What's new on this website...
5 April 2010: A zipped PGN file of all the games from Amateur 2 has now been included on the Download Games page.
17 February 2010: A zipped PGN file of all the games from Amateur 1 has now been included on the Download Games page.
7 February 2010: The results pages are now complete (save prize lists and one crosstable).
6 February 2010: The downloads have been updated to include the second game of the Vallejo Pons-Sandipan play-off semi-final and the complete score of the last round game between Gopal and Stefanova. But I still do not have last-round results and cross-tables for the Challengers and Amateurs tournaments, I'm afraid.
5 February 2010: hope you all enjoyed coverage of the tournament. Things are pretty hectic after the tournament, with the lengthy play-off, etc, and in the wake of this, the closing of the congress and the arrangements for players and officials departing for home, a few outstanding items on the website are still to be posted. We ask you to bear with us while these are made available.
4 February 2010: Challengers 2 Round 5 PGN games now available.
3 February 2010: Masters, Round 10 Pairings are now available.
3 February 2010: Challengers 2 and Amateurs 2: round 5 pairings are now available.
3 February 2010: Challengers 2 Round 4 PGN games now available.
3 February 2010: Report on Round 8 by John Saunders now posted.
3 February 2010: Enjoy Zeljka Malobabic's first video presentation of this year's tournament. Click here.
3 February 2010: Masters, Round 9 Pairings are now available.
2 February 2010: Challengers 2 and Amateurs 2: round 4 pairings are now available.
2 February 2010: Challengers 2 Round 3 PGN games now available.
1 February 2010: Masters, Round 8 Pairings are now available.
1 February 2010: Challengers 2 and Amateurs 2: round 3 pairings are now available.
1 February 2010: One further press release has been issued ("Peruvians Play Chess On Top Of The Rock With Most Famous Inhabitants") and a photo of Spassky added to the first week prize-giving page.
31 January 2010: Masters, Round 7 Pairings are now available.
31 January 2010: Challengers 2 and Amateurs 2: round 2 pairings are now available.
31 January 2010: Round 5 report now online.
31 January 2010: Challengers 2 and Amateurs 2: first round pairings are now available.
30 January 2010: Masters, Round 6 Pairings are now available.
30 January 2010: Challengers and Amateurs Round 5 results and final tables are now available.
30 January 2010: The latest press release ("Gibraltar’s Mayor is Highly Impressed with Chess Festival") has just been published on the website.
30 January 2010: Challengers Round 5 PGN games now available: game viewer and PGN download. And download all the Challengers 1 games in a zip file. Note, the result was a four-way tie between three Norwegian players, Katrine Tjolsen, Odin Blikra Vea and Anders Gjerdum Hagen, and Sandu Ungureanu from Romania. Well done to them. Official confirmation of this result will follow.
30 January 2010: Latest media release ("Norwegian Players Find Gib Tournament ‘Very Inspiring’") now posted.
30 January 2010: Today is Boris Spassky's birthday! He is 73. If you want to wish him a happy birthday, maybe you can think about joining our Facebook page.
29 January 2010: Round 5 Pairings are now available.
29 January 2010: Challengers and Amateurs Round 5 pairings and Round 4 results are now available.
29 January 2010: The latest media releases can be found online here.
28 January 2010: Round 4 Pairings are now available.
28 January 2010: Challengers and Amateurs Round 4 pairings and Round 3 results are now available.
27 January 2010: Round 3 Pairings are now available.
27 January 2010: Round 2 Masters Pairings are now available.
26 January 2010: We have the first PGN downloads available at the download page.
19 January 2010: a major update of the 'Who's Who' lists has just been completed. Masters (2350+ ratings) • Masters (below 2350) • Challengers • Amateurs. Sadly, we've lost a few of our big stars, notably Hou Yifan, because of visa difficulties, etc.
31 December 2009: A long list of names have been added to the player lists today, including the women's world number three, GM Hou Yifan and two Peruvian world junior champions, brother and sister Jorge and Deysi Cori Tello. I have also updated all FIDE ratings to the January 2010 list. : Masters (2350+ ratings) • Masters (below 2350) • Challengers • Amateurs. Happy New Year to one and all! John Saunders.
23 December 2009: Some more names have been posted on the website today.
19 November 2009: The Internet Chess Club is offering ICC members a unique opportunity to win a round trip ticket, hotel room, breakfast & dinner and an automatic invite to the 8th Gibtelecom Chess Festival, running January 26th to February 4th 2010 at the Caleta Hotel. Click here for details.
13 November 2009: Details of internet access during the tournament at the Caleta Hotel can be found here.
12 November 2009: Big name alert! We have Gata Kamsky playing in the 2010 Gibtelecom Masters - one of the greatest chess prodigies of all time, he is already a legend, but still only aged 35.
11 November 2009: there has been a major update to the list of players entering the 2010 tournaments. We now have all the names entered to date: Masters (2350+ ratings) • Masters (below 2350) • Challengers • Amateurs. If you have entered the tournament and don't see your name on one of these lists, please get in touch with the and copy your email to
3 November 2009: Paco Vallejo Pons and Nikita Vitiugov are big names who have joined the field. Click here for the latest names.
25 September 2009: two more very big names have joined the competition - Sergei Movsesian of Slovakia who now overtakes Mickey Adams as top seed (he's rated 2711) and reigning Women's World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia. See the updated 2010 Player List.
10 September 2009: one (very) big name player joins the lists - Michael Adams (ENG) - see his write-up in the 2010 Player List.
9 September 2009: three big names added to the entrants: Simen Agdestein (NOR), Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (SCO) and Elena Sedina (ITA).
2 September 2009: some more new names amongst the 2010 line-up, plus September 2009 ratings added.
21 August 2009: The website now has a convenient, easy interface which allows you to download and/or play through games played at the Gibtelecom Festival throughout its history - click here for details.
10 August 2009: some more names added to the 2010 line-up, including Humpy Koneru, Irina Krush and Natalia Zhukova.
18 June 2009: we are now into planning for the 2010 Gibtelecom Festival - Tuesday 26 January 2010 to Thursday 4 February 2010 - and you can expect to see more details here very soon. Already there is a list of the major invitees so far on the home page, plus biographies of those players.