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Simen and Tania give opening simuls



Simen Agdestein


Tania Sachdev


26.1.14 - The 2014 Tradewise Chess Festival starts it's 11-day adventure when two of our participants, Grandmaster Simen Agdestein and International Master Tania Sachdev, offer two simultaneous displays for early arrivals.


The simuls will begin around 8pm on Sunday in the main restaurant. The games will provide an ideal warm-up for Amateur and Challenger participants, whose events begin the following morning.


Simen (2627) and Tania (2442) will not to be too hard on their opponents!


Photos by Sophie Triay | Play through the games PGN |




Irina and Simon - our commentary team!


19.1.14 - The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival is delighted that reigning US women's champion, GM Irina Krush, and joint winner of the London Chess Classic Open 2010 GM Simon Williams,  will again commentate at the forthcoming festival starting on January 27.

Irina and Simon are no strangers to Gibraltar, Irina having taken part in the Masters on many occasions.


The organisers wish to thank both Irina and Simon for their continued support of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival!





Still time to enter

Little black and white alarm clock ticking away  

09.1.14 - Please note that entries received after Wednesday 15th January 2014 will incur the late entry fee surcharge of £50 per event! But, the first week morning players who subsequently decide to play in a second-week event will not be charged a late entry fee.

Enter the morning tournaments online OR download an entry form and send to us.

ACP Special Prize



04.1.14 - The ACP is pleased to announce that the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014 will be the beneficiary of the special prize awarded to the winner of the "2013 Best Open Tournament of the Year”.


The prize will be awarded to the highest-placed ACP Premium Member in the Masters tournament who didn't win any of the regular or category prizes. The amount of the prize will match the amount of the last regular prize paid in the main tournament, for a sum not exceeding 1000 pounds. Last year the prize was won by GM Le Quang Liem.


The ACP Board wishes the organisers of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival success for their event.

New Year Honours List

02.1.14 - We are delighted to report the award of the British Empire Medal to Mario Garcia, Vice President of the Gibraltar Chess Association, for services to promoting chess in Gibraltar.



Citation: Vice President, Gibraltar Chess Association Mr Mario Garcia has been involved with the promotion of chess in Gibraltar for over 40 years. In 1970, the Calpe Institute was formed which was the first chess club in Gibraltar.


Mr Garcia served as committee member for this organisation and during his tenure he decided it was time to promote chess among young people and encourage them to play.


Read the full citation here.


We send our warmest congratulations to Mr Garcia.





Masters closed

27.11.13 - The 2014 Masters is closed to new entries. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list please contact Festival Director Stuart Conquest. Morning events are still open.

Not long now


Yes, this really is Gibraltar ... in January!


30.12.13 - The British Isles in particular and large areas of Europe have recently experienced heavy rainfall and record wind speeds bringing tough conditions following the return to work after the festive season. Compare that to the subtropical Mediterranean climate being enjoyed in Gibraltar.


With a few weeks to go before the start of the 2014 Tradewise Chess Festival we look forward with some confidence to warm sunshine and temperatures between 12-18° C.


Beach chess could be on the cards again!





Fabulous line-up just gets stronger

24.12.13 - The line-up in the 2014 Tradewise Chess Festival, starting on January 27 is truly fabulous and getting stronger with over 60 GM's, nine of which are 2700+. A further sixteen are rated over 2600 in a field currently standing at 230. See the complete list of our stella 2014 Masters field here.






Adams 2754  

Vachier-Lagrave 2745

  Vitiugov 2741   Eljanov 2733   Ivanchuk 2731  






Kamsky 2721   Tomashevsky 2715   Harikrishna 2708   Navara 2708      

Masters updated


David Navara (CZE) 2705


23.11.13 - We are delighted to announce that David Navara has joined the 2014 Masters line-up.


We have twenty-one GM's rated over 2600, nine of which are 2700 or more. Currently we have 48 GM's and 32 IM's in a very strong field of 179. Challengers and Amateur numbers are also increasing steadily.


A strong women's contingent is headed by Anna Muzychuk (2566), Zhao Xue (2565) winner of the top female prize in 2013, Pia Cramling (2520), Marie Sebag (2510), Zhongyi Tan (2510), Viktorija Cmilyte (2506) and 2012 Women's World Championship runner-up Antoaneta Stefanova (2494).


Full details | Enter the Gibraltar Chess Festival Challengers or Amateur events





Online Entry 2014

28.10.13 - We are pleased to provide an online entry and payment option for players not taking a Caleta package or for non titled players who are also not taking the Caleta package (entry fees are included in all Caleta packages, and for players holding the GM, IM, WGM or WIM title).


Alternatively, download a Word or PDF entry form here.

Grandmaster Krush!


12.10.13 - We are delighted to announce that following the recent FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Irina Krush, our festival co-commentator, has been awarded the title of GM-elect.


It means she will have the full Grandmaster title by the time the 2014 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival begins.


Irina scored her final GM norm at the Baku Open last month. Congratulations to her from all the Gibraltar team! We look forward to more great commentaries from Irina and GM Simon Williams in January.


Read more about Irina ...








Brochure 2014

11.10.13 - The 2014 Tradewise Festival colour brochure is now published to view or download.



The entry form is also included together with tournament regulations, visa & travel details, schedules and much more.


Confirmed Masters entries already include Mickey Adams, Gata Kamsky, Vassily Ivanchuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Nigel Short and 2013 Gibraltar Masters winner, Nikita Vitiugov.


The form is also available for download separately as an RTF file (readable in Word) or as a PDF file (Portable Document Format). Simply complete and send to the Caleta Hotel with your payment or send as an email attachment.






Masters updated

08.10.13 - We are pleased to update the Masters list and delighted to see six players rated over 2700, including Mickey Adams winner of the 41st Sparkassen Meeting in Dortmund and former Gibraltar winner. Also included are Gata Kamsky, Vassily Ivanchuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Nigel Short and 2013 Gibraltar Masters winner, Nikita Vitiugov.

Entry Form 2014

04.10.13 - We are delighted to make available the 2014 festival entry form together with information about tournament regulations and fees. Masters entry is free for players holding the GM, IM, WGM or WIM titles (otherwise £80). Challenger & Amateur: £50 per event.

Robert Rough RIP


Sad news. Robert Rough, chess enthusiast and friendly face to all, passed away on Thursday 12th September 2013 in Inverness. He was a regular at the Gibraltar Festival for several years (we think Robert played in Gibraltar six or seven times] and will be known to many players and visitors.


In 2007 he shared 2nd= place in the Gibtelecom Amateur B tournament.


Typical of Robert's unique sense of humour is this extract from his 2012 tournament biography:


"Being Scottish I like value for money, so have been playing in both Challenger events and the Masters. It's not great for my remaining brain cells but good for my wallet! My ambition is to get past round two in the Masters before having to leave the main playing room to take my place in my seat downstairs where I usually spend the rest of the event :-) Oh, and if there's any porridge going ...?"



Tradewise Festival 2014


The event will take place from Monday 27th January - Thursday 6th February. Further news about entrants to the Masters, Challengers and Amateurs will be available soon.


"I like Gibraltar a lot and I am grateful to the sponsors and organizers and hope they will carry on forever" ~ Zhao Xue in 'NEW in CHESS' magazine.

News and updates

02.8.13 - Entry forms & options, visas, dates and much more will be published soon. Below, some images from the 2013 Festival. Many more here.







Gibraltar Junior International 2013

This took place 15-20 August. Hosted at the Caleta Hotel it follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with a strong social, fun and educational programme.


Official site with results, reports and photos.


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