939, Ivor is a member of the Tiverton club in Devon.  Ivor started playing in 1961 when he was put in charge of chess as part of his first teaching post.  He plays in about eight tournaments a year, mostly in the West of England.  He is the current Tiverton champion and has been champion of Torbay and Devon. His ECF grade is 156, which I have converted (x 8, +600) to a notional FIDE rating.
 
Nwachukwu, Chino ENG 1848 Challengers 2. Converted from ECF 156.
 
Lake, Andrew N ENG 1840 Challengers 2. Born in 1956 and a member of the Boldmere St Michael and Handsworth Wood clubs. ECF grade 155.
 
Vaidya, Pratik
Vaidya, Pratik
 
IND 1838 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1989. " I am currently pursuing a course in IT engineering at Mumbai University. I am the Vice-President of "Chess Promoters of Mumbai". I scored 4½/9 in the recently-concluded Abu Dhabi Chess Festival (I beat an IM there). I have represented India in many international tournaments. I have represented Mumbai University in an inter-university national tournament. I have won a gold medal in national level school games. I play very risky chess and likes to attack the opponent's king. I don't believe in playing chess for a draw."
 
Chidi, Lovinia Sylvia
Lovinia Sylvia Chidi
 
GER 1832 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1971, Lovinia played in the 2009 Masters, scoring 2½/10, and also in the two Amateur events, scoring 2½/5 and 3/5. In December she took part in the London Festival Open at Olympia, scoring 3/9.
 
Lee, Kai Jie Edward SIN 1827 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1998. Singapore national rating of 1555.
 
Wiltshire, Michael R
Michael R Wiltshire
   
ENG 1816 Challengers 2. Mike has an ECF grade of 152. He plays for Dartford, Kent and also for the Insurance Chess Club. In 2009 he scored 4/5 in Amateur 2, sharing third prize with five other players. Mike writes of himself: " Born in September 1947 and learnt the game at the grand age of 11.  Started playing at club level at age 21 when I won the first Thanet major tournament.  I have been secretary of the Dartford Club for 30 years and was promoted to the position of chairman of Kent County Chess Association three years ago. I have been a member of Chess Collectors International for 23 years and regularly meet Yuri Averbach and others in different parts of the world to discuss the history of chess and collect the odd chess set or two. Otherwise I am still trying to learning the finer arts of the game."
 
Rough, Robert E
Robert E Rough
 
SCO 1811 Challengers 1 and 2. Robert was born in 1949 and tells me that he is celebrating his 60th birthday by entering the Masters and both Challengers events in 2010. Robert has always previously played in the second week of the Amateur tournaments. In 2007 he shared 2nd= place, in 2008 he scored 2/5 and in 2009 he scored 3/5.  Back home in Inverness, Robert has a national rating of 1630 (Sept 2009). Last year Robert's Gibraltar chess experience didn't end with the last round - I took a snap of him still glued to the board, playing a game with Paul Haddock in the departure lounge of Gibraltar Airport!
 
Wright, Jonathan

 
ENG 1808 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1952, Jonathan has played at three Gibtelecom Festivals. He scored 2½/5 in the 2007 Challengers 1, and in 2008 he scored 3/5 in both Amateur 1 and Amateur 2. In 2009 he scored 3½ and 3 in the two Amateur competitions. He has an ECF grade of 151.
 
Flanagan, Samuel
Samuel Flanagan
 
IRL 1787 Challengers 1. Samuel was born in 1954, comes from Belfast and has an Ulster Chess Union rating of 1650. He was in a threeway tie for first place in the 2008 Gibtelecom Amateur 1 with 4½/5, thus taking home a prize of £666.67. In 2009 he won Amateur 1 again with 4½/5, winning £800, and then was promoted to Challengers 2 and scored 1½/5.
 
Sigamoney, Ciryl USA 1783 Challengers 1 and 2. USCF rating.
 
Mathon, Dimitrij CZE 1780 Challengers 2. Born in 1927, Dimitrij is a member of SK Přerov chess club in Moravia, Czech Republic,. He played in the Christmas Afternoon A tournament at Hastings in 2007 and he took part in the Hastings Weekend Open in January 2009. He has one remarkable claim to fame: he played world champion Alexander Alekhine in a simultaneous display in 1943. I wonder how many living people there are who can say the same. He is the Czech Over-80 Champion.
 
Savage, Neil RSA 1755 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1957 (the FIDE list gives year of birth as 2000 but Neil assures me this is wrong!). Neil says "my rating of 1755 is a part FIDE rating (shown on their website) based on 5 games against FIDE rated players in Capo d'Orso in May. That is my only FIDE rated tournament so far."
 
Indrebo, Kyrre NOR 1730 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1978. The rating is, I think, a national one.
 
Hansen, Erle Andrea Marki
Hansen, Erle Andrea Marki
 
NOR 1699 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1996, Erle is at present Norwegian and Nordic Champion for girls under 14.
 
Kympergr, Vojtech CZE 1599 Challengers 2. Born in 1932, Vojtěch Kympergr is a member of Spartak Přerov Chess Club, in Moravia, Czech Republic. He took part in Morning and Afternoon Tournaments in Hastings in 2007, scoring 5/10. He was also played in the Hastings Weekend Open in January 2009 and scored 1½/5.
 
Reci, Nadja
Reci, Nadja
 
SUI 1544 Challengers 1 and 2. 1544 is a Swiss national rating. Nadja is a member of the SG Riehen club.
 
Carlsen, Ingrid
Carlsen, Ingrid
 
NOR 1508 Challengers 1 and 2. Born in 1994, Ingrid gets teased by her elder brother and, like many another younger sibling, yearns to get her revenge by beating him at chess. But that could be quite difficult for Ingrid to achieve because, in order to do so, she will probably have to become the greatest woman chessplayer in history. Yes, big brother is that Carlsen... Ingrid follows in the footsteps of her (and Magnus's) elder sister Ellen by playing at the Gibtelecom Festival.
 
Flynn, James IRL - Challengers 2. Born in 1992.
 
Mamane, Khalil
 
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