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"The annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world" - THE SUNDAY TIMES


 

Confirmed players for 2016

17.7.15 - Vishy Anand; Hikaru Nakamura; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; Pentala Harikrishna; Radoslaw Wojtaszek; Li Chao; Ni Hua; David Howell; Nigel Short; Richard Rapport; Romain Edouard; Surya Shekhar Ganguly; Sébastien Mazé; Pavel Tregubov; Fabien Libiszewski; Juan Manuel Bellon; Adrien Demuth; Mariya Muzychuk; Humpy Koneru; Alexandra Kosteniuk; Anna Muzychuk; Harika Dronavalli; Natalia Zhukova; Salome Melia; Pia Cramling; Tan Zhongyi; Zhao Xue; Padmini Rout; Alina Kashlinskaya.

 

The total prize money for 2016 rises by £10,000 to £185,000 (approximately €250,000).

 

New prizes will be added to the main prize list and the women's awards.


Tradewise Festival 2016 - and 2017!

19.4.15 -The organisers are pleased to announce that the 2016 Festival will take place from Monday, 25th January - Thursday, 4th February. This will be the 14th edition of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.

 

And also for your diary, the 2017 Festival will take place Monday, 23rd January - Thursday, 2nd February, 2017.

 

Enquiries to Tournament Director Stuart Conquest 


Hikaru Nakamura wins the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamura (USA), winner of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. He drew his last round game with Pentala Harikrishna (India), which took him to 8½/10.

 

 

Hikaru Nakamura receives his winners cheque for £20,000 from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys. Hikaru scored 8½/10 (+7,=3) to take the title.

   

           


Free bus travel for Tradewise participants

 

 
 
   
 

Chess players coming to the 2015 Tradewise Festival enjoyed free bus travel around the Rock, courtesy of the Gibraltar Bus Company Ltd, and Calypso Transport Ltd.

 

The former operate seven services around the Rock, while the latter run a link between the city centre and the frontier and airport. This generous offer of hospitality was a popular move, and the organisers of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival extend their thanks to both Companies on behalf of all participants.


5th Junior International Festival

 
 
   

The organisers of this wonderful event are delighted to announce that the 2015 Junior Festival will be taking place from Thursday 20th August - Tuesday 25th August.

 

The venue is the Caleta Hotel and follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme.

 

 

Several well-known professional players attend throughout the festival.

 

Excursions, opening reception, blitz, masterclasses, simultaneous displays, coaching, and closing gala dinner with prizegiving all included.

 

Download our 4-page flyer | See the 2015 junior festival website


Round 10 (Final) Report

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: It's over, and American number one Hikaru Nakamura has won the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters for the second time in his career. A draw against Pentala Harikrishna in the final game took him to 8½ points out of ten and secured him the £20,000 winner's cheque.

 

This is the first Masters which hasn't needed a play-off match since 2011, and I know the organisers and arbiters will be relieved about that, even if the rest of us quite enjoy witnessing an afternoon rapidplay shoot-out.

 

Report in full | Photos from round 10 | PGN or Replay games |


The Day's Play - Final Episode

 
 
   

5.2.15 - Final daily news broadcast featuring GM Peter Svidler , seven-time Russian Champion, GM David Howell, current British Chess Champion, GM Hikaru Nakamura, Three-time USA Chess Champion and Hou Yifan GM, Women's World Chess Champion. Chess Festival Director Stuart Conquest and some of the elite chess players. Hosted by Tania Sachdev.

 

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Masters, Round 10 summary by John Saunders

 

 
Hikaru Nakamura   Hou Yifan  

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) has won the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, which concluded at the Caleta Hotel on Thursday 5 February 2015.

 

 

Nakamura drew his last round game with Pentala Harikrishna (India), which took him to 8½/10. David Howell, playing Black against Hou Yifan, could have reached 8½ had he won but, in trying to do so, overreached and was lost at one stage, but Hou Yifan missed her best chance and the game was eventually drawn.

 

Leading final scores: 1 Nakamura (USA) 8½/10 (£20,000), 2 Howell (England) 8 (£16,000), 3-11 Hou Yifan (China), Vitiugov (Russia), Topalov (Bulgaria), Wagner (Germany), Adhiban (India), Harikrishna (India), Bachmann (Paraguay), Matlakov (Russia), Wei Yi (China) 7½.

 

Hou Yifan was the clear winner of the women's first prize of £15,000, additional to her prize for sharing third place. Sharing second through fifth women's prizes were Rout Padmini (India), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Ju Wenjun (China) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) 6½.


The Day's Play - Episode 11

 
 
   

5.2.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring Founder of the Gibraltar Chess Festival Brian Callaghan, Chess Festival Director Stuart Conquest and some of the elite chess players including Oluwafemi Balogun, Lolomari George, Kenneth Odeh and Nnamdi Nwoye. Hosted by Tania Sachdev.

 

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Muchos titulares para un torneo magnífico - 10

 
 
   

5.2.15 - Aunque tuviera cinco líneas para titular esta última entrega del diario, me faltaría espacio, por la cantidad de noticias importantes que ha producido el XIII Tradewise Festival. Nakamura confirma su poderío, Yifán Hou produce otro hito histórico, Yi Wei apunta a campeón del mundo, Howell promete mucho, Wagner asombra… y todavía hay mucho más que contar. Vamos por partes, como dijo el destripador de Boston.

 

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Round 9 Report - Not so fast, Hikaru

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: Hikaru Nakamura's lead was cut to half a point after the ninth and penultimate round of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, played at the Caleta Hotel on Wednesday. The American GM drew his game with Axel Bachmann (Paraguay) to reach 8/9, while David Howell of England defeated Daniel Naroditsky (USA) to take second place on his own with 7½.

 

 

Players on 7 points are Bachmann, Nikita Vitiugov (Russia), Pentala Harikrishna (India) and Hou Yifan (China), who now leads the chase for the top women's prize of £15,000 by a clear point.

 

Report in full | Photos from round 9 |


Round 8 Report - Nakamura Clear Blue Water

John Saunders reports: A gap equivalent to the clear blue water of the Straits of Gibraltar has now opened up between leader Hikaru Nakamura and the field.

 

 
 
   

The American super-GM won his eighth round game in the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters against Yu Yangyi of China (pictured right) and none of his other challengers managed to keep pace with him as the next seven boards all finished in draws. Nakamura, on 7½/8, holds a full point lead over David Howell (England), Daniel Naroditsky (USA) and Axel Bachmann (Paraguay) on 6½.

 

In the race for the top women's prize of £15,000, Hou Yifan's draw with Peter Svidler allowed her to be caught by 21-year-old Rout Padmani, who has now defeated three grandmasters in a row and only needs to turn up in round nine to secure her first full grandmaster norm.

 

Report in full | Photos from round 8 | Replay games |


Round 9 Update by John Saunders

 

 
   

5.2.15 - Hikaru Nakamura's lead was cut to half a point after the ninth and penultimate round of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters was played at the Caleta Hotel on Wednesday.

 

The American GM drew his game with Axel Bachmann (Paraguay) to reach 8/9, while David Howell of England defeated Daniel Naroditsky (USA) to take second place on his own with 7½. Players on 7 points are Bachmann, Nikita Vitiugov (Russia), Pentala Harikrishna (India) and Hou Yifan (China), who now leads the chase for the top women's prize of £15,000 by a clear point.

 

 
   

The only women players who can still catch Hou Yifan are Rout Padmini (India), who achieved her first GM norm, Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) and Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia) on 6.

 

The tenth and final round starts at the different time of 11.00 CET on Thursday. Leading Round 10 pairings: Nakamura (8) - Harikrishna (7), Hou Yifan (7) - Howell (7½), Vitiugov (7) - Bachmann (7).


Minister for Tourism visit

 
 
   

4.2.15 - Gibraltar’s new Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento was shown around the  Festival today by Organiser Brian Callaghan and Tournament Director Stuart Conquest.

 

Ms Sacramento showed great interest in some of the top boards involving elite players. This was her first visit to the main competition although she has already been involved in a more light-hearted part to the festival when she helped out in the women's team during the Battle of the Sexes.

 

Large collection of photos including round 9 Masters.

 


Out and About

 
  Sophie Triay
   

4.2.15 - Our official photographer Sophie Triay must know every square inch of the Caleta Hotel, bars and  and lounge areas. Her photos reveal an instinctive ability to capture special moments when she's out and about in the chess community.

 

You may have noticed Sophie, or maybe not, because  her success, like many good photographers is to Keep a low profile and choose the right picture at the right moment.

 

See many more examples in her extensive 'Out and About' gallery.


The Day's Play - Episode 10

 
 
   

4.2.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring CEO of Gibtelecom Tim Bristow and Veselin Topalov's manager Silvio Danailov and many more elite chess players. Hosted by Tania Sachdev.

 

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Nakamura, devastador; Yifán Hou, impresionante - 9

 
 
   

4.2.15 - Hikaru Nakamura ganará la 13ª edición de Gibraltar salvo enormes sorpresas. Su devastadora victoria sobre Yangyi Yu y sus 7,5 puntos de 8 en uno de los dos torneos abiertos más fuertes del año (junto al de Catar) ahorran muchas explicaciones. Pero la gran estrella del día fue Yifán Hou, la campeona del mundo. Primero, arrancando un empate con el cuchillo entre los dientes frente a Péter Svídler, heptacampeón de Rusia. Y luego con su encanto personal y sus inteligentes opiniones. El ajedrez tiene una gran reina.

 

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Round 7 Report - Naka presses but Howell holds

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: Hikaru Nakamura of the USA maintained his lead at the end of the seventh round of the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters at the Caleta Hotel on Monday 2 February, but when he left the tournament room after six hours' play, he was visibly annoyed with himself at having let slip what would have been a seventh straight win for him, missing a win in a rook and pawn endgame against David Howell of England. Nakamura's score now stands at 6½/7, with Howell, Yu Yangyi (China), Daniel Naroditsky (USA) and Axel Bachmann (Paraguay) half a point behind on 6. Hou Yifan leads the race for the women's prize with 5½, ahead of Rout Padmini (India) and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) on 5. Three rounds remain.

 

Report in full | Photos from round 7 | Replay games |


Round 8 Update by John Saunders

 
   

 
   

4.2.15 - Hikaru Nakamura of USA forged further ahead in Round 8 of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Masters, beating his closest rival Yu Yangyi of China whilst all his other challengers drew their games.

 

Axel Bachmann of Paraguay came closest to securing outright second place but he was held to a draw by English GM David Howell who once again proved tough to beat. Scores after round 8: 1 Nakamura 7½, 2-4 Bachmann, Howell, Naroditsky (USA) 6½. Top seed Topalov is amongst the 16 players on 6 points whose only hope of first place is now a major collapse by the leader.

 

Also amongst those on 6 are women's prize leaders Hou Yifan and 20-year-old Indian woman grandmaster Rout Padmini who has been a revelation. She has now defeated three GMs in a row and is all but certain of a full GM norm, as is the 17-year-old German IM Dennis Wagner. Leading round 9 (Wednesday, 15.00 CET) pairings: Bachmann (6½) - Nakamura (7½), Howell (6½) - Naroditsky (6½), Topalov (6) - Wei Yi (6), Harikrishna (6) - Padmini (6), Hou Yifan (6) - Rapport (6).


Masterclass 4 - Tues 3 Feb

 
 
   

3.2.15 - World Champion Hou Yifan gave a great Masterclass followed by questions from the audience. A remarkable interview with some revealing details about Hou Yifan's plans for 2015, hosted by Tournament Director Stuart Conquest.

 

Watch the entire show recorded LIVE in the unique, webcasting suite at the Caleta Hotel.

 

Photos by John Saunders.

 

All four Masterclasses from 2015 can be viewed again here.


Deputy Chief Minister Visit

 
 
   

3.2.15 - Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia paid his second visit this week to the 2015 Tradewise Chess Festival. On Saturday he attended the always-entertaining Battle of the Sexes and today he saw the game in action in the Amateurs and Challengers Round 4 of week 2.

 

A chess player himself, Dr Garcia, is a keen supporter of the festival and was again impressed by the numbers involved this year.

 

Read more in in the official press release by Alice Mascarenhas

 


The Day's Play - Episode 9

 
 
   

3.2.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring GM Kenny Solomon and many more elite chess players. Hosted by Tania Sachdev.

 

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Round 7 Update by John Saunders

 
   

 
   

3.2.15 - Hikaru Nakamura, USA, is still the sole leader on 6½/7 with three rounds remaining but he fell short of recording a seventh successive win when he failed to close out a tense rook and pawn endgame against England's David Howell.

 

Yu Yangyi and Hou Yifan, both of China, also drew. Axel Bachmann of Paraguay reached 6, having beaten Dennis Wagner of Germany. It was a good day for the USA as Daniel Naroditsky beat Adhiban to join Howell, Yu Yangyi and Bachmann on 6, while Alex Lenderman came close to beating top seed Veselin Topalov before drawing.

 

Further down the table notable chess author and IM John Watson sprang a surprise by beating English GM Gawain Jones. Hou Yifan still leads the hunt for the top women's prize on 5½. Behind her on 5 are Ju Wenjun (China), Rout Padmini (India) and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine). Leading round eight (Tuesday 15.00 CET) pairings: Nakamura (6½) - Yu Yangyi (6), Bachmann (6) - Howell (6), Naroditsky (6) - Vitiugov (5½), Svidler (5½) - Hou Yifan (5½).


Round 6 Report - Naka beats Topa

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: The eagerly-awaited clash of the tournament's two highest rated players duly occurred in round six and did not disappoint. Hikaru Nakamura defeated former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov in a hard-fought game to continue his streak of wins to six out of six and cement his place at the top of the table.

 

In the process Nakamura moved to seventh place in the live world rankings, above his US rival Wesley So, and relegated his opponent to fifth place. Half a point behind the leader in joint second place are Yu Yangyi of China, who beat Renier Vazquez of China, and David Howell, who overcame 15-year-old Chinese prodigy Wei Yi.

 

Report in full | Photos from round 6 | Replay games |


Upper Rock Excursion

 
 
   

3.2.15 - When the sun is shining, and it often is in Gibraltar in January, there cannot be a much better way to spend a few hours than enjoying the visual feast of a rock excursion.

 

See photos of monday's visit of chess players Maxim Rodshtein, Tereza Olsarova, Richard Rapport, Jovana Vojinovic, Mariya Muzychuk and Elisabeth Paehtz to the Upper Rock, with photographers and film crew.

 

Stunning collections by Sophie Triay and John Saunders.


The Day's Play - Episode 8

 
 
   

2.2.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring Irina Krush, Hikaru Nakamura, Elisabeth Pähtz, Veselin Topalov and many more elite chess players. Hosted by Tania Sachdev.

 

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De la fiesta al combate duro - 7

 
 
   

2.2.15 - A juzgar por la imagen lúdica y relajada que emiten algunas informaciones sobre el Festival Tradewise, podría pensarse que el torneo principal no es tan exigente como indica la enorme fuerza media de sus jugadores; en otras palabras, que las estrellas no se emplean a fondo. Craso error: en las tres primeras mesas de la 6ª ronda hubo combates durísimos. Y Hikaru Nakamura mantiene su marcha triunfal: seis de seis tras tumbar a Véselin Topálov de manera inapelable..

 

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Round 5 Report - Hikaru goes clear

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: Hikaru Nakamura is now the sole leader with 5/5 after defeating Baskaran Adhiban, setting up Sunday's big clash with Veselin Topalov in round six. Topalov moved to 4½ by beating Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro.

 

The other game between players on 4/4, Renier Vazquez Igarza and Wei Yi, after some adventures, ended in a draw so they too are on 4½. Hou Yifan and Mariya Muzychuk currently lead the race for the top women's prize with 4/5.

 

Report in full | Photos from round 5 | Replay games |


The Day’s Play – Quiz Of The Day

 
 
   

2.2.15 - Enter the contest to win The Day’s Play T-Shirt signed by all the Top players at “The Battle Of The Sexes”.

 

Which of the following players did not take part in the “Battle of the Sexes”?

 

     

a) Hikaru Nakamura

b) Salome Melia

c) Hou Yifan

d) David Howell

 

Send us your answer in a personal message to:

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Masters Update - Round 6 by John Saunders

 
 
   

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) won his crunch game against top seed Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) in the sixth round to move to 6/6. In the process he has moved three places up the live world ratings to 7th, while Topalov drops to 5th.

 

Yu Yangyi (China) and David Howell (England) are on 5½ after defeating Renier Vazquez (Spain) and Wei Yi (China) respectively. Hou Yifan now leads the chase for the top women's prize on 5 after beating Sandro Mareco (Argentina). Top round 7 (Monday 15.00 CET) pairings: Howell (5½) - Nakamura (6), Yu Yangyi (5½) - Hou Yifan (5), Adhiban (5) - Naroditsky (5), Wagner (5) - Bachmann (5).


Batallas de sexos y cerebros - 6

 
 
   

1.2.15 - Una docena de grandes maestros y maestras desinhibidos, desmadrados más bien, divirtiéndose ante público y cámaras mientras se enfrentan en un tablero gigante. Sólo se ve en Gibraltar, es una de las atracciones del Festival Tradewise y contribuye a la urgente necesidad de cambiar la imagen del ajedrez. Antes, cómo no, también disfrutamos de partidas excelentes en la 5ª ronda.

 

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Round 6 Photos

 
 
   

1.2.15 - It had to happen, and it was after all, what Hikaru Nakamura said he was looking forward to - an encounter with his main tournament rival Veselin Topalov.

 

Against the backdrop of dozens of camera shutters and spectators, their game got going at 15.00 today. Their uncompromising styles provided a great game which Nakamura won.

 

See a collection of photos from the start of round 6 and a happy looking women's world champion Hou Yifan (pictured left) plus others too that capture this special occasion.

 

Round 6 photos - Sophie Triay | Round 6 photos - John Saunders


The Day's Play - Episode 7

 

1.2.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring the President of The English Chess Federation Dominic Lawson and some of the top players including Antoaneta Stefanova GM and Veselin Topalov GM during the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Open Chess Tournament.

 

Follow the action on this channel plus on Facebook and Twitter from Jan 26th till Feb 5th.

 

The Day's Play - All Videos with Tania Sachdev

 

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Battle of the Sexes

 
 
   

On the evening of 31 January, there was our annual Battle of the Sexes rapid match between the Men and Women teams at a time limit of 10 minutes for all the moves plus an increment of 5 seconds a move.

As always this light-hearted event, with Master of Ceremonies and Tournament Director Stuart Conquest (and his hat) in charge, was enjoyed by all. The match score was 2½-½ - the men won the first two games with the token third game, drawn.

 

See all the pictorial action with a large collection of high quality shots by our official photographer Sophie Triay and Press officer John Saunders.


Masters Update - Round 5 by John Saunders

 
 
   

Hikaru Nakamura is now the sole leader with 5/5 after defeating Baskaran Adhiban, setting up Sunday's big clash with Veselin Topalov in round six. Topalov moved to 4½ by beating Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro.

 

The other game between players on 4/4, Renier Vazquez Igarza and Wei Yi, ended in a draw so they too are on 4½. Top round 6 pairings: Nakamura (5) - Topalov (4½), Yu Yangyi (4½) - Vazquez (4½), Wei (4½) - Howell (4½). Hou Yifan and Mariya Muzychuk currently lead the race for the top women's prize with 4/5. Meanwhile Peter Svidler has taken a bye to watch the England versus Australia cricket match!

 

More photos from round 5


Round 4 Report - Wei to go

 
 

John Saunders reports: There are now four players left on the maximum score after four rounds of the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters at the Caleta Hotel. The four are Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Renier Vazquez Igarza (Spain), Baskaran Adhiban (India) and the 15-year-old Chinese prodigy Wei Yi (pictured left).

 

Hikaru Nakamura reached 4/4 with his newly restrained style of chess. What's good for Magnus is also good for his rivals, it seems. I'm not accusing anyone of direct imitation but I suppose it is only natural for the world champion to set the trend for those who would supplant him. Nils Grandelius rather dug his own grave in this game.

 

Round 4 report | More photos


More Splendid Photos

 

31.1.15 - One of the hallmark's of an event such as the Tradewise Chess Festival are the efforts of a specialist group of staff working quietly behind the scenes.  One such member is our official photographer Sophie Triay.

  Sophie Triay
   

 

Each day and evenings she can be seen around all parts of the venue recording important moments for posterity.

 

See Sophie's photos from round 5 of the Masters, including members of our 'invisible' control team, and more of her splendid work in her online galleries.

 

Thank you Sophie!


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