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Con Topálov de tertulia - 5

 
 
   

31.1.15 - Si se hiciera una encuesta sobre los campeones del mundo más luchadores de la historia, Véselin Topálov debería estar en los primeros puestos. Y, a pesar de algún episodio aislado poco ejemplar en su carrera, también ha sido un buen modelo de ajedrecista profesional. De ahí que su lección magistral de anoche despertase una gran expectación. Y el búlgaro de Salamanca no defraudó.

 

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The Day's Play - Episode 6

 

31.1.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring Tradewise Chairman Mr. James Humphreys, Chess Festival Director Stuart Conquest, some of the top players and commentators including Elisabeth Pähtz and Simon Williams.

 

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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Week 1 Prizegiving

 
 
   

31.1.15 - Press Office and reporter John Saunders, has been busy not only with the production of the reports but also recording the pictorial action in and around the venue.

 

You will have noticed John in the tournament hall with his impressive looking Nikon D600 during the early parts of each round selecting suitable victims for his next report.

 

The photos are an important contribution to our festival archive and we are grateful to all of you for helping, and for all the smiles!

 

See a selection from John's extensive Flickr galleries.


Masterclass 2 - Fri 30 Jan

 

30.1.15 - The second of our scheduled masterclasses took place on Fri 30 Jan at 21.00. World number four Veselin Topalov was our guest.

 

 
   

Watch the entire show recorded LIVE in the unique, built-for-purpose webcasting suite at the Caleta Hotel.

 

Photos here by John Saunders

 

More masterclasses are scheduled for Mon 2 Feb and Tues 3 Feb. They will also be broadcast LIVE on the internet and simultaneously in the Catalan Lounge at the Caleta Hotel.

 


'Absolutely fantastic’ - Fabian Picardo

 
 
   

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo, a keen supporter of the tournament, visited the Tradewise Chess Festival on Friday 30 January.

 

The Chief Minister also visited the main broadcast studio in the Archie Suite, the hub of our online broadcasts this year with Grandmaster Simon Williams and International Master Elisabeth Pähtz. Interviewed by our Festival Director Stuart Conquest, Mr Picardo said it was fantastic to see just how this tournament had grown in just over 10 years.

 

Photos of the visit | Press Release

 

 


El futuro se llama Yi Wei - 4

 
 
   

30.1.15 - Los amantes del ajedrez que nacimos a mediados del siglo pasado hemos sido muy afortunados: Spassky-Fischer, Kárpov-Kaspárov… y varios campeones más hasta que llegó Magnus Carlsen, con mimbres para superar a todos los anteriores. Y ahora, aunque de momento sólo sea una promesa de gran lujo, disfrutamos con el enorme talento de Yi Wei, quien a los 15 años ya ha rebasado la significativa barrera de los 2.700 puntos. Y lo ha hecho en Gibraltar, un buen sitio para grandes marcas históricas.

 

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Round 3 Report

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: The leader board of the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters was whittled down to thirteen after another tough round at the Caleta Hotel. Twelve of the thirteen are grandmasters, with Gudmundur Kjartansson of Iceland being the solitary IM on the maximum score of three out of three after defeating GM Axel Bachmann of Paraguay.

 

Three of the 100-percenters are women: women's world champion Hou Yifan, former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria, and Ju Wenjun, also of China. Just two of the ten highest rated players in the tournament appear amongst the names on 3/3: Hikaru Nakamura and Pentala Harikrishna.

 

Round 3 report in full | More photos


The Day's Play - Episode 5

 

30.1.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring the players and events during the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Open Chess Tournament. Follow the action on our YouTube channel plus on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Day's Play - All Videos with Tania Sachdev

 

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Round 2 Report

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: Two leading contenders, former world champion Veselin Topalov and six times Russian champion Peter Svidler were held to draws in round two of the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, played at the Caleta Hotel on 28 January.

 

Women's world champion Hou Yifan (pictured left) is amongst those on a maximum 2/2 and in the process she moved to first place on the women's world ranking list, ahead of Judit Polgar, thus becoming the first woman to rank above the great Hungarian player in 25 years.

 

Round 2 report in full | More photos 1 | More photos 2


Gibraltar's Governor Visits Tradewise Chess

29.1.15 - The Governor of Gibraltar, His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton paid a visit to the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival at the Caleta Hotel on 29 January. Accompanied by his wife Lady Dutton, Sir James addressed the Masters section shortly before the beginning of round three and was interviewed by tournament director Stuart Conquest as part of the live broadcast | More photos |

 

 

left to right: Tournament Director Stuart Conquest, Sir James Dutton, Lady Dutton, Shirley Callaghan, Tradewise Chairman James Humpreys and Festival Organiser Brian Callaghan.

 

 


Team Blitz

 

29.1.15 - The traditional team blitz took place at the Caleta Hotel on Thursday night.

 

 
   

This popular annual 6-round event attracted 110 players including 16 GM's, 14 IM's and other titled players.

 

Team names were as entertaining as the chess and included Los Chalgueros, Good Un's ginger alan, Puzzles, Fans of Simen Agdestein, The Monkeys, Pokerstrategy and A Hard Days Knight amongst others.

 

All results and team compositions here | Photos by John Saunders


Brillan indios, chinos y mujeres - 3

 
 
   

29.1.15 - No hizo falta esperar a la 3ª ronda para ver sufrir y tropezar a los favoritos, porque ya en la 2ª hubo sorpresas que incluso podrían haber sido mayores; algunas partidas fueron trepidantes. En especial, el empate que cedió el número uno, Véselin Topálov, ante el indio Das Debashis. Lo que ya no sorprende es que India y China sean potencias en alza, ni que las mujeres progresen cada año.

 

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Formal Dinner 2015

 

29.1.15 - Our official photographer Sophie Triay has been very busy during the 2015 Tradewise Chess Festival.

 

 
   

You will have seen her floating about quietly recording key moments in around the playing halls, bars, evening events and much more.

 

And on Monday evening Sophie was still busy during the formal dinner, with guests at the Khaima restaurant at the Rock Hotel, Gibraltar.

 

See more photos of this special event and all of Sophie's splendid work in her online galleries.


The Day's Play - Episode 4

 

29.1.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring the players and events during the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Open Chess Tournament. Follow the action on our YouTube channel plus on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Day's Play - All Videos with Tania Sachdev

 

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Round 1 Report

 
 
   

John Saunders reports: The first round of the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, played at the Caleta Hotel on 27 January, featured a glittering array of grandmasters and professional players pitted against amateur entrants from all over the world.

 

As is usual on these occasions, the professionals triumphed by a huge margin but, as in football's FA Cup, there was much excitement along the way, including one remarkable David versus Goliath achievement for an amateur player.

 

Round 1 report in full | More photos here and here

 


Masterclass 1 - Wed 28 Jan

 

28.1.15 - The first of our scheduled masterclasses took take place on Wed 28 Jan at 21.00. GM's Richard Rapport and Bela Khotenashvili discussed some of their recent games.

 

 
   

Watch the entire show recorded LIVE in the unique, built-for-purpose webcasting suite at the Caleta Hotel.

 

More masterclasses are scheduled for Fri 30 Jan, Mon 2 Feb and Tues 3 Feb. They will also be broadcast LIVE on the internet and simultaneously in the Catalan Lounge at the Caleta Hotel.


The Day's Play - Episode 3

 

28.1.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring the players and events during the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Open Chess Tournament. Follow the action on our YouTube channel plus on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Day's Play - All Videos with Tania Sachdev

 

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Livestream Coverage - Round 1

 
 
   

27.1.15 - The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Tournament  is broadcast LIVE direct from the delightful Caleta Hotel each day from 15.00.

 

Your commentary hosts are GM Simon Williams and IM Elisabeth Pähtz with all the Livestream footage from this tournament also available in this archive.

 

Replay Parts 1 and 2 from round 1 of the Masters.

 


Gibraltar border

27.1.15 - For participants travelling daily across the border, the queue can be viewed via Livestream. Please note that there may be a lag of up to one minute as measured against real time. There is also a useful Twitter feed.


The Day's Play - Episode 2

 

27.1.15 - Daily news broadcast featuring the players and events during the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Open Chess Tournament. Follow the action on our YouTube channel plus on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Day's Play - All Videos with Tania Sachdev

 

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Topalov ready for Gibraltar challenge

27.1.15 - The Opening moves of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters were made today at 15.00 by top seed Veselin Topalov at the beginning of what we are hoping will be a memorable tournament.

 

Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys makes the ceremonial first move for a very happy Veselin Topalov in his round 1 game | Photo: Sophie Triay | More here.

 

 


Radio Gibraltar

 

26.1.15 - Tournament Director Stuart Conquest is doing a  live radio slot  Monday to Friday, 13:10, with James Neish, Radio Gibraltar. The first one was on Monday 26 January and follows after their news bulletin.

 

Radio Gibraltar has been The Rock’s local radio station since 1958.


Opening Ceremony

27.1.15 - The Opening Ceremony and drawing of lots took place at 20.30 on Monday in the main restaurant.

 

 

Top players Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Hou Yifan, with Miss Gribraltar, Brian Callaghan (Organiser) and The Hon. Steve Linares, Minister for Sports Culture, Heritage and Youth. More photos from the ceremony.

 

 


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