As the 2010 Gibtelecom Chess Festival opens next week, Brian Callaghan, organizer of the Gibtelecom Chess Festival met up with two of the most famous world chess players in Marrakech, Morocco, this past week, former World Chess Champion Russian Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian grandmaster and chess prodigy currently ranked number one in the world. These two world chess stars being together provided an opportunity to brief them on the development of chess in Gibraltar.
Left to right: Tim Bristow (Gibtelecom); Brian Callaghan (Caleta Hotel); Magnus Carlsen; Garry Kasparov; James Humphreys (Tradewise); Pepe Canilla (Canillas).
In the picture with Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov are representatives from the local tournament sponsors; Tim Bristow, Gibtelecom, James Humphreys, Tradewise, and Pepe Canilla, Canillas.
The next Gibraltar Gibtelecom International Chess Festival starts on Tuesday 26th January for 10 days and will see some 40 countries presented with some of the world’s leading chess players, including Etienne Bacrot from France, Sergei Movsesian Czech Republic, leading Spanish player Francisco Vallejo Pons, Gata Kamsky from the USA, with the British challenge led by Michael Adams.
The current top women world players include World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia, and the highest rated woman player Humpy Koneru. The Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar again plays host to the Gibtelecom International Chess Festival which offers a friendly gathering to this series of tournaments which run simultaneously: the Masters, the Challengers and the Amateurs.
The Festival is now the leading tournament of its type in the world, with a prize fund of over £100,000 and is sponsored by the Gibraltar Government Sports and Leisure Authority, Gibtelecom, Anglo Hispano Co. Ltd., Bentley Property Services Ltd., Canillas, Casais, Gibmaroc Ltd., Deloitte, Gibro Group, Isolas, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, Party Gaming, Saccone & Speed, The Caleta Hotel and Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd.