"The annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has
established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world"
- THE SUNDAY TIMES
We are delighted to announce that two of the
World's top players, GM Hikaru Nakamura and current
World Champion GM Hou Yifan have joined the stellar
2015 Masters line-up.
Hikaru is ranked No. 9 in the world
by FIDE on the October 2014 list and is a three-time
United States Chess Champion. Resident in St Louis,
the American number one is currently our top seed at
Hou Yifan is the reigning Women's
World Chess Champion, the youngest ever to win the
title, as well as the youngest female player ever to
qualify for the title of Grandmaster.
She has recently been playing in the
European Club Cup, in Bilbao. Although her team,
Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, only finished
second, Yifan's 2749 performance was
the best on top board.
Read more here ...
Boris Schipkov, Anastasiya Karlovich
Our 2015 prize list is now published! We are
delighted to announce that, thanks to the continued
generosity of our sponsors, the prize fund of the
2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival rises by
£10,000 to a total of
Main prizes have been
increased by £7,500, while Senior, Junior, and the
top two Rating Band categories also benefit. All
other prizes remain at their 2014 levels. Full list
21.9.14 - We
are pleased to publish the
schedule of events for 2015.
Entry forms and further information will follow
The organisers are very pleased to
announce that the 2015 Festival will take place from
Monday 26th January - Thursday 5th February.
This will be the 13th edition of the Tradewise Gibraltar
Chess Festival with a total prize fund of £175,000. The organisers will maintain
the existing format, running events Mornings & Afternoons.
||As usual, for players in the Masters
holding the GM, IM, WGM or WIM title, or
non-titled players taking a Caleta package, entry to the
tournaments is FREE.
Challengers - U2250 FIDE or unrated. Amateurs - U1900
FIDE, or those without FIDE ratings but with national ratings under 1900 (ECF
The first week Amateur and Challenger tournaments (5 rounds
over 5 days) will begin on Monday, January 26th
The second week Amateur and Challenger tournaments (5 rounds
over 5 days) begin on Saturday, 31st January.
Afternoons: The 2015
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters (10 rounds over 10 days)
will begin on Tuesday, January 27th.
Players who are eligible by rating may participate in one or
both Morning events, as well as in the Masters (Open) tournament.
The 2014 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters winner, GM Ivan Cheparinov,
has confirmed his participation for 2015.
Winner of the top female award in 2014, IM Mariya Muzychuk,
returns to Gibraltar in 2015, and will be joined by her sister, Anna,
current women's world #4.
Top English players GM Michael Adams and GM Nigel Short have
also agreed to play.
A full schedule of evening and social events is expected,
including Masterclasses by elite players, two blitz tournaments, and the
Battle of the Sexes.
The Opening Ceremony will be held on the evening of Monday,
The Closing Gala Banquet plus Prizegiving will be held on the
evening of Thursday, February 5th.
“Chess players of the world, you keep coming to Gibraltar
and we will keep making it better!” This upbeat message to fans and devotees
of the 64 squares comes from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys, in response
to the news that the 2013 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival received two
top-3 positions in a recent annual poll conducted by the Association of
Chess Professionals (ACP), a prestigious body of chess masters,
grandmasters, organisers and journalists.
“I have no idea as to the criteria used, but what we do here
in Gibraltar is outstanding,” said Humphreys. “The world’s recognition of
this fact is clear.” Read more ...