"The annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has
established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world"
- THE SUNDAY TIMES
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.
Challengers - under 2250 FIDE or unrated. Amateurs - under 1900
FIDE, or those without FIDE ratings but with national ratings under 1900 (ECF
The right is reserved to place players in a Challenger
tournament if thought unsuitable for the Amateur.
The first week Amateur and Challenger tournaments (5 rounds
over 5 days) will begin on Monday, January 26th, at 09:45hrs.
The second week Amateur and Challenger tournaments (5 rounds
over 5 days) begin on Saturday, 31st January, at 09:45hrs.
Afternoons: The 2015
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters (10 rounds over 10 days)
will begin on Tuesday, January 27th, at 15:00hrs.
The last round will be on Thursday, February 5th,
starting at 11:00hrs.
Players who are eligible by rating may participate in one or
both Morning events, as well as in the Masters (Open) tournament.
The top five Masters prizes will be these: £20,000 - 16,000 -
12,000 - 10,000 - 8,000.
The top three Women's Awards in the Masters will be these:
£15,000 - 10,000 - 5,000.
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.
The 2015 total festival prize fund rises to £175,000.
“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 ...